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While I've seen threads on monitors, how many some the traders here use, stands, and video cards, I didn't find a discussion as to what is typically on these screens. As a beginner, I think it would be very helpful to know the logic or reasoning when deciding what to depict on a monitor, or multiple ones. While I'm sure we'll get differences in approach, I'm sure there will be some commonalities too.

I've seen were some here use one or two monitors, while a good number utilize 3 to 4, and then some have set-ups with many more. Once I understand how this real estate is being used by experienced traders, I'll then have a better idea as to how I might go about my set-up...

As a guess, maybe some here use each monitor for an instrument, like one for the ES, another for NQ, etc... I'd be curious to hear the approach taken. And then, what's typically on these screens. I envision to 2 to 3 charts of various minute and tick increments and a ladder?

Thanks in advance for sharing. And, if there is a more relevant forum, kindly move it there...

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I trade with one monitor, one chart, and one instrument in one time frame with one indicator. But that's just me...

I'm just a simple man trading a simple plan.

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Thanks for the reply. So, the screen is all chart, or do you have any other info / data? I know you said just a chart though... I see that your two favorite instruments are TF and 6E. Do you trade multiple instruments a day, or just one? Last question, if you don't mind sharing, what is your indicator of choice? Mostly curious if it's on the chart, or something below it...

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Each Pic is a screen. Trade the 12R with an eye on the 5Min and the occassional glance at the longer term sfuff.

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Mickey - thank you. Pictures speak volumes... I spent a few minutes looking at your screens, and I can only guess as to the color-coding, but this does help. What size monitors (cm is fine), and typically, do you watch 2 instruments on your 3 screens?

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Thanks for the reply. So, the screen is all chart, or do you have any other info / data? I know you said just a chart though... I see that your two favorite instruments are TF and 6E. Do you trade multiple instruments a day, or just one? Last question, if you don't mind sharing, what is your indicator of choice? Mostly curious if it's on the chart, or something below it...

I trade mainly TF. When I was younger and healthier I traded 6E from 2 am to 6 Am Central and traded TF from 8:30 to 3:15 Central. Probably contributed to me being old and decrepit now. (I told ya about the heart attack...right..)

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I trade mainly TF. When I was younger and healthier I traded 6E from 2 am to 6 Am Central and traded TF from 8:30 to 3:15 Central. Probably contributed to me being old and decrepit now. (I told ya about the heart attack...right..)

This is my entire trading platform

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Good stuff. The color-coding on indicators is fascinating. Might those be Keltner bands with a 20 EMA in the middle, and 1.5 ATR bands?

Hey, you are still above ground and kicking! I appreciate you sharing.

I can see how I might not need so many monitors. I do hope others chime-in who use more than a couple or so monitors too...

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Each Pic is a screen. Trade the 12R with an eye on the 5Min and the occassional glance at the longer term sfuff.

WOW.

First time I'm looking at 1 Tick for CL. Amazing. I trade Euro Spot and 1 Tick looks crazy.

Sorry Tony for wondering away from the topic. I have a 24" monitor and I wanted to ask how do you arrange your charts on 1 monitor.

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12R White candle =up blue =down, close that is. 15ema, 50sma and the vwap are the dots. 24 inch screen

5min. 8sma and a 20ema. yellow candles are inside bars. standard size monitor as is the other one.

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I think their are multiple problems/questions here.
How many monitors is an element, but the definition on each monitor is another one.
Three 1280X1024 screens is not like two 1920X1200 (and here two screens is better imho).
The age and how good/bad is the eyes of the user is also a criteria.

So I think we will have multiple answers here .

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I currently trade only Euro currency (6E). I'll want to try my brain on CL too. I use a MacBook Pro 17" (with 1920x1200 Antiglare-display resolution) to trade and I believe this is sufficient for my trading needs; and with the view to replacing this with a new MacBook Pro 17" or higher (if available) model with higher memory capacity in the very near future.

This is my trading Desktop (see attached screenshot showing my last trade yesterday); there are two additional small charts (I call them Thermometers) at the extreme right (not shown in this screenshot).



