Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Charting In CQG IC
  1. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Introduction
  2. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Installation
  3. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Integrated Client Window
  4. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Charting In CQG IC
  5. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Trading
  6. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Advanced Platform Features
  7. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Conclusion

Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Charting In CQG IC

CQG offers a variety of chart alternatives that are fully customizable to suit your needs. Traders can choose the symbol, time frame and appearance for each chart, and can select from more than 100 studies and technical indicators.

To open a chart:

  • Click the Chart button on the Application Toolbar; or

  • Click the More button on the Application Toolbar > Chart.

Each chart has several components, shown in Figure 11:

  • Title Bar - includes the symbol, contract description, contract date and chart interval.

  • Entry Field - to enter the symbol and/or chart interval for the chart. Click in the Entry Field box to enter the symbol and/or chart interval. Note: to enter a contract, you need only enter the symbol (and not the contract month code/year) for the current contract. For specific contracts, enter the symbol, month code and year code, such as "TFU2." To enter an expired contract, you must enter the symbol, month code and two-digit year, such as "TFU09."

  • Price Scale - the price scale can be displayed on the left or right side of the chart. Click and drag to move the scale; drag up to decrease the scale, and drag down to increase the scale. Right-click and select "Place scale to left" or "Place scale to right" to choose a location for the price scale.

  • Time Scale - click and drag the time scale to the left to choose smaller time intervals; click and drag to the right to select longer time intervals.

  • Daily Value Box - displays the open, high, low, last and net change for the symbol. To hide the Daily Value Box, right-click on it and select "Hide Daily Value."

  • Mouse Text - mouse text identifies the symbol, interval, time and OHLC (open, high, low, close). The display of mouse text is controlled in miscellaneous preferences (from the Menu Bar > ChartSetup >Misc.).
CQG IC chart components.
Figure 11: CQG IC chart components.
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Chart Type
You can select from a number of chart types that will determine how you view price data. You can select bar, candlestick, line or TFlow (CQG, Inc.'s proprietary chart) charts. To select the chart type:

  • Click the appropriate button in the Active Window Toolbar (shown in Figure 12); or

  • Right-click the header of the active price chart and make a selection; or

  • From the Menu Bar > ChartSetup > Main > Chart Type
Select to display a bar, candlestick, line, or TFlow chart.
Figure 12: Select to display a bar, candlestick, line, or TFlow chart.
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Time Interval
You can select from a number of time intervals, including minutes (1, 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60); and daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual timeframes. To choose a time interval, in theMenu Bar > ChartSetup > Main > Time Interval, as shown in Figure 13. Click in the box next to "Time Interval" and a drop-down menu will appear; make your selection, click "Apply" and "OK" to close the window. Alternatively, you can right-click the active chart's header > Chart Interval > selection, as shown in Figure 14.

Select the time interval from the Menu Bar > ChartSetup > Main.
Figure 13: Select the time interval from the Menu Bar > ChartSetup > Main.
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Right-click an active chart\'s header > Chart Interval to choose a time frame.
Figure 14: Right-click an active chart\'s header > Chart Interval to choose a time frame.
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Scrolling
Click and drag the chart to move back and forward on the chart without moving the time scale. If the data on the right side of the chart is not the most current data, a red warning arrow will appear in the lower-right corner of the chart, shown in Figure 15. This arrow also appears if an expired contract is displayed. A warning arrow that points to the left indicates that the data is the most current but is not in the rightmost position in the chart. Click the arrows to go to the current data.

A warning arrow appears if the data on the right side of the chart is not the most current data.
Figure 15: A warning arrow appears if the data on the right side of the chart is not the most current data.
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Pointer Tools
You can add a variety of drawing objects to any price chart to enhance your market analysis. Pointer Tools include (but are not limited to):

  • Ellipse

  • Rectangle

  • Horizontal Line

  • Vertical Line

  • Text

  • Fibonacci

  • Gann

  • Speed Lines

  • Linear Regression

  • Trend
To add a Pointer Tool to a chart, right-click the active chart > Pointer Tools > selection, as shown in Figure 16.

Right-click > Pointer Tools > selection to apply a drawing object to any price chart.
Figure 16: Right-click > Pointer Tools > selection to apply a drawing object to any price chart.
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To remove a Pointer Tool, right-click on the active chart > Remove Study. From the window, select the object to be removed and press the Delete key on your keyboard, click the "Remove Selected" button, or double-click (see Figure 17). Alternatively, right-click the object on the active chart and select "Remove XX" from the menu.

\'Right-click
Figure 17: Right-click an active chart and select "Remove Study" to remove Pointer Tools from the chart.
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Because placing a large number of Pointer Tools on a chart can impact performance (i.e., it can slow down the platform), a warning will appear if you exceed the set number of Pointer Tools (you can adjust this number when the warning appears).

SEE: Backtesting: Interpreting The Past

Technical Indicators
A variety of technical indicators are available in the CQG IC platform. In addition to basic studies, traders can also apply custom indicators available through a number of third-party developers.

To add a technical indicator or other study to a price chart, right-click the active price chart > Add Study > choose the category of study from the dropdown menu at the top of the window > highlight the desired study > click "Add" (see Figure 18). Multiple studies can be added to a single chart.

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Figure 18: Right-click and select "Add Study" to apply a technical indicator or other study to a chart.
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Check the "as an Overlay" box if you would like the study to appear over the price bars. Leave this box unchecked to display the study in a separate pane beneath the price chart.

To adjust a study's parameters or appearance, right-click the study and select "Set XX Color" (to change the color) or "Modify XX" to change inputs, shown in Figure 19.

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Figure 19: Right-click and select "Modify XX" to adjust the inputs of a study.
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To remove a study, right-click on the active chart and select "Remove Study." Select the study to be removed and press the Delete key on your keyboard, click the "Remove Selected" button or double-click. Alternatively, right-click the study on the active chart and select "Remove XX" from the menu. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Trading

  1. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Introduction
  2. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Installation
  3. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Integrated Client Window
  4. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Charting In CQG IC
  5. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Trading
  6. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Advanced Platform Features
  7. Beginner's Guide To CQG Integrated Client Trading Platform: Conclusion
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