Forex Software For MAC
Forex Software For MAC review by top currency trading experts, In this Forex Software For MAC Reviews you will read all you need to know about the best currency trading softwares for MAC.
Forex Software For MAC Reviews
Below is the best Forex Software For MAC in UK and Europe, These Forex software companies provide free demo trading account.
Plus500 was established in 2008 as an online international Forex Software For MAC that is popularly used in Asia, Europe and Australia and elsewhere in the world.
eToro is a social trading Software and multi asset brokerage company that has registered offices in Cyprus, Israel and the United Kingdom.
Fxpro Forex Broker Founded in 2006, London-based FXPro is an online broker offering Forex trading along with CFD’s. The MT4, MetaTrader5 and cTrader Online Forex Software For MAC are available.
HYCM previously known as HY Markets broker is headquartered in London and is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom.
City Index was founded in the UK in 1983 and now enjoys a global footprint that includes the US, Singapore, China, Poland and Australia.
Markets.com maintains its headquarters in Cyprus, UK and is an investment services firm that is operated by Safecap Investments Limited (Safecap), which was founded in 2006 and is a subsidiary of Playtec PLC.
AvaTrade was founded in 2006 in Dublin, Ireland and is licensed and fully regulated in the EU and BVI , as well as Australia, Japan and South Africa.
ETX Capital is a broker that was established in 2002 and is headquartered in London, England.
The XM.com Forex Software for MAC was established in 2009 in the Republic of Cyprus using the name Trading Point of Financial Instruments Ltd. The broker is regulated by CySEC as well as the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FCA).
Alpari Ltd was created in Russia in 1998 but moved its headquarters to the UK, Alpari UK has merged with Alpari Global and is regulated by FCA in United Kingdom .
FXTM is an acronym for ForexTime.com, which is a new Online Trading Software to the world of foreign exchange investing, The FXTM Free Forex Simulator is owned and operated by its holding company FT Global Services Ltd and is based in Cyprus, Belize and Europe’s trading capital of London, UK.
CMC Markets is licensed and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom (FCA), one of the strictest regulatory agencies in the world.
IG Group is a UK-based company providing trading in financial derivatives such as contracts for difference and financial spread betting and, as of 2014, stockbroking to retail traders.
While the majority of the IG Group’s activities are based in the UK, the company has expanded internationally. IG Markets is the oldest broker in the top Online Trading Platforms list.
The easyMarkets Forex Software For MAC is the result of the re-branding of “easy forex“, the name under which this broker was established in 2003. The easyMarkets firm is headquartered in Limassol Cyprus and maintains satellite offices in London UK, Sydney Australia and Warsaw Poland.
London Capital Group
London Capital Group Ltd or LCG Online Trading Software was founded in 1996 in the United Kingdom and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of the UK.
Australian Forex Software For MAC Reviews
Pepperstone broker is founded in Australia, Melbourne and has offices in USA, Dallas and China, Shanghai. Pepperstone is one of top Australian online retail foreign exchange broker specializing in FX trading.
Denmark Forex Software For MAC Reviews
Saxo Bank is a Danish investment bank. It was founded as a brokerage firm in 1992. Saxo bank offers trading through its Forex Software For MAC the SaxoTrader in Forex, stocks, CFDs, futures, funds, bonds and futures spreads. Private wealth management services are also offered.
Swiss Forex Software For MAC Reviews
Dukascopy Bank SA is known for its transparency in its Swiss Online Trading Software SWFX market place. In June 2011, the product is officially referenced on Dukascopy Bank’s official web site.
Swissquote Group Holding SA is a Swiss banking group specializing in the provision of online financial and trading services.
US Forex Software For MAC Reviews
Interactive Brokers LLC is an ECN Online Forex Software For MAC, Its the largest U.S. FX company by number of daily average revenue trades.
The TD Ameritrade is a broker with many branches in US and UK, TDAmeritrade provides forex and stock trading.
The Forex.com Forex Software For MAC owned by parent company GAIN Capital . Operating since 1999, FOREX.com was a first mover in bringing currency markets to the retail trader. The company provides market access and trade execution services in foreign exchange, contracts for differences and exchange-based products to retail investors.
Forex Capital Markets, better known as FXCM, is an online Forex Software For MAC based in the United States.
Oanda broker is a Canadian-based Online Trading Software providing currency conversion, online retail foreign exchange trading (fx), online foreign currency transfers, and Forex information.
More foreign exchange trading platforms will add to this Forex Software For MAC Reviews.
What Is the Best Trading Software for Mac?
Updated: Sunday 5 August 2018
Using TradeStation as my charting platform always stopped me switching from a Windows computer to an Apple Mac – well not any more!
