Strategy Creation

Strategy Creation

Strategy Creation overview

The Strategy Creation widget provides you the ability to create custom, user-defined strategies and submit them to the exchange. User-defined strategies (or structures) are synthetic spread instruments where the legs can be options, futures, or spreads as defined by the exchange where the strategy is submitted. The exchange validates the user-defined strategy and publishes the strategy definition to all marketplace participants. Users can then obtain a price for it via an RFQ (if needed) or directly place an order on that strategy. Rules for supporting user-defined strategies vary by exchange.

After creating a strategy, you can save it as a template in the Strategy Creation widget. The status of each strategy is listed in the execution report panel, which also provides you with the ability to submit orders using the strategy. The widget also supports modifying the user-defined strategies that you created and saved.

Opening the strategy creation widget

The Strategy Creation widget can be opened as follows:

  • Click Explore in the title bar, select an exchange, select one or more instruments, then click the Strategy Creation icon in the Widget column.
  • Select Strategy Creation from the Widgets menu.
  • In the Market Grid, select one or more contracts, right-click, select Open… in the context menu and click Strategy Creation. This opens the Strategy Creation widget seeded with the selected contracts.
  • In the Options Chain, select a spread building option, right-click and click Settings, and set Send spreads to: to Strategy Creation in the Settings: Options Chain menu. This opens the Strategy Creation widget seeded with the selected contracts.

Using the instrument picker

The instrument picker in the Strategy Creation widget enables you to set each part of a contract separately by clicking a field and selecting a value when defining a strategy leg. For options contracts, you can select Puts and Calls and the price for each. The instrument picker also provides access to the Market Explorer, which can be used to select a contract for the strategy leg.