Inter Market

Last modified 21:00, 2 Nov 2012

Inter Market work page

Click on the Inter Market tool bar button to display a work page containing comparison price charts of representative commodity or financial instruments for each of the six markets common to the work pages in the Futures/FX features set:

The Inter Market work page allows users to quickly analyze individual national markets using commonly accepted benchmarks.

Market Groupings

The national markets are represented by the Market Grouping tabs at the top of the work page, select a National Market tab to open a page displaying details for that national market.

Price Charts

A well regarded benchmark is used to populate individual price charts for Stocks, Bonds and Commodities.

Relative Strength Charts

Using the Relative Strength Comparison chart indicator, three Relative Strength Comparison charts will be generated: Bonds/Stocks, Commodities/Bonds and Commodities/Stocks.

The default symbols cannot be changed, but new symbols can be inserted once the charts are displayed. The new symbols' data will be used to regenerated the RSC charts.

Standard Charts

For each national market, a standard group of six charts will display.

The charts have been selected to provide a quick overview of each national market's performance.

Users can alter the symbols to be displayed, as well as the appearance of the individual charts, and save the changes as a template to be applied in the future, see the User Defined Charts section.

Stocks

For each market a representative index has been selected for display.

The following table shows the default index that is displayed for each market:

 

Market

Default Representative Index Symbol

United States

S&P 500 Cash, trading on CBOE as SPX, quoted in US dollars

Australia

S&P/ASX 200, trading on ASX as XJO, quoted in Australian dollars

European Economic Union

DAX.Index.EUREX Cash, trading on EUREX as DAX-Cash, quoted in Euros

United Kingdom

FTSE.100.LIFFE Cash, trading on LIFFE as LFT-Cash, quoted in Pounds Sterling

Japan

Nikkei.225.SGX Cash, trading on Singapore's SGX as SNI-Cash, quoted in Japanese Yen

Canada

S&P/TSE Composite Index, trading on TSX as TSX, quoted in Canadian dollars

 

The Relative Bonds/Stocks and Relative Commodities/Stocks charts are generated using this value.

User Defined Benchmarks

The default representative symbol can be changed. Select the chart, then begin typing the new symbol, the New Chart dialog box will open, click OK to replace the default chart with the new symbol.

Once a new Stock index chart has been generated, the Relative Bonds/Stocks and Relative Commodities/Stocks charts will be regenerated using the new symbol.

User defined symbols can be saved in the .ims file created using the Save Inter-Market Screen as... command in the Action menu. The .ims file can later be applied to replace the Inter Market default screen. For information on saving and applying .ims files, see Save and Apply User Settings, below.

Note - The symbol and other display items, for example captions, can also be changed in the Settings dialog, see description below.

Bonds

For each Bond market a representative index has been selected for display.

The following table shows the default index that is displayed for each market:

 

Market

Default Representative Quote Symbol

United States

US.T-Bond.CBT SpotV, trading on CBOT as US-SpotV, quoted in US dollars

Australia

3yr.Bond.SFE, trading on Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) as ANY-SpotV, quoted in Australian dollars

European Economic Union

Euro.Bund.EUREX SpotVCash, trading on EUREX as FGBL-SpotV, quoted in Euros

United Kingdom

Gilt-Long.LIFFE SpotV, trading on LIFFE as LGL-SpotV, quoted in Pounds Sterling

Japan

10yr.Jap.Bond.SGX SpotV, trading on Singapore's SGX as SJG-SpotV, quoted in Japanese Yen

Canada

10yr.Canadian.Bond.MONT SpotV, trading on Montreal Stock exchange (MONT) as WCB-SpotV, quoted in Canadian dollars

 

The Relative Bonds/Stocks and Relative Commodities/Bonds charts are generated using these values.

User Defined Benchmarks

The default representative symbol can be changed. Select the chart, then begin typing the new symbol, the New Chart dialog box will open, click OK to replace the default chart with the new symbol.

Once a new Bond index chart has been generated, the Relative Bonds/Stocks and Relative Commodities/Bonds charts will be regenerated using the new symbol.

User defined symbols can be saved in the .ims file created using the Save Inter-Market Screen as... command in the Action menu. The .ims file can later be applied to replace the Inter Market default screen. For information on saving and applying .ims files, see Save and Apply User Settings, below.

