Mobile App User Guide
When you open the app, use your account ID and password to log in. Remember to flag whether this is a live or a demo account.
If you haven’t got an account yet you can use the links on the login page or Apply Here.
You’ll now see a list of live prices for our most popular markets. Use the icons at the top of the page to see a list of news headlines along with the live prices, or a condensed chart of the active market.
For any of the live prices you can tap on the Buy or the Sell price to bring up a trading ticket, or anywhere else on the row to bring up more price information for this market.
Placing a trade
First decide whether you are placing a market order (to trade now at the live market price) or an entry order (to trade if the market hits your stated price – on the web-based platform we call this an opening order, or order to open).
Now set the amount of your trade, i.e. how much of your account currency to risk per point movement in the market price. Note, for spread betting this amount is always in your account currency, while for CFDs this amount is in the market currency (e.g. USD for Wall Street, EUR for Germany 30).
You also have the choice whether to attach stop and/or limit orders to your new position. These orders will close your position automatically if the price hits your stated level, either to cut your losses or take a profit. You should note however that stops are not guaranteed and may be subject to market gaps and slippage in volatile conditions.
The ‘Trailing’ option lets you make your attached stop order a trailing stop. This means it will adjust automatically to lock in profits if the market moves in your favour. The ‘Time in force’ option lets you specify how long your order to trade will remain active if it is not filled immediately.
Finally, tap ‘Submit’ when you are ready to place your trade. Please make sure you have selected the Buy price or the Sell price as appropriate.
Managing your trades
Once your trade has been placed it will appear on your Positions screen (tap the Positions icon on the bottom menu). Tap any open position on this screen to bring up more details and a chart of the market.
You can add a stop or limit order to your position if you choose, or tap ‘Related Orders’ to see your existing stops and limits, which you can then edit or delete.
To close a position, either tap the minus symbol next to the position on the main Positions page, or tap ‘Close Position’ on the detailed page for this position. Either way this will bring up the deal required to close this position. When you tap ‘Submit’ your position will be closed at the current price, realising your profit or loss.
On the market list, a number in a red square next to a market indicates how many open positions you have on this market, while a number in a red circle indicates how many entry orders.
At the bottom of the Positions screen you’ll see your key account stats: your account equity (your balance plus or minus your running profit or loss), your margin in use (in absolute terms and as a percentage of your equity), your usable margin (your equity minus your margin in use), your running profit or loss (gross and on the day) and your account currency.
You can access dynamic HTML5 charts for any market either by double-tapping the condensed chart in the price list or the detailed price info, or by selecting the market and choosing ‘Edit chart’ from the top-right menu.
Simply scroll, pinch and zoom to navigate your chart with exceptional responsiveness. Along the bottom of the chart you’ll find your chart options, including:
- Chart styles: candlestick, OHLC, Heikin-Ashi, line, line and dot, HLC
- Intervals: 27 options from tick-by-tick to monthly
- Trendlines, Fibonacci tools, shapes and annotations
- 70 chart studies to apply (with individual parameters)
- 25 chart patterns to identify (with colour settings)
You can also see your open positions, and any attached stops and limits, marked as lines on your chart. To adjust any of your orders simply tap to activate the line and then drag it to your new level, then tap ‘Submit’.
Tap the bottom-right menu icon for further options, including the ability to set entry orders directly on your chart. For instance, you can tap ‘Place Buy Order’ and then tap on the chart your desired entry level, then tap ‘Submit’.
From this menu you can also overlay other instruments on your chart for comparison, set alerts based on price conditions or chart patterns, or save and load your default chart settings.
Alerts and news
To set an alert, first find a market, tap the top-right menu and select ‘Set Alert’. From the alert screen you can:
- Add one or more conditions for your alert – these can be based on simple price targets, trendlines or chart studies
- Make the appearance of a specific chart pattern the trigger for your alert
- Save and load complex alert conditions as scripts
- Set the execution rule for your alert
- Customise the notification you’ll be sent when your alert is triggered
Tap the Alerts icon on the bottom menu to see and edit all your active and expired alerts.
Tap the News icon to see a list of the latest news headlines, updating throughout the day. You can tap any of the headlines to see the full story from the news source.
Customising your app
Hold and drag to change the order of any of the icons in the bottom menu. For more extensive customisation tap the Setup icon.
The Setup page gives you a range of options including the choice of four different coloured ‘skins’ for the app, or 16 different languages.
You can also create portfolios of your favourite markets. Tap ‘Menu options’ on the Setup page and then ‘New Tradeboard’ – the new portfolio will now appear in the bottom menu.
You can add a market to your portfolio by tapping the top-right menu from the market page and selecting ‘Add to Tradeboard’, then choosing from the list of available portfolios. Alternatively, you can find your portfolio on the bottom menu and tap ‘Edit’, then tap and drag markets from the available folders to your portfolio.
Tap ‘User’ on the Setup page if you wish to sign out of the app.