In this post I will go over in detail how and why I set up my desktop the way I do, and not just the charts, level 2, etc., but the programs I use as well. I’ll also go over some of my system specs. As you can see in the picture below I have 3 monitors (which I can turn into 12 monitors with this neat little program called dexpot).
The left and right monitor have 4 charts in total, anything more than that and I lose concentration, plus I don’t have to squint my eyes to see the chart data. This way I am able to focus on only the highest probability trades throughout the day. Besides the charts I also have my level 2 windows, time and sales, which are all linked (if you have sterling here’s a video that shows how to link windows), there’s also my watchlist and top % gainers list. Each of my side screens are 22.5’’ nothing crazy (Although I would love some 30+ inch screens). The center screen is my laptop screen and it’s 16’’ on this screen I have another chart, time/sales, and level 2; there is also my position summary, open orders, and a good ol’ clock.
Like I said before I can have up to 12 screens with this program called Dexpot. If I have a lot of stuff I want to keep track of I just copy the same setup onto my virtual desktops, and I use hotkeys to quickly switch between desktops. This program keeps my workspace nice and organized, which is key, the less clutter you have to deal with the better your trading will be. I also make sure I clear unnecessary things from my physical workspace as well as my desktop before I sit down for the opening bell. Click here for the Dexpot site.
I have a list of traders and other financial people that I like to follow, and TweetDeck allows me to setup real-time alerts for my twitter list as well as anything else I want alerts for, such as keywords, specific stocks, etc. The alert can be displayed as a little popup window that lasts a few seconds. You can check it out here
Trading programs take up a lot of memory, so I made sure to have enough RAM that I wouldn’t have to worry about any memory issues. Other than that you don’t need anything too fancy.
Installed memory (RAM):
64-bit Operating System