How to update the US Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) on your account

Background: 

If you have been informed or believe that your account profile contains an incorrect US SSN/ITIN, you may simply log into your Account Management to update this information. Depending on your taxpayer status, you can update your US SSN/ITIN by modifying one of the following documents:

1) IRS Form W9 (if you are a US tax resident and/or US citizen holding a US SSN/ITIN)

2) IRS Form W-8BEN (if you are a Non-US tax resident holding a US SSN/ITIN)

Please note, if your SSN/ITIN has already been verified with the IRS you will be unable to update the information. If however the IRS has not yet verified the ID, you will have the ability to update through Account Management. 

 

How to Modify Your W9/W8

1) To submit this information change request, first login to Account Management

2) Click on the Settings section followed by Account Settings

 

3) Find the Profile(s) section. Locate the User you wish to update and click on the Info button (the "i" icon) to the left of the User's name

 

4) Scroll down to the bottom where you will see the words Tax Forms. Next to it will be a link with the current tax form we have for the account. Click on this tax form to open it

 

5) Review the form. If your US SSN/ITIN is incorrect, click on the UPDATE button at the bottom of the page

 

6) Make the requisite changes and click the CONTINUE button to submit your request.

 

7) If supporting documentation is required to approve your information change request, you will receive a message.  Otherwise, your information change request should be approved within 24-48 hours.

How to adjust font size in TWS

Background: 

By default, Trader Workstation (TWS) is designed to display in a font size and style which can be read comfortably for the average user across various screen sizes and resolutions. With the advent of new technologies, there has been an exponential push to make monitors with higher display sizes and your layout may need to be further adjusted manually. This document serves to explain how to manually adjust the font size for TWS.

Procedure

To adjust font size throughout TWS:

  1. From the Anchor window, click the Font Size Adjustment icon.
  2. Check the button Adjust window & column widths to ensure all windows will resize automatically to keep the same font:window ratio. (If unchecked, only font size will change but window size will remain the same).
  3. Click the button Smaller or Larger until the font size is correct.
    Notice that the font size will change immediately as you click the button.
  4. Click the Font Size Adjustment icon   when done.

Note: It is possible that currently not all windows will be adjusted in the same way.

How to check and solve connectivity issues affecting the Trader Workstation (TWS)

Background: 

The Trader Workstation (TWS) software needs to connect to our gateways and market data servers in order to work properly. Connectivity issues affecting your local network or your Internet Service Provider network may negatively affect the TWS functionality. In this article we will indicate how to test your connectivity using an automated connectivity test web page.

 

How to test the connectivity using the automated "IB Connectivity Test" web page?

1) Click on this link: http://www.interactivebrokers.com/cgi-bin/conn_test.pl 

2) Please wait until all the tests have been completed and results have been displayed. If you see "Success" as outcome for all tests, your connectivity to IB Servers is reliable at the present moment. No additional connectivity troubleshooting or configuration should be needed.

3) If you see "Fail" as outcome for one or more test/s, please click on the link "Fail" itself in order to display the "IB Network Troubleshooting Guide". That section will help you conduct some manual tests to identify the cause of the failure.

Note for Corporative environments and Proxy server users: the automated "Connectivity Test" page may return misleading results in case your machine is accessing the Internet through a Proxy server. This usually happens if you are connected to a company network. If this is your case, we kindly ask you to contact your Network Administrator or your IT Team and ask them to perform a manual connectivity tests towards the destination servers indicated in the table on the top of the IB automated "Connectivity Test" web page itself. The manual connectivity test should be conducted using destination TCP ports 4000 and 4001. Should they prefer to have the server list in another format or should they need to set up the firewall / IP Management rules, you can forward them this page.

 

Le damos la bienvenida a Interactive Brokers

Overview: 

Ahora que su cuenta ya ha sido aprobada y ha recibido fondos, puede empezar a negociar. La información siguiente le ayudará a empezar como nuevo cliente de Interactive Brokers.