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Hi lolu,

Nice and neat. My resolution is 1920 x 1200 and its a mess.

Got a 5" chart and a tick chart plus an order entry. I keep rearranging it and still not happy with the layout.

I hope more will post some screen shot so I get some ideas.

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12R White candle =up blue =down, close that is. 15ema, 50sma and the vwap are the dots. 24 inch screen

5min. 8sma and a 20ema. yellow candles are inside bars. standard size monitor as is the other one.

Hi,

Can I ask what made you decide on the 12R?

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lolu, I've never seen a chart like that before. I clearly have a lot to learn.

So, just the one screen on your MBP, no additional monitors?

I'd prefer a Mac too, generally. What do you use to virtualize or to allow you to run your trading platform? I always wondered of the implications, if any, of such an introduction...

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No.1 I like range charts, I know my entry levels before the candle closes. I like the way they look, nice and smooth.

No.2 Chose 12 as personally under 10 is a bit to noisey for my brain power. Also, having spent many hours watching the market, I have noticed that it likes to retrace 10 ticks or so quite often. a lot of traders may well have 10 tick stops, markets like to come back and get them. A 12R just puts me a little out of that noise. Tight I know, but it's a compromise as I don't like to big a stop either.

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lolu, I've never seen a chart like that before. I clearly have a lot to learn.

So, just the one screen on your MBP, no additional monitors?

I'd prefer a Mac too, generally. What do you use to virtualize or to allow you to run your trading platform? I always wondered of the implications, if any, of such an introduction...

The chart is a GomVolume Ladder chart and it is my "trading platform".

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So, I do a Google search on Gom Volume Ladder, and I get a link to this great forum, lol!

Gom Volume Ladder - Big Mike's Trading Forum

Wow, you trade exclusively off that?! Clearly, the results must make it worthwhile. Fascinating.

For those with multiple monitor set-ups, it's my understanding that is typically achieved through the proper choice of video card. But, from a user stand-point, how does one direct what charts or data goes onto each monitor screen?

Has someone here created a Gom Volume Ladder for MultiCharts? I checked the Gom Volume thread, and didn't see any reference to MC...

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No.1 I like range charts, I know my entry levels before the candle closes. I like the way they look, nice and smooth.

No.2 Chose 12 as personally under 10 is a bit to noisey for my brain power. Also, having spent many hours watching the market, I have noticed that it likes to retrace 10 ticks or so quite often. a lot of traders may well have 10 tick stops, markets like to come back and get them. A 12R just puts me a little out of that noise. Tight I know, but it's a compromise as I don't like to big a stop either.


Hi Mickey,

I have to agree with you. I like how they look too.

I going to try out 12 next week.

thanks.

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Good stuff. The color-coding on indicators is fascinating. Might those be Keltner bands with a 20 EMA in the middle, and 1.5 ATR bands?

Hey, you are still above ground and kicking! I appreciate you sharing.

I can see how I might not need so many monitors. I do hope others chime-in who use more than a couple or so monitors too...


I trade on Range bars. The ATR doesn't work on Range Bars. The ATR of a range bar will always be the same as the size of the range bars.

That's a 10 period double EMA; (EMA(EMA,Period),Period). The bands are the exhaustion range at which the trend will pull back.

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No.1 I like range charts, I know my entry levels before the candle closes. I like the way they look, nice and smooth.

No.2 Chose 12 as personally under 10 is a bit to noisey for my brain power. Also, having spent many hours watching the market, I have noticed that it likes to retrace 10 ticks or so quite often. a lot of traders may well have 10 tick stops, markets like to come back and get them. A 12R just puts me a little out of that noise. Tight I know, but it's a compromise as I don't like to big a stop either.

Exactly!

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I trade on Range bars. The ATR doesn't work on Range Bars. The ATR of a range bar will always be the same as the size of the range bars.

That's a 10 period double EMA; (EMA(EMA,Period),Period). The bands are the exhaustion range at which the trend will pull back.

