IB Futures Help

Discussion in 'Interactive Brokers' started by Trend Fader, May 6, 2005.

  1. If one were to place an order in futures market via IB... is it possible to set maximum number of contracts allowed to be traded at a given time??

    I member a while back this function was available.. is it still there?
  2. Are you saying you can't control yourself?:eek:
  3. Yes. In fact I think it's mandatory in the account settings.
  4. I think all it does it ask if you are sure you want the order to go through, that is all.

    I don't think IB would ever go so far as to implement risk management controls that would actually prevent you from executing a trade you had the funds available for -- max position size limits, trading suspended after certain intraday drawdown reached, etc. I'm sure there's demand for such things, and they would probably do wonders in retaining customers over the long run by having risk management options, but I guess that would be going contrary to their primary business objectives, to say the least :)
  5. Xenia


    A few years ago they had a max-number-of-contracts restriction.
    Now they use a real time 'Credit Manager' (software) to control margin.

    Easy way to control risk is 2 accounts and internal transfer of funds.
    Then keep only $5000 (or so) in the account where you trade futures.
  6. Where do u access this function?
  7. Daal


    Its called responsible gambling, leave him alone
  8. I believe it's under order defaults for each market.