  1. Su dinero
  2. Configurar su cuenta para operar
  3. Cómo operar
  4. Operar en todo el mundo
  5. Cinco puntos para enriquecer su experiencia IB

 

1. Su dinero
Información general sobre depósitos y retiradas. Todas las transacciones se administran a través de Gestión de Cuenta
Depósitos
Primero, cree una notificación de depósito a través de Gestión de Cuenta > Financiación > Transferencias de fondos > Tipo de transacción: “Depósito” Cómo crear una notificación de depósito. El segundo paso es indicar a su banco que realice la transferencia con los datos bancarios proporcionados en su notificación de depósito.
Retiradas
Cree una instrucción de retirada a través de Gestión de Cuenta > Financiación > Transferencias de fondos > Tipo de transacción: "Retiradas" Cómo crear una instrucción de retirada
Si indica una retirada que esté por encima de los límites de retirada, se considerará una retirada excepcional y, por lo tanto, tendremos que comprobar al titular de la cuenta bancaria con la cuenta IB. Si la cuenta bancaria de destino se ha utilizado para un depósito, la retirada se procesará; de lo contrario, deberá contactar con atención al cliente y proporcionar los documentos necesarios.
Solución de problemas
Depósitos: Mi banco envió el dinero, pero no lo veo acreditado en mi cuenta IB. Razones posibles:
a) Una transferencia de fondos lleva entre 1 y 4 días hábiles.
b) Falta una notificación de depósito. Debe crearla en Gestión de Cuenta y enviar un tique a Atención al Cliente.
c) Corregir los detalles que faltan. En los detalles de transferencia falta su nombre o su número de cuenta IB. Debe contactar con su banco y pedir los detalles de corrección completos.
d) Una ACH iniciada por IB está limitada a 100k USD durante un período de 7 días hábiles. Si abrió una cuenta Margen de Cartera en la que el requisito inicial fuera 110k, un depósito por giro puede ser la mejor opción de depósito para reducir el tiempo de espera para su primera operación. Si selecciona ACH, un tiempo de espera de casi 2 semanas o una reducción temporal a cuenta RegT podrían ser soluciones posibles.
Retiradas: He solicitado una retirada, pero no veo mi dinero acreditado en mi cuenta bancaria. Posibles razones:
a) Una transferencia de fondos lleva 1-4 días hábiles.
b) Rechazada. Por encima del máximo que puede retirarse. Por favor, compruebe el saldo de su cuenta bancaria. Tenga en cuenta que, debido a requisitos normativos, cuando los fondos se depositan hay un período de retención de 3 días antes de que puedan retirarse.
c) Su banco ha devuelto los fondos. Posiblemente porque los nombres de la cuenta bancaria receptora y la cuenta bancaria remitente no coinciden.

 

2. Configurar su cuenta para operar
Diferencia entre cuentas de Efectivo y de Margen: si ha elegido la solicitud FastTrack, de forma predeterminada su tipo de cuenta será una cuenta de efectivo con permisos para acciones estadounidenses. Si quiere apalancamiento y operar con margen, aquí puede ver cómo convertirse a una cuenta Margen RegT.
Permisos de negociación
Para poder operar en una clase de activos concreta en un país concreto, necesita obtener los permisos de negociación para ello a través de Gestión de Cuenta. Tenga en cuenta que los permisos de negociación son gratuitos; sin embargo, es posible que se le pida que firme declaraciones de riesgo requeridas por las autoridades normativas locales. Cómo solicitar permisos de negociación
Datos de mercado
Si quiere datos de mercado en tiempo real para un mercado/producto concreto, deberá suscribirse a un paquete de datos de mercado cobrado por el mercado. Cómo suscribirse a datos de mercado

El asistente a datos de mercado le ayudará a elegir el paquete adecuado. Puede ver este vídeo que explica cómo funciona.
Los clientes tienen la opción de recibir datos de mercado diferidos de forma gratuita si hacen clic en el botón datos de mercado gratuitos desde una fila de ticker no suscrito.
Cuentas de asesor
Eche un vistazo a la guía de usuario Cómo empezar como asesor. Aquí verá cómo crear usuarios adicionales para su cuenta de asesor y otorgarles acceso y mucho más.

