IB--stocks suddenly not shortable

Discussion in 'Retail Brokers' started by Toonces, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Toonces


    Over the last few days, several times a day, EVERY single stock becomes unshortable for about 30 seconds. All the sudden the 'shortable' column goes from light green to dark green, and you can't short anything. After 30 seconds, they're light green again, and everything is shortable. Is this happening to anyone else?
  2. Yes, I have observed the same thing. Very strange. I hope they get this figured out very soon.
  3. I saw this happen once today, and my initial thoughts were....F%^%c, the market's about to take a dump and somebody's not letting you short it!

    Maybe it's IB testing their "Emergency Response System" for the FED/Treasury guys? Like they do on broadcast TV?

    Just testing, just testing, if this had been an actual emergency, the list of stocks on TWS would suddenly be UNavailable to short and would again be shortable after a FED announcement...stay tuned for further instructions. beep...beep...beep...Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

  4. just21


    How much do you make if you sell futures at this time?
  5. I have not seen this at all.