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QUICK START HELP
(for Galactic Trader 4.0  Real Time only)

The following is a step by step process to get started using the Galactic Trader Program (Version 4 or later)

 1st,  lets get connected to your data vendor.  

  1. Press Utilities, data source, Select RT Data Vendor.
  2. Click on the radio button next to the name of your data vendor.
  3. For  E-signal users only the server address which can be found under communications in your data manager program.  The eSignal Data Manager  program must me running before you can connect to E-signal.
  4. For  Real Tick (Townsend Analytics) users only,  type in the name of the server in  “Real Time Machine Name” box and the name of the historic server in the “Historic Machine Name” box.  You can find these names in the TAL quoting software that comes with a subscription to Townsend Analytics.
  5. Press OK.
  6. At this point you  may be asked to type in your user name and password.  Do so and press ok.  This will depend upon your data vendor. 

 Now, lets make sure your Exchange Time Zones are set correctly 

  1. Click File, exchanges, edit exchanges. The “exchanges” window appears listing the most common exchanges.  Please note that you can build your own exchanges and add them to the list.
  2. Find your  time zone below:  

If you are in London then your New York Stock Exchange Time Zone should be  +5
If you are in the Eastern Time Zone then your New York Stock Exchange should be 
If you are in the Central Time Zone then your New York Stock Exchange should be  -1
If you are in the Mountain Time Zone then your New York Stock Exchange should be -2
If you are in the Pacific Time Zone then your New York Stock Exchange should be -3

If you are in Hawaii then your New York Stock Exchange should be –6 but during Daylight Savings Time you will need to subtract 1 hour from all your exchanges so that the New York Stock Exchange is  –5.  Be sure to add 1 hour to all exchanges when Daylight Savings Time expires (see below)

  1. Click “exchanges” in the upper left hand corner of the “Exchanges” window.
  2. Select “Add one hour to all exchanges” or “subtract one hour from all exchanges” until your New York Stock Exchange Time Zone is set correctly. 
  3. When done click “exit”

  

Next, lets add some symbols.  You will setup all futures symbols using the “Futures” menu and all indices, stocks, etc. using the “Symbols” menu.

 Let’s setup a futures symbol.  We are going to use the 10 Year Notes as our example using Quote.com as our Data Vendor. 

  1. Click File then Futures. Now right click  anywhere in the Futures window.  A pop up menu will appear.  Select “New Group”
  2. Click once on the “Chicago Board of Trade”.  It will then ask you if you want to use the default trading times for this exchange.  Select “Yes”
  3. In the Description box type in the name of the futures symbol you are setting up.  In this case type “10 Year Notes”.
  4. Look up the “root symbol” in  your symbols directory (provided by your data provider. We do not have this information). 
  5. In the symbol box, type in the “root symbol” and then a  ?! right after it.  Note that E-signal for example uses a space between the root symbol and the  ?! (i.e. TY ?!).  Also, some data vendors place the year before the month.  In these cases you will need to flip the ?! and make it read  !?.  So, in our example using Quote.com, we type in  TY?!.  Remember to use capital letters if your data vendor requires them.
  6. Place a check mark next to all the months that the futures symbol you are setting up trades.  In our example we place a check mark next to March, June, September, and December.
  7. Select “Futures” as your folder. 
  8. Select “32 ½” as your unit as the 10 year notes trades in 32 ½’s.
  9. Click on trading time and make sure that the open and close times are correct for the futures symbol you are setting up.  These times must be in the local exchange time not the time where you are located.  If you are not sure what the correct trading times should be go to the exchange's website and look it up under contract specifications.  We do not have this information.
  10. Leave FTGT symbol blank (for future use).
  11. Click OK.

 

Let’s setup a stock symbol.  We are going to use the IBM as our example using Quote.com as our Data Vendor.