 

3. Cómo operar
La Academia para Operadores es el mejor lugar para aprender a utilizar nuestras plataformas. Aquí encontrará nuestros seminarios web, en directo y grabados en 10 idiomas, visitas rápidas y documentación sobre varias plataformas de negociación.
Trader Workstation (TWS)
Los operadores bursátiles que requieran herramientas de negociación más sofisticadas pueden utilizar nuestra Trader Workstation (TWS) con diseño de creador de mercado, que optimiza su velocidad y eficacia en la negociación con una interfaz tipo hoja de cálculo fácil de utilizar, ofreciendo más de 50 tipos de órdenes, herramientas de negociación específicas para todos los estilos de negociación, un saldo de cuenta en tiempo real y seguimiento de su actividad. Pruebe los dos modelos:
TWS Mosaico: para una usabilidad intuitiva, un acceso de negociación sencillo, gestión de órdenes, listas de seguimiento y gráficos desde una sola ventana o
TWS Clásica: la Gestión de Órdenes Avanzada para operadores que necesitan herramientas y algoritmos más avanzados.
Descripción general e Información / Guía de inicio rápido / Guía de usuario
Visitas interactivas: TWS Basics / Configuración de TWS / TWS Mosaico
Cómo introducir una operación:  Vídeo TWS Clásica / Vídeo Mosaico
Herramientas de negociación: Descripción general e informaciónGuía de usuario
Requisitos: Cómo instalar Java para Windows / Cómo instalar Java para MAC / Los puertos 4000 y 4001 deben estar abiertos
Conexión a TWSDescargar TWS
WebTrader
Los operadores que prefieran una interfaz sencilla pueden utilizar nuestra WebTrader, basada en HTML, que facilita el ver datos de mercado, enviar órdenes y monitorizar su cuenta y sus ejecuciones. Utilice el WebTrader más actual de cada navegador
Guía de inicio rápido / Guía de usuario de WebTrader
Introducción: Vídeo WebTrader
Cómo introducir una operación: Vídeo WebTrader
Conexión a WebTrader
MobileTrader
Nuestras soluciones móviles le permiten operar con su cuenta IB desde cualquier lugar. La mobileTWS para iOS y la mobileTWS para BlackBerry están diseñadas para estos populares modelos, mientras que la genérica MobileTrader es compatible con la mayoría de otros teléfonos inteligentes.
Descripción general e información
Tipos de órdenes Tipos de órdenes disponibles y descripción / Vídeos / Visitas / Guía de usuario
Negociación simulada Descripción general e información / Cómo obtener una cuenta de negociación simulada
Una vez creada su cuenta de negociación simulada, podrá compartir los datos de mercado de su cuenta real con su cuenta de negociación simulada: Gestión de Cuenta > Gestionar Cuenta > Ajustes > Negociación simulada

 
4. Operar en todo el mundo
Las cuentas de IB son cuentas en multidivisas. Su cuenta puede mantener varias divisas al mismo tiempo; esto le permite operar en múltiples productos de todo el mundo desde una sola cuenta.
Divisa base
Su divisa base determina la divisa de conversión de sus extractos y la divisa utilizada para determinar requisitos de margen. La divisa base se determina cuando usted abre una cuenta. Los clientes pueden cambiar su divisa base en cualquier momento desde Gestión de Cuenta.
No convertimos automáticamente las divisas a su divisa base
Las conversiones de divisas deben ser realizadas manualmente por el cliente. En este vídeo puede ver cómo realizar una conversión de divisas.
Para abrir una posición denominada en una divisa que no tiene en su cuenta, tiene dos posibilidades:
A) Conversión de divisas.
B) Préstamo de margen IB. (No disponible para cuentas en efectivo)
Consulte este curso, que explica el funcionamiento de una transacción extranjera.

