How to enter an order using chart trader.
How to enter an order on the order management page.
Definition of, and how to attach a stop order.
Definition of, and how to attach a trailing-stop.
Definition of, and how to attach a bracket to an order.
Example of how to attach a bracket to a preexisting position by defining an OCA group for the stop and profit taking orders.
The ScaleTrader is a sophisticated trading algorithm which allows one to enter a large quantity order that is executed in a series of increments or components, with each component being executed at a progressively better price.
There are a variety of symbol conventions for denoting Berkshire Hathaway Class B shares (CUSIP 084670207). On the IB trading platforms, this security is designated by entering BRK, then a space and then B (BRK B). This compares to Bloomberg which uses the convention BRK/B and Yahoo Finance which uses BRK-B.
It should also be noted that this security has been designated as a 10-share unit issue by its primary listing exchange, NYSE Arca, due to its relatively low trading volume. A round lot in this security is therefore set at 10 shares as opposed to the standard round lot unit of 100 shares. If your opening buy or sell order is for an amount less than 10 shares, it is considered an odd-lot and subject to special handling considerations. Please review our website under the Trading and then Order Types menu options for additional details.
Stop orders are the simpler of the two. Stop orders are triggered when the market trades at or through the stop price (depending upon trigger method, the default for non-NASDAQ listed stock is last price), and then a market order is transmitted to the exchange. A buy stop is placed above the current market price. A sell stop order is placed below the current market price. Stop orders may get traders in or out of the market. The risk associated with stop orders is that they don’t guarantee a price. When a buy stop order triggers, the market order is transmitted and you will pay the prevailing ask price in the market when received. When a sell stop order triggers, the market order is transmitted and you will pay the prevailing bid price in the market when received.
Stop limit orders are slightly more complicated. Account holders will set two prices with a stop limit order; the stop price and the limit price. When the stop price is triggered, the limit order is sent to the exchange. A limit order will then be working, at or better than the limit price you entered. With a stop limit order traders are guaranteed that, if they receive an execution, it will be at the price they indicated or better. The risk associated with a stop limit order is that the limit order may not be marketable and, thus, no execution may occur. A sell stop limit order is placed below the current market price. When the stop price is triggered, the limit order is sent to the exchange and a sell limit order is now working at, or higher than, the price you entered. A buy stop limit order is placed above the current market price. When the stop price is triggered, the limit order is sent to the exchange and a buy limit order is now working at or lower than the price you entered.
Be aware that if you enter these orders on the unintended side of the market, you could be filled immediately at the current market price. Consider for example a buy stop order. Buy stop orders should be entered above the current market price. When the market trades up to or through the stop price, a market order is sent. If an account holder were to incorrectly enter a buy stop order below the current market price, the system would correctly note that the market had already traded through the stop price, and a market order would be instantly sent.