Hello TMFT,

Would you please share how you set up your double EMA chart. Not sure how to setup (EMA(EMA,Period),Period). What indie are you using?

Thanks for your help,

Rick

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So, I do a Google search on Gom Volume Ladder, and I get a link to this great forum, lol!

Gom Volume Ladder - Big Mike's Trading Forum

Wow, you trade exclusively off that?! Clearly, the results must make it worthwhile. Fascinating.

For those with multiple monitor set-ups, it's my understanding that is typically achieved through the proper choice of video card. But, from a user stand-point, how does one direct what charts or data goes onto each monitor screen?

Has someone here created a Gom Volume Ladder for MultiCharts? I checked the Gom Volume thread, and didn't see any reference to MC...

You may wish to have a glimpse of how I used it in the two videos in my last trades on Friday, here in my Diary thread. I'm really not a Master in this Volume Ladder thing yet.

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Great, thanks lolu! I'm reading threads like crazy now, watching videos too. Great forum. I just learned that you are a Mac guy in some thread... I'm a little bummed that it seems best to go with a PC though. Thanks again.

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For those with multiple monitor set-ups, it's my understanding that is typically achieved through the proper choice of video card. But, from a user stand-point, how does one direct what charts or data goes onto each monitor screen?

I'm looking for feed back too. I have a 4 monitor set up with a single ATI FireMV 2400 PCI-E x16 video card that basically turns the four monitors into one big screen. Both the NVIDIA Quadro NVS and Matrox M series offer desktop management that allows you to draw evenly sized grid lines on each monitor to neatly fit in charts or what ever you want. I'm leaning towards the NVS 420 for a new build - here's their site http://www.nvidia.com/object/desktop-nvs.html

Two monitors are set up on a duel vertical stand next to another identical set. I like this better than a four monitor stand because the screens can be aligned in a slight V formation that makes it easer to see then if they were flat. The stands came from easymountLCD who just copied what Tyke's Supply was doing for their very reasonably priced stands. I love that you can tilt the screens up an down which some stands that cost four times as much can't do.
http://www.amazon.com/Vertical-Freestanding-Dual-Monitor-Stand/dp/B0036Q2WUQ/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&qid=1301841711&sr=8-23

I started with two 23' Veiwsonic VP2365wb's and then later added two 24" Acerv243H's. That was a mistake because the 23" screens are noticeably easier for me to look over while the 24" just has too much space. They are both 1920x1080. I was to cheap for 1920 x 1200 and some quad graphic cards that normally support 1920x1200 won't if they need a splitter to fit in all the DVI cables. I don't know if it's true but I read an article by an ophthalmologist saying that LED screens are awful for your eyes.

I'm not comfortable giving trading advice yet but have two charts open per futures instrument and the SuperDOM. One chart switches between time frames an hour or more and the other 30 min or less. The bottom right monitor is designated to open trades.

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Wonderful feedback whatnext, thank you.

From last night, I actually had a tab open to Amazon for the 4-monitor stand. From what you shared, the flexibility of having two 2-monitor stands seems beneficial.

From what I've read, I think a 4 monitor set-up is what I'll try. Big Mike had said earlier, I think in another thread, that he would now go with 6 screens now, but with a couple being for separate use (forum posting, email, browsing, etc). I'll have a laptop off to the side for that purpose, or my iMac...

Back to that stand... Does it allow for or have provisions for the routing of lines? I believe some have entry and exit holes in the support tubing for such, also making for concealment, which is sort of nice. If not, I'd just use some zip ties though. As you said, the price is right...

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Back to that stand... Does it allow for or have provisions for the routing of lines? I believe some have entry and exit holes in the support tubing for such, also making for concealment, which is sort of nice. If not, I'd just use some zip ties though. As you said, the price is right...

No it's just a pole with a large rubber padded base and the monitor holders slide on and are tightened by twisting handle attached to a large screw.

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Back to that stand... Does it allow for or have provisions for the routing of lines? I believe some have entry and exit holes in the support tubing for such, also making for concealment, which is sort of nice. If not, I'd just use some zip ties though. As you said, the price is right...