 

5. Cinco puntos para enriquecer su experiencia IB
1. Búsqueda de contratos
Aquí encontrará todos nuestros productos, símbolos y especificaciones.
2. Fondos de Información IB
Los Fondos de Información de IB son un conjunto de elementos diseñados para ayudar a los clientes de IB a gestionar sus cuentas e incluyen glosarios, artículos explicativos, consejos de resolución de problemas y directrices generales. Simplemente introduzca en el campo de búsqueda lo que le interesa y encontrará su respuesta.
3. Gestión de Cuenta
Del mismo modo que nuestras plataformas de negociación le dan acceso a los mercados, Gestión de Cuenta le otorga acceso a su cuenta IB. Utilice Gestión de Cuenta para gestionar tareas relacionadas con su cuenta, como el depósito o la retirada de fondos, consultar extractos, modificar suscripciones a datos de mercado y noticias, cambiar sus permisos de negociación y verificar o cambiar su información personal.
Conexión a Gestión de Cuenta / Guía rápida de GC / Guía de Usuarios GC
4. Sistema de Acceso Seguro
Para proporcionarle el mayor nivel de seguridad en línea, Interactive Brokers ha implementado un Sistema de Acceso Seguro (SAS) a través del cual el acceso a su cuenta está sujeto a una autentificación en dos factores. Esta autentificación sirve para confirmar su identidad en el momento de conexión mediante dos factores de seguridad: 1) Algo que usted conoce (la combinación de su nombre de usuario y contraseña); y 2) Algo que usted posee (un dispositivo de seguridad enviado por IB que genera un código de seguridad aleatorio y de un solo uso). Como tanto el saber su combinación nombre de usuario/contraseña como la posesión física del dispositivo de seguridad son necesarios para conectarse a su cuenta, la participación en el Sistema de Acceso Seguro elimina virtualmente la posibilidad de que alguien que no sea usted acceda a su cuenta.
Cómo activar su dispositivo de seguridad / Cómo obtener una tarjeta de código de seguridad / Cómo devolver su dispositivo de seguridad
En caso de que haya olvidado su contraseña y haya perdido su tarjeta de código de seguridad, llámenos para le ayudemos de inmediato.
5. Extractos e informes
Fáciles de ver y de personalizar, nuestros extractos e informes cubren todos los aspectos de su cuenta Interactive Brokers. Cómo ver un extracto de actividad

 

IB TWS Companion App for Apple Watch

Overview: 

Interactive Brokers takes our intuitive and ergonomic mobile trading platform to the next level by providing you a companion app for the Apple Watch.

Background: 

The companion app is designed to display information when a user has logged in to the IB TWS app on their iPhone. It will work in both the Live Trading and Read Only Modes but does not support active trading. This companion app is only available for informational purpose only.

 

Table of contents

 

What does the app do?

At 'glance view' the app will display the following information; Amount of FYI Notification, Account Number, Daily P&L, Net Liquidation Value, Number of Open Orders, Number of Trades Executed, Excess Liquidity and number of Positions you currently own. It will also display the time when it has fetched the information from your iPhone.

Example:

Apple Watch Companion App Glance Screen

 

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Requirements

  • Must have iPhone 5s or greater, using iOS 9 or later.
  • Must have the IB TWS app installed on your iPhone (version 8.14 or greater)
  • Must have your Apple Watch paired to your iPhone (refer to: Set up your Apple Watch for directions)
  • Must have watchOS 2 running on your Apple Watch.

Important: The Apple Watch applications are only 'companion' apps. This means they are not installed directly on the watch itself, but rather are a function of an application already installed on your iPhone.

 

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How is the app installed?

 1.  Install the latest version of the IB TWS app on your iPhone.

 2.  Pair your Apple Watch to your phone.

 3.  Launch the Watch app on your phone.

      Apple Watch App Icon

 4.  Scroll down on the main screen until you see your list of apps, locate the IB TWS app and Tap on it.

      IB TWS Listing in the Apple Watch App

 5.  Enable Show App on Apple Watch and Show in Glances by swiping the slider to the right (green).

      Glance View Activation of the IB TWS app

 6.  After the top slider is set to green, you will see a text informing you that the app is being installed. At this stage the phone is sending the application to your watch per Bluetooth. This might take a short moment (approximately 30-60 seconds.) Once completed the companion app has been installed.