I made the move over 8 years ago and have never looked back. If you’ve ever wanted to get off the Microsoft treadmill but were a TradeStation die hard (like these traders on Big Mike’s forum) then this feature article will help you take the leap. Read on.
“I found your site when my Dell crashed last year and I was searching for info on running TradeStation on a Mac. Without your generous guidance I would never have made the switch to a MacBook Pro.” Joe Russo, Elliott Wave Technology
“Just a short note of gratitude regarding your idea of Mac/Parallels/TradeStation. What a fantastic concept. I just purchased a MacBook and Parallels. Downloaded TradeStation and it works like a charm. It’s faster than my desktop, probably due to the Mac SS disc drive. So again, thanks.” Rick W.
When I finally ditched my Dell computers, I opted for the gorgeous Apple MacBook Pro 17. This is a nicely spec’d 17? screen laptop with 4GB RAM standard that I upped to 8GB. I spend half the year travelling so a laptop was the only logical choice. I’m also not a fan of multiple monitors so a decent size and quality screen was a must.
In April 2011 I upgraded to the latest version of the MacBook Pro 17. But then during the latter part of 2011 I was plagued with performance issues and decided to upgrade to the SSD (solid state drive) version of the machine while in California.
Then a “little birdie” told me that the 2011 MacBook Pro had processor problems and Apple quietly replaced that particular processor in late 2011. Well that explains everything! I was sold a lemon and I knew something was not right from the get-go. I’m glad I ditched my 2011 machine but lesson learned: Apple products can let you down.
I would highly recommend getting an SSD machine – runs quiet and fast. But what a pain it is to change machines. When will they make this easier?
Finally had to ditch my 17? MacBook Pro after 4 years of almost perfect performance. What an outstanding machine that 17? version was – for the life of me I can’t figure out why Apple hasn’t upgraded it. But my new MacBook Pro has 16GB of RAM and a faster processor – and that makes a nice difference.
Now that I’ve moved onto a 15? MacBook Pro, I really miss the extra screen real estate of the 17? display. And unfortunately TradeStation does not take advantage of the “retina” display possibilities. Check out this article for a full review of the pros and cons of running TradeStation on a retina MacBook Pro.
I’ve been waiting a couple of years for Apple to release a MacBook Pro with 32GB of RAM – and then they finally did! I couldn’t resist. And into the bargain I also got a faster processor, faster disk drive and quieter keyboard. Swapping to a new computer has also become easier because I now use Google Drive for storing all documents.
Please note, the advice below should work equally well for laptop and desktop Apple Macs.
To run TradeStation on a Mac you need Parallels
Running TradeStation on a Mac relies on emulation software. The best is Parallels Desktop for Mac (now on Version 13). This very clever software allows you to run the Windows operating system simultaneously with the Mac operating system. It’s rock solid and fast.
Two caveats though. First, to run emulation software like this on a Mac, you’ll need one that has an Intel CPU (i.e. a recent Mac). Second, Parallels runs OK with 2 monitors but anything more than that and performance degrades with noticeable lag.
Although I opted to run the latest version of Parallels on my Mac it’s not your only choice. VMware Fusion is a competitor but in my research the reviews were not as favourable. Macs also come with a built-in utility called Boot Camp. This allows you to partition the hard drive and install Windows along side the Mac operating system. The only drawback is that you can’t run the two operating systems simultaneously, unlike Parallels.
Then once you’ve loaded Parallels on your Mac, you install a current version of Windows (Version 10 works well). From inside Windows, launch Internet Explorer, then download and install the latest version of TradeStation (now on Version 9.5). And you’ll be able to run TradeStation on Windows, inside Parallels on your Mac. It’s seamless.
TradeStation performance on a Mac is excellent
So that’s how to run TradeStation on a Mac. What about the performance on a Mac? Boot up and chart opening times are very acceptable (and getting quicker with every update of Parallels and Mac hardware). Here are the stats when I first switched to a Mac (with my latest Mac they’re probably 50% better):
- 40 seconds to start the Mac
- 3 seconds to start Parallels
- 60 seconds to start Windows 7
- 10 seconds to start and log into TradeStation
- 15 – 30 seconds to open one of my complex tick bar charts, and
- 1.5 seconds to open any other minute, hourly or daily chart.
Not bad. In addition it handles opening multiple, complex charts all-at-once and no crashes running TradeStation on the Mac. Something that plagued me frequently on my Dells running Windows.
I have a feeling that chart opening times, particularly tick bar charts, are more dependent on the speed of your Internet connection than the speed of your machine. These tests were run in Sydney, Australia, on a good broadband connection. But bear in mind, there’s still the slow hop across the Pacific that adds a delay for me.
The Pros of TradeStation on a Mac
So here are the Pros I see in running TradeStation on a Mac:
- It works. No crashes and fast.
