Stocks, FOREX pairs, futures contracts, indices etc are generically referred to as Instruments in MotiveWave™. The available instruments will depend on the broker or data service that you chose for the workspace. When you initially create a workspace in MotiveWave™ a default set of instruments will be populated in the local database. Additional instruments can be added by searching for them or defining them.

All instruments can be centrally managed from the Manage Instruments dialog available from the Console (Configure -> Instruments from the top menu bar).

The Manage Instruments dialog displays all of the instruments that are defined in the local database. You can filter the list by typing in a symbol (or partial symbol) or choosing a specific instrument type or exchange.

Additional instruments can be added to the local database by either clicking the Search, Import or Define buttons (Note: the Define and Import buttons are not available for all brokers/data services).

The Search button will utilize the broker/data service’s search capabilities to discover new instruments that you can add to the local database.

Importing Instruments

For convenience, the Import button will allow you to import a set of instruments from a CSV (comma separated values) file. This file can be created using a spreadsheet (such as Microsoft Excel) and saving it as a CSV file. For details on the format of the file, see:

Trading Hours

Trading hours define the days and time of day that an Instrument is traded. For most instruments the trading hours may be assigned automatically by MotiveWave™. When you create your workspace, MotiveWave™ will create a default set of Trading Hours. You can create your own trading hours and override the instrument settings. Trading hours can be created/modified from the Preferences dialog (Configure -> Preferences from the Console menu bar, click on General then on Trading Hours).

The Trading Hours dialog will appear when you click the add button (‘+’ icon) above. If an exchange is chosen, then the hours defined in this dialog will be used as the default trading hours for instruments on that exchange.

The Trading Hours for an instrument can be assigned from the Advanced tab of the Instrument dialog. This dialog can be accessed from the Manage Instruments dialog (Configure -> Instruments from the Console menu bar) or from the context menu of a chart (right click on a chart and choose Edit Instrument).

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