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Thanks rtrade. That thread was part of my "homework" and I did indeed find that post. From what I can tell, it might not be a good fit for my desk. I have only about 2" of overhang, or lip on the surface of the desk. So, I think the clamp will not have enough "meat" to grab onto...

It's even a more affordable solution though. I'm thinking if it might be time for a new desk... I do like Big Mike's idea about not going overkill on the computer, and putting money into monitors and comfort, like a great chair and desk. Hmm... might there be a thread on desks and chairs? Probably not...

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Thanks rtrade. That thread was part of my "homework" and I did indeed find that post. From what I can tell, it might not be a good fit for my desk. I have only about 2" of overhang, or lip on the surface of the desk. So, I think the clamp will not have enough "meat" to grab onto...

Hmmm, don't really know what to say....that website has not only clamps but stands as well...hmmm



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It's even a more affordable solution though. I'm thinking if it might be time for a new desk... I do like Big Mike's idea about not going overkill on the computer, and putting money into monitors and comfort, like a great chair and desk. Hmm... might there be a thread on desks and chairs? Probably not...

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I didn't check their website, just the model mentioned by Big Mike and others that has a clamp securing the stand to the desk. The one that whatnext provided is a platform that sits on the desk, so if there ones like that on the link you provided, I''ll check those out, and thanks for the link on chairs.

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Interesting to see what others are using.

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Sort of glad others are seeing value too... For a beginner, knowing that one screen might not be desirable, the question soon becomes, well, how many screen might I need. And to answer that, one needs to have an idea as to what is on the screens, or might be... Given what I've seen so far, I feel that a four screen set-up, 24" each, will do the trick. I'll have my 24" iMac off to the side for other "stuff"... I'll need a bigger desk though.

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I'd take a look at a 24" screen in person and then what it would be like to have four. I might be in the minority, but wish I had gotten 21" and could then add another two.

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I'd take a look at a 24" screen in person and then what it would be like to have four. I might be in the minority, but wish I had gotten 21" and could then add another two.

I suppose you mean running-out of space on your desk? I was scoping-out 2x2 (24" monitors), and a 48" desk would accommodate. I'm leaning toward getting an L shared desk that is 63 or so inches as then I'd have some future options to expand, if desired. Plus the slight wrap-around shorter portion of the L is where I could put my iMac for email, surfing, or even to have TOS open for options.

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What I'm saying is you want to be comfortable with your viewing format and taking a look in person couldn't hurt. I like to be pretty close to the screen when looking at charts and it's ok with 4 24" screens but wouldn't be with 6 screens. It's just about personal preference.

I went with the Bush Series C Right L-Shape Desk with a return bridge. It's huge, looks good in mocha cherry and is not expencive.

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Nice desk alright, and size is not a problem there... I understand what you are saying, and that's a good point. I've been using a 24" iMac for a while, but I've never used more than 2 monitors at the same time. Never needed to...

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While I've seen threads on monitors, how many some the traders here use, stands, and video cards, I didn't find a discussion as to what is typically on these screens. As a beginner, I think it would be very helpful to know the logic or reasoning when deciding what to depict on a monitor, or multiple ones. While I'm sure we'll get differences in approach, I'm sure there will be some commonalities too.

I've seen were some here use one or two monitors, while a good number utilize 3 to 4, and then some have set-ups with many more. Once I understand how this real estate is being used by experienced traders, I'll then have a better idea as to how I might go about my set-up...

As a guess, maybe some here use each monitor for an instrument, like one for the ES, another for NQ, etc... I'd be curious to hear the approach taken. And then, what's typically on these screens. I envision to 2 to 3 charts of various minute and tick increments and a ladder?

Thanks in advance for sharing. And, if there is a more relevant forum, kindly move it there...


Tony,

Less is always more in trading, but only of less contains the information you need to make solid trades. Whether or not one has that information, typically depends on the level of research one has concluded on real market data. Everything comes down to research in this business - what the trader can prove through empirical evidence and then how the trader can enter positions that take advantage of the empirical nature of the issue being traded.

