Trader Workstation supports over 40 order types that can help limit risk, speed execution, provide price improvement, use discretion, time the market and simplify the trading process.
The table below lists all of our order types sorted by customer trading need. Click an order type to view an extended order type description and a list of supported products. From the description table, click a link to drill down to more detailed information for a specific order, including exchanges on which the order type is supported, a link to the TWS Users' Guide, and sample order applications and examples.
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|Limit Risk||Speed of Execution||Price Improvement||Discretion||Time to Market||Simplify Trading|
|Market-with-Protection||Market-if-Touched||Box-Top||Iceberg/Reserve||GAT (Good-after-Date/ Time)||OCA|
|Stops (Adjustable)||Market-on-Close||Limit||Scale||GTD (Good-till-Date/Time)||Spreads|
|Stop Limit||Midpoint Match
|Trailing Stop Limit||Pegged-to-Primary|
|All-or-None||An AON (All-or-none) order will remain at the exchange (or in the IB system) until the entire quantity is available to be executed.||Options, Stocks|
|At Auction||An auction order is submitted at the Calculated Opening Price (COP). If the order doesn't execute, it is resubmitted as a limit order at the COP or best bid/ask.||Futures, Stocks|
|Auction||When terms allow, your order will be submitted for inclusion in the price improvement auction, based on price and volume priority.||Options|
A group of individual orders that are saved in a single file and submitted as a package.
|Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Block||A large volume limit order with a minimum of 50 contracts.||Options|
|Box-Top||A market order that is automatically changed to a limit order if it doesn't execute immediately at the market price.||Options|
|Bracket||Bracket orders are designed to help limit your loss and help lock in a profit by "bracketing" an order with two opposite-side orders using the same quantity as the original order.||Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Conditional||A Conditional order is an order that will automatically be submitted or cancelled ONLY IF specified criteria for one or more defined contracts are met.||Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Discretionary||A Discretionary order is a limit order for which you define a discretionary amount (which is added to or subtracted from the limit price) that increases the price range over which the order is eligible to execute. The original limit price is displayed to the market.||Stocks|
|Fill-or-Kill||A FOK (Fill-or-Kill) order must execute as a complete order as soon as it becomes available on the market, otherwise the order is canceled.||Options|
|Good-after-Time/Date (GAT)||A Good-after-Time/Date order is held in the IB system and sent to the exchange on the date and time you enter.||Bonds, Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Good-till-Canceled (GTC)||A Good-till-Canceled order will continue to work within the IB system and in the marketplace until it executes or is canceled by the customer.||Bonds, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks|
|Good-till-Date/Time (GTD)||A Good-till-Date/Time order will remain working within the IB system and in the marketplace until it executes or until the close of the market on the date specified.||Bonds, Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Hidden||A Hidden order (generally a large volume order) shows no evidence of its existence in either the market data or the deep book.||Futures, Options, Stocks|
|Iceberg/Reserve||An Iceberg order allows you to submit an order (generally a large volume order) while publicly disclosing only a portion of the submitted order.||Futures, Options, Stocks|
|Immediate-or-Cancel (IOC)||Any portion of an IOC order that is not filled immediately is cancelled.||Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks|
|Limit||A limit order is an order to buy or sell a contract at a specified price or better.||Bonds, Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Limit-if-Touched||An LIT (Limit-if-Touched) is an order to buy (or sell) an asset below (or above) the market, at the defined limit price or better. This order is held in the system until the trigger price is touched, and is then submitted as a limit order.||Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Limit-on-Close||An LOC (Limit-on-Close) order that executes at the closing price if the closing price is at or better than the submitted limit price, according to the rules of the specific exchange. Otherwise the order will be cancelled.||Non US Futures , Stocks|
|Limit-on-Open||A LOO (Limit-on-Open) order is a limit order executed at the market's open if the opening price is equal to or better than the limit price.||Stocks|
|Market||A Market order is an order to buy or sell an asset at the bid or offer price currently available in the marketplace.||Bonds, Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Market-if-Touched||An MIT (Market-if-Touched) is an order to buy (or sell) an asset below (or above) the market. This order is held in the system until the trigger price is touched, and is then submitted as a market order.||Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
A market order that is submitted to execute as close to the closing price as possible.
