• Meeting the demands of the savvy online traders

Platform features

Traders and investors increasingly demand usability, mobility, performance, and service when executing online trades. Saxo Capital Markets meets these demands through its state-of-the-art technical tools and features.

Saxo Capital Markets has successfully created a robust and highly effective online trading environment which includes an increased number of products and order types, platform features and functionalities. Discover some of them by clicking on the individual menu items below.

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  • Online  financial news

    Saxo Capital Markets provides its clients with up to the minute financial news, information and analysis on the markets they want to trade in. In addition to delivering appropriate live market data, we also provide clients with news and analysis on global geopolitics, macroeconomics, currencies, fixed income, equities and commodities. Our aim is to educate clients and give them the confidence to trade through our platforms.

    Financial news providers

    Dow Jones Newswires

    Saxo Capital Markets clients have access to breaking news and commentary from Dow Jones Newswires (DJN). DJN, part of News Corporation, delivers a stream of the most important headlines from the financial markets, and commentary from experienced journalists with a network of professional sources. DJN is a trusted news source for professional traders and investors worldwide.

    Market News International 

    Market News International (MNI) provides timely, insightful and relevant financial market news, all in real time. Clients get access to MNI's FX Bulletins service that reports on intraday trading in the major currency markets, economic indicators and other market-moving news. MNI takes pride in its journalists who think like traders, meaning readers get the news and information they require to trade successfully.

  • Customise Your Views

    Fully customisable workspaces offer traders complete control over their online trading environment. Please note this feature is only available for the SaxoTrader.

    The variety of views available through our customisable trading tools allow quick, convenient access to any number of screen layouts and the use of tabs located along the top of the platform ensure the creation of an entirely flexible trading workspace. Although a number of predefined views exist, users can easily create their own personalised set-up.

    Example views include:

    • A trading view dedicated to frequently traded or preferred instruments, complete with trade modules, charts, analysis and news
    • An account view detailing the user's current positions and margin, account statement and comprehensive account reports
    • A research view with market reports and updates

    Dockable Panels

    Our flexible trading environment helps traders make the most of their trading space.

    Features include:

    • Panels (both single and tabbed groups) can float outside of the platform; perfect for a user with multiple screens 
    • Tab panels on top of one another
    • Panels can be docked together 
    • Hide panels when not in use

    Documents and Panels

    Within our flexible trading workspace, trading modules and tools can be displayed in different formats. The format you choose depends on the module.

    • Documents — a format best-suited for larger tools that contain a lot of information or text. Documents fill the whole screen and form the basis of a view
    • Panels — a more flexible format that allows modules to be located around the documents, moved around the workspace and even placed outside the workspace, if you work with multiple screens
  • The Instrument Explorer enables fast location of instruments from our vast range of products.

    The Instrument Explorer helps locate and organise tradable instruments through the platforms, acting as a launching pad for all instruments. Once selected, an instrument can be charted or traded, whilst allowing information specific to that instrument to be viewed.

    From the menus provided, a wide range of financial instruments can be explored, while double-clicking any individual instrument adds it to the Prices and Trade module on the platform. Three tabs allow the user to choose from the entire list of available instruments, search by typing the instrument name, and to select previously defined favourite instruments.

    The Favourites tab can be used to select instruments recently traded (available through the Recently Traded Instruments folder) or those previously defined as favourites.

    Searching and Filtering

    The Instrument Explorer contains a number of options to facilitate the quick location of instruments:

    • Instrument recognition following insertion of the first few letters of the instrument or company name
    • Deselect products to show only the products of interest
    • List instruments by industry sector

    Launch Pad

    Instrument Explorer provides a starting point for trading, charting and analysis functions.
    On the trading platform following the selection of one or multiple instruments:

    • Right-click to open a trade module, price module or chart with the instrument(s)
    • Drag instrument(s) to an existing chart or trade module

    Save your Favourites

    Users can add commonly accessed instruments to their Favourites lists to recall them quickly. Recently traded instruments can also be quickly recalled from the Favourites list.

