TWS Message: Order Barriers are supported only for CCP-simulated stops

Overview: 

Account holders receiving the following message Order Barriers are supported only for CCP-simulated stops are attempting to enter an order that has attributes that are not supported and must be modified before the order can be accepted.

 

An order barrier is a setting (i.e. condition) associated with an order that says, when this barrier is reached trigger an order action. The order action may be triggering a trailing mit, or it may be changing the order type as with an adjustable stop. Exchanges do not support certain order types that contain barriers which are available in the TWS.  When this is the case, IB will generally simulate these orders (ie: send only the order details to the exchange that they support and internally handle any order barriers that are not recognized by the exchange.)

Orders that cannot be simulated can only be configured with order barriers that are supported by that exchange. If a native order type is submitted with a barrier not supported by the exhange it will be rejected.

 

Please notify customer service of any such rejections through a web ticket so that we are able to review the details of the order being submitted and ensure that the issue is known.  Please include the following information in the ticket so that we are able to identify the specific order in question;

  • The date of the order rejection
  • The order details (buy/sell, quantity, symbol, price)

Additional information regarding how to submit a Web Ticket can be found here.

TWS Message: At the moment, orders for this contract are only accepted if they close or reduce open positions. Please contact customer service for assistance.

Overview: 

Account holders receiving the following message "At the moment, orders for this contract are only accepted if they close or reduce open positions. Please contact customer service for assistance" will not be able to place orders that would open or increase positions in the specific security. 

This restriction, referred to as a closing only restriction, may be applied for a number of reasons including the following;

  • Certain equity options series may be placed in a closing only state by options exchanges for various reasons.
  • IB may choose not to allow trading in certain securities for various reasons including, but not limited to; account security concerns, clearing limitations, or corporate action processing.

 

Traders may request that the trading restriction be removed from the security in question by submitting a web ticket with the following information;

  • the security symbol (including the contract month and strike for equity options).
  • a brief description of the reason for the request.

Once received, IB will review the request and determine whether or not removal of the restriction can be facilitated. 

 

Additional information regarding how to submit a Web Ticket can be found here.

TWS Message: Order price is not reasonable -or- Cannot verify reasonableness of order

Overview: 

Account holders receiving the message Order price is not reasonable will have to modify the price associated with the order before it will be successfully submitted.

Account holders receiving the message Cannot verify reasonableness of order will have the option of overriding the message and transmitting the order.

The basis for the order reasonability rejections may vary but are all related to the order price relative to the current market.  These reject messages are implemented as precautionary and are intended to prevent orders from being executed based on erroneous price submissions.  Some scenarios that may cause these types of rejections are as follows;

  • If a security has no active quote (no bid or ask price) traders may be prevented from submitting market orders.  This is a protective restriction that attempts to prevent executions from occurring at prices significantly different than the value of the security.  Traders are able to transmit and execute limit orders for a security that is not displaying a market quote.
  • Traders attempting to enter orders at prices through the market and significantly inferior to the current mark price may receive a rejection indicating that the price is not reasonable.  Examples would be an order to buy at a price well above the mark price or a sell order at a price that is well below.  Modifying the price to a level closer to the mark price should allow traders to successfully execute the order. 
  • If our systems are unable to make a determination as to the reasonableness of an order, a warning will be displayed indicating that the reasonableness cannot be determined.  Traders receiving this message will have an option to acknowledge the message and transmit the order but should use caution in doing so to ensure that the order being transmitted is what is intended.

TWS Message: could not value contract at this time

Overview: 

Account holders receiving the message could not value contract at this time will be unable to successfully transmit an order for the product in question. 

 

The basis for the rejection varies, however, all potential issues causing this are related to an inability of our automated systems to accurately determine a value for the contract based on real time data and credit management.  Some scenarios that may cause this type of rejection are as follows;

  • A product that is not reflecting a daily change in the market data line may not have a previous day settlement price.  For some products (futures) customer service can facilitate having a settlement price applied manually intraday.  For other products (future options, stock, stock options), this change cannot be made intraday and traders will have to wait until the following trading day before being able to place an order to open a new position.
  • Futures options contracts that are margined using span and have no open interest may not be able to be traded.  Generally, exchanges that disseminate span files to brokerage firms do so only for contracts that have open interest.  This is done in attempt to reduce the amount of information being sent to firms to include only those contracts where traders are currently maintaining open positions.  Presently, traders will be unable to open new positions in span margined contract in which we have not received margin information from the exchange.
  • Products that are currently being tested for future release to customers may appear in the database.  When this happens, traders can add these contracts to the trading platform as they can for any other tradable product.  Until testing of these products is complete, customers may be able to add market data lines but will not be able to trade these products.

TWS Messages - Your account is restricted from placing orders at this time

Account holders receiving the following message 'Your account is restricted from placing orders at this time' are not allowed to place any opening or closing orders without prior assistance from the IB Trade Desk.  Questions regarding this restriction should be addressed to the Trade Desk via Customer Service (see contact information link below).

TWS Messages - Your account has been restricted to closing orders only

Account holders receiving the following message 'Your account has been restricted to placing closing orders only' are limited to placing orders which serve to close or reduce existing positions (i.e., sell orders which close out or reduce existing long positions or buy orders which which close out or reduce existing short positions).  The basis for this restriction varies and often involves pending documentation, compliance and/or risk issues. Regardless of its basis, the restriction affords account holders the ability to manage and reduce the market exposure of their positions while in effect.  Questions regarding this restriction should be addressed to Customer Service (see contact information link below).

TWS Messages - Order quantity must be fully displayed for this instrument

Order types which provide privacy by either hiding the entire order quantity (i.e., Hidden Orders) or allowing the display of only a specified portion of the submitted order quantity (i.e., Iceberg/Reserves) are not supported for all product types and venues.

