Simulated Trading (SIM)


Trading in a Simulated (SIM) environment

Tip: Ensure the Control Bar has a Live / Sim button. When the button is colored trading is Live.

Typically uses for simulated trades:

  • practice strategy
  • back test trading ideas or past trades
  • learning or execution practice

Tip: One method to simultaneously trade SIM and another account is to run two copies of Sierra Chart. Download a second copy of Sierra chart and name it “SierraChart2. Tutorial HERE and with this second copy can be trade one SIM.

Best Practices When Trading SIM

Because it’s common for traders to switch between Live accounts and simulation, it’s best to avoid technical errors. A few measures:

Color the trader order window different colors between Live and SIM

  • SC Menu: Global Settings > Graphics Settings
  • Change the color of Chart Trade Window Background Live to differentiate from Chart Trade Window Background SIM

Use a Live/SIM button in the Control Bar

How to customize the control bar: CLICK HERE

A SIM/LIVE toggle button can be customized on the control bar. This is very useful for quickly switching between a live and simulated account

Clearing SIM trade data

  • SC Menu: Trade > Clear Trade Simulation & Order Data

Trading Live & Sim simultaneously

One option to trade live and simulation at the same time is to use two instances of Sierra Chart. Switch one instance to SIM.

Multiple SIM accounts

  • SC Menu: Global Settings > General Trade Settings > General
  • Number of Simulation Accounts: (Up to 1000)

Relevant Links:

How to setup a 2nd instance

Make chart window always visible

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