  • Financial Charting Systems
    Our professional charting system allows traders to identify, analyse and compare historic prices for multiple instruments. The Chart module is used to track the price movements of a selected instrument. It contains a variety of charting types to suit individual trader preferences, and analysis tools to track and predict price movements.
    Clients can benefit from the functionality and features of a professional charting package, delivered as standard, and enjoy facilities for analysing historic price data. A number of chart styles are available to suit needs and preferences when analysing historic price data.
    Our chart styles include: Bar, HLC Bar, OHLC, Bid/Ask, Candlestick, Dot, Forest, Line, Line-Dot, Staircase and Comparative.

    Order Management in chart

    Full drag and drop functionality when adding new and amending existing orders allows you to manage orders while never leaving the chart.

      Order Management in chart

    View multiple instruments

    Analyse the relative strength of two instruments using the comparative chart mode – or simply view multiple instruments with separate price axes.

      View multiple instruments

    Easy to use annotation tools

    Fast and accurate annotations tools allow you to quickly mark up support and resistance levels, Fibonacci retracement levels – and much more!

      Easy to use annotation tools

    55 built-in technical indicators

    The charting module offers a wide range of built-in Trend indicators, Moving Averages, Oscillators, Volume Studies - and more!

      55 built-in technical indicators

    Customisation of indicators

    Today's technical traders demand flexibility from their trading software, so all settings of the built-in technical indicators are highly customisable.

      Customization of indicators

    Period and Range selector

    Quickly switch between various period and range selections with just one click via the new period and range selector grid.

      Period and Range selector
    Drag and Zoom Charting
    The Chart module offers zoom and scale functionality allowing traders to highlight specific areas of financial information. Auto-resizing is also available for increased usability. The charting system allows quick movement around the price data for any market.
    Users can:
    • Drag the chart to see past data 
    • Drag the axes to scale or compress the chart 
    • Zoom in and out using the zoom tool
    • Auto Scale which fits data automatically to size of chart
    Analyse patterns and trends

    Our charting system contains a number of tools to help traders analyse patterns and trends.  These include:

    • Multiple lines and annotations, such as trend lines, horizontal lines, Fibonacci and pitchfork
    • Access to charting research

    A number of annotations are available through the Chart module, allowing traders to draw supporting lines and shapes, and to add text to charts.  These tools will enable traders to analyse patterns.

    Account integration
    Saxo Capital Markets clients can see related orders, including Limit (Profit Target), Stop and Trailing stop from their trading accounts on the relevant charts. The open orders can be Related Stop/Loss and Limit Profit Targets and can be changed and modified directly from the chart.
    Technical Analysis
    Various technical analysis tools are available from the Charts module. These include Bollinger Bands, Moving Average, Pivot Lines, Slow Stochastic and MACD. Certain analyses are equipped with dialogue boxes where parameters and appearance can be specified. A dialogue box will appear when technical analysis data is added.
    Instrument Comparison
    Traders can visualise multiple instruments on a single axis, in addition to dragging and setting the reference point for easy comparison.
    This study allows the examination of the correlation between different financial instruments. When in comparative mode, the price axis displays the percentage correlation between the instruments' price values. It is possible to also set a particular point of time as the reference. Once the reference point is set, the charted instruments are drawn as relative percentage offsets from that value. .

    Developing your online trading strategy

    As the online trading community continues to develop, technical analysis is increasingly being used by traders and investors looking to add an extra element to their trading. The use of technical analysis can be a valuable tool in building a market strategy and maintaining trading discipline. Our online trading platforms have built-in, easy-to-use tools that allow traders to harness the benefits of technical analysis.

    Accessible systematic trading

    Advanced tools, such as our technical analysis programme, place comprehensive market data at the fingertips of the professional trader. Systematic trading has become accessible to all investors, not simply institutions and professional money managers.

