Option Strategy Lab

General overview of the Option Strategy Lab

How to install the Offline version of Trader Workstation (TWS) on a Windows PC

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you were previously storing your TWS settings to the cloud (by keeping the checkbox Use/Store Settings on Server on the TWS login screen activated), you can now recover those settings after TWS has been installed. If this is the case, it is important that, immediately after the TWS installation, before you login the first time, you remember to activate again the checkbox Use/Store Settings on Server on the login screen of the TWS. You can find more details here.

In this tutorial we describe the TWS installation using the Internet Explorer browser,  which is installed by default on every Windows PC. If you prefer to use another browser (such as: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) please take into account that the disposition and/or the content of the messages appearing during the first three steps might slightly differ.

How to install Offline TWS Latest:

  1. Open the page www.ibkr.com in your browser, then click on the menu Technology --> TWS Software

  1. Scroll down the page, until you find the button for OFFLINE TWS LATEST. Click on it.
    Offline TWS Latest Installation 
     
  2. Below Offline TWS Latest for Windows, click the button DOWNLOAD

  3. At the bottom of your browser, a pop-up Security Warning bar will appear, click Run.Security Warning Bar - click RUN
  1. The Installation Wizard will now initialize, click Next>
    Installation Wizard - Next
  1. After the Installation completes, click Finish
    Installation Wizard - click Finish
     
  2. A TWS icon will now appear on your desktop. Double-click it to launch the Login box. Please notice that the icon will inlclude the actual build number (Build #) of the TWS you installed. Therefore you could see Trader Workstation 960 or Trader Workstation 961 etc.
    Trader Workstation Icon - Double-click to launch.

 

Recovering your Settings

  1.  Launch the TWS. Once the login screen has loaded, tick the checkbox Use/Store Settings on ServerCheck the box "Use/Store Settings on server"
     
  2. Enter your username and password and click Login. The TWS will now attempt to download your settings stored on the cloud and load them into the TWS
    Enter Username and Password then proceed to login
     

 

TWS Order Presets: Primary Order Fields

Brief video on Presets that are relevant to your Primary Order

Cloud Watchlists

Overview: 

This article explains how to setup Cloud Watchlists.

Background: 

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.

Enable the Cloud Watchlists in Trader Workstation

  1. Login into the Trader Workstation
  2. Click on Edit in top menu, then on Global Configuration (or File -> Global Configuration if TWS is in the Mosaic layout)
  3. In the left column of the configuration window, click on Lock and Exit
  4. In the right pane, mark the checkbox "Save watchlists to cloud" (as shown in the screenshot below)
    Enable Cloud Watchlists in the TWS
  5. Click Apply, then OK to close the configuration window

Enable Cloud Watchlists on a mobile device

 

iPhone

  1. After the Cloud Watchlists feature has been enabled in TWS, login into mobileTWS
  2. Upon login, you will be prompted with a screen asking you to try the new feature
  3. Select "Try It", and then select the device/computer to import the watchlist from
  4. If you are not shown the "Try It" prompt, please go to the Configuration menu and select Watchlist Import and select the device/computer to import from
  5. In the Configuration meny, enable the option "Save Cloud Watchlists"

iPad

  1. After the Cloud Watchlists feature has been enabled in TWS, login into mobileTWS
  2. Upon login, you will be prompted with a screen asking you to try the new feature
  3. Select "Try It", and then select the device/computer to import the watchlist from
  4. If you are not shown the "Try It" prompt, tap on "Setup" in top left corner and enable "Save cloud watchlists"
  5. Back in the main screen, in top left section, tap on the Import button and select the device/computer from which to import the Cloud Watchlist

Android mobile or tablet

  1. After the Cloud Watchlists feature has been enabled in TWS, login into mobileTWS
  2. Upon login, you will be shown the Watchlist Import wizard
  3. Select the device/computer from which to import the watchlist
  4. To see the imported watchlists, navigate to Quotes and Charts from the main menu and select an imported watchlist from the dropdown

Please note that it is not possible to sync watchlists from mobileTWS to your desktop TWS.

 

 

 

 

Determining Tick Value

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.

 

Exhibit 1

Converting Currency Balances

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.

Please note the feature below is specific to Trader Workstation. If you are using WebTrader, you must place an order to convert currency. Please see the following link for more information on WebTrader Order Entry: WebTrader Order Entry

 

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 (“MKT”), 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.

Note: At times the use of a market order when performing a currency conversion may result in an order rejection due to margin requirements. In order to avoid this, traders may wish to update the order type to a limit order (“LMT”) and set up a limit price. The limit price is the worst price you are willing to trade at; if a better price is available your order will be executed at a better price.

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).

How to install the Offline version of Trader Workstation (TWS) on a Mac OS

IMPORTANT NOTE: if you were previously storing your TWS settings to the cloud (by keeping the checkbox Use/Store Settings on Server on the TWS login screen activated), you can now recover those settings after TWS has been installed. If this is the case, it is important that, immediately after the TWS installation, before you login the first time, you remember to activate again the checkbox Use/Store Settings on Server on the login screen of the TWS. You can find more details here.

In this tutorial we describe the installation using Safari, which is installed by default on every Mac computer. If you prefer to use another browser (such as: Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) please take into account that the disposition and/or the content of the messages appearing during the first three steps might slightly differ.

How to install Offline TWS Latest:

  1. Open the page www.ibkr.com in your browser, then click on the menu Technology--> TWS Software

 

  1. Scroll down the page, until you find the button OFFLINE TWS LATEST. Click on it
    Offline TWS Latest Installation 
     
  1. Below Offline TWS Latest for Mac, click the button DOWNLOAD

  1. Click on your Download Folder to see list of available files. Double-click the disk image file tws-latest-standalone-macosx-x64.dmg 
    Download Folder - double-click tws-latest-standalone-macosx-x64.dmg
  1. The operating system will now mount the disk image file onto your desktop
    Wait till the tws disk image file mounts to your desktop
  1. Double-click the Trader Workstation icon to initiate the installerDouble-click the Trader Workstation icon to initiate the installer
  1. Click Open to confirm and start the installation for TWS
    Click Open to confirm and start installation
  1. The Installation Wizard will now initialize, click Next>
    TWS Installation Wizard - Next
     
  1. After the installation completes, click Finish
    TWS Installation Wizard - Click Finish
  1. A TWS icon will now appear on your desktop. Double-click it to launch the Login box. Please notice that the icon will inlclude the actual build number (Build) of the TWS you installed. Therefore you could see Trader Workstation 960 or Trader Workstation 961 etc.
    Click the TWS icon to launch TWS

Recovering your Settings

  1.  Launch the TWS. Once the login screen has loaded, tick the checkbox Use/Store Settings on ServerCheck the box "Use/Store Settings on Server"
     
  2. Enter your username and password and click Login. The TWS will now attempt to download your settings stored on the cloud and load them into the TWS

    Enter your username and password then proceed to login

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