How to send the Trade Activity Log for Analysis

In order to see what happened to your trade orders, either live or in sim, the Trade Activity Log as everything that enters , modifies, or closes all orders. The log should be filtered to only view the relevant trades.  There are three Steps to sending the log: Preparation, Saving, and Attaching the log

Preparing the Log

The following steps will generate the log for the specific trades you are interested in. 

  1. Select Trade >> Trade Activity Log on the main Sierra Chart menu.
  2. On the Trade Activity Log window, select the [*Trade Activity] tab from the top level menu.
  3. At the top left select All Activity to list both Orders and Fills.
  4. In the list of Symbols, select the symbol.
    1. If you are in Simulation the Symbol name have [Sim] in front of the name:  [Sim]NQH22
  5. In the list of Trade Accounts, select the particular Trade Account the order was submitted to. If you are not sure of the particular Trade Account, select All Accounts
    1. In the case of simulated trading within Sierra Chart, these accounts will begin with Sim#.
  6. In the Date Range to Display >> From Date box, enter a date which is earlier than the date of the order being questioned.
  7. Make sure Date Range to Display >> To >> Today is checked. Note if the trade was not in the last day or so, it is better to uncheck this box and enter a Date and Time that occurs after your trade closed. (Decreases the file size.)
  8. In the list of Internal Order IDs make sure that All Internal Order IDs is selected.
  9. In the list of Notes, make sure All Notes is selected.
  10. Press the Apply button.

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Saving the Log

The log file can now be saved as a file for emailing and analysis.In the Trade Activity Window, select File>> Save Log As  and use the default name as it contains the date the file is saved:

  • If you need to send more than one file per day, just add  a dash and a number:
  • Click Save.
  • Email the Log

In your email program, attach the file located at: C:\SierraChart\SavedTradeActivity.  If you sort the files by date, it will be the newest one.

I want to put an NQ long alert into the T3 strategy, but the description and the number of the study don’t match the member video about Alerts now. What study number to use for the alert or where to put it in the current T3 auto study setting?

The S3 auto trade study is ID5, the T3 auto trade study is ID16, and the W3 auto trade study is ID3.  For example, you can add an audio alert  to the T3 Auto Trade study by editing the Study Settings for ID16.  Column K is Buy Long, and Column M is Sell Short.

If you want to add sound files to the list of available alerts, the files should be saved in the C:\SierraChart\AlertSounds.  (For Infinity/Transact Futures the folder is: C:\SierraChart\SierraChartTransActMA\AlertSounds.)  Go to Global Settings>>General Settings>>Alerts/General 3 to add sound files to the list of available audio alerts.

How Can I Speed Up My Computer?

How Can I Speed Up My Computer?

Can changing memory chips speed up my computer?

Dell wants to sell me new memory chips to help speed up computer processing, not sure that will do it.

Unless the computer came with slower chips than it was designed for, swapping out faster ones will not make a difference. I don’t think Dell would have done that. What will help is if you upgrade to more RAM, as Windows will spend less time swapping data back and forth to the disk drive. You can go to and run a test that will tell you what your options are. Dell will sell computers with less than the maximum amount of RAM allowed to allow for upgrade but save money in the initial purchase.

The best way to speed up Sierra Chart without buying a new computer would be to run Sierra Chart on a Solid State Drive  SSDs don’t have moving parts as they are totally electronic, making them much faster. Most SSDs come with software for cloning your existing hard drive, which you can save as a backup.

Also reducing the amount of open chartbooks, and the number data/days that the chart loads on start-up will help. If you don’t normally run backtests or look back on your charts more than 7 days.  There is really no need to have your charts set to load more than 10 days of data.

With regular use, the Sierra Chart data folder (C:\sierrachart\data) will continue to grow in size over time. The reason is that all chart data from the first Intraday chart viewed until the present is based on *.scid files. There is one per symbol.

If disk space is a concern, the easiest thing to do is to delete all the scid file and Sierra will download any missing data the next time you open a chart that needs it. This is the equivalent of doing Edit>>Delete All Data and Download.

The easiest way to get rid of unused downloaded data is to close Sierra Chart and delete all the *.scid files in the C:\sierrachart\data folder.  When you open any chartbook, it will download fresh data if it cannot be found on your system.

I get “Symbol is Unknown. Click for Symbol Information”.

Your trade service uses different symbols than the ones that have been provided. Go into Chart Settings, Main Settings and select the FIND button next to the Symbol: box. You can search for the correct symbol or if you know it, just type it into the Symbol: box.

For example, if the chart settings are using the symbol NQM8, and it is listed as Unknown, you may have to enter something like F.US.ENQM18 if you use AMP as a broker.

What do I do if there are no arrows?

The most common reason for this is that you have exceeded the daily Maximum Profit or Loss for the chart. If the Daily Max P/L % is either > 100% or < -100%, then increase the limits in S3 Inputs (or T3 or W3 inputs as the case may be.)

Other reasons:

  • For S3 V1.0: Check that the time is correct for the chart (RTH or Globex).
  • For all S3 and T3: Try closing the chartbook and reloading it.
  • Try restarting Sierra Chart and reloading.
  • Make sure the Spreadsheet study is not hidden.
  • Try extracting the original files from the zip file again.

If none of this works, try the instructions here to verify Auto Trade functionality:

Can I auto trade some charts and not others?

Charts that do not auto trade will work as they normally would. Auto Trade charts can be individually disabled by Unchecking Trade> Auto Trading Enabled – Chart (or using the ATC button) for each chart you don’t want auto traded. While it is supported to have multiple charts auto trade the same symbol, it is not recommended, as you may undesired results.

I see the auto trade arrow, but there was no trade entered.

Auto Trade will only enter a trade if the following conditions are met:

– Auto Trade is Enabled both Globally and for the Chart. (See here for creating Control Bar Buttons for these settings.)

– Live Money (Or Live SIM Server): Send Orders to Trade Service is YES in the Auto Trade study settings, and Trade Simulation Mode on is UNCHECKED.

– Back test/Replay/Local SIM: Send Orders to Trade Service is NO, and Trade Simulation Mode on is CHECKED.