Introduction to the Spread Matrix
X_TRADER provides one window where you can view market data for all contract expirations of a product as well as market data for exchange-defined calendar spreads for the underlying product. You may use the Spread Matrix to enter orders for both the outright contracts and the available calendar spreads. You can access the Spread Matrix from the X_TRADER Control Panel by selecting the button or drag-and drop contracts directly onto the Spread Matrix.
The Spread Matrix displays outright contracts and exchange-defined calendar spreads. Outrights display along the top and diagonal. By default, the top outright prices are shown as Net Change. Calendar spreads display in the middle of the matrix where the outright contracts intersect.
The background color of the market data cell provides additional information about the prices and quantities that comprise the bids and offers. These colors are customizable via the X_TRADER Control Panel | Settings menu | Properties | Colors | Spread Matrix.