In addition to adding futures trades from contracts, you can add trades such as hedges, GTC (Good-Til-Canceled) trades, spec trades, and options under the Trade Data Entry/Review area.

From this area you can also liquidate or roll forward trades, modify trades, un-attach or attach trades from or to physical contracts, and execute GTC trades.

Select Exchange Trades > Trade Data Entry/Review > Trades Scans from the main menu.

Select Exchange Trades and Trade Data Entry/Review to add futures trades

A scan of open trades will pop up. This scan shows all open trades in the system.

Scanning Open Trades
To see liquidated or history items, you will need to print a report of Entries or Liquidated trades.

Types of Trades

Here are the types of trades you can review here:

  • G/Open - Good-til-cancelled (GTC) trades. When these trades expire, they either are converted into an actual trade (a hedge) or are removed from the open trades list.
  • H/Hedg - Hedges tied to contracts or entered without a corresponding physical trade.
  • F/FixA - Actual price-fixing trade that fixed the price on a contract.
  • F/FixR - Price-Fixing required (TBF) physical trade that is always tied to a contract.
  • (blank)/Spec - Spec trade without an attached contract. When a speculation trade is attached to a contract, it becomes a hedge.

This scan by default always shows all open non-price-fixing trades in the system. You can view price-fixing actual trades by using the Tools > Price Fixing > Include feature.

Show Price Fixing Actual trades in the scan using the Tools menu.

To include TBF (to-be-fixed or price-fixing required) trades, use the Tools > TBF > Include feature.

Show TBF trades in the scan.

Use the Lookup, Search, and Filter menu options to find one trade or search for all trades associated with a particular broker, exchange, position,or contract. If you select Print, you will be directed to the Futures Open Report area.

You can review futures trades from this scan by selecting Review from the toolbar menu.

Reviewing Future Trades

You will be shown the trade Review Details screen.

Several actions are available for you to take from this screen.


Creates a new trade. Performs the same function as adding from the trades scan. Unlike adding from a contract, you can only add Spec or GTC type trades from this area. You can later attach these trades to physical contracts. Select a type to add, then fill in the Exchange, Product, Position YYYY-MM-DD, and Broker fields, then click Apply to add the trade.

Choose a trade type to Add and fill in the details.

Enter the price and units information on the next screen, then click Apply again to create this trade. You can use the Number and Memo fields to enter unique trade numbers to help you identify this trade.

Add a trade and fill in pricing details.

The trade will be added and you can review the trade on a review screen.


Modify the details of this trade. To change any of the features of this trade, pick Edit from the toolbar menu. You will be allowed to change the details on a new screen.

On any trade not attached to a physical contract, you can change almost any detail. You can only change the price, currency rate, date, memo number, broker, note, and units on a physical trade. Make the necessary changes and pick Apply to proceed with changing this trade.

Note: If you change the details of a physical trade, you will need to recalculate the contract item associated with that trade before any changes will take effect for that contract.


Delete (if applicable) the trade. Deleted trades remain in the entries file but are removed from open trade listings. You cannot delete physical (TBF or Actual) trades from this area; they must be deleted from the contract.


Liquidate this trade. See the section on liquidating trades below.


Attach or Unattach this item from the physical contract. Selecting Phys calls up a menu to allow you to change the attached status of this item.

The Unattach and Attach physical menu.

If you select Un-attach physical, you will be asked to confirm the details of the trade. Enter the number of units to un-attach from the contract item, then pick Apply to confirm.

Select Apply to confirm you wish to unattach this trade.

Selecting Attach has a similar function, except you need to enter a contract number to be attached. Select a type (Purchase or Sale) and enter a physical contract number, then pick Apply to attach the trade.

Enter a contract number and lots to attach to this trade.

When next you review that contract, you will see the attached trade.

If you choose to un-attach or attach only part of the trade, this trade will be split into two portions, creating a new trade while keeping the original trade with updated units.


Execute (only applies to GTC trades). Converts this trade into another trade type, such as a Spec or Hedge. When executing, you can change the price and units.

When finished with this lookup, pick Exit to return to the Exchange Trades menu. Recalculate trades as needed or review them on futures reports.

Trade liquidation is done to close out expiring trades by matching long and short open trades and use them to cancel each other out OR to roll forward trades tied to expiring position months into new positions.
Exchange trades menu options

Use this option to liquidate or roll specific trade entries in batches. The resulting new trades will be attached to the same physical as trade that is liquidated.

Go to Exchange Trades > Move Forward or Liquidate > Trades by Position.

Enter filters and pick Apply to see a list of trades to liquidate

Enter a position, exchange and product then select Apply to see a list of matching trades.

The list of trades displayed will show you how many units are available to roll/liquidate in the Units column. A box with options for filtering the list and selecting trades will also be displayed.

Enter the units to roll/liquidate in the Liq column or further filter this list by using the filter box in the top right hand corner.

List of trades and filter trades pop up.

Filter by contract range, purchase or sale, grade etc. Check the Select all box if you want to select all. The Current selection information will show the trades you selected.

Filter selections or select all.

When you have finished selecting the trades, use the menu items to proceed.

Menu options


To display information about the selected trade entries (for example, to confirm that you have a balanced liquidation).

Checking trade balance.

Pick OK to continue.

Roll Forward

Rolls the selected trades to a later month by liquidating the old trades and entering a new trade with the new position.

Select Roll Forward to the trades to a different month.

Move trade forward

All information in this box must be filled in.

  • Liquidation date - Date for the new trade.
  • Liquidation price - Price for old trades to be closed at.
  • Opening position - Position for the new trade.
  • Opening price - Price for the new trades.

Press Apply to continue.


Liquidate open trades by selecting equal and opposite trades which offset each other.

Pick Liquidate to close the trades at one price, moving them out of the open position. CATS will display a message with the trades that were selected.

CATS message showing selected trades.

Press Yes to continue or No to go back to the trade selection screen.

Next, enter a liquidation date and price.

Enter liquidation date and price.

Press Apply to continue.

CATS will display a message that the selected trades have been moved.

Message that trades have been moved.

Use this option to liquidate two offsetting trade entries in CATS.

Go to Exchange Trades > Move Forward or Liquidate > Offsetting Trades.

Enter two trade numbers to liquidate these trades.

Enter the trade information.

If you do not know the correct number, a chooser will pop up showing you the available trades to choose from on the Purchase or Sale side. Pick a trade from the chooser and click Continue to select it.

Select trades.

When you have two trades entered, you can click Apply on the trade liquidation screen and CATS will match the trades against one another.

Pick apply after choosing trades.

You can also use the “?” (question mark menu) to see a chooser of either Physical Trades or Futures Trades. You cannot change trades from this area, however.

The ? > Physical Trades list shows all contract-related trades in the system.

A list shows all contract-related trades

This allows you to see details about the the most recently entered trades, although you should see a full history of all physical trades in CATS here.

The ? > Futures Trades menu option displays a chooser of all hedges, spec, and other non-physical trades in the system.

List of future exchange transactions.

As with other choosers in CATS, you can Print to HTML when viewing the Futures Trades chooser. Drag and order by columns to get them the way you want to see them, then pick Print to HTML to print the list. You can double-click on a trade to review it.

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