point value in $
6 years ago #116272
Can anyone tell me how the “point value in $” is calculated for different currency pairs?
it seems like this number can change over time, so the suggested numbers in the link below may not be useful?
you always need to use the current market rate to get the point value in USD for non-USD pairs
Let’s say you need the point value for EURCAD. It is 100,000 CAD of quote currency. Since the current CADUSD rate is 0.764 at the moment, the point value to set in SQ is 76,400 USD
6 years ago #141347
thanks tomas good info
6 years ago #141348
whenever we update this point value in the symbols to reflect changes in the pairs, do we then need to import data all over again?
no need to re-import the data. But if you update the point value it will affect strategy results later when testing
OK this topic is exactly what I have been wondering about. I am currently developing strategies for USDMXN. Upon the first run I immediately realized that something was wrong when I saw strategies that would return millions of dollars over the last 10 years. So, I identified 2 issues with my data setup:
1. Point value was set at $ 100,000. All my research led me to believe it should be 100,000 * (1/20.48) = $ 4881 (approximately)
2. Spread was set at 3. Looking at many dealers it moves between 10 and 20 pips. So I set it to 15 pips.
Can anybody here please confirm or correct?
are you sure about trading USDMXN? With such HUGE spread most of your profits will be eaten by your broker
yes, I know, it can only work with low spread brokers. Actually I found out that it varies a lot. During the busy hours it can be around 6 pips. Also note that I already had the suspicion that this pair would not be a major earner. But, as I like to say: every little bit helps.
But just to be sure: was my computation of point value for USDMXN correct?
I set it to 4881.
Yes, since USDMXN represents 100,000 MXN which is about 4881 USD considering the current FX rate
why do you call it point value?
1 lot value in $ would be clearer?
2 weeks ago #283564
My Broker account is in Euros and I have set all my Point values accordingy. All strategies’ results should be then in Euros (regardless what is displayed in the graphs and tables)
Am I missing something ?
The “SQ Point value” represents the monetary value of the smallest whole-number price increment in an asset on the left side of the decimal point per 1 lot / contract / share. For example, if an asset goes from 1234.5 to 1235.5, we can say that the asset rises by 1 point. If a stock price increases from $100 to $102, it has risen by two points that is $2
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