    The technical analysis tool allows:

    • Pattern Recognition and Analysis: The advanced technical analysis tool offers classic pattern recognition in selected Forex crosses and indices
    • Technical Insight: Review technical events associated with particular instruments
    • Stock Screening: The Technical Stock Screener offers trading ideas based on technical analysis using selected or predefined screening criteria
    • Customisable Charts: Enhanced flexibility allows traders to see the charts and patterns they want
    • Event Alerts: Event Alerts notify individuals when a price or technical event occurs
    • Other Features include: Daily market highlights and product performance outlook

    Advance Your Online Trading

    Our easy-to-use program helps traders anticipate price trends in Forex trading and the stock market by analysing price history and looking for patterns and relationships. When predefined criteria are met, users will be informed so that they can benefit from all opportunities.
    A Technical Stock Screener offers trading strategies for online trading based on market data.  These are developed by using screening criteria that users either select or input. Investors can specify both the data they are seeking and the format in which the results are delivered.

    Technical analysis education

    Included in the SaxoTrader and SaxoWebTrader technical analysis program is an educational section that teaches the user about technical analysis, explaining how it offers the opportunity to view the market in a different context from the ‘non-systematic' trader. From Bollinger bands to Gann charts are defined clearly, with both the pros and cons of using each type of analysis concisely explained.
    When combined with both the streaming news modules and company-specific information available through our platforms, the technical analysis tool provides our clients with a powerful combination of trading resources.

    Features of a systematic approach

    The deployment of predefined rules by which trades are first placed and then managed is currently a growth area for private traders.
    The benefits of such an approach to trading are many, most notable being the eschewing of behavioural bias, an emphasis on discipline, the development of a quantitative process and rigorous risk control. A trading system can be relatively easy to both evaluate and risk manage before any capital is put at risk, because the performance characteristics can be observed in advance over a wide range of market conditions.

    Systematic trading provides discipline

    The systematic trader observes and assimilates the various technical factors present in the market, making a judgement as to their significance. A strategy offering the greatest risk/reward trade for that scenario will be developed from this data. However, creating a consistently profitable trading system is an immense challenge and should not be underestimated. Beginners that simply apply stop-losses and profit targets to their favourite technical indicators hoping to succeed are likely to be disappointed in the long term.

    It is important for traders to consider more than a single model applied to a single instrument. A portfolio of carefully chosen diversified models is likely to be more stable, resulting in controlled profit or loss fluctuations and a smoother equity curve. That means greater leverage opportunity and potential profits.

  • Stop orders can be used to minimise trading losses, whilst not inhibiting your ability to make profits.  Stop orders include trading stop loss orders and trailing stop orders. However, you should remember that it may not be always possible to close your position at your selected level, for example overnight or when the market gaps quickly (known as 'slippage').


    Enabling traders to control the level of risk which they are exposed to, the trading stop loss is a useful tool for any trading account.  A trading stop loss can be placed alongside positions on a range of trading products including Forex, to CFDs and Equities.  This allows for strategic trading by enabling traders to limit the risk of excessive losses.  Allowing flexibility, a trading stop loss can be employed to ensure that traders don't need to keep an eye on the markets 24 hours a day. 

    The trailing stop allows investors to set a pip distance between the current price, and the point at which they intend to exit the trade.  If the current price should fall by that number of pips, the position will automatically be sold. If the current price rises, the percentage level will be recalculated from the new high. Using a trailing stop is an excellent method for minimising loss, whilst locking in profits in the event that the markets move against an investment position.

    Both regular trading stop loss orders and trailing stop orders are available through a Saxo Capital Markets trading account. Depending on the asset class traded, a variety of stop instruments can be used to match the kind of financial risk limitations traders seek.

  • Anticipate Market Movements with our Comprehensive Economic Calendar

    Facilitating traders to anticipate major financial events, the economic calendar is an additional client benefit.  Saxo Capital Markets allows clients to customise this macroeconomic calendar for major events in several global economies. Data is displayed in time-line sequence, with data type, time period and country filter functionality. Where possible the calendar includes both consensus estimates and the previous value for macroeconomic data. For further details, please see our Economic Calendar page.
  • Other platform features

    In addition to stop orders, charting tools, and economic calendars, a Saxo Capital Markets trading account offers a number of additional platform features designed to further enhance the online trading experience of clients. These trading platform benefits are designed to give clients complete control over their trading environment and include the account summary, chat functionality and our price board.