||Non US Futures, Non US Options, Stocks|
|Market-on-Open||A market order that is executed at the market's open at the market price.||Stocks|
|Market-to-Limit||A Market-to-Limit order is sent in as a market order to execute at the current best price. If the entire order does not immediately execute at the market price, the remainder of the order is re-submitted as a limit order with the limit price set to the price at which the original order executed.||Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Market-with-Protection||A Market-with-Protection order is a market order that is cancelled and resubmitted as a limit order if the entire order does not immediately execute at the market price. The order's limit price is set by the exchange to be close to the current market price, slightly higher for a sell order and lower for a buy order.||Futures, Future Options|
|Midpoint Match (MPM)||An ISE stock order that executes at the midpoint of the bid/ask price.||Stocks|
|OCA||Orders in a one-cancels-all group of orders will be canceled when one of the other orders executes.||Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Pegged-to-Market||An order that is pegged to buy on the best offer and sell on the best bid.||Stocks|
|Pegged-to-Primary||An order whose price is pegged more aggressively than the current market price, that moves within a fixed interval to the market should prices deteriorate.||Stocks|
|Pegged-to-Stock||Specifies that the option price will adjust automatically relative to the stock price, using a calculated value based on data you enter.||Options|
|Relative||A Relative order derives its price from a combination of the market quote and a user-defined offset amount. The order is submitted as a limit order and modified according to the pricing logic until it is executed or you cancel the order.||Options, Stocks|
|Request-for-Quote||Request market quotes for non-US options, futures and options on futures.||Futures, Future Options, Options|
|Scale||The scale orders command automatically creates a series of buy (sell) limit orders with incrementally lower (higher) prices, based on your original limit order.||Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Spreads||A combination of individual orders (legs) that work together to create a single trading strategy. You can combine stock, option and futures legs into a single spread.||Futures, Options, Stocks|
|Stop||A Stop order becomes a market order to buy or sell securities or commodities once the specified stop price is attained or penetrated.||Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Stops - Adjustable||You can attach one-time adjustments to stop, stop limit, trailing stop and trailing stop limit orders which modify the stop trigger price, trailing amount and stop limit price.||Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Stop - Limit||A Stop Limit order becomes a limit order once the specified stop price is attained or penetrated.||Forex, Futures, Options, Stocks|
|Stop - Trailing Stop||A
trailing stop for a sell order sets the stop price at a fixed amount
below the market price. If the market price rises, the stop loss price
rises by the increased amount, but if the stock price falls, the stop loss price
remains the same. The reverse is true for a buy trailing stop order.
||Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Stop - Trailing Stop Limit||A trailing stop limit for a sell order sets the stop price at a fixed amount below the market price and defines a limit price for the sell order. If the market price rises, the stop loss price rises by the increased amount, but if the stock price falls, the stop loss price remains the same. When the order triggers, a limit order is submitted at the price you defined. The reverse is true for a buy trailing stop limit order.||Forex, Futures, Future Options, Options, Stocks, Warrants|
|Sweep-to-Fill||A Sweep-to-Fill order identifies the best price and the exact quantity offered/available at the price, and transmits the corresponding portion of your order for immediate execution. Simultaneously it is identifying the next best price and quantity offered/available, and submits the matching quantity of your order for immediate execution.||Stocks|
|Volatility||A TWS-specific order where the limit price of the option is calculated as a function of the implied volatility.||Smart-Routed Options that trade on BOX and Eurex (DTB).
|VWAP||The VWAP for a stock is calculated by adding the dollars traded for every transaction in that stock ("price" x "number of shares traded") and dividing the total shares traded. By default, a VWAP order is computed from the open of the market to the market close, and is calculated by volume weighting all transactions during this time period. TWS allows you to modify the cut-off and expiration times using the Time in Force and Expiration Date fields, respectively.||Stocks|