total quantity negative

Discussion in 'Trading Software' started by regardless, May 4, 2012.

  1. Hi all, I'm new to trading and this forum so my apologies if this question is in the wrong section. I've done a search and can't find any info on this.

    As I've said, I'm a new trader, using Virtual Brokers Webtrader, and I'm a bit confused by the state of my account.

    My "Equity" is about where it should be, but my account info is saying I have a *negative* amount of securities, and an equivalent amount of *extra* cash.

    In my positions, I see that I have two positions which have a "total qty" that is -100, settled qty = 0, and pending qt = (100). The value of the position is listed in (parenthesis), presumably to indicate a negative amount.

    These securities that show negative total quantity correspond to the last ones I sold a few days ago. Can someone explain how exactly this works and what's going on?

    Apologies again for the newb question :/