Forex FAQ

If you have any questions about our data or software products, you can likely find the answers here amongst our FAQ, File Format Guides, and TickWrite® User Guides. However, if you cannot find the answer to your question and/or prefer to speak with one of our data experts, please contact Tick Data today.

Do I need Windows© to use TickWrite®?

TickWrite® is available for Microsoft Windows© or Linux©.

Can I download daily updates of the Forex data?

YES, we offer daily updates of our Forex data so you may keep your historical Forex data current. See Data Updates for more details on when these updates are available for download each day.

Is the Forex data filtered in any way for suspect ticks?

We filter the Forex Bid data on a tick-by-tick basis using our proprietary tick filtering algorithms and processes. We do NOT overwrite any ticks, but instead flag suspect ticks and suggest a corrected price (see the Filtered Price field in the tick-by-tick bid files).

Forex is an over-the-counter (OTC) market, so how is the data obtained?

Our Forex data is an aggregation of quotes from the various contributing institutions. Data from the contributors is received in a primary, secondary and tertiary data collection infrastructure. Having three (3) isolated, redundant, geographically diverse archives means real-time data transmission errors and omissions are not a factor in our data collection. This proprietary data archival system compares the three archives to create a single, robust data series for each symbol, ensuring that any problems that may occur in one data archive do not make their way into our data sets.

Does the data contain Contributor Codes?

Yes, the data contains Contributor Codes beginning with the Aug-11-2010 trading day. Please see the Forex File Format Guide for more information.

To what granularity is the Forex data time stamped?

All of our Forex tick-by-tick data is time stamped to the millisecond (HH:MM:SS.mmm).

What are the trading hours for Forex data?

The data begins each week at 6:00pm ET (Exchange time is U.S. Eastern / New York Time Zone) on Sunday night, and trades 24-hours per day until 5:59:59.999pm ET on Friday. Each day, the data stops at 5:59:59.999pm and immediately begins a new trading day at 6:00:00.000pm ET. Therefore, any bars that would overlap a 24-hour period will stop at 5:59:59.999pm and a new bar will start with the new trading day at 6:00:00.000pm ET.

What specific data points (fields) are included in the Forex data?

Please download our Forex File Format Guide for complete details on the fields and values contained in our Forex data files.

In what format is the Forex data delivered?

We deliver all of our data (both as-traded and time series) in comma-delimited text files.

What if I find a problem with my data?

Tick Data works very diligently to ensure the data is as clean and robust as possible. However, no data set is perfect. If you find any questionable anomalies, please contact our Support Desk. We will make every attempt to fix the problem.

What software can I use to analyze the data?

Virtually any software that can import delimited text files can read our data (e.g. OneTick©, Microsoft Excel®, NinjaTrader®, MetaTrader®, TradeStation®, MATLAB®, etc.). If you have questions about whether or not your software can analyze our data, contact us.

TickWrite Forex Support

Instructions for Processing Forex Data in TickWrite®

Instructions for creating Forex data time series begin on page 38 of the TickWrite User Guide.

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