 

Note: Once enabled it will 24 hours before P&L shows up on the watch after activation. 

IB TWS not displaying P&L

 

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How do I confirm the app is installed?

On your Apple Watch click on the crown to access your Home Screen, you should now see an icon for the IB TWS App.

Apple Watch Home Screen

 

Note: Tapping on this icon does not launch the app’s functional screen. It merely displays the information on how to enable the Glance View.

Instruction Screen

 

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How to check your glances?

To display the 'Glance' view swipe up on the watch face to a glance, then swipe left or right to see all active glances (There is no need to tap on the IB TWS App (1), if so it will only display directions (2) on how to enable Glance view.)

Glance Screen with Reference Number - 1    Glance Screen with Reference Number - 2

 

As an alternative if you don't want to swipe through your active glances, you can hold the crown, ask Siri (1) 'Show the IB TWS glance' (2) then let go of the crown.

Ask Siri with Reference Number 1    "Show IB TWS glance" with Number Reference 2

Refer to Glances on Apple Watch for more details.

 

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How to install Java on a Linux computer

Overview: 
This article will walk you through the process of installing the official Oracle Java platform on your Linux machine.
 
Background: 
There are many Linux distributions available and many of them come with one or more Java platform/s pre-installed. In the vast majority of the cases the Java platform which comes pre-installed on a Linux machine is not the official Oracle Java, but another one such as OpenJKD or IBM Java. 
The Trader Workstation has been developed on the official Oracle Java platform and shows the most stable behavior and the best performances when run by the official Oracle Java process. Therefore we recommend to all the Linux users, who want to run the Trader Workstation, to install the official Oracle Java platform and set it as the preferred Java environment to be used by the operating system.
 

For the purpose of this guide, we will divide the Linux distributions nowadays available into three big families:

  1. APT based Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Mint) - those distributions use the Advanced Packaging Tool to fetch and install software packages in a semi-automatic way, resolving and taking care of dependencies. 
  2. RPM based Linux distributions (Suse, OpenSUSE, Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora, Oracle Linux) - those distributions allow the installation of software packages (.rpm files), which contain the binary files to be installed on the system and an integrated dependency checker script. The .rpm packages allow a simplified and smooth installation of software without requiring a deep knowledge of the system.
  3. Other Linux distributions  - those distributions may or may not use a specific package manager but all of them allow the installation of software using the source code package (.tar.gz) through a series of command to be issued on the Terminal.

 

How to install the official Oracle Java on APT based Linux distributions

The most simple way to install Java on Ubuntu or Mint is using the webupd8 repository. This method will install the latest version of JDK 8 and the JRE 8 browser plugin. The supported versions are: Ubuntu 15.04, 14.10, 14.04, 12.04 - Linux Mint 17.1, 17, 13

For details, please refer to: http://www.webupd8.org/2012/09/install-oracle-java-8-in-ubuntu-via-ppa.html

a. On your Linux machine, open the "Terminal". If you need help with accessing and using the Terminal, please refer to: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal

b. Become root, by typing su on the Terminal and entering the super user password. Instead of becoming root, you can choose to use the sudo feature (which gives your user the root privileges for a single command). If you want to use sudo, just add sudo before each one of the commands you will enter in the Terminal. You will be requested to enter the sudo password.

c. Add the webupd8 repository by tiping add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java Follow the instructions on the screen. You should be asked to press [ENTER] to continue. Once done, the repository will be added.

d. Type the command apt-get update

e. Enter the command: apt-get install oracle-java8-installer The process will download and install automatically the required packages along with their dependencies. Once the command has completed, the Oracle Java platform will be ready to be used.

