Although there is no need to use the NinjaTrader 8 Historical Data Importer when purchasing format-ready data from PortaraNinja for NinjaTrader 7 or 8, we thought it would be good to simply show the settings in case you have your own intraday data that you would like to import to NinjaTrader.
Purchasing from Portara Shop
There are TWO ways to purchase data:
- For continuous data you can purchase NT 7 (.ntd) or NT8 (.ncd) ready-formatted data. Remember you do not even need to touch the NinjaTrader 7/8 Historical Data Importer when you purchase NT 7 or NT8 ready-formatted data from the PortaraNinja shop. Simply watch the installation video on the home page.
- Or you can purchase semi-colon separated continuous or individual files for 1 minute data or tick data. Semi-colon separated data needs to be imported into NinjaTrader 7 or 8 using NinjaTrader’s Historical Data Manager. If you want direct guidelines on how to do that for 1 Minute Data see here. For Tick Data importing guidelines see here.
You Already Have ASCII TEXT CSV Data
If you do have your own data to import then there are several “Gotchas” to avoid.
- Make sure that you know whether the data vendor has supplied you with ascii txt csv bar which is timestamped on the first bar basis or the last bar basis. If you don’t know this and you choose the wrong setting your data can be a whole 1 minute out. This doesn’t sound like much but when you begin compressing, how do you align appropriately?
- Make sure that you set the timezone of the HISTORICAL DATA that you are about to import. Make sure you know whether or not DST or Dual DST around the equinoxes applies to your vendor or not otherwise you can be an hour out or worse (Australian summer winter etc) depending on how the vendor’s data has been pulled.