Still a bit new to day trading, and I've recently switched over to IB. I'm currently focused on trading early morning stocks, typically 7-9:45 am high volatility momentum (with some success), and one of the things I've noticed is I don't always get the fill I want. I'm running hotkeys currently and my primary orders are below. Buy -> Limit -> ask + 0.05$ Sell -> Limit -> bid -0.05$ Currently low volume so only buying 200/600 shares at a click as I get better at the system. Now, I realize that to get in quickly and out quickly, what I'm using here is probably great. I'm also not trading huge share sizes (<2.5k), so there should be minimal to no issues with slippage because I'm focusing on high volume stocks. However, sometimes I'll run into a 50 cent spread and if I'm not watching I'll get a terrible fill at the ask/bid. I was thinking about midpoint or their adaptive algo, or even something else if people have any suggestions. However, I worry with some of these options that I won't get in fast enough and I might lose a chance at a better price. I think part of the issue is I don't understand all the intricacies of the order process. Another issue is I'm trading very volatile stocks which can have 50 cent price swings in seconds, so timing things just right isn't that easy and maybe it's just how things go with these kinds of trades. This is fairly new territory for me so any help or learning suggestions are appreciated.