Sierra Chart Purchase and License Information
- How to Access Sierra Chart
- Renewing Access
- Lost Password
- Support Services
- Invoices for Payments
- Recurring Billing
- Services Balance Backing
- Exclusive Agreements
- Software and Data Other Terms and Conditions (Opens a new page)
- Service Packages and Data Pricing (Opens a new page)
- Help with Accounts (Opens a new page)
How to Access Sierra Chart
- For access to Sierra Chart you need to have a Sierra Chart Account. And you need to have downloaded and installed Sierra Chart.
If you already have an account, Login to Your Account to activate a Service Package and add credit if your account usage time is expired, or to manage your account.
- If you are a new user and do not have an account, then Create an Account here.
When you create an account you will receive 15 days of Sierra Chart with Advanced Features for free. After this trial time is up, refer to the Renewing Access section.
- When your usage time ends there is nothing to cancel unless you have chosen a recurring billing option (if available). To renew access, refer to the Renewing Access section.
The Sierra Chart software and associated services is paid for in 1, 3, 6, or 12 month increments depending upon the particular service and what you choose. You pay for usage time of Sierra Chart by activating on your account the particular Service Package you want, and then add sufficient credit to the Services Balance to pay for that.
Your account has an ending date for the Service Package that you have active and paid for on your account. Just before the ending date is about to expire, this ending date for your Sierra Chart Service Package is extended by 1, 3, 6 or 12 months depending upon the Service Package time period activated, if there is sufficient credit on the Services Balance. The cost of the Service Package is deducted from the Services Balance. This is the basic model of billing.
It is recommended to keep a sufficient balance on the Services Balance for at least several months of usage time depending upon what you require.
The Sierra Chart software will notify you approximately 4 days before the current ending date of the usage time to remind you to add additional credit your Services Balance to renew your current Service Package if there is an insufficient balance for renewal. This notification is through the System Notification window that you see upon starting Sierra Chart and you may also receive an email message. Refer to the images below.
Refer to the instructional images below for instructions to activate a Service Package on your account and add credit to the Services Balance to pay for it.
When you go to the Activate and Pay for Sierra Chart Services page, you will see your current account details as shown in the image below.
In this image below, you can see where you can activate the particular Service Package you want on your account. Select that package and press the Update button.
In this image below, you can see that if you do not have enough credit on your Services Balance on your account, that you need to add credit in order to pay for the activated Service Package which will then extend the Usage Time ending date by the selected time period (1, 3, 6, or 12 months) for the current selected Service Package, if it is about to expire. To add credit, click on the payment link.
In this image below, you can see the payment form to add credit to your Services Balance. There are various payment methods available. Use whichever one is appropriate for you.
To find your usage time ending date, select Help >> Account Control Panel on the Sierra Chart menu. The Current Usage Time Ending Date will be displayed on your Account Control Panel page. The ending date will be automatically extended as long as a Service Package is active on your account and you have a sufficient Services Balance to pay for renewals. You can deactivate the current Service Package at any time on the Activate and Pay for Sierra Chart Services.
When the free trial usage time ends or usage time you had previously paid for ends, you will need to go to the Activate and Pay for Sierra Chart Services page to activate a service package on your account if it has not already been done, and add credit to the Services Balance to pay for the service package.
You can also go to this page by selecting Help >> Add Usage Credit on the Sierra Chart software menu to automatically login.
When a Service Package is renewed on your account, then your account is extended by 1, 3, 6 or 12 months depending upon to time period selected for the Service Package activation. When this is about to expire, it will be extended again automatically as long as a Service Package is set on your account to automatically renew.
You can add credit to your Sierra Chart Services Balance with a wide array of payment options including numerous credit/debit cards, bank transfers (can be costly with bank fees), Bitcoins, and E wallets like PayPal. You will be able to pay with any of these methods through the Add Services Balance Credit page.
Unlike in the past, usage time at a particular Service Package which allows you to use Sierra Chart, is added onto your account in 1, 3, 6, 12 month increments at a time depending upon what you selected on the Activate and Pay for Sierra Chart Services page. This is different than previously where you would prepay for any number of months, anywhere from 1 to 18, and your account usage time ending date would be set according to the number of months paid for.
One or two days before the usage time is about to expire, the usage time ending date on your account is extended by 1, 3, 6, 12 months and the payment for it is made from your Services Balance.
So if you have 150 USD on your Services Balance and your cost of a particular Service Package is 15 USD per month, then this is enough to pay for 10 months and your account will automatically renew for 10 months, at the selected time interval, if the Service Package is set for renewal on your account.
Also, if you are using a newer version of Sierra Chart, you do not even have to restart the program. Sierra Chart becomes aware of the new usage time ending date while running.
This has the advantage that you can suspend your account at any time and just keep the balance as a reserve for future use.
When a Service Package is set for renewal on your account and when that usage time is about to expire, if there is an insufficient balance on the Services Balance, it will not be extended. There is also no automatic billing of a credit or debit card. As soon as you manually make a payment, the usage time will be extended at that time.
- If you lost your Sierra Chart software password, use the Retrieve Password page to go through the process to reset and retrieve your Account Name and Password.
- Each user must have a separate Sierra Chart account.
- You can install Sierra Chart on as many computer systems as you want. However, each Sierra Chart account can only be used on 2 systems at the same time or concurrently. If you wish to use Sierra Chart on more computer systems, you will need to create additional Sierra Chart accounts. More systems per a single account is possible, however is an additional cost at 10 USD per system. Contact Sierra Chart support for additional information.
