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Sterling VolTrader (previously Livevol X)

Options Trading for Professionals

Sterling VolTrader (previously Livevol X) is the next-generation analysis, execution and position management platform that combines the intelligence of Livevol Pro with advanced trading capabilities and sophisticated risk analytics. Sterling VolTrader offers a full array of unique features for identifying trade opportunities and developing strategies.

Our “what if” modeling tools provide the ability to go from modeling to execution in one keystroke. Of course, monitoring risk is paramount. Sterling VolTrader keeps you on top of position and portfolio risk with industry leading graphical representations calculated in real time.

This all-in-one scanning, analysis and trading platform provides the industry’s most sophisticated risk analysis and trading tools to provide a complete solution for buy and sell side professionals.

Real-Time VIX Futures Data is now available.

Institutions including hedge funds, tier-one banks, market makers, and buy and sell broker/dealers use Sterling VolTrader to make options trading decisions daily.

Sterling VolTrader is available for use with the following clearing firms: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Wedbush, APEX, and Interactive Brokers.

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Order Execution

Sterling VolTrader delivers efficient and low latency execution from many points within the application -- Trade volatility skew directly from our Skew Chart; access and trade multi-leg orders easily constructed from the option montage or from the complex order ticket.

  • Push simulated positions to order ticket with a single click and execute
  • Build multi-leg orders directly from the options montage and get access to all Complex Order Books
  • Control size, timing and other trade variables through a full suite of equity and option ALGOS (clearing specific)
  • Send trades directly to market participants on the exchange floors through our TNT protocol
  • Add verbal and/or phone trades in Sterling VolTrader to better reflect your positions


Increase your probabilities for success through real-time order-flow statistics. Stay tuned to market sentiment, so you have an informed context for trading decisions.

  • See the day’s largest option trades with statistics on each underlying
  • Get comprehensive statistics, call:put ratios, percentage of trades on the bid or offer, net premium and net deltas on every stock
  • See block trades as they hit the exchanges

Risk, Position & Trade Analysis

Model Risk in 3D using price and volatility shocks; include or exclude modeled positions and offers a many features to help manage risk.

  • View account profit & loss with easy access to information including commissions, fees, dividends as well as interest costs and other transactions
  • Receive drop-copies from 3rd parties
  • Manage position and portfolio risk in a customizable window
  • Drill-down by underlying security, monitor watch list folders, sectors, and expiration months
  • View our Option Trade Cost Analysis tool directly from the Trade Blotter
  • Input option model variables from Excel directly into Sterling VolTrader through the Excel DDE link
  • Model risk in 3D with our patent-pending graphical skew chart that visually compares the relative costs of OTM options within and between expiries
  • View portfolio risk, dynamic skew, beta weighting and by underlying, expiration and sector or custom watch list
  • Perform “what-if” analyses by adding volatility shocks, changing the underlying price, or moving time forward
  • Dissect underlying risk with dynamic skew risk chart with expiration specific volatility shocks and risk by expiration

Data Analytics

Display the power of Sterling VolTrader in its original layout or build your own layout for multiple monitors using the analytical components below:

  • Underlying Statistics - order flow, large trades, volume by exchange, net premium, OTM, on offer/bid %, call:put ratio
  • Watch List
    • Volatility alerts
    • Price alerts
    • Watch List Trades - filter order flow by your watch list, exchange and trade size
    • Custom folders
    • Indices - track market indices in a standalone convenient window
    • Block Trades - track large market trades
    • Live & Historical Options Montage - view options prices, Greeks, volumes, open interest in both live and historical contexts
    • 3D Skew Chart with 2 year playback (patent pending)
    • Level II Quotes - view stock and option prices per exchange
    • Price & Volatility Tick Chart - track the stock price and volatility movement by minute

    Sterling VolTrader is known for its expertise in volatility, the single most important factor in trading options. Our proprietary IV statistics help you make better, quicker decisions.

    • Gauge the fear in the market with our proprietary equivalent of the 30-day VIX™ for every stock.
    • Determine relative option expense by viewing the implied volatility in context (up to two years of historical data).

    Sterling VolTrader offers a wide range of data, calculations, alerts, and visualizations that help identify strike-specific and actionable trading opportunities.

    Use our 80+ comprehensive scans—which were built by professional options traders—to scan for stocks and option strategies based on criteria such as earnings, volatility, price, order flow, and company fundamentals.

    • Create your own scans using an easy drag-and-drop utility.
    • Filter through the market noise to get the information you need.
    • Do “what-if” modeling to make more advanced decisions.
  • Historical Underlying Charts
    • Stock Price
    • Implied Volatility (IV30™, 60, 90, 180, 360)
    • Historical Volatility (HV30™, 10, 20, 60, 90, 180, 360)
    • Stock Volume
    • Option Volume
    • Order Flow - differentiate the order flow between calls and puts on a chart
    • Overlay Stocks - visually compare prices and volatilities of different stocks
    • Draw on the charts - perform technical analysis right on the chart
  • Historical Option Charts
    • Option Price
    • Option Bid & Ask
    • Option Volume
    • Option Open Interest
    • Live and Historical Time & Sales and Time & Quotes - find option or underlying trades or quotes within the last 2 years
    • Earnings & Dividends Calendar & Historical Analysis - track ATM volatility, ATM straddles, and underlying price through earnings cycles
    • Fundamentals - business & financial summary, income measures, per share data, ratios
    • Stock Monitor
    • Index Members
    • Volume by Exchange
    • Option Calculator
  • Custom Market Scanner
    • Earnings: pre/post earnings vol, pre/post earnings price changes
    • Implied Vol: rising, dropping, exploding, imploding
    • IV vs HV: 30,60,90 day comparisons
    • Order Flow: call:put ratio, net premium, net deltas, OTM on offer, active issues, open interest
    • Price: gainers, losers
    • Time Spreads: month 1, month 2, month 3 and several permutations
    • Customize your scans and identify trading strategies

    Our comprehensive portfolio management system simplifies and speeds up management and administration.

    • Do everything—analysis, trades, execution, and account/ position management—from one all-inclusive system.
    • Monitor profit and loss and get account information (including commissions, fees, dividends, and interest) directly from the Sterling VolTrader platform.
    • Use our graphical layout to get needed information “at a glance,” or drag and drop to create your own layout.
    • Don’t get stuck trying to find an order execution ticket. Execute trades directly from almost any window, including the skew chart.
    • Multi-monitor support
    • Build and save your layout(s)
    • Capture Screenshots
    • Export data as CSV or PDF
    • Chat to Support right from Sterling VolTrader

About Sterling Trading Tech:

Sterling Trading Tech (STT) is a leading provider of technology solutions for the global equities, equity options and futures markets. With over 100 clients including leading brokers, clearing firms and prop groups in over 30 countries and trading supported in 10 countries, STT provides solutions tailored to our client’s needs including links to over 80 execution venues in the US. STT is committed to providing fast, stable technology along with outstanding customer service.