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    cTrader Spread Widening Alerts

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    This cTrader Spread Widening Alert Indicator will send an instant Pop-up message, Email or Telegram message to your mobile phone when the spread of your tradable asset increases. It is important to be informed as soon as possible if the spread of a symbol starts to widen like on Friday afternoons as this could take out your stop loss.
    (OS) Type: Windows & macOS Compatible
    Current version: 1.0.0
    Updated: Tuesday, 23 April 2024
    Author: ClickAlgo Team

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    This tool has been in high demand for the cTrader platform for a very long time, many traders have asked for a way of being informed when the spread widens, especially on Friday afternoons or during periods of low volatility in the markets. You can use this indicator with any symbol and on any timeframe.


    How Does This Help?

    This indicator will display a message on the screen, play an audible alarm and send an instant Telegram message directly to your mobile phone the moment the spread for the symbol where you have trades opens hits a predefined target. This will allow you to open your trading platform and either decide to close the trades or increase the stop loss until the spread gap decreases back to its normal value.


    cTrader Spread Alert Indicator


    What is Spread?

    Spread refers to the gap between the ask and bid prices of a symbol which everyone knows as the bid-ask spread. A spread of 2 pips means that the difference between the bid price and the asking price is 2 pips, this is where most brokers make their markup & fees.


    What is Spread Widening?

    The spread can be affected by the supply and demand and this can widen (get bigger) or narrow (get smaller) when volatility is low, and there is uncertainty the risk is at a minimum so that the bid-ask spread will narrow. This spread widening can cause traders to stop triggering losses if they are too tight.

    An example would be a stop loss of 10 pips with EURUSD where the spread rarely goes above 1 pip, during periods of low volatility (low trading volume) the spread or price between the Bidding and Asking price can widen so that the gap is higher then 10 pips, if this happens the stop loss will be triggered and the position will close at a loss before it has a chance to close in profit later.


    Watch a Video Demo

    Watch a video demonstration showing how to attach the indicator to a chart, adjust the settings and move it around.


    How to Move Panel

    The spread meter panel is attached to the chart you are trading and shows the current and the maximum spread since the indicator was attached, to move the panel anywhere on the chart you need to follow the steps below.

    1. Click the mouse on the top left corner of the spread panel as shown in the red box.
    2. Move the panel anywhere on the screen where you wish to place it.
    3. Click the mouse again to set the location.


    cTrader Spread Meter


    On-Screen Warning

    This is very useful when you are looking at another chart for a different symbol and you have some trades open, the on-screen warning message will tell you the spread has widened so you can quickly switch charts and manage your open orders.


    User Settings

    When you attach the indicator to a chart you will see some user settings which will help you configure the alerts as shown below.

    • Font size - this adjusts the size of the text in the spread panel.
    • Spread alert - this is the value in pips when the alert event occurs.
    • Rearm delay - the number of minutes until the alert is rearmed.
    • Alert sound file - set the path to any sound file for a custom sound.


    Telegram Alerts

    When a signal occurs, the indicator will send a Telegram alert directly to your PC or mobile device.


    How To Install & Remove

    First, make sure you have the cTrader trading platform installed and then unzip the file and double-click on it to automatically install it onto the platform.


    Any Questions?

    If you have any questions or bugs, please first search our product help forum for the answer, if you cannot find it, post a new question.


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