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Managing large and multiple watchlists

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Managing large and multiple watchlists

Hey all,

What is the best way to set things up within Sierra when managing watchlists and potential opportunities where you need to annotate the charts.

Sierra has watchlist functionality where you can setup a chartbook, link all the charts within that chartbook by symbol, and then scroll through a watchlist of stocks. That's great. However the problem comes when you want to annotate specific charts for things that you may be looking for in the future.

If you annotate a chart in the chartbook that contains your watchlist, that drawing will be present on every symbol as you scroll through the watchlist. This is because you are using one chartbook and simply changing the symbol for each chart as you scroll through the watchlist.

So basically what im trying to figure out is if the following 2 step process is somehow possible:

1 - setup a chartbook with my main watchlist to scroll through. This works fine.

2 - once I find potential opportunities that I would like to keep an eye on for the next few days/weeks, I would like to add them to another folder or watchlist or something. I need to be able to annotate the charts for each symbol, so that when I browse through this secondary watchlist/folder/something, I can see how things develop according to my annotations in the coming days/weeks.

I know I can create a chartbook for each stock that im interested in, but then how do I scroll through each of them. Or do I have to manually open every single chartbook each containing a stock of interest, then move to the next. Im hoping you can create a folder within Sierra, dump a whole bunch of separate chartbooks into it, then scroll through them easily.

I hope im making sense, and that this can be done somehow in Sierra.

Any ideas?
Many thanks.

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I don't know much about watchlists but if you are looking at a chart in a chartbook, you can duplicate it to a different chartbook by right-clicking on its tab. If you have a second chartbook open containing your current hot charts, its name will appear in the list for you to select.

This might be worth looking at.

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If you annotate a chart in the chartbook that contains your watchlist, that drawing will be present on every symbol as you scroll through the watchlist. This is because you are using one chartbook and simply changing the symbol for each chart as you scroll through the watchlist.

If you uncheck 'Show chart drawings for different symbols' on Chart Settings -> Advanced Settings 2, you should be able to have per symbol annotations.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I've managed to set something up which looks like it will work well going forward:
  • I have my main watchlist using the standard Sierra watchlist functionality. This I use to scan through +-140 stocks for things that look interesting
  • In the Sierra data folder I created another folder called 'Shortlist'. If I see something I like in the main watchlist I just save the chart into that folder and make my annotations
  • So at any point in time I may have several 'Shortlist' charts in the data folder. To browse through them, I open them in Sierra all at the same time, then use F7 and F8 to browse through them. Each chart can be annoted separately.
  • Lastly, I have another folder in the Sierra data folder called 'Portfolio' where I save all my actual trades which are currently in my portfolio. Again, to browse through them I just open them all at the same time and use F7 and F8 to scan

Just thought I would explain the above setup in case anyone else is looking to do something similar. I guess the main thing to know is that F7/F8 allows you to swap between chartbooks within one folder. So you can setup folders for specific purposes.

If anyone knows of a better way to accomplish the above, please let me know. But for now, I think this works quite well and from what I can tell, is probably the way this type of task is suppose to be accomplished within Sierra.

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