- You can install Sierra Chart multiple times on the same computer and each of those copies can be used concurrently without restriction.
- An installation of Sierra Chart is not linked in any way to a particular computer system. You can freely install Sierra Chart on any system or move it to any system you want. You just need to login to Sierra Chart using your Account Name and Password. There is only a limit to the number of simultaneous running instances of Sierra Chart on different systems.
All paid customers are entitled to a reasonable amount of support to assist you with connections to external services and guidance for the most basic use of the software and services. The definition of reasonable and basic use is defined by Sierra Chart support within the context of the support request.
Support outside of what is described here is generally provided, however is within the discretion of Sierra Chart Support. Telephone support is usually chargeable and an extra service. It may be provided at no charge if it is the most efficient way to resolve a basic issue you are having.
Under certain conditions, customers who consume a lot of support may have their monthly price of Sierra Chart increased. Generally this is very very uncommon, but it is something to be aware of.
Invoices for Payments
To get an invoice for payment you have made for Sierra Chart usage time or other services, go to the Transaction Log page.
It is possible to add additional text to the customer information which by default includes the name and address. You may want to add a tax ID. To do that, set the "Additional Invoice Text" first through the Manage Account Information page.
- To request a refund, make this request through an Account Support Ticket. Refer to the information below for the specific refund terms and conditions.
- As a matter of policy any refund requests for the Sierra Chart Exchange Data Feed or for exchange fees will not be made. You have been advised of this before confirming a payment for these services. These are a direct cost to us that we cannot obtain refunds for ourselves. There are some exceptions to this rule, in the case of a genuine mistake and if we can arrange a refund. But this is something that has to be determined case-by-case and there are service fees for this.
- A reason for a refund needs to be given. A refund for the remaining Services Balance on your account can be made according to the following terms.
- A minimum refund fee of 5 USD/EUR or 12% of the amount to be refunded is charged against any refund made.
- Refund requests for amounts less than 15 USD usually will not be made.
- For payments made within the last 15 days, 100 percent of the remaining balance will be given minus a 5 USD/EUR service fee.
- There may also be a deduction for support expenses at a rate of USD 40 per hour. Do understand that providing support to users whether online or via telephone does cost us money and is not refundable.
- For refund to be given, there must be a means by which a refund transaction can actually be made. It usually is not possible to refund the payment card directly after a certain amount of time has passed. Usually three months. In this case an alternative will be to receive the money through a PayPal or Gold Money account.
- All of your account information is kept private and is never disclosed to anyone under any circumstances. We do not have access to your credit/debit card number since this is processed by outside payment processors.
- There is nothing to cancel. We do not do any automatic billing. If you do not wish to continue to use the software, there is nothing you need to do. Your account will end on your usage time ending date. It is completely unnecessary to contact support. Thank You for using Sierra Chart.
In no case does Sierra Chart do automatic or recurring billing to a credit or debit card. All payments must be manually initiated by a user. This capability may be added later but is not currently supported.
The general reason we do not do recurring billing is because we do not store cardholder data for security reasons. Also, a user may forget about recurring billing and get unexpected charges if they did not cancel the automatic or recurring billing.
Therefore, you will pay for the services that you require ahead of time by making a payment to your Services Balance. So all transactions are initiated by you and not by Sierra Chart.
In the case of your Sierra Chart Service Package and the Sierra Chart Exchange Data Feed if you are using it, the payment for these services is made automatically from the Services Balance on your account before the particular service expires.
Therefore, you generally want to make sure you have a sufficient credit on the Services Balance for your account to keep the services you require active.
Services Balance Backing
All Sierra Chart service balances are backed by 100 percent physical gold fully owned by Sierra Chart with no liabilities.
While these balances are normally small and generally this is little significance in most cases, Sierra Chart does believe in gold and silver as real money and believes in a free-market money system without central banking.
Sierra Chart does not engage in any kind of exclusive agreements.
Below are some examples of this.
We will not enter enter into an exclusive agreement with a single reseller in a particular geographical area to offer Sierra Chart.
We will not enter into an agreement containing language which excludes us from later entering into any kind of an agreement relating to Sierra Chart with individual users, resellers or businesses, the agreement says should be excluded.
We will not enter into an agreement exclusively offering functionality in Sierra Chart to one particular entity to the exclusion of anyone else. This excludes some custom development that was agreed ahead of time to be for that one particular entity, but in that particular case it would be developed as something completely separate and not part of Sierra Chart.
Some feature or functionality that is developed as part of Sierra Chart, is open to all even if we billed a specific entity extra for the development of that feature or functionality. Although in these cases what we normally bill is only a small portion of the actual cost to develop it.
Under no conditions, will an individual or business be cut off from the use of Sierra Chart other than for reason of nonpayment. We understand that users take the time to learn about Sierra Chart, do custom development for Sierra Chart with their own time and money, and therefore can become dependent on our products and services for a certain period of time. It is for this reason, that we always endeavor to maintain consistency as much as we can, maintain reliability and longevity of our products and services.
There is no promise being made here that Sierra Chart will always be available, available at the same prices, and always work the same way but this generally is our objective.
The price of Sierra Chart can be increased but these price increases will be reasonable and provided with notice when possible.
None of the above statement constitute any legally binding agreement. They are only statements of intention.
*Last modified Saturday, 19th November, 2016.