Should you prefer to have control of all the phases of the installation, instead of relying on the APT facility, please refer to the instructions on this page: http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Oracle-Java-JRE-on-Ubuntu-Linux

 

How to install the official Oracle Java on RPM based Linux distributions

a. On your Linux machine, open the "Terminal". If you need help with accessing and using the Terminal, please refer to: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal

b. Become root, by typing su on the Terminal and entering the super user password. Instead of becoming root, you can choose to use the sudo feature (which gives your user the root privileges for single commands). If you want to use sudo, just add sudo before each one of the commands you will enter in the Terminal. You will be requested to enter the sudo password.

c. Create the folder /usr/java by issuing the command mkdir /usr/java. If the directory already exists you will see a message indicating that. In this case you can proceed directly to point d.

d. Go to the page https://www.java.com/en/download/linux_manual.jsp

e. If you have a 32 bit system, download the file "Linux RPM" . If you have a 64 bit system, download the file "Linux64 RPM". In either case, please instruct your browser to save the file in the folder /usr/java or move the file to that foder once it has been downloaded.

f. Go back to the Terminal and move to the /usr/java folder by typing cd /usr/java

g. List the content of the folder by typing the command ls -la You should see the file you downloaded. It will be called jre-XuYY-linux-ARCH.rpm (where X is the Java family, YY the update number and ARCH will be i586 for 32 bit installer and x64 for 64 bit installer)

h.  Launch this command to perform the installation: rpm -ivh jre-XuYY-linux-ARCH.rpm  Obviously you need to use the real file name, for example jre-8u65-linux-x64.rpm

Once the installation has been performed, the Oracle Java should be ready to be used. Usually a system restart is not required on Linux machines. In case you see warning or error message/s during the installation, please check their content and search the Internet for possible solutions. Most of the time the warning/error messages maight refer to missing dependencies (this means that another package needs to be installed before you can install Java) or to unsufficient privileges (this means that you are launching the command with a regular user instead of "root"). If you cannot find the proper course of actions to overcome the issue, please refer to the support documentation or forums for your current Linux distribution.

 

How to install the official Oracle Java on other Linux distributions

If your Linux distribution does not support RPM or APT package managers, the installation of Oracle Java can be performed manually in this way:

a. On your Linux machine, open the "Terminal".

b. Become root, by typing su on the Terminal and entering the super user password. Instead of becoming root, you can choose to use the sudo feature (which gives your user the root privileges for single commands). If you want to use sudo, just add sudo before each one of the commands you will enter in the Terminal. You will be then required to enter the sudo password.

c. Create the folder /usr/java by issuing the command mkdir /usr/java. If the directory already exists you will see a message indicating that. In this case you can proceed directly to point d.

d. Go to the page https://www.java.com/en/download/linux_manual.jsp

e. If you have a 32 bit system, download the file "Linux" . If you have a 64 bit system, download the file "Linux x64". In either case, please instruct your browser to save the file in the folder /usr/java or move the file to that foder once it has been downloaded.

f. Go back to the Terminal and move to the /usr/java folder by typing cd /usr/java

g. List the content of the folder by typing the command ls -la You should see the file you downloaded. It will be called jre-XuYY-linux-ARCH.tar.gz (where X is the Java family, YY the update number and ARCH will be i586 for 32 bit installer and x64 for 64 bit installer)

h.  Launch this command to perform the installation: tar zxvf jre-XuYY-linux-ARCH.tar.gz  Obviously you need to use the real file name, for example jre-8u65-linux-x64.tar.gz

i. Once done, enter command ls -la You will see the folder /usr/java/jre1.X.0_YY (where X is the Java family, YY the update number)

l.  The Java executables are now present in the folder /usr/java/jre1.X.0_YY/bin 

m. Now check which is the symbolic link used by the system to access the java executables by entering the commands:

which java  - you will receive an output similar to this: /usr/bin/java  From now on we will refer to this path as javasympath.

which javac  - you will receive an output similar to this: /usr/bin/java  From now on we will refer to this path as javacsympath.

which javaws  - you will receive an output similar to this: /usr/bin/java  From now on we will refer to this path as javawssympath.

