MFE/MAE/Exit statistics in R

If you’re tracking your risk in Tradervue, you’ve always been able to view your P&L, as well as all of the reports, in terms of R.

We now also display Position MFE/MAE and Best Exit P&L in terms of R as well, if you have set an initial risk value for the trade. Here’s an example of how this looks:

If you don’t have a risk value set for the trade, you’ll still see these statistics as before, they just won’t be shown in R.

TradeStation liquidity data

If you’re using TradeStation, and you’d like to use the liquidity reporting in Tradervue, you can now do that if you’re using unbundled pricing from TradeStation.

In TradeStation’s TradeManager, just add the “Unbundled Route Fees” column to the Orders tab, prior to copying your data. As a reminder, a note about this appears on the Tradervue Import Trades page as well after you select TradeStation.

This is only available when using unbundled pricing at TradeStation – if you are on per-trade, or flat per-share pricing, the necessary data is unavailable.

Selectable base currency

A large number of Tradervue users trade from outside the U.S., trading forex, futures, and U.S. stocks. And since 2013, Tradervue has supported trading products that are denominated in other currencies – for example, futures traded on Eurex, BMF, and Montreal exchanges, and forex.

The P&L from a trade is initially calculated in the transaction currency; for example, a trade in AUD/JPY will have its P&L calculated in JPY. A TWTR stock trade will have P&L in USD, and a trade in FDAX futures will show a P&L in EUR. Examples of this are shown in the article announcing forex support.

These “native” P&L values are shown on the trade detail view, and before today, they were also converted1 to USD for reporting purposes. All of the P&L shown in the Dashboard, Trades View, Journal View, and Reports View was shown in USD.

Beginning today, you can change your base currency from USD to another currency, and all P&L displayed in the Dashboard, Trades View, Journal View, and Reports View will be shown in your selected currency. For example, if you want all of your data and reports to be shown in EUR, you can now do that. Here’s an example of a stock trade in COG (a USD-denominated product), with a base currency set to EUR:

The Trades View will show in EUR:

And the reports as well when running in currency mode (as opposed to ticks or R), including the charts:

And the statistics:

To change your base currency, go to the Dashboard, click Settings, and go to the new System Settings tab:

Choose the currency you want, and click Update. When you do this, all of your trades will change to show their P&L as “pending”:

They will be recalculated in the new base currency, which may take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. During the conversion process, you may see unexpected data in the reports, as not all of the trades have been converted yet. When you no longer see any “pending” trades, the process is complete.

When you change currency, your commissions, fees, and initial risk values also change their currency. However, their values are not converted between currencies – rather, they are interpreted as being in the new currency. If you have a commission of $2.50 in USD, then change to EUR, it will then be 2.50 EUR.

This illustrates a key point – the system is not intended to switch back and forth between currencies often. It’s designed to set the base currency you want to use, and remain there. But now the the base currency no longer needs to be USD.

All users on the silver or gold plan can change their base currency starting today!


  1. The actual currency conversion takes place at the specific times that P&L is realized; refer to the forex article for details. 

View times of MFE/MAE

When viewing a trade, you can see the position and price excursion data (MFE and MAE) right below the execution list for the trade, as described in MFE and MAE calculations. This data can be extremely useful for seeing your maximum interim profit or loss in the trade, and in aggregate can be very useful for analyzing stops.

Today, we have added the ability to see exactly when the MFE/MAE occurred in a trade. Simply hover your cursor over the MFE or MAE value you’re interested in, and you’ll see a small popup with the timestamp it happened at:

Especially when looking at position MFE/MAE, it’s not always obvious on the price chart where this occurs, if you’re scaling in and out of a trade. Having the timestamp quickly accessible makes it much easier to find!

MFE/MAE data is available for all silver and gold subscribers.

New manual split and bulk merge

During the import process, Tradervue groups individual executions into trades. If you want to make changes to how these executions are grouped, we’ve had the ability to split and merge trades.

However, there have been limitations. Specifically:

  • Trades could only be split at points where you were flat (with the exception of option trades, which had a split options feature)
  • Only trades adjacent to each other in a timeline could be merged

To see where this could cause problems, imagine the following scenario. You have a single trading account, and you buy 100 shares of stock, as a longer-term position. Then a few days later, you buy and sell a new position in this same stock, as an intraday trade. So we have:

11/22/2016 – buy 100 SPY

12/14/2016 – buy 200 SPY

12/14/2016 – sell 200 SPY

Up to now, if these were done in the same trading account, there was no easy way to split out the intraday trade (the buys and sells on 12/14) into its own trade, because you weren’t flat immediately before or after the intraday trade.

Similarly, for merging trades, if you had three closed trades in SPY (each with their own executions), one each opened on the following dates:

7/19/2016

7/20/2016

7/21/2016

There wasn’t an easy way to merge together the trades on 7/19 and 7/21, without also merging the trade on 7/20.

Today, we are making two changes to give you the flexibility to split and merge trades how you wish.

Manually split trades

You can now select any executions you want from a trade, and as long as together they form a closed trade of their own, you can split them out into their own trade. So in our example above, you could split out the intraday buy and sell on 12/14 into their own trade.

To do this, go to the detail view for the trade, click Advanced:

Then click Manual split:

You can then choose the executions to split out into their own trade.

Merge trades from the bulk editor

You can now select multiple trades with the same symbol using the bulk editor, and merge them together:

This helps in two ways. First, if you have a number of trades you wish to merge together, you can now do this in a single operation, rather than having to merge them one at a time from the trade detail view. And second, you can now merge trades that are not consecutive in the timeline of trades in that symbol. In our example above:

7/19/2016

7/20/2016

7/21/2016

You could now merge the trades on 7/19 and 7/21 together, and leave the trade on 7/20 standing alone.

These new features are available today for all users!