- Able to open multiple tick bar charts simultaneously.
- Real-time chart updating is fast too.
- No fan noise and cool – to be honest I don’t even know if there is a fan!
And then there are the usual Pros of running a Mac. Most of us from the PC-world are familiar with these – we’ve seen the ads, right! But the things that have struck me are:
- It just works – networking, installing/uninstalling applications, etc.
- Beautifully engineered hardware, no joints, no nooks and crannies to get dirty.
- Very quick start up at about 15 seconds.
- Seamless integration with iPhone, iPod, iPad, iTunes, etc.
Yes, no doubt Windows 7, 8, 10, etc. have brought Microsoft a long way. But Apple’s holistic approach and superior engineering has resulted in a machine that almost runs Windows-native software better and faster than on a Windows machine! The Windows machine makers should be embarrassed.
The Cons of TradeStation on a Mac
OK. Enough of the Apple-gushy-enthusiasm. There have to be some Cons, right?
Well, yes. But rather than seeing these as Cons of running a Mac, I view them as adjustments I need to make. So here’s my list:
- New keyboard layout means re-learning or re-assigning hotkeys. In TradeStation this allowed me to totally re-think my hotkey settings, so in time I should be a little faster. But then there are all the Mac-specific commands too.
- “Finder” for managing documents and files is not as easy as Windows – at least at first glance. Yes, there are some nice graphic features like “Cover Flow” but I’m into speed and hotkeys. “Spotlight” (Command+Space on the Mac) appears to be a much faster way of accessing documents, files, applications, web, etc.
- Apple-native versions of applications need to be found and functionality re-learned. And this takes time. Don’t underestimate the time you’ve invested in becoming proficient running programs like Word, Excel, etc. The Mac versions are different – in some cases, very different. Or jump straight into the Google Docs suite of cloud-based programs.
- The latest “retina” (high definition) display resolution that Apple is pushing on all it’s hardware, is wasted on TradeStation. “TradeStation is hard-mapped and does not scale like a normal graphics program.” What this means is that if you set your display to “retina” definition with TradeStation, the lines (text characters, all graphic elements, etc.) will just be thinner – not any higher definition.
So it’s back to the classroom for a little homework. Scott D. recommended this book for PC switchers: Switching to the Mac – The Missing Manual by David Pogue.
OK, this is controversial. But I’m just telling you what worked for me. In October 2011, my Mac started playing up – running slow, spinning beach balls, excessive fan noise. The final straw was Gmail identified a virus on an outgoing email attachment. Well that started me thinking, maybe Macs can get viruses.
In the hunt to find a solution I have discovered MacKeeper. I ran it once and within minutes it identified and fixed a ton of issues – including 2 viruses. Well, the difference on my Mac is night and day. It now runs super fast and is super quiet again.
MacKeeper is not cheap at $90 but in my mind it’s priceless – I live on my Mac and it needs to run flawlessly. Don’t know what it fixed (despite querying the logs) but the software handles viruses, junk files, optimization tweaks, etc.
I couldn’t be happier. But some people think it’s a scam – I disagree.
I’m still looking for the perfect Mac maintenance software – something to make sure my Mac runs as fast as possible with no bloat, viruses, etc. A while ago I switched from MacKeeper to CleanMyMac, mostly because they seem less “scammy”. And I’m pretty happy. I’m not sure if CleanMyMac is doing everything it could to optimize my Mac. But I run it every week or so, just to give me peace of mind.
Installing TradeStation on a Mac step-by-step
Before you start moving your TradeStation onto a Mac you’ll need a full version of MicroSoft Windows 10. An upgrade version is not good enough as Microsoft sees this as a brand new installation. You’ll also need a copy of Parallels Desktop 13, as discussed above.
Then here are the steps for moving TradeStation from an old PC to a new Mac:
- Export your own ELD files from TradeStation (File > Import/Export EasyLanguage > Export EasyLanguage > Etc.)
- Backup your TradeStation workspaces and settings (File > Backup/Restore TradeStation > Backup TradeStation > Etc.)
- Copy these EasyLanguage and backup files, plus any purchased DLLs that live in the TradeStation Program folder, to your Mac
- Install Parallels Desktop on the Mac
- Start Parallels and install Windows
- Within Parallels and the Windows OS start Internet Explorer
- Log into your account at TradeStation.com and download the latest version of TradeStation (Client Login > Login > Download TradeStation Platform > Etc.)
- Turn off retina resolution in Parallels (Parallels > View > Enter Coherence, then View > Retina Resolution > Scaled, then Windows Settings > System > Display > 100% and 1680 x 1050 > Re-start Windows)
- Make sure two finger scrolling is working in Parallels (Settings > Hardware > Untick “Enable smooth scrolling”)
- Start TradeStation and import your own ELD files into TradeStation (File > Import/Export EasyLanguage > Import EasyLanguage > Etc.)
