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Logging in

You sign in to the web-based platform directly from our website. Click Sign In at the top-right of the site and enter your Username and Password.

To use the web-based platform you’ll need either a Live Account or a Demo Account with InterTrader:

Please note that, if you want to use the MT4 download platform, you will need an MT4 Account:

If you have any problems accessing or using the web-based platform please contact us via Live Chat, support@intertrader.com or +44 203 364 5189.

For further guidance on how to use our web-based platform, view our helpful video guide

Margin requirements

To place a trade on the web-based platform you need to have enough funds on your account to cover the margin requirement. Margin is a small fraction of the value of your position, intended to cover any potential losses.

(To add funds to your account, click Deposit on the performance bar or use the My Account menu to deposit funds by debit or credit card. You can also deposit funds over the phone at +44 203 364 5189.)

We calculate the margin requirement using the margin rate, which differs by market. You can find the margin rates for different markets in our Market Information tables.

The margin rate is a percentage of your overall position value. For example, if you wish to trade UK 100 Rolling Daily (margin rate = 0.5%) for £1/point, and your opening level is 7200, your margin requirement is 0.5% x (£1 x 7200) = £36. You would need £36 in available funds on your account to open this position.

You can reduce your margin requirement by placing a stop-loss on your position, which helps to limit your risk. When you have a stop-loss attached to your position your margin is calculated as 50% of the normal margin requirement, plus your risk per point multiplied by your stop distance.

So in the above example, if you have a stop 10 points from your opening distance, your margin requirement will be (50% x £36) + (£1 x 10) = £18 + £10 = £28. Your stop has reduced your margin requirement from £36 to £28.

(Note: This only applies on the web-based platform. If you’re using MT4 you cannot use a stop to reduce your margin requirement.)

You’ll always know how much margin you need to open a new position, as the margin requirement is given at the bottom of the trading ticket when you enter your trade size and any stop-loss order details.

Placing your first trades

The trading ticket

Use the Markets menu tree or the Market Search box to find the market you want to trade. Then either click the Trade button or double-click the market listing to open the trading ticket.

The buy and sell prices will continue to update in the trading ticket while you enter your trade size. You can also assign stop-loss and limit orders to your position. Notice how your margin requirement (the ‘funds required’) updates as you change these details.

When you’re ready to trade just hit BUY or SELL. You should receive an on-screen confirmation and your position will appear under Open Positions in the bottom panel. You’ll also get an email.

If you’re at all unsure your trade has gone through correctly please call us on +44 203 364 5189.

The 1-click ticket

You can access 1-click tickets by switching the prices window from Grid View to 1-Click Trading view. 1-click tickets are prepopulated with a trade size. Just hit BUY or SELL to trade at the live price.

You can also, of course, adjust your trade size or assign a stop and/or limit order before clicking BUY or SELL.

Closing your positions

Click Close against any open position in the bottom window to bring up the closing ticket. This is prepopulated with the trade required to close your position. For example, if you are long £5/point the closing ticket will be prepopulated with a £5/point SELL trade. Just click the appropriate button (BUY or SELL) to close your trade.

You can also close an open position by opening a new trade on the market concerned in the opposite direction. Depending on the size of your new trade you will either:

Using orders

Stop-loss orders

A stop-loss order (or stop) is a request to close your position at a certain price worse than your opening price, to prevent you from making further losses.

You can assign a stop to your position on opening, by setting your stop distance in the trading ticket, or attach a stop to an existing position, by clicking Amend next to the open position and setting your stop distance. In the same way you can adjust your stop distance for an existing stop order.

When your stop level is triggered your position will be closed automatically. You should note however that stops are not guaranteed and may be subject to slippage (positive or negative) and market gaps in volatile market conditions.

You can set your stop distance as low as one point outside the market spread. For instance, if the spread is 1 point you could set your stop at 2 points from your opening level. (See above for how your stop distance may reduce your margin requirement.)

You can cancel a stop attached to an open position at any time, so long as you have sufficient funds to cover any increased margin requirement. When you close an open position any stop assigned to that position will be cancelled.

Trailing stops

A trailing stop is a special type of stop-loss order that locks in gains on profitable positions. When you open your position enter a stop distance and check the box on the trading ticket to make your stop-loss order a trailing stop.

You must also set a trailing step level. If the price moves this distance in your favour your stop will be adjusted by the same distance. For instance, if you buy at 6000 with a stop at 5900 and a trailing step level of 20, then your stop will be adjusted to 5920 if the price moves through 6020.

This remains active until either your stop is triggered, you close your position or you cancel your stop. In the above example, if the price then moves through 6040 your stop will be adjusted to 5940, if it moves through 6060 your stop will be adjusted to 5960, and so on.

When your stop is adjusted you will see the new stop level next to your open position in the bottom window. You can also click Amend next to an open position to turn a standard stop into a trailing stop (or vice versa).

Limit orders

A limit order is a request to close your position at a certain price better than your opening price, to take a profit at your price target.

You can set, edit and cancel a limit order in just the same way as a stop-loss order, although unlike a stop it has no bearing on your margin requirement.

When you close an open position any limit order assigned to that position will be cancelled.

Opening orders

Also known as ‘new orders’ or ‘orders to open’, an opening order is an order to open a new trade should the price reach a certain level. In this way you can set your entry points without having to monitor the markets constantly.

To create an opening order, click the Order button next to a particular market, or select the Order to Open tab from the trading ticket.

