TWS Beta - Release Notes

New Intraday VWAP Study Added to Charts

We have added a new Intraday Volume-Weighted Average Price (Intraday VWAP) study to our charts. This study tracks VWAP throughout the day, and displays as a colored line linking VWAP values at varying times throughout the one-day period. By default, the line that tracks Intraday VWAP is bracketed within a high/low standard deviation range. The standard deviation is calculated for the same period as the VWAP, and the range can be adjusted by modifying the number of Standard Deviations within the settings of the Intraday VWAP.

Intraday VWAP is calculated as:

VWAP calculation

Add this study from the Volume Studies section of Chart Studies. Additionally, display the bar VWAP by checking VWAP of the bar found in the Additional Parameters and Features section of the Chart Parameters page.

Note that the Intraday VWAP study is not drawn on charts that use the Heiken-Ashi bar type as these candles do not support volume or VWAP.

IBot Efficiently Handles Bond Queries

IBot can now understand and process most common government and municipal bond queries. Ask IBot to buy, chart, view and quote bond contracts, by ISIN, CUSIP for all bonds (US government, foreign government, municipal and corporate) or by contract name for all US government bonds. Enter requests in normal language, such as “buy 3-month t-bill,” “chart US-T Bill Jan25'18 for 1 week with hourly bars", “show ten year treasury bond”, “buy 043771ES9 bond” and “show 30y treasury bond.”

To use IBot, from the New Window drop down in Mosaic select “IBot – type to trade.” Enter commands in the text entry field and hit Enter to submit.

To find out more about IBot, see the IBot feature page.

IBot: Help Manage Your Account

IBot can now help you complete tasks that require log-in access to Account Management (AM). When you ask IBot about funding, reports, market data and other AM-related tasks, IBot recognizes these requests and opens the relevant AM page for you in your web browser. For example, to fund your account you could enter: “Fund my account” and IBot will open Account Management in your browser window to the correct page. IBot can put you where you need to be for many AM tasks, like depositing and withdrawing funds, viewing PortfolioAnalyst reports, accessing Activity Statements, and making changes to your market data subscriptions.

Some of the Account-Management related commands IBot can help with include:


  • withdraw funds from my account
  • Deposit funds
  • Deposit money
  • Deposit $1000
  • Transfer cash
  • wire

Trading Permissions

  • Update my trading permissions

Trade History

Depending on how far back you want to go with your trade history, IBot will determine whether to show you a list of your recent trades, bring you to the TWS Trades Activity window, or open the Trade Confirmations section of Account Management.

  • Recent trades
  • Trade confirmations
  • trade log
  • See my trade history
  • trade history
  • Previous trades
  • Show me this week's trades


  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Custom benchmarks

Activity Statements

  • Show my P&L history
  • account summary
  • MTM summary
  • Realized summary

Market Data

  • change market data subscriptions
  • subscribe of provider
  • Subscribe to live data for of symbol
  • Do I subscribe to live data for of symbol

To find out more about IBot, see the IBot feature page.

IBot Takes Its Next Steps!

As we continue to enhance IBot's power for your benefit, you will start to notice that the "Next Step" actions you are offered after a command become more and more useful to you. IBot is keeping track of the most popular "next step" actions, and as it learns it will offer these to you at the top of the list to make your trading experience even more efficient.

For example, if you ask to see the price of AAPL, the current next steps might be Show Chart, Buy, Sell, Tell me more. After collecting data of most popular next steps following a price inquiry, the next steps might change to be Buy, Show Chart, Show Analyst Rating, Tell me more.

New Utilization Column in TWS

A new Short Selling column for stocks and ETFs, Utilization, is now available in TWS. This value, displayed as a percentage, is the ratio of “shares lent” to “shares available,” and illustrates the general level of demand for an asset. The Utilization percentage is calculated as:

Number of shares loaned (across all outstanding loans) ÷ number of shares available to loan (from lending agents)

The utilization ratio provides insight into the potential value of shares you own, and may be especially useful to IB clients who participate in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program, or are considering doing so. Theoretically, the larger the Utilization percentage, the greater the demand for the asset.

To add the Utilization column, hold your mouse over an existing market data column and click the Insert Column popup. Scroll down to the Short Selling category and select Utilization.

Visit the Securities Financing page to find out about the benefits of lending shares you currently own via IB’s Stock Yield Enhancement Program.

TipRanks Analyst Rankings in TWS Fundamentals

We now offer Tip Ranks fundamental analysis for U.S. stocks, available through new tabs in the Analyst Ratings (Summary) and Analyst Ratings (Details) windows. To access these features, right-click a U.S. stock and select Analytical Tools and then Company Fundamentals. In the Fundamentals blade next to the stock symbol, use the drop down list to select the Analyst Ratings (Summary) or Analyst Ratings (Details) window.

Risk Navigator

Risk Navigator

The Summary page now shows two tabs: Summary is the original view, and Coverage is the new Tip Ranks view. See the Analyst Consensus and its breakdown, the Analyst Price Target, and a list of analysts.

The Details page also shows two tabs: the original view in the Details tab, and Tip Ranks data in the Price Targets & News tab. See the Analyst Price Target along with New Sentiment Score, which shows the ratio of Bullish to Bearish news in the past week. Select a new headline to view the full article.

Real-time Tick-by-Tick Data in Time & Sales

The Time & Sales windows will now use real-time last tick data for all products that support this feature, which includes stocks and futures worldwide. All other products will continue to show real-time Time & Sales derived from the aggregated real-time volume. If you prefer to use real-time aggregated/averaging of trades (approximately every 3-4 seconds) instead of tick-by-tick data for all products, go to Global Configuration > Information Tools > Time & Sales > Settings, and check "Always use real-time volume to approximate Time and Sales data."

The IB API beta in conjunction with TWS version 969+ also supports this feature through the new reqTickbyTickData function which provides real-time data for up to five (5) US securities.