Unless your are launching the java applications using the full path (for example /usr/java/jre1.X.0_YY/bin/java ...), you would need to tell your system which java executables should be used when a generic java command is issued. In order to to this, you can either update your alternatives files (if your system supports them) or the symbolic links. Here below you can see the instructions, according to your system:

- If your system uses the alternatives files:

n.  Issue the following commands, paying attention to make the necessary substitutions .

update-alternatives --install javasympath java /usr/java/jre1.X.0_YY/bin/java 1

update-alternatives --install javacsympath javac /usr/java/jre1.X.0_YY/bin/javac 1

update-alternatives --install javawssympath javaws /usr/java/jre1.X.0_YY/bin/javaws 1

- If your system does not use the alternatives files:

n. Issue the following commands, paying attention to make the necessary substitutions .

ln -sf  /usr/java/jre1.X.0_YY/bin/java javasympath

ln -sf /usr/java/jre1.X.0_YY/bin/javac javacsympath

ln -sf /usr/java/jre1.X.0_YY/bin/javaws javawssympath

 

How to fix the error: "Library dbcapi.dll cannot be loaded"

Background: 
 
TWS users may receive the following error message upon configuring TWS to use the eSignal data feed:
 
 
This error may appear for the following reasons:
 
Issue A - You are not using the 32 bit version of TWS and/or eSignal:
The 32-bit versions of both TWS and eSignal have to be installed for the integration to work. In the section below you will find the instructions for installing the 32-bit TWS. Should you need assistance with the installation of the 32-bit eSignal, we suggest you to contact the eSignal customer support.
 
Issue B - There is an incompatibility with the file C:\Jts\dbcapi.dll:
To use 32-bit eSignal version 12, an incompatibility with the C:\Jts\dbcapi.dll file must be fixed. This involves copying a file from the eSignal installation and renaming it to dbcapi.dll. 
 
Note: On certain systems you will need to apply the fixes for both issue A and B. If you applied the fix for issue A (or if you are already sure you are using the 32 bit version of both platforms) and you are still receiving the error message, then please apply as well the fix for issue B.
 
 
 
Instructions to resolve issue A
Installing 32-bit TWS
 
Please open the page http://www.ibkr.com in your browser and perform the steps below:

1) Click on the LOG IN button at the top right corner of the page.

2) Under the section TRADER WORKSTATION, click on TWS Latest.

3) On the next page, click on the link Download for Other Operating Systems.
 

4) Click on the item Windows 32-bit.

5) Make sure that the description under the DOWNLOAD button has changed to "Windows: 32 bit". Click now on DOWNLOAD.

6) Launch the downloaded file. The Trader Workstation installation will start. At this point you may see the warning message "Trader Workstation latest is already installed...". Ignore this warning and click on the button Next > to continue the installation.

 

7) Your "Trader Workstation" Desktop icon will be automatically updated. You can now launch the 32-bit Trader Workstation by a double click on that icon.

If you have launched the 32-bit TWS and the 32 bit version of eSignal but you still receive the same error message, please follow as well the instructions below

 
 
Instructions to resolve issue B
Replacing dbcapi.dll for compatibility between 32-bit TWS and 32-bit eSignal 12

To correct an incompatibility with the dbcapi.dll file, we will replace that file with another version of it taken from the eSignal installation folder. Please follow the steps below to perform the substitution:  

1) Navigate to C:\Jts and rename the file dbcapi.dll to dbcapi_old.dll

2) Navigate to the directory where 32-bit eSignal 12 is installed (most commonly C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Interactive Data\DM)

3) Copy dbcapi_vc8.dll from that directory into the C:\Jts directory.

4) Move to the C:\Jts directory

5) Right click on the dbcapi_vc8.dll file (now in the C:\Jts directory) and select rename. Type dbcapi.dll as the new filename.

6) TWS is now ready to accept the eSignal data feed.

