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SMART Signals FAQs

Learn more about SMART Signals here – including what they are, how they are calculated, how to trade them and more.
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SMART Signals

What are SMART Signals?

How are SMART Signals generated?

How do I trade SMART Signals?

How is the performance calculated?

What are SMART Signals?

The SMART Signals engine uses a selection algorithm to automatically monitor 36 major global markets across thousands of price data points to highlight potential trading opportunities. 

Once it has identified a price pattern which has been successful historically in a given market, it will then show them through the SMART Signals dashboard. 

Each signal represents a short-term potential trade in a 4-, 6-, 8- or 12-hour timeframe and comes complete with an auto-populated trade ticket with suggested take profit and stop loss levels. Please note, signal trades will not automatically close at the end of the signal period, you can choose when to close them out. 

NOTE: Past performance is not indicative of future performance 

SMART Signals example

How are SMART Signals generated?

How do I find out the rationale of a signal?

You can find out the rationale of a signal under the All Signals or My Signals tab. Click on a signal to expand it and view additional information, which includes the signal rationale. 

Which markets do you look at?

Trading signals will initially cover a range of markets in forex, indices and gold

Which time periods do SMART Signals cover?

The time periods SMART Signals cover are the 4, 6, 8 and 12-hour timeframes. 

What do 'triggered', 'waiting' and 'approaching' mean?

Triggered: This means the market price has reached the signal entry price

Waiting: The signal is waiting for the market price to reach the signal entry price. 

Approaching: The market price is now close to the signal entry price in percentage terms. 

How do I trade SMART Signals?

What platforms are SMART Signals available on?

SMART Signals are available on web browser trading platforms, iOS and mobile trading apps. 

Are SMART Signals markets different to normal markets?

SMART Signals are no different to normal markets; they monitor the same markets on which you normally trade. 

Are there any additional costs to trade SMART Signals?

No, there are no additional costs of trading with SMART Signals. 

Do I have to follow the suggested signal?

You do not have to follow the suggested signal – you can amend your SMART Signals position at any time you wish. However, the SMART Signals algorithm is designed operate at maximum efficiency based on suggested levels. 

Can I close a SMART Signals trade early?

You can close a SMART Signals trade at any time in the same way you would close a normal position

Why does my order on a SMART Signal expire one hour before the end, after I've placed an order?

Your order on a SMART Signal will expire automatically when the entry price is not reached and there is only one hour remaining for the signal validity period. 

Why has the signal retired?

A signal is retired (withdrawn) early for two reasons: 

  1. The market has moved too far from the signal’s entry price 
  2. The market price becomes extremely volatile 

Can I get notifications without trading the signal?

You can get notifications on a signal without trading it by adding that signal to your Favourites. 

Can I still trade a signal if it's already been triggered?

You can still trade a signal if it’s already been triggered, so long as the signal is still valid and open. 

Are SMART Signals specifically selected for me?

SMART Signals are not specifically selected for you – the algorithm provides the SMART Signals to all users. 

How do I know when the signal reaches expiry?

If you have favourited or traded a SMART Signal, you'll receive a push notification when it expires. You'll receive that notification on Web Trader and/or your mobile device if you have our app installed and push notifications enabled. The SMART Signal will then be marked as expired under All Signals. 

Will my signal trade automatically close at the end of the signal period?

Your signal trade will not automatically close at the end of the signal period. 

Is there a minimum or maximum quantity I can trade on a SMART Signal?

The minimum or maximum quantity you can trade on a SMART Signal remains the same as the underlying market. 

How is the performance calculated?

Why do you only show the last 10 performances of the signal?

We only show the last 10 performances of the signal in order to indicate how well the signal has been performing recently. 

You can also see the total number of signals ever generated and the Historic Win Ratio, so you can see how the signal has done over its lifetime. 

Why is my P&L from the results showing?

We show pro forma performance results. The SMART Signals engine is calibrated with one set of market spreads, which may not be what you are charged. 

Can I see more data?

You can see more data through the Performance History tab, which shows the lifetime total number of signals for a market and the Historic Win Ratio. 

How is the result of an individual signal calculated?

The result for an individual signal is calculated as the difference between the signal trigger price and the closing price of the signal.