Using graph features
What do currency graphs show?
The currency rate graphs used in the fxTrade platform shows you how currency exchange rates change over a period of time, ranging from minutes to months. All charts are updated in real time as OANDA sends out our latest currency rates.
In addition to the standard chart types, there are also a number of overlays and indicators available throughout the platform. For detailed information on each of the fxTrade trendlines, overlays and indicators, go to the fxTrade Graphing Indicators page.
Currency Graph Quick Start
Choose your currency pair
Use the top left drop-down menu to choose the currency pair (for example, EUR/USD or USD/CAD):
To choose which pairs are available in this list, go to Tools > User Preferences > Rates.
Set time period granularity
The purpose of using different time periods is to focus on short-term vs. long-term trends. To set the time period granularity shown on the graph, use the second drop-down menu at the top left:
Choose from a time period granularity ranging from five seconds (the finest granularity, which graphs prices for roughly the last 40 minutes), to one month (the largest granularity, which graphs prices for roughly three years).
Specify the graph type
Use the third drop-down menu from the left to choose the type of line that's plotted on the graph.
Ask price - Average price - Bid price
Candlestick (bid candlestick/ask candlestick)
HLC (High-Low-Close) bar
OHLC (Open-High-Low-Close) bar
Add price lines
Click the Chart Options button (located near the top-right corner above the graph) to add horizontal lines on the chart so you can track the current ask price, average price, or bid price. Select show average position to add a horizontal line showing the average position of your current trades for the currency pair shown in the graph. Your average position is shown in the positions table.
Seeing these lines may help you track the status of your trades, because you will see when the current price is approaching trading activity symbols or your average position.
Move in, out, and around the graph
Scroll: The scroll bars are located on the right and at the bottom of the graph. Use them to see information that is hidden from view.
Zoom In/out: zoom to change the level of detail displayed and use different perspectives to better understand short-term and long-term trends. Zooming does not change the granularity of the graph, only your view of it. The price (vertical) and time (horizontal) zoom controls are located at the bottom right corner, next to the scroll bars. Click the or buttons to zoom in or out respectively. Or, use the slider bar to manipulate the zoom level.
Reset: The button on the bottom-right corner resets the graph view to default scroll and zoom settings.
Return the graph to a default view
Click on any empty part of the graph. Select 'Reset Chart to Default'.
(The graph is returned to default settings, with all colors, studies, and trendlines removed.)
Place a trade from the graph
Click on any empty part of the graph. Place your trade from the menu that appears:
Note: the entry order price field is filled with the value of the current cursor position.
Open the chart in a separate window
Open the current chart in a new window: click the button in the upper right corner of the chart.
Open a new chart for a different currency pair: click on the currency pair codes in the 'Rates List'
Hide or simplify the chart
To hide the chart, de-select the check box at Tools > View > Graph.
For a basic chart view where scroll bars and other controls are hidden, click the Chart Options button located at the top-right corner of the graph and select 'Basic Chart View' from the menu that appears. (The menu choice changes to Advanced Chart View; select it to return to the default chart view.)
To change the colour of the graph, click directly over the exchange rates being plotted on the chart. A menu appears with a list of colors.
To customize the colors used in the interface (including the colors used in this menu), select Tools > Color Scheme > Edit Custom Theme.
View additional information
To print the chart, click the 'Chart Options' button located at the top-right corner above the graph and select 'Print' from the menu that appears.
Prices quoted in charts are indicative.