Importing numerous stock symbols into NinjaTrader is a tedious process. If you’ve ever used the Instrument Manager and want to create a list of the most liquid ETFs, you know what I’m talking about.
There is a far, far easier way to import multiple stock symbols into NinjaTrader without using the Instrument Manager.
Go to the control center, the main part of the NinjaTrader Program. Click on File, Utilities then Import Stock Symbol List.
The new screen brings up a text area. Type in the list of symbols or click on the small Load button in the middle of the screen towards the left side. That allows you to import a list of tickers if they’re already typed into a file.
“Traded on” is the exchange where these instruments trade. You can use Nyse if you’re not planning to trade live. The symbol mapping is only important when it’s time to use NinjaTrader for live order execution.
My final tip is that you can assign all of these instruments to a list. The screenshot depicts a few commodity ETFs. It makes a lot of sense to categorize those instruments into an ETF list. You could click the “New” button to the right or, if you already created a list with that name, select it from the drop down menu.