Easily create combination orders with the Combo Selection tool. Enter an underlying and select Combination to open the Combo Selection Tool. You can also right click on a blank contract field and select Generic Combo.
Create a generic Stock/Stock Pairs Trade spread by defining two individual legs:
Multiple tab lets you select a group of combination quotes on the same underlying for comparison. Filtering choices on the left let you narrow the available selections. Use Ctrl+click to add multiple spread quotes to your monitor/watchlist.
Strategy tab offers worksheet templates for named combinations, for example to roll an expiring futures position forward, create a Calendar spread to sell the held contract and purchase the further our contract.
The Strategy tab contains a worksheet for Calendar Spreads. To roll forward an existing position â€“ buy the further out contract and sell the held contract. Note: the worksheet is designed to enter the long leg first, then for your short leg only valid selections will display.
To avoid physical delivery of expiring futures contracts as well as those resulting from futures options contracts, customers must roll forward or close out positions prior to the Start of the Close-Out Period. Close out dates are listed in the Account Management Trade reference guide under: Delivery, Exercise and Corporate Actions
You can also add futures calendar spreads by entering the two symbols separated by a dash (-).
For example, to enter a CL June 16/Sep 16 calendar spread, enter "CLM6-CLU6" or "CLM-U6"
TWS supports direct-routed native inter-commodity futures spreads in TWS. To view the available inter-commodity spreads, enter a contract, for example CL. Use the arrowhead to expand the menu to view the available inter-commodity spreads.
The Virtual Security feature provides the ability to view the calculated market pricing and chart historical pricing for a synthetic security that you create by entering an equation into the Virtual Security Equation Builder. Once you have defined a Virtual Security it can be used throughout TWS in the quote and analytical tools, but cannot be used in any of the trading tools.
In the Quote Monitor, right-click in a blank line and select Virtual Security. Using the equation builder, define the custom security. Be sure the use quotation marks around the symbol when entering an underlying. Enter a "~" name for the virtual security and click OK. The security is listed as a new contract in the Quote Monitor and displays the Last, Bid and Ask prices.
The Strategy Builder allows you to create option spreads by selecting the bid or ask price of each desired contract to add legs as you build your spread.
Open the Strategy Builder from the Mosaic Option Chains window or from the Classic TWS OptionTrader Order Management panel.
To add each leg of the spread, click the ask price to Buy the contract or the bid price to Sell (write) that contract. TWS builds the spread as you select each leg. Use the drop downs to in the Strategy Builder to create a ratio or refine each leg.
Always check your order before submitting. In the Mosaic order window use the advanced+ button and select Save which puts the un-transmitted trade in the Activity Monitor where you can see verify each leg of the spread.
Transmit the order directly from the Strategy Builder tab or in the OptionTrader you can choose to add to the Quote Panel. The implied spread price is displayed with a pink tick dot.
Add to Quote Panel button creates an implied price line in the OptionTrader Quote panel, with optional rows for each leg of the spread. Click the bid/ask price from the implied quote line to create the spread. Credit or Debit spreads are color coded in the Bid/Ask row as well as left of the Transmit button. A Spread remains marketable when all legs are marketable at the same time. A missing bid /ask price in the implied price indicates one or more of the legs have become unmarketable.
In the OptionTrader, Strategy Builder tab, use the Add Stock button to add a stock leg for a Buy Write (Covered Call) or choose to make the spread Delta Neutral to automatically add a hedging stock leg to the combo for a delta amount of the underlying. Use the system calculated delta or enter your own.
You can find these same functions in the Mosaic Order Entry window, by expanding the advanced+ button.
Remember that because you can build the same combo with positive or negative bid/ask prices that:
You MUST be vigilant about the price entered because once transmitted you are responsible for the trade. Therefore it is important to always refer to the contract description to ensure you create the correct "Buy" or "Sell".
Check the User Guide for Notes on Combination Orders
TIP: To edit the price â€“ click in the price field and use the same positive or negative price that was populated (it's the positive or negative price that determines a debit or credit spread.)
A new tool, Performance Profile helps demonstrate the key performance characteristics of an option or complex option strategy. You can access from the Order Confirmation box and from the right-click menu on an order, a ticker or a position. This feature includes:
Two option trading tools, Rollover Options and Write Options allow you to easily set up option rollovers, and efficiently write calls or puts against your existing long or short stock positions from this multi-tabbed tool.
On each tab, you specify the selection criteria, then choose Refresh/Load button to list the contracts based on your portfolio. Pencil icon allows you to edit the automatically selected contracts.
To avoid deliveries in expiring option and future option contracts, you must roll forward or close out positions prior to the close of the last trading day.
Use the Option Rollover tool to retrieve all options held in your portfolio about to expire and roll them over to a similar option with a later expiration date.
The Review Options to Roll section has a Details sidecar that displays when you click a contract
Sell calls against your long stock positions, write puts on short positions, or create collars with the Write Options tool, which displays all long/short underlying positions in your portfolio.
Collars are now supported so you can write calls and buy puts for long stock positions or to buy calls and sell puts for short positions. Simply check both Sell Calls and Buy Puts in the Describe section. Additional columns populate based on your inputs.
Choose from the basic order types as well as: Relative + Market, Limit + Market, Trailing Relative + Market and Trailing Limit + Market. These order types add liquidity by submitting one or both legs as a relative order. Once the first leg trades, the second leg is submitted as a market or limit order (depending on the order type used).
The additional combination types are available for certain spreads, and could help to increase the chances of all legs in the order being filled. Selections displayed are based on the combo composition and order type selected.
Initially one or more legs are submitted as limit orders, but if the first leg fills or partially fills, the remaining legs are resubmitted as market orders.
Non-US Products Smart-routed Combos â€“ Please note that non-US combos are always non-guaranteed, which means that a single leg may fill without the entire combination being filled. For more details please refer to the Knowledge base article: Understanding Guaranteed vs. Non-guaranteed Combination Orders.
For options traded at multiple exchanges, IB recommends our intelligent best execution system â€“ SmartRoutingSM which displays the NBBO from all available routing venues.
Advanced Combo Routing is used to control routing for large-volume, Smart-routed spreads. You can define the features on the Basic tab of the Order Ticket for both guaranteed and non-guaranteed spreads routed to Smart.
Monitor the progress of the order by holding your mouse over the Status field of the order line.
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