- Restore your TradeStation workspaces and settings (File > Backup/Restore TradeStation > Restore TradeStation Archive > Etc.)
- Move any purchased DLLs back into the TradeStation Program folder on your Mac
- Check your Analysis Groups (Format > Manage Analysis Groups > Etc.)
- Re-assign your hotkeys, see below (View > Hotkeys > Etc.)
Lastly, I’d suggest installing an anti-virus/anti-spyware program in your Windows OS. My personal favourite is AVG because it’s light-weight, fast and less than $20.
I’m kind of embarrassed I didn’t know this. In Parallels, you can adjust how much CPU power and RAM you let your Windows virtual machine use. I noticed a little data bursting on my machine lately and so decided to investigate. And it turns out by increasing the CPU setting to 2 and RAM setting to 2GB I was able to make things run more smoothly.
To get to this settings window, turn off TradeStation and shut down your Windows virtual machine. Then within Parallels Desktop go Virtual Machine > Configure > General and you can toggle the number of CPUs and slide the RAM setting. Remember for everything extra you give your Windows machine, you take away from your Mac machine. So go gently with this stuff.
I’ve also starting using a RAM memory cleaning app. Memory Clean by FIPLAB is a free app for Mac that you can use to free up RAM memory and help your Mac run more smoothly. I don’t set the app to Auto Clean but hit the Clean Memory button when things feel slow.
With 32GB of RAM and the latest versions of TradeStation, I’m finding that RAM usage is not an issue any more. We also re-coded the ‘Better’ indicators for better memory usage and that has made a difference too. I haven’t run a test to see the maximum number of charts I can open simultaneously on TradeStation, but I’m routinely opening 15+ with no problems at all.
Here are my new TradeStation hotkey settings
The Mac keyboard layout forced me to re-think my hotkeys. Here’s what I’m using:
- File > Close Workspace = W
- File > New Window = Ctrl+N
- File > New Workspace = N
- File > Next Workspace = Fn+Right
- File > Open Workspace = O
- File > Previous Workspace = Fn+Left
- File > Save Workspace = S
- Format > Format Symbol = F
- Pointers > Window Tracking = \
- Pointers > Workspace Tracking = ]
- Tools > Scroll One Page Left = Alt+Down
- Tools > Scroll One Page Right = Alt+Up
- Tools > Scroll to the Beginning = Alt+Left
- Tools > Scroll to the End = Alt+Right
There you go. Just some initial thoughts on trading software for Mac and running TradeStation on a Mac. So far I’d rate it 9.5 out of 10. The only downside is the time it takes to adjust.
It’s been 3 months now since I hopped the fence and moved to an Apple Mac. Rating after 3 months? 9 out of 10. Would I go back to Dell/Microsoft/Windows? Not on you life!
After 3 months I’m now “Mac-adapted”. I’ve gotten used to the new keyboard layout, various shortcuts and the Mac way of doing things. So I’m now pretty much up to speed productivity-wise. This does take some time – and I still have a nagging feeling that I’m missing some tricks.
TradeStation is 100% stable and fast on my Mac – and has been a real improvement over my old Dell machine. Which is a totally counter-intuitive conclusion!
So why did my rating drop from 9.5 to 9? My wife’s MacBook Pro 15? hard drive got corrupted. I had to re-format and re-install the operating system. On the plus side, this process was fast and easy. An absolute must is to use an online backup service (or Google Docs).
This article should have convinced you that:
- TradeStation works well on a Mac. Not only is it possible to run TradeStation on a Mac but it’s fast, stable and easy. I’d rate my experience of running TradeStation on a Mac between 9 and 9.5 out of 10. And make sure you get a Mac with SSD.
- Parallels is the best emulation software solution. The secret is to use Parallels Desktop software to run the Windows operating system simultaneously with the Mac operating system. If you use Boot Camp you can’t run the operating systems concurrently.
- Performance is solid. Boot up times and real-time chart refresh rates are fast and certainly no worse than on a Windows operating system machine.
- But adjusting to a Mac takes time. You will need to re-learn and re-assign hotkey settings in TradeStation to make allowances for the different Mac keyboard layout. Plus you’ll have to find and adjust to all the Mac-native software, like Word, Excel, etc.
- And you might want to consider a 27? display. The 15? MacBook Pro screen is a little on the cramped side. I live in hope that Apple will bring back a version of the MacBook Pro with a 17? screen. In the meantime, since I’m getting older and I don’t want to ruin my eyesight, I’m thinking about using a larger display.
And thank you to all the Emini-Watch followers who contributed Mac trading suggestions.
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