You can now enter your price target, your desired trade size and whether this is an order to buy or to sell. You can also state whether this order should remain active for the day, until a specified date and time, or until it is cancelled.

To edit or cancel your opening orders, select the relevant tab in the bottom window. You can also assign stop and limit orders to an opening order, to be attached to any new position created. These are known as ‘contingent orders’.

Any new position created by an opening order will of course have a margin requirement. If you don’t have enough funds on your account to cover the margin when your order is triggered it will be cancelled.

Integrated trading tools

Trading signals

Our dealing platform gives you free access to expert buy and sell signals provided daily by Trading Central, including full supporting analysis and chart breakdowns. The trading signals service is embedded within the tools panel.

Click Signals at the top of the tools panel to access the latest trading signals. Trading Central generates at least five new signals every trading day, covering a wide range of popular markets.

You can click any signal to bring up the full research, click Exchange at the top-right to filter the list of signals, or use the Search box to find your favourite markets.

The statements which appear with the signals are sourced from the research providers stated in each case and may be publicly available from their respective websites. Trading signals are provided for information purposes only and should not be construed as trading advice. They are provided by a third party, Trading Central, which is entirely independent of InterTrader.

Pattern analysis

The Autochartist tool is also embedded in the tools panel, providing real-time analysis of chart patterns as they form. The tool scans thousands of markets continuously to identify trading opportunities.

Select Patterns at the top of the tools panel to see the latest patterns and key levels. You can click any of the patterns to bring up the full research, with further access to detailed volatility analysis, performance statistics and more from Autochartist.

Within the panel you can use the Search box to find your favourite markets or click Exchange at the top-right to filter the list of patterns.

Charts (quick and advanced)

Click the chart icon next to any market to pull a quick chart for this market into the chart panel. Or click the advanced chart icon to open an advanced chart in a new window. Our charts are powered by industry leader IT-Finance.

The advanced package gives you powerful drawing tools, automatic trend analysis, strategy testing, alerts and personal indicators, plus the ability to customise the package.

Select any indicator to see how it is calculated and a suggestion of how it is normally interpreted. Then select your own parameters for the indicator.

You can change the colours and styles of your charts and the chart grid, modify any of the preset indicators, or create your own indicators.

The simple ProBuilder language enables you to create your own programs using the price quotes from any of our markets. There is also a wizard to take you through the process of defining your strategy for testing. Any modifications you make can be saved, and you can also save particular settings as quick templates for future analysis.

For further details please see our comprehensive guides:

Backtesting

The comprehensive ProBacktest module within the advanced charting package allows you to define your money management rules, set any combination of trigger conditions using the preset or self-generated technical indicators and then run a full simulation of your trading performance against our historical data for that market.

You will receive a full statistical report on the performance of your trading strategy, breaking down the return on your initial capital, the number and frequency of trades, plus detailed lists of the exact orders and trades you would have made during the test period. You’ll also see the equity curve, showing the evolution of your initial capital since the beginning of the simulation, and a histogram of your open positions over the test period.

Once you’ve run the simulation you can easily adapt your variables and optimise your strategy against the historical data, running as many further tests as you want

For further details please see our comprehensive guide:

Watchlists

A watchlist is a customised portfolio of your favourite markets. You can create as many different watchlists within the web-based platform as you like. For example, you may have one watchlist of your favourite UK shares, another for forex and precious metals, and another for longer-term targets. The choice is yours.

To set up a new watchlist, click Create Watchlist in the prices window and choose a name for your list. To add a market to your new list, select the market in the prices window and click Add to Watchlist at the top of the window, then select the name of your list.

You can also use the dropdown menu next to any market (the double-arrow icon) to add or remove the market to or from any of your watchlists.

Other research

From the tools panel you can also access real-time market news from livesquawk, a full economic calendar with event definitions and consensus forecasts, our Daily Market Brief, and technical analysis from Trading Central.

Managing your account

My Account menu

The My Account area, accessed from the menu at the top-right of the platform, gives the ability to control the funds on your account and your account settings. You can deposit funds by debit or credit card or Skrill, register a debit or credit card on your account, request a withdrawal of account funds, change your password, or manage any subscriptions you have for price data feeds.

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Performance bar

The performance bar runs along the top of the platform and gives you your key account metrics. This is the heart of your account performance, including your cash balance, your running profit or loss on open positions, your total margin requirement on all open positions, and your overall account valuation or equity (i.e. your cash balance plus/minus your open profit/loss).

One other important total is your trading resources: this is your cash balance minus your total margin requirement, and is the full amount you can currently use to fund new positions. It is also the total amount you can withdraw from your account without having to close positions.

Account statements

There are three other tabs in the bottom window you can use to review your account history over different time periods.

Account Activity shows all the trades and orders you have placed, adjusted, cancelled or closed in the current trading day. Statement shows your cash deposits and withdrawals, realised profits and losses, and any charges for up to the last 90 days. And Order History shows the orders that have been placed, triggered or cancelled over your selected timeframe.

If you need any information that isn’t covered here please us via Live Chat, support@intertrader.com or +44 203 364 5189.

Automatic closure

Should the live valuation of your account (i.e. your cash balance plus/minus your running profit/loss) at any time equal your total margin requirement on all open positions we will send you a margin warning by email.

We will send another warning email if your live valuation falls to 75% of your total margin. If your live valuation falls to 50% of your total margin requirement we will close all your open positions automatically to prevent further losses.

To prevent this enforced closure you should either close some of your open positions to lower your total margin requirement or add funds to your account to increase your live valuation.




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