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Beginner’s Guide to Your Trading Terminal Interface

Learn how to identify and use all the key elements of the best trading terminals to jumpstart your crypto trading journey.

5 Key Elements of the Best Trading Terminals

  • Feature-Rich Trading Charts
  • Order Book Accessibility Via API Trading
  • Easy-to-Use Market and Limit Order Form
  • Portfolio Analytics
  • Historical Data & Recent Trades

Becoming a digital assets trader means you’ll need to familiarize yourself with trading terminals. This Beginner’s Guide will introduce you to the varying parts of the terminal interface, using Quadency’s smart terminal as an example.

What is a trading terminal?

A trading terminal is an online portfolio tool that connects traders to multiple exchanges via APIs. As a dashboard or hub for crypto trading activities, the trading terminal allows users to order and manage their digital asset trades across multiple platforms at once.

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Let’s take a close-up look at five major elements that the best crypto terminals share, straight from the Quadency dashboard:

5 Key Elements of the Best Trading Terminals

1-Trading charts

The trading chart gives the trader pricing and trade volume information about a specific digital asset, such as BTC in the 5-year chart below:
”trading-chart-interface”Quadency Terminal's Trading Chart

Trading terminals should allow you to configure the charts to your specifications. Options include:

  • Change the time frame to as frequent as daily.
  • Choose a chart type, such as Baseline, Candles, or Bars.
  • Select a technical indicator, including Bollinger Bands, MACD, and Price Oscillator.
  • Mark up your chart as you wish with trendlines, brush, text, pattern, etc.

2-Order book

Order books display the active online buy and sell orders for a digital asset, along with quantities and pricing. They are split into two sections:

  1. “Asks” (sell requests denoted in red)
  2. “Bids” (buy orders denoted in green).
”exchange-order-book”Quadency Terminal's order book

3-Recent Trades

Found below the order book you'll find "Recent Trades". Here, you'll see all the most recent trades made on the crypto asset in question on the particular exchange where you are trading.

4-Order Form

The order form is what you’ll fill out when you want to place a buy or sell order. Multiple order types will be available, depending on the exchange you are trading through. Generally, you’ll find market and limit orders:

  1. Market (taker) orders are buys or sells that happen immediately and generally cost slightly more in trading fees.
  2. Limit (maker) orders are placed only when certain conditions are met. For instance, traders can select a target price for their trades so they only go through if the price is reached.
”exchange-order-book”Quadency Terminal's order form

Advanced orders such as trailing stop-loss and profit target are also available on Quadency via the Smart Order Bot.

5-Portfolio Tab

The best trading terminals always include a portfolio tab for you to get the most important stats about your portfolio when trading:

  • Balances & PnL
  • Open orders
  • Trading history
”portfolio-tab-trading-interface”Quadency Terminal's Portfolio Tab

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Trading terminals are the wealth-building hubs of the future. Make sure your terminal has all the rich features you need to trade successfully.

With the Quadency smart terminal, traders can assess, automate, evaluate, and execute trades for digital assets across centralized (and soon, decentralized) exchanges.

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Quadency is a cryptocurrency portfolio management platform that aggregates digital asset exchanges into one easy-to-use interface for traders and investors of all skill levels. Users access simplified automated bot strategies and a 360 portfolio view with a free account.

Disclaimer: The content of this article is for general market education and commentary and is not intended to serve as financial, investment, or any other type of advice.