Alarms / Alerts
In Investor/RT 4.6, the Alarm capability has been altered and enhanced with several new features. Alert still work just as they did prior to version 4.6, but the following changes and enhancements have been added:
Stepping and Resetting of Alarms
If the step function is turned off, such as it is for the Lo Alarm in the window above, and the price reaches the alarm level, then the alarm will essentially be triggered and turned off. This is represented in the alarm window by a bell to the right of the alarm. You can reset the alarm either by clicking on the bell or by checking the checkbox again to the left of the alarm. You may want to adjust your alarm level to reflect the latest price of the instrument.
There is also an option to "Maintain the Hi-Lo Alarm Spread when Stepping". By checking this checkbox, you are telling Investor/RT that you would like the difference between your high and low alarms to always remain constant. If a high alarm is hit, and stepped up one point, then the low alarm will also be raised one point (assuming you have a low alarm set). This way, you can keep your alarms tight around the current price and be notified of retracements.
In the top part of the window, you can create, edit, and delete formats which will be for the subject and body of the email alerts. These custom messages can be composed of any text and data tokens. Data tokens are composed of any primitive or historical RTL token prefixed with a %. For instance, if you want the ticker symbol in your message, you would use %TICKER. If you would like the volume, %VO, etc. If you want an actual "%" to show up as text in the line, use "%%".
In the window above, the subject has the format "%TICKER @ %CL %PCHY%% %VO". If an hi alarm triggered on MSFT, you might see the alarm subject of "MSFT @ 70 13/16 +2/06% 4,008,700".
If you would like your alerts to be sent to an email address or group of email addresses, first check the "Email Alerts" checkbox. To the right, select the quotepage. This quotepage will specify which group of symbols you would like to have alerts emailed for. If you would like all your alerts emailed, then choose the ".All Symbols" quotepage from the list. Finally, specify an email address, or list of email addresses, in the "Email Address" field. If you specify multiple addresses, be sure to separate them with a comma.
A word of caution on chat alerts. You must be careful when sending your alerts to a chat room, especially if you are sending them to a crowded chat room. If one of your symbols really starts moving, and the chat room starts getting flooded with your alerts, you could annoy other participants of the chat.