Note - The symbol and other display items, for example captions, can also be changed in the Settings dialog, see description below.

Commodities

For Commodities a world-wide index has been selected for display.

The same default index is used for all markets:

 

Market

Default Representative Quote Symbol

All Markets

Continuous Commodity Index.NYBT Cash, trading on the NYBT as CR-Cash, quoted in US Dollars

 

The Relative Bonds/Commodities and Relative Commodities/Stocks  charts are generated using these values.

User Defined Benchmarks

As with Stocks and Bonds, users can insert alternative benchmarks for the commodity charts.

Refer to the previous topics for details on changing, saving and re-applying the user defined benchmarks.

Note - The symbol and other display items, for example captions, can also be changed in the Settings dialog, see description below.

Relative Bonds/Stocks

Using the Relative Strength Comparison (RSC) chart indicator, the Relative Bonds/Stocks chart will be generated.

Initially this is generated using the default Bond and Stock symbol.

Users can manually change the Bond and/or Stock symbol and Relative Bonds/Stocks chart will be regenerated using the new symbol or symbols.

Relative Commodities/Bonds

Using the RSC chart indicator, the Relative Commodities/Bonds chart will be generated.

Initially this is generated using the default Bond and Stock symbol.

Users can manually change the Commodity index and/or Bond symbol and a new Relative Commodities/Bonds chart will be regenerated using the new symbol or symbols.

Relative Commodities/Stocks

Using the RSC chart indicator,, the Relative Commodities/Stocks chart will be generated.

Initially this is generated using the default Bond and Stock symbol.

Users can manually change the Commodity index and/or Stock symbol and Relative Commodities/Stocks chart will be regenerated using the new symbol or symbols.

Charting Tools

Charting Function Bar

The standard Charting Function Bar is available for use with each individual chart:

Charting Tools

The charting tools function in the same manner as for other charts.

First select the chart, the selected chart will have a peach colored outline. Once selected, apply the tools from the function bar to the selected chart.

Interval

The chart display interval, also known as the chart's compression, can be altered by the interval selector.

Weekly Default Setting

By default the interval is set to Weekly.

Users can change the interval to Daily, or Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly.

These settings can be saved in the .ims Inter-Market Screen template.

Action Menu

Click Action to open the Action menu:

The Action menu has five main sections:

Save Inter Market Screen

This saves any changes to the screen as an Inter Market Screen file (file extension .ims).

If the screen had not previously been saved, it will prompt users to enter a name.

This has the same functionality as the save button butn_save.gif in the function bar.

Save As.. and Load User Settings

In addition to the Captions, Symbols and Layout that can be changed in the Settings dialog for each chart the symbol, colors, chart type, etc. can be altered, and chart indicators and Hi-Lites can be applied, and all the changes can be saved in a market screen settings template.

Save the Inter Market Screen Settings

The process is similar to saving and loading a chart template.

First make all the user defined changes.

Then select Save Inter Market Screen as... from the Action menu.

Enter a meaningful name in the dialog box and Save in the default location, or specify an alternative location.

The template will be saved as a file with the .ims file extension.

Apply the Template

While the default settings will be applied to each Inter Market work page, previously saved Inter-Market screens can easily be applied.

First open the work page, then select Load Inter-Market Screen... from the Action menu.

Select the .ims file from the folder in which it has been saved.

Click Open to apply the settings to the charts on the current Inter Market work page.

Actions for "Symbol"

Select a chart and open the Action menu.

The Actions for "Symbol" command will be populated with the symbol of the selected chart.

The submenu will contain commands to open other functionality for that symbol.

Reset

Click the Reset button to return to the original default display of the data.

Settings

The last command on the Action menu is the Settings command.

This dialog contains controls to Customize the data and display of the Inter Market work page:

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For each of the tabbed pages the following display items can be altered:

Caption

Type in a new caption to appear in the title bar of each chart.

Symbol and Exchange

Change the symbol and display a different benchmark for the individual market.

Note that changing the symbol will also affect the results displayed in the Relative Strength Comparison charts on the right side of the work page.

Layout

Choose between Horizontal (default) or Vertical.

This affect will be more pronounced when the user manually resizes the individual charts by dragging their borders.

Save to .ims File

These settings can be saved as an Inter Market Screen template (file extension .ims) and reapplied to Inter Market screens in the future.

Refer to the Save As.. and Load User Settings section, above.

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