 

How to opt back into the Secure Login System

Overview: 

Clients who participate in the Secure Login System (SLS) program on a partial opt-out basis may expose themselves to risks and are therefore subject to certain restrictions (e.g. ability to trade Pink Sheet and OTCBB stocks).  Considering these factors along with the protection benefits afforded through a complete SLS protection, you may decide to fully opt back into the Secure Login System.  The following article provides the step-by-step instructions for accomplishing this.

Background: 

Please notice that in order to modify the security settings, your user needs to have the proper access rights. In case your user is not allowed to change the security settings, the system will show you a notice and will point you to the user which has such rights.

In order to opt back into the Secure Login System, please proceed as follows:

1. Open your browser and go to the web page www.ibkr.com.

2. Click on Login > Account Management
 
3. Enter your credentials and complete the authentication using your security device
 
4. From the left side menu, click on Settings > User Settings. Then, within the Security box, click the Configure "gear" icon next to Secure Login System1
 
5. You will see a box titled "Secure Login Settings". Within that box, click on the wheel(Configure) icon
 
6. Select the radio button next to "I want to always use my Secure Login Device when logging in" and click on Continue
 
7. You will receive a confirmation that your settings have been updated. Click on OK to finalize the procedure

 

Notes

1. If you are using the Classic version of the Account Management, click on the top menu Manage Account, then Security >Secure Login System > SLS Opt Out. There select the radio button to Opt Back In on the line correspondent to your user.

 

References
  • See KB1131 for an overview of the Secure Login System
  • See KB1943 for instructions on requesting a replacement Digital Security Card+
  • See KB2636 for information and procedures related to Security Devices
  • See KB2481 for instructions about sharing the Security Login Device between two or more users
  • See KB975 for instructions on how to return your security device to IB
  • See KB2260 for instructions on activating the IB Key authentication via IBKR Mobile
  • See KB2895 for information about Multiple 2Factor System (M2FS)
  • See KB1861 for information about charges or expenses associated with the security devices
  • See KB69 for information about Temporary passcode validity

 

How to install the TWS API Components on Mac / Unix

NOTE: If you have already agreed to the API License Agreement please start at Step 3 below.

Instructions

  1. Click directly on the button below to access the API software download page. 
  2. This will direct you to Interactive Brokers API License Agreement, please review it.
  3. Once you have clicked "I Agree", refer to the Mac / Unix section to download the API Software for your o.s.
    API Software Download List
  1. This will download twsapi_macunix.n.m.zip to your computer.
    (where n and m are the major and minor version numbers respectively)
  2. Open Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T on most distributions)
    (On Mac press Command+Space to launch Spotlight, then type terminal and press Return)
  3. Navigate to the directory where the installer has been downloaded (normally it should be the Download folder within your home folder) and confirm the file is present.

     $  cd ~/Downloads
     $  ls

  1. Unzip the contents the installer into your home folder with the following command (if prompted, enter your password):
    $  sudo unzip twsapi_macunix.n.m.zip -d $HOME/
    Installation directions Step 3 and Step 4
  2. To access the sample and source files, navigate to the IBJts directory and confirm the subfolders samples and source are present.
    $  cd ~/IBJts
    $  ls
    Installation directions Step 5
 

 

Legacy Instructions - API Version ≤ 9.71

Note: IB only offers API Version 9.72+. In the event you already have an existing legacy version and need to install it, please refer to the directions below:

  1. locate the file twsapi_macunix.n.m.jar on your computer.
    (where n and m are the major and minor version numbers respectively.)
  2. Open Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T on most distributions)
    (On Mac press Command+Space to launch Spotlight, then type terminal and press Return)
  3. Navigate to the directory where the .jar file has been located (normally it should be the Download folder within your home folder) and confirm it is present.
    cd ~/Downloads
    $  ls
  4. Extract the contents of the .jar file into your home folder.
    $  jar xf twsapi_macunix.n.m.jar -d $ HOME/
  5. To access the sample and source files, navigate to the IBJts directory and confirm the subfolders samples and source are present.
    $  cd ~/IBJts
    $  ls
 
 

Additional Information 

You can as well refer to KB2222 for video instructions on installing the Legacy API Components on a Mac.

 

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