The tick history service has been created to reassure yourself that your order was executed at real market prices and to be assured of the quality of ticks Exness is offering.
In this article let us take you through all there is to know about this special offering.
- What is a tick, and what is tick history?
- Why is tick history important?
- How to download tick history?
- How to read tick data?
What is a tick, and what is tick history?
A tick is a measure of the minimum movement in the price of a security which can be either upward or downward. It can also refer to the change in the price of an instrument from one trade to the next trade.
Tick history is a list of all ticks for a selected instrument at a certain point in time. This comes in handy when investigating the execution of certain orders or to check the kind of prices that are being offered on our servers.
Points to note:
- Exness provides tick-by-tick data for all trading instruments (on all existing accounts) until the present time.
- Ticks are from MetaTrader 4 Real 1 server for Standard Cent, Standard, and Pro accounts, MetaTrader 4 Real 3 for Zero accounts, and MetaTrader 4 Real 9 for Raw Spread accounts.
Why is tick history important?
Transparency is one of the core principles we apply to everything we do at Exness, and our publicly available tick history is yet more proof of this principle.
Using the tick history you can confirm the correct execution of your orders by checking the actual prices in the market against the price your orders were executed at.
Ticks from various servers might be slightly different due to minor time deviations between them.
How to download tick history
Follow these steps to download tick history for an instrument of your choice:
- Go to Exness.com, hover over the Tools menu at the top of the screen, then select Tick History; or simply this link for Tick History.
- Choose any available instrument from the dropdown menu to view its tick history.
- Set the year, month and day you would like the tick history of from the dropdown menus, then click Get Ticks.
- A zip file will be downloaded to your device; right-click on it, select Extract All and then choose a destination to unzip its contents.
- Open the CSV file with Wordpad (PC) or WordEdit (Mac) to see its contents.
Do note that you can select specific days only for the current month and specific months of the current year. If you wish to look at tick history for previous months you need to download the history for that entire month, and if you wish to look at tick history for previous years, you need to download the history for that entire year.
How to open a monthly report which is too long
If you are facing issues with opening long monthly reports on your Numbers app for MacOS or Excel for Windows, you can open the downloaded file using the following:
- Text Edit app on MacOS
- Notepad app on Windows
How to read tick data
The downloaded file contains all the ticks - Bid and Ask prices, for the selected instrument and trading period.
To search for a certain price, you may just use the search function on the tick history report.
Note: Buy orders close with the Bid price and Sell orders close with the Ask price.
If you are unable to spot the price your order was executed with, do not hesitate to contact the Exness Support Team.