How to use IB's Option Rollover Tool
General overview of the Option Strategy Lab
Brief video on how to configure presets for attached orders
Brief video on Presets that are relevant to your Primary Order
This article explains how to setup Cloud Watchlists.
It is now possible to synchronize the watchlists on your mobile devices with the watchlists of Trader Workstation on your computer. You will no longer need to worry about adding same tickers over and over again. The Cloud Watchlists feature is available in Trader Workstation build 936 and higher. Once the Cloud Watchlists have been enabled, they can be then imported in mobileTWS using the "Import" option from the Configuration menu.
Financial instruments are subject to minimum price changes or increments which are commonly referred to as ticks. Tick values vary by instrument and are determined by the listing exchange. IB provides this information directly from the Contract Search tool on the website or via the Trader Workstation (TWS). To access from TWS, enter a symbol on the quote line, right click and from the drop-down window select the Contract Info and then Details menu options. The contract specifications window for the instrument will then be displayed (Exhibit 1).
To determine the notional value of a tick, multiple the tick increment by the contract trade unit or multiplier. As illustrated in the example below, the LIFFE Mini Silver futures contact has a tick value or minimum increment of .001 which, when multiplied by the contract multiplier of 1,000 ounces, results in a minimum tick value of $1.00 per contract. Accordingly, every tick change up or down results in a profit or loss of $1.00 per LIFFE Mini Silver futures contract.
Account holders may find themselves holding balances in currencies other than their designated Base Currency as a result of trades in products denominated in a different currency or from profits/losses directly associated with Forex trading. In these cases, IB does not act to automatically convert balances back to the Base Currency as this action would require assumptions as to the account holder's desired currency exposure as well as the trade price at which they would be willing to close the position.1 IB does, however, provide those account holders who are not active Forex traders an expedited 3 step process for converting such positions at an individual or aggregate currency level. These steps are outlined below.
Step 1 – View Currency Balances
Select the Account icon from the TWS header.
Step 2 - Select the Position(s) to Close
From the Account window, scroll down to the section titled "Market Value - Real FX Balance", place your cursor on a currency you wish to convert and right-click on the mouse to display the Close Currency menu option. You will be provided with two options, Close Currency Balance which will close the single currency you've selected and Close All Non-base Currency Balances which will close all.
Depending upon the currency quantity you are converting and the market rate, a residual balance may remain as conversions can only be performed in whole currency amounts (e.g. no cents). The following message will appear advising of this situation and the automated conversion which will take place thereafter.
Step 3 - Review & Transmit Order
Next, an order line for the conversion trade will be populated on the TWS. The order will be set up with default conditions of a market order, good for that day and for the current position quantity2. Select "T" to generate the Order Confirmation window using the default conditions or set the price and time conditions as desired.
Preview the order from the Order Confirmation window. Note that if your order size is below the IdealPro USD 25,000 equivalent minimum, it will be routed to the odd lot order book. Select the Transmit button when your desired order has been set up.
Once your order has been executed, it may be reviewed through the Trade Log icon from the TWS header.
In the event a residual balance remains, it will be displayed within the Account window (e.g. MXN 7 equals approximately USD 0.56) until the following business day at which point it will be automatically converted to the Base Currency.
For additional information on IB Forex, please see: An Introduction to Forex (FX)
1 IB will act to automatically convert non-Base Currency balances only where the balance is nominal (i.e., below USD 5 equivalent and assuming no subsequent trade activity through settlement) and when the customer requests to close the account (where the balances are below USD 1,000 equivalent)
2 Note that the position quantity created by this default will not include balances which are in an accrual state (e.g. interest, dividends).
This type of installation will require you to launch the Trader Workstation through a Terminal window by using the string shown below in step 7. If you are not familiar with the use of Terminal, please use the automated installation package found here
Manual Jar File Installation
1. To install to the latest TWS Mac OS production release on your computer, hold down the Control Key, and with your mouse click on the button below:
2. From the menu, click "Download Link to Disk."
3. Once the file has downloaded to your desktop, move the file to your Home directory (this is a folder listed on your hard drive within the Users folder).
4. Access the command line terminal from the Applications menu. First select Utilities and then select Terminal.
5. At the command line, create a directory called IBJts and load TWS files by typing:
|jar xf unixmacosx.jar|
6. Change the directory to IBJts by typing:
7. To run TWS, type or paste in the Terminal window the following: (** Please note that there is a space then ".", after LoginFrame **)
|java -cp jts.jar:hsqldb.jar:jcommon-1.0.12.jar:jfreechart-1.0.9.jar:jhall.jar:other.jar:rss.jar -Xmx512M -XX:MaxPermSize=128M jclient.LoginFrame .|