Quick “tips and tricks” type video today. The TradeStation format symbol settings tab causes some people a few problems. This email from Mario is typical:
“My email is about your 135 min bar chart. I know you use them because there are 405 min in an Emini day trading session, but the fact is that Tradestation plots 4 bars per day instead of 3. I’ve been checking it again and again with @es.d and is always the same, 4 bars per day. I don’t know if you had noticed, just wanted to point it, not to criticize.” Mario
This is easily fixed. Make sure your settings are “For bar building, use: > Session Hours” instead of “Natural Hours”. In that way, TradeStation knows the start building bars at the beginning of the trading session, instead of using whole hours. You can get more details from TradeStation’s online help manual here.
While you’re at, make sure your settings are “Time Zone: > Exchange”. So that timestamps on your charts reference the exchange time, rather than your computer time. This is just a convention that traders use, so there’s no confusion when comparing charts from traders in different locations.
Good luck with your Emini trading.