Options House poor execution

Discussion in 'Order Execution' started by QHTCapital, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. I had a limit order with OH selling a short vertical put spread on GE 25/27.5 for 50 cents. The 25 b/a was .12/.13 (going long) and the 27.5 b/a was .53/.54 (going short) for at least 10 seconds. This order did not execute any contracts. The response OH had was that it could have been cross-market quoting. I'm curious if this order would have executed with another broker. To me this is similar to a market order (put on for 10 seconds) not executing.

    In the past, Scott Sheridan from TOS said they would not match OH commisions because "they internalize their flow, don't have live quotes or charts and pass on exchange fees." Would the above order have executed on TOS? What does internalizing their flow mean?

  2. rosy2


    looks like the market for that spread was .4 / .42 if your numbers are right
  3. The b/a quotes were from Tuesday. The point is that it hit the bid and was not executed. In your example... if b/a was .41/.42 short and .03/.04 long.... why wouldn't it fire for a .37 limit sell?

    Or more simply... it didn't sell .41/.42 at .41 and didn't buy .03/.04 at .04
  4. There's nothing I could find on OH's web pages that said anything about them passing on exchange fees. Are you paying more than $9.95/trade?