Some can do it with just one screen. Others, will use as many as five (5) or more. Whatever it takes to get the job done, is what it will take for you.

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Less is always more in trading, but only of less contains the information you need to make solid trades. Whether or not one has that information, typically depends on the level of research one has concluded on real market data. Everything comes down to research in this business - what the trader can prove through empirical evidence and then how the trader can enter positions that take advantage of the empirical nature of the issue being traded.

Some can do it with just one screen. Others, will use as many as five (5) or more. Whatever it takes to get the job done, is what it will take for you.

You know, that sounds applicable to so much in life; and an important reminder,thank you. I'm at the stage now to where I don't know what works best for me. I need to experiment with so much, and I'm really looking forward to it... I'll be living in paper money quite a bit during this initial learning curve...

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You know, that sounds applicable to so much in life; and an important reminder,thank you. I'm at the stage now to where I don't know what works best for me. I need to experiment with so much, and I'm really looking forward to it... I'll be living in paper money quite a bit during this initial learning curve...

Well, that's the key - experimentation with a demo account and then digging into the real market data to see if the market left any clues about how it would perform. Your screen set-up will evolve through many different iterations over time, as you try new things. There is no one size fits all configuration and what you ultimately use will depend on the type of trader you decide to become. As a tactical trader, I only need my system and my trading platform. The system gives me the trade profile and I can check the trading platform for any adverse news before entering the position(s). So, for me personally it is all about having access to:

System (generating the trade profile)
News (managing the adversity)
Execution (managing the position)

I've got that down to one screen and I'm trying to get it down to a much smaller PDA, but that's going to be rather difficult if not impossible with the current prototype. However, I believe that I can get the same set-up inside a UMPC like the OQO Model 2.



By the time you are done with a fair amount of indicator design, experimentation, back-testing, market research and live test trading, you'll know precisely what screen set-up will work for you in your production level trading. I certainly would not be worried about screen set-ups at this stage. Go for one screen now and let the mission dictate where to go next.

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JT, that is impressive. The approach truly makes sense. Let me ask you... While there much I need to experience and sift through, and I don't mind putting the time in, is getting several monitors to start maybe not the right approach? I've paper traded on TOS, and one screen seems to tight...

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JT, that is impressive. The approach truly makes sense. Let me ask you... While there much I need to experience and sift through, and I don't mind putting the time in, is getting several monitors to start maybe not the right approach? I've paper traded on TOS, and one screen seems to tight...

If it works for you, go for it. I used Alt+Tab just as easily when necessary and I've never had a problem. But, my single primary screen is also 27 inches wide, too. (lol)

My new home office plan will be a bit larger in square footage and my desk will sit much further way from the screen. So, that will require a 55 inch screen. I'll be going LED for that with another 55 inch LED for television use out of the same office. The new LED HDTVs out today, make things easier. I've always wanted to position my desk way back from the monitor and mount the monitor on the wall.

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That sounds sweet JT. That is something for which I have some experience as I've wirelessly "thrown" my laptop screen onto our 46". It has had several cool applications, including looking at TOS charts from the sofa... The device I use only does it 720 for streaming though:

Amazon.com: Imation LINK Wireless Audio/Video Extender (Black): Electronics

With computer by the TV, you can go wired and then use a wireless keyboard and mouse.

I was looking at 27" screens originally, and maybe two would do the trick...

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That sounds sweet JT. That is something for which I have some experience as I've wirelessly "thrown" my laptop screen onto our 46". It has had several cool applications, including looking at TOS charts from the sofa... The device I use only does it 720 for streaming though:

Amazon.com: Imation LINK Wireless Audio/Video Extender (Black): Electronics

With computer by the TV, you can go wired and then use a wireless keyboard and mouse.

I was looking at 27" screens originally, and maybe two would do the trick...