  1. Click File, Symbols, New Symbol.
  2. In the exchange window scroll down and click once on the “New York Stock Exchange”.  It will then ask you if you want to use the default trading times for this exchange.  Select “Yes”
  3. Under type select ‘Real Time”
  4. In the Description box type in the name of the stock symbol you are setting up.  In this case type “IBM”.  You can type International Business Machines if you want but it is best to keep descriptions as short as possible.
  5. Look up the “symbol” in  your symbols directory (provided only by your data provider). 
  6. In the symbol box, type in the  “symbol”. Remember to use capital letters if your data vendor requires them. So, we type in  IBM
  7. Select “Stocks” as your folder. 
  8. Select “decimal” as your unit and place a 2 in the box decimal box.
  9. Type in .01 as your tick size.
  10. Click on trading time and make sure that the open and close times are correct for the stock symbol you are setting up.  These times must be in the local exchange time not the time where you are located.  If you are not sure what the correct trading times should be go to the exchange's website and look it up under contract specifications.  We do not have this information.
  11. Leave FTGT symbol blank (for future use).
  12. Click OK.        

 Please note that you can quickly add symbols to your default exchange (in most cases this will be the New York Stock Exchange but can be changed to whatever exchange you like) by hitting the F5 key and typing in the symbol.  You can also quickly add symbols to any other exchange by hitting the F5 key and typing in the exchange abbreviation and symbol using the following format:  'exchange abbreviation~symbol'.   For example, NASDAQ~INTC.  Right click on the newly created symbol and select edit.  Make sure that all the parameters are set correctly.

 Now its time to make a chart.  We are going to create an 80 min chart as well as a Daily chart for IBM 

  1. Click Chart. The Chart control window will open.
  2. In the left window pane you will see the following folders: real time, archive, and end of day. Within  these folders are sub-folders named futures, indices, and stocks. You can access these sub-folders by double clicking on the main folder name or by clicking on the plus sign next to each folder.
  3. Click on the + sign next to the stocks folder.
  4. Right click on IBM and select “create new plan”.
  5. Type 80 in the Min box.
  6. Click “OK”

 Now lets create our final chart, the Daily IBM chart. 

  1. Since the Create Chart window is still open and the IBM symbol is still highlighted in the “Contract” box, we simply select our new time period.
  2. Place a check mark next to the “D” on the Own Period row.
  3. Press OK to create the chart.
  4. Press Close.
  5. Press the “x” in the upper right hand corner of the “Chart” window.

 At this point your chart will be blank.  We need some historical data to look at.  If you are using an internet data vendor then you can download historical data from their historical data server. This option is only for those subscribing to internet data vendors. Because of the nature of the internet we do not guarantee this function will work 100% of the time.  If you are using a data vendor’s satellite or DDE link system you will have to purchase historical data and import it into the Galactic Trader.  Galactic Trader does not provide or sell historical data. 

  1. Double click anywhere in the black background area of your chart.  A menu appears.
  2. Toward the bottom you will see the name of your data vendor’s historical data server. Select it.
  3. Now select “update one minute bars”.
  4. It will now ask you for a date  in the past to collect data from.
  5. Type in the desired date keeping in mind the further back you go the less likely the download will be successful.
  6. Press OK.
  7. After a few seconds (will take longer in if you are requesting a lot of data and your connection to the internet is slow), the data will appear in your chart.
  8. If you want to see more data than is displayed on your screen press the “chart options” icon and change the “Bars in memory” to a larger number.  You can also see more or less bars on the screen by pressing the “increase bars” or "decrease bars” icons.

Finally, lets add an indicator to our chart.  For our example we are going to add the Moving Average to our Daily IBM chart we just created. 

  1. If you have more than one chart open, click on the chart that you want to add an indicator to in order to make it the active window.
  2. Click Indicators. A window appears showing a list of the  indicators that come with the program
  3. Using the vertical scroll bar in the indicators window press the down arrow until you can see the Moving Average.
  4. Click on it to highlight it.
  5. Press add.  You will then see the Moving Average in the indicator window above.
  6. Click exit to see the indicator on your chart.
  7. You will also see the name of the indicator and its given parameters printed in the upper left hand corner of your chart. Right clicking on the name of the indicator will bring up a menu that allows you to choose to edit or delete the indicator.  See owners manual for details on editing the parameters of an indicator.

 You should now be up and running with no problem.  For a more in depth discussion on the powerful features of the Galactic Trader, please consult the F.A.Q. at www.galacticinvestor.com and your owners manual.

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