    Account Summary

    An account menu can be used to view trades executed, financial statements, open positions and account overviews. Real-time open positions are available through this live account view, which is available through both the new account summary and an open positions module.

    Chat module

    The Chat module is available to certain client segments and is used to communicate directly with an Account Executive through a sequence of short messages. All messages sent and received through the Chat module are logged in the Chat Log (Account > Summary > Activity Log tab). To review these logs, check the 'Chat' checkbox, define the time period for the chat history required, then click Show.

    Price Board

    Integrating all trading products into a single trade module, the price board on the platforms allows traders to monitor market prices for many instruments from a single price list, and trade directly on these live prices.

    Stock Screener

    The advanced Stock Screener allows you to easily filter through more than 11,000 companies from all over the world. A truly professional tool that comes with in-depth Equity Research, apply one or more of the 250+ advanced screening criteria. Read more about the Stock Screener tool.

    Equity Research

    The Equity Research tool gives you a complete breakdown of company information, from general background to detailed financial analysis, on more than 11,000 companies. Access to a broad range of fundamental data including consensus analyst ratings, five years of historical and three years of forward looking financial information. Read more about Equity Research.

  • With the right information to meet your needs, you can analyse the markets faster and make better decisions. Trading the best opportunities requires skill, timing and great platform tools and each Saxo workspace is preconfigured by expert traders to get you up and running quickly.
    For Forex, CFDs, Futures and Options analytics, the SaxoTrader platform has been designed so that you can make the most of every trading opportunity with information delivered in real time and in the format you need it. The flexible and comprehensive platform allows you to set up your workspace in any way you like.
    Take a look at the trading styles below and download any expert workspace by clicking on the blue download button on the right. Once you save this file, open it as a “Workspace” in the SaxoTrader platform. You can then customise it further.
    Download your preferred platform template. Please note this feature is only available for the SaxoTrader.

    Simple View

    This template offers a basic layout for traders to easily navigate the SaxoTrader platform with only the essential modules visible. Additional modules may be added as the user desires.

    Day Trader

    This view offers lists of instruments suitable for day trading along with technical analysis charts allowing you to get in and out of financial markets with ease.

    Multi Product Blank View

    This view has been created for those who like to keep all their asset classes separate and highly organised, or those who simply do not know where to start with the SaxoTrader platform and want a standard layout that includes a place for all products. All prices and trade screens (or watch lists) are blank for you to customise as you wish. The view also includes tabs for charts, account summary, news and trading conditions.

    Launch Pad

    This template was developed for investors seeking access to a variety of markets and information at a glance. Download the launchpad to get a homepage consisting of the main hotspots in the markets. Additional blank tabs have been added to demonstrate how more specific tabs can be created and customised to allow you to drill down into more detail on your main instruments of interest. A great starting point for those who are not sure what to trade.


    This template is designed for investors dealing predominantly with Forex. Equipped with overview page, dedicated charting and Technical analysis page and the most commonly traded FX pairs setup on our FX trade board, the model is set up to accommodate beginners and professionals alike.


    This template is designed for investors dealing predominantly with CFDs, the view is pre-populated with CFD Indices, UK & US large cap Stocks, FX and Commodity CFDs each in their own dedicated tabs demonstrating how products can be grouped for ease of trading.


    Perfectly suited to trading futures, this template allows you to quickly find the product that you wish to trade. The main futures screen is sorted into multiple tabs where contracts are split into energies, grains, metals, meats and other groups for ease of trading.

    Portfolio Manager

    This template is designed for investors with a broad portfolio of stocks. Everything is organised to facilitate the trading of shares with equity research and charts tailored to your portfolio at your fingertips.

    Multi Screen

    This template is designed for customers with multiple screens. The independence of each floating module allows you to easily move each window from screen to screen.

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