Sounds good. 27 inches is plenty large enough for desktop usage in most cases. For better video, check on the LEDs - they are pretty much state of the art right now and prices have fallen since their initial entry into the retail market. You should be able to get good enough resolution that way, but you also need either good on-board video, or a good replacement video card. LG, makes some good 27 inch flat-panels, but for my money, it is hard to beat Samsung. Maybe, I'm just biased towards Samsung, since I've had so much good history with their product lines.

When Sony is not sleepwalking, they can also produce some quality panels, but typically they fall short on the smaller panels with quality not much better than the also-rans. Check Polaroid, too. They have come a long way if you are budget conscious. But, for the higher quality larger screen sizes, Samsung is good. They are ridiculously expensive, but when you want the best you pay for it. They also do 240hz LED up through the 50 inch diagonal and the 8500 models produce contrast ratios of 7 million to 1. (no, that is not a typo!) Like I said, I am biased towards ole Sam, but they consistently have produced take no prisoners video products for a long time. They flew past Sony, years ago, IMO.

My in-home set-up will be built with a secured and amplified 802.11g WiFi network, to include a cable-less floor and wall design. So, all cables/wires/etc. will run under the floors and behind the walls. If you do whole-house WiFi, you gotta go with signal boosters, multiple access points and increased gain on that antennas - this will pretty much cover you when you want to take things outside on a laptop, or move around a bit while at the home office. I'm also going with a centralized video output control unit, so that no matter where I am in the house, I can walk-up to any screen and securely view what's on my trading screen back inside the office. So, if I need to hang-out in the garage for a while, I can simply turn on that screen and have my GUI available to me to monitor. This way, I'm not always physically trapped inside the office for hours at a time.

Anyway, hope this all helps in some way.

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Someone has some money Sounds very nice.

I read somewhere, possibly including here, that LED screens are worse on the eyes than non-LED monitors. Not sure if true, but found it interesting, and wanted to share... Should be more energy efficient and have improved longevity though.

We have a Samsung for our main TV, and I must agree, exceptional...

Thanks again.

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While I've seen threads on monitors, how many some the traders here use, stands, and video cards, I didn't find a discussion as to what is typically on these screens. As a beginner, I think it would be very helpful to know the logic or reasoning when deciding what to depict on a monitor, or multiple ones. While I'm sure we'll get differences in approach, I'm sure there will be some commonalities too.

I've seen were some here use one or two monitors, while a good number utilize 3 to 4, and then some have set-ups with many more. Once I understand how this real estate is being used by experienced traders, I'll then have a better idea as to how I might go about my set-up...

As a guess, maybe some here use each monitor for an instrument, like one for the ES, another for NQ, etc... I'd be curious to hear the approach taken. And then, what's typically on these screens. I envision to 2 to 3 charts of various minute and tick increments and a ladder?

Thanks in advance for sharing. And, if there is a more relevant forum, kindly move it there...

I use three monitors though only two are for trading.

Actually, I just took this desktop pic of my main, middle, screen.



Top left is NT connection info. Top window is Oanda connection info. To the right of that is Winamp. To the right of Winamp is a closeup view of the 1 min chart which I use to enter pending trades. Below winamp is the ADX reading which I don't really use. Below that is the trade Oanda info window that displays the +/- pips when a trade is active. Below that is the Oanda quote panel set to 1 touch which I use to exit trades. The big window is a NT 3 range chart.

My left monitor, not pictured, has a 6 range and 12 range chart as well as the standalone JT Econ display. My right monitor, also not pictured, is where I have the net up while I wait for price to do things I want it to do.

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I currently use 5 monitors, 4 - 22 inches and 1 - 23, I only trade TF. I have a few charts of ES but mainly it's all TF charts with different time frames.

I have build something to hold 4 monitors, 2 side by side then 2 more above and 1 on my desk. Main monitor has Ninjatrader 7 Control center with Superdom.

22 inches is a good size for monitors considering the distance I am from them.

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I use three monitors though only two are for trading.

Actually, I just took this desktop pic of my main, middle, screen.



