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Create Futures Spreads with SpreadTrader

Use the SpreadTrader to quickly create and trade calendar spreads for futures.

 

 

Create a futures spread

  1. Open SpreadTrader by right-clicking a contract on the trading screen and selecting Tools and then SpreadTrader.
  2. Enter the underlying symbol and and then select Futures Spreads for xxx, then choose the routing.
  3. In the SpreadTrader leg matrix at the bottom of the screen, click a bid or ask price at the intersection of two legs to create the calendar spread.

    The SpreadTrader matrix automatically structures the spread to sell the nearby month and buy the distant month.

  4. Transmit the order from the Orders panel by clicking "T" in the Status field.

Background Colors in Quote Panel

The colors in the Description field of the Quote panel show you how far out from the current year the contract's maturity date is, at a glance. Industry-standard colors are defined below:

Number of Years Out

Background Color

>1

White

2nd

Red

3rd

Green

4th

Blue

5th

Gold

6th

Purple

7th

Orange

8th

Pink

9th

Silver

10th

Copper

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