Can I trade manually in my Autotraded account?

Yes you can. There are two ways you can do it:

 

If you simply want to close or modify a position opened by a trading strategy

Go to https://collective2.com/open-positions. You can also find this screen from the Left menu bar->Autotrade->Manage Positions.

On this screen you can manually increase or decrease your positions and add stop orders. All your strategy orders/positions are displayed per strategy which is very useful as your broker software cannot display which strategy a position belongs to.

However, you cannot trade positions or orders not opened by a C2 strategy.

 

If you want C2 to ignore your non-C2 orders/positions

Enable the "Manual Trading" feature from the Autotrade Control Panel. You can also find this screen from the Left menu bar->Autotrade->Control Panel.

Please note this feature affects your entire account--it cannot be set on a per-strategy basis.

The result is C2 will happily ignore all non-C2 orders and positions, and will trade as if they don't exist.

This means that:

  1. Let's say you are Autotrading a strategy that is long MSFT and you enter a ES order from broker's software platform, C2 will ignore the ES you traded and go on trading as if it does not exist.
  2. Let's say you have 100 MSFT in your account and you are setting up Autotrading for a strategy that also has 100 MSFT. If you enable this feature, C2 will ignore your MSFT position and open the strategy's MSFT position, so you will have 200 MSFT.
  3. Let's say you are already Autotrading a strategy that is long 100 MSFT, and your account is in sync with the strategy, C2 will do nothing because your existing position was a C2 position. If you subsequently trade MSFT manually from your broker's software platform, C2 will ignore the quantity you traded and go on trading as if it does not exist.

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