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Posted on by Eugene Sorenson

Catch Market Data with a Synchronized Chart Grid

Coming up with new ways for users to visually monitor market activity is a touchstone at ChartIQ. Our co-founders Dan Schleifer And Terry Thorsen combined a passion for data visualization with fintech experience to create the world’s most powerful HTML5 charts.

This passion is one of the reasons I joined the ChartIQ team in January of 2019. Having worked in fintech for two decades, I often found myself imagining solutions that seemed unattainable. ChartIQ brings innovation to the finance world in ways that veterans of the industry, like myself, could anticipate but never saw actualized.

Whereas ChartIQ’s strength has traditionally been pre-trade technical analysis, we’ve recently been developing new products to bring at-execution and post-trade visualization into our arsenal, like our Post-Trade Visualization solution and our new Chart Grid template. With Chart Grid, users can expand the way they interact with the market by displaying a grid of synchronized charts. It's a simple (yet revolutionary) way to visually monitor market activity. 

“ChartIQ brings innovation to the finance world in ways that veterans of the industry, like myself, could anticipate but never saw actualized.”

One of the many challenges I've encountered throughout my career is how users display an array of charts to visually monitor the market. This creates two problems. The first is a performance problem. Because each chart is a separate component, it requires a full set of files and resources which is quite redundant. With Chart Grid, each chart component is able to share resources, which reduces the footprint of the application. It also allows the data calls to be coordinated. A further benefit is that the charts are "synched" together allowing them to zoom and pan together.

A second problem is visual clutter which distracts the eye from the data presentation. Essentially, once you have multiple charts on the monitor, you’re left with too much padding that occupies the space around the chart (including framing, different UI controls and the x-axis).

Chart Grid solves for these problems. The template seamlessly allows you to select between two and twenty-five charts and arrange them in any layout. It eliminates visual clutter caused by UI redundancies by displaying only one x-axis, which lives at the bottom of the screen.

Image shows ten charts with maximum real estate due to shared x-axis.

Ten Charts

 

The controls, and your view, are limitless. You can select chart type and change all four, ten, or twenty-five charts in the grid at the same time. Additionally, each chart in the grid works in synchronicity, but it can represent its own security. For example, change the ticker in each object by clicking the component and filling in the symbol.


Hover over a cell, then change the ticker symbol of each component.

Change Tic


You can select and overlay one of our 125 technical indicators on top of all the charts, or easily change periodicity. 

Bolinger Band displayed across all charts

1x3 Bollinger

All of the charts act and respond together, for example zooming, panning, periodicity, and cross-hairs are all linked across the charts. It’s truly a simple interactive experience that gives the user control. 

Solving for the problems of a multiple chart view has been a request I’ve heard for many years over my career. We believe this feature will help users with what matters most: seeing what market is breaking out and leading the others.

With ChartIQ, something elusive is now a reality.

Visit our Charting Library page for a recorded demo of Chart Grid.

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About the Author:

A twenty-year veteran of product management and UX design, Eugene Sorenson joined ChartIQ as VP of product management in January, 2019. Sorenson was most recently a director of product management at Bloomberg, where he managed the business strategy for the foundational applications product suite and led the initiative to revolutionize Bloomberg's charting and technical analysis application. Sorenson has ten years of experience as a trader, analyst, and a broker.