How To Use The Positions Window With An Account
The Portfolio (positions) window is an automated tool that tracks current positions and creates a log of the history of all positions for an account.
Click the Trading Menu and choose Positions to open the Positions Window.
To view only current positions click the check mark next Positions at the top of the Positions window.
To view both current positions and pending orders click the check mark next both Positions and Orders at the top of the Positions window.
Symbols with either current positions or acitve (pending) orders now both appear in the list. This is a convenient way to see all exposure to the market in one window.
To see a history (log) of positions for up to three years, check the tickbox next to Today. Click the drop down menu and choose a time span over which to view positions.
Choose either activity (any trading acitivity) or Traded (actual trades that occurred).
The window now displays all positions (all activity or only trading activity) for the selected time span (e.g. last 30 days).
The normal view of multi-legged options in the Positions window is as a single position (e.g. Put Spreads 1 position as opposed to 2 individual legs). To view each of the legs of multi-legged options, check the tickbox next to Show Legs.
Note: the Positions window can contain both stock and options positions.
Sort (rank) positions using any of the columns in the Positions window. The exanple below sorts all positions in the account over the last 30 days by Unrealized P& L (net unrealized gains or losses on position to date). This ranks the orders from those with the largest potential gains to those with the largest potential losses.
Click on any column header to sort by that column's data. The blue arrow in a column header indicates the sort column and in what order (ascending/descending) the list is sorted.
To add more columns to your Positions Window, click the Add Column icon and choose Add Value Column for the available categories. (Condition columns and column sets can be created from this menu. Also, you can Replace/Edit/Save column sets.)
Use the Search field to type a column name and pull it from any of the categories. Click on the desired column name to add it to the Positions window.
Click Add Value Column to open the Library of available fields. The Trading Section specifically contains column choices that apply directly to positions. Simply click on a selected item to add as a sortable column to the Positions window.
Order column definitions:
- # Active Order--number of current pending orders
- # Orders Placed Today--number of orders placed during today's market session
- # Shares Bought Today--number of shares bought during today's market session
- # Shares Net Today--number of shares remaining (number bought minus number sold) at close today's market session
- # Shares Sold Today--number of shares sold during today's market session
- # Shares Traded Today--total number of shares traded (bought or sold) during today's market session
- Average Entry Price--average price at which stock was bought
- Average Buy Price Today--average price at which stock was bought today
- Average Sell Price Today--average price at which stock was sold today
- Cost Basis--total cost of transaction including commission
- Market Value--value of position currently in the market including increase or decrease in price from entry
- Position Size--number of shares held
- Today's P&L--the unrealized profit or loss for the position today
- Today's Realized P&L--the actual profit or loss from stocks sold today
- Total Bought Today--total value of positions bought today
- Total Net Today--total net profit or loss for position sold today
- Total Sold Today--total value of positions sold today
- Unrealized % P&L--unrealized profit or loss from average entry price on a percent basis
- Unrealized P&L--unrealized profit or loss from average entry price on a net basis
The trading tools work on either a LIVE brokerage account or a PAPER (simulated) trading account. Live market trading requires an account with TC2000 Brokerage (www.TC2000Brokerage.com).