Examples of venues for which Hidden and Iceberg/Reserve stock orders are not supported are Pink Sheet and OTCBB.  Hidden or Iceberg/Reserve orders submitted to these venues will be rejected and will generate the following message: "Order quantity must be fully displayed for this instrument". Orders receiving this rejection message will require the removal of any hidden or display size attribute prior to resubmission.

Additional information regarding product types and venues for which these order types are supported is available through the links below:

Iceberg/Reserve:

http://individuals.interactivebrokers.com/en/trading/orders/iceberg.php?ib_entity=llc

Hidden :

http://individuals.interactivebrokers.com/en/trading/orders/hidden.php?ib_entity=llc

 

TWS Message: "limit on concurrent pegged-to-stock and volatility orders exceeded"

Overview: 

Traders may only have 3 volatility based orders active in a single account at any given time. 

Background: 

Additional information regarding volatility orders can be found here.

Description

The message "limit on concurrent pegged-to-stock and volatility orders exceeded" will appear when a trader has 3 working volatility orders and attempts to place a 4th.  When this message appears, the first three submitted orders will not be affected and the 4th order will be rejected.

 

Solution

Traders may choose to cancel one of the three working orders in their account in order to be able to submit a new volatility order.  The working quantity limitation cannot be overridden.

 

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TWS Message: "The price specified would violate the percentage constraint specified in the default order settings"

Background: 

This message refers to orders which are transmitted that violate parameters established by the account holder through the configurable settings in the TWS.  The account holder is able to establish Precautionary Settings in the TWS by navigating to the Order >> Configure Order Presets menu.

Note that this setting does not prevent orders from being submitted but rather controls when a warning message will appear indicating that the precautionary setting has been penetrated.  Traders have the option to acknowledge this message and submit the order.

 

The Order >> Configure Order Presets menu will open up a window providing for the creation of price thresholds set in terms of percentage or the number of ticks outside of the NBBO (settings may also be defined in terms of share/contract quantity or total dollar value of trade).  When an order violating the account holder's parameters is transmitted, it will be rejected and a TWS pop-up window will be displayed with the following warning message: "The price specified would violate the percentage constraint specified in the default order settings.  Do you really want to submit this order".

Traders may click Yes to override this warning and submit the order or No to cancel it.

 

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Use cases where assistance with system access is required

Overview: 

Please click on the use case below which best describes your login issue for guidance as to how to proceed:

I. No Access to Account Management or TWS

1. I forgot my User Name and/or password

2. I am temporarily without possession of my security device

3. My security device is lost or damaged

4. My temporary passcode has expired

5. My on-line security card has expired

 

II. Partial Access (Account Management only)

1. I am able to log into Account Management with my temporary passcode but not the trading platform

 

III. Full Access to both Account Management and TWS

1. I am in possession of my security device and wish to activate it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. I forgot my User Name and/or password

For security purposes, all requests for assistance with a User Name and/or password must be initiated via telephone and require prior verification of the caller’s identity. Click here for a list of IB’s regional Customer Service center contact numbers.

 

  1. I am temporarily without possession of my security device

If you are temporarily without possession of your security device, interim access may be provided by contacting your regional Customer Service center via telephone where, once your identity has been verified, you will be provided with a temporary passcode.   

This temporary passcode is a static alpha-numeric code which replaces the random code supplied by your security device and which will provide full access to both Account Management and the trading platforms for 2 days.  Should a lengthier period of interim access be necessary and to obtain enhanced protection, it is recommended that you use the temporary passcode to log into Account Management and print out the on-line security card which will operate as a replacement to your security device for up to 3 weeks.   

After the expiration of the temporary passcode or on-line security card, or if you regain possession of your security device beforehand, you will need to log into Account Management and select the menu option to re-activate your security device.

 

  1. My security device is lost or damaged

In the case of a lost or damaged security device, you will need to contact our Customer Service center to arrange for a replacement and to provide for interim access. As the time frame for shipping a replacement device may range form 3 to 14 days depending upon your country of residence, interim access is provided via an on-line security card. The on-line security card may be retrieved for printing or saving as an image to your desktop once a temporary passcode has been provided for Account Management access.

 

  1. My temporary passcode has expired

The temporary passcode is intended to provide full access to both Account Management and the trading platforms for a period of 2 days.  After 2 days, the temporary passcode may no longer be used to access the trading platforms but may be used to access Account Management for an additional period of 10 days.  The Account Management access, however, is limited solely for the purpose of printing or saving the on-line security card.   

If your window of access to Account Management using the temporary passcode remains, you may print or save the on-line security card through which full access to both Account Management and the trading platforms is provided for a period of 21 days. If you are unable to log into Account Management, you will need to contact your regional Customer Service center for assistance.

 

  1. My on-line security card has expired

The on-line security card is intended to provide full access to both Account Management and the trading platforms for a period of 21 days. This time frame, while limited, is intended to provide sufficient opportunity for the account holder to either regain possession of a temporarily unavailable security device or request and receive a replacement device. 

If you are unable to log in using the on-line security card, you will need to contact your regional Customer Service center for assistance and to provide information as to the status of your permanent security device.

 


 

  1. I am able to log into Account Management with my temporary passcode but not the trading platform

If your window of access to Account Management using the temporary passcode remains, you may print or save the on-line security card through which full access to both Account Management and the trading platforms is provided for a period of 21 days. 

If you are unable to log into Account Management, you will need to contact your regional Customer Service center for assistance.

 


  1. I am in possession of my security device and wish to activate it.

To activate either a replacement device or one which was temporarily unavailable and which required issuance of a temporary passcode, you will need to log into Account Management and select the reactivate security device menu option.  Once reactivated, neither the temporary passcode nor on-line security card will remain operable.

 

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