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Set Execution-based Alerts

The Alerts window is composed of two sections. The first is the Conditions area, where you define the conditions which must be met to activate the alert. The second is the Actions area, where you define the action that will occur when the conditions are met. The Execution-based alert will trigger a user-defined action when an execution for the defined contract occurs. Alert actions include sending a notification such as a pop-up message on your trading screen, an email or a text message, or initiating an order, specifically a buy or sell order.



To set an execution-based alert

  1. On the Analytical Tools menu select Alerts.
  2. Click the New button, and enter a descriptive title in the Name box. The <unnamed> tab takes the name you enter.
  3. Start defining the alert by clicking the Add button.
  4. Begin to set the alert conditions by selecting Trade in the Choose Condition section of the Create Condition box, then click Next.
  5. On the Configure Trade Condition page, enter an underlying IF you only want the alert to trigger at the execution of a specific underlying. Otherwise leave ANY.
  6. In the Exchange field, select an exchange from the dropdown list IF you only want the alert to trigger for an execution at a specific destination. Otherwise, leave ANY.
  7. In the Type field, choose an instrument type IF you only want the alert to trigger at the execution of a specific instrument type. Otherwise leave ANY. Click the Finish button.
  8. To define multiple conditions, select And or Or from the Logic drop-down list, and add another contract on the next line following the above steps 3 - 7.

Your alert conditions are described in the Preview box at the bottom right of the window.

Now specify the action(s) that the alert will trigger.

Alerts Duration

By default, the alert will remain active until you cancel it. You can elect to have the alert remain active through a specific date and time by selecting Alert active until... and setting a date in the format YYYYMMDD hh:mm:ss.

If you want the condition(s) to be able to trigger outside regular trading hours, check the "Allow condition to be satisfied..." box.

To keep the alert active for multiple executions on the same underlying, check the Repeatable box.