Top left is NT connection info. Top window is Oanda connection info. To the right of that is Winamp. To the right of Winamp is a closeup view of the 1 min chart which I use to enter pending trades. Below winamp is the ADX reading which I don't really use. Below that is the trade Oanda info window that displays the +/- pips when a trade is active. Below that is the Oanda quote panel set to 1 touch which I use to exit trades. The big window is a NT 3 range chart.

My left monitor, not pictured, has a 6 range and 12 range chart as well as the standalone JT Econ display. My right monitor, also not pictured, is where I have the net up while I wait for price to do things I want it to do.

MBT data feed is a live account?

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Experimenting with a system inspired by Elder's Triple Screen Trading System. Instead of units of 5 though, I'm using 7. With 5, at least with intraday charts, once the intermediate time frame is in one extreme, it already is dragging the higher timeframe out of its trend status, so signals are rare, though those may be of higher quality. Homework...

This trade I entered stopped out, the entry before it though had a 29 tick MFE.

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Yes.

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I monitor up to 20 markets in a single time frame, focusing on around 5 at any one time. Those 5 I look at in 3 time frames. I currently use 2 monitors as I am in the process of changing 2 and that will bring me up to the max I can do on this P.C (2 monitors are 19" and 2 are 23" widescreens)

One of the 19" is for trading platform, another for news/spreadsheet.

The 23" are used for charts.

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Tony,

Less is always more in trading, but only of less contains the information you need to make solid trades. Whether or not one has that information, typically depends on the level of research one has concluded on real market data. Everything comes down to research in this business - what the trader can prove through empirical evidence and then how the trader can enter positions that take advantage of the empirical nature of the issue being traded.

Some can do it with just one screen. Others, will use as many as five (5) or more. Whatever it takes to get the job done, is what it will take for you.


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I just started learning to trade not long ago. i am currently using three 20" monitors with triplehead2go. I will post a picture once I learn how to upload them.

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Personally I use four 1920x1080 Samsung LED screens in a 2x2 config. I'm running Sierra Charts, Broker's DOM, Firefox etc.

Just waiting for 30" 2560 x 1600 to become more mainstream so I can have 2560 x 1600 as the center piece flanked by 1600×1200 20" monitors either side in portrait mode.

I already collated this information on workstation video cards that may be useful to anyone looking at driving 2560 x 1600 screens. Note that as HDMI does not go this high, You'll need either a Dual-Link DVI, or DisplayPort.

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Nvidia Quadro NVS 295 PCIe x1 x16

2 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 256MB RAM - 64bit / Full length - Half height
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Nvidia Quadro NVS 420 PCIe x1 x16

4 x monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 512MB RAM - 64bit / Full length - Half height *HAS FAN*

(VHDCI to Quad DisplayPort dongle / VHDCI to Quad DVI-D (Single Link) dongle)
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Nvidia Quadro NVS 450 PCIe x16

4 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 512GB RAM / Half length - Full height
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Matrox M9128 LP PCIe x16

2 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 1GB RAM / Half height
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Matrox M9138 LP PCIe x16

3 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 1GB RAM / Half height
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Matrox M9148 LP PCIe x16

4 x DisplayPort monitors at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 each / 1GB RAM / Half height
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I'm just a beginner so don't take anything what I say for advice. But I like to read what others trade with so I just thought I'd present my 2 cents. I'm not a complete beginner. I've been learning to trade for several years. I've now come to the point where I feel I can call myself a beginner.

Anyways. As a beginner I can't have too many monitors. I like to have good visual representation of what is happening. That means charts to me. I only have two 24" monitors. On one I track three time periods of spot gold and silver in six charts. On that monitor I flip between that and tracking two stocks in my trading platform. On the second monitor I have the order entry screen with a graph charting the stock I am currently trading, price ladder, account info, etc. Then I have half dozen Stockcharts charts open in various tabs which I flip through.

I am focusing on identifying trends, pivotal points, staying with the trend, staying in the trade when it is in your favour. I wish. I've had so many chances where I bail waay too soon and/or flub the entry. How to take a great day and lose money.

I would just love to have a couple more monitors. I could organize it so I didn't have to do any flipping.

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