What are "Level 2" quotes? Trade on them?

Discussion in 'Trading' started by Saltynuts, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. What are they? Where you can see all the offers, not just the highest bid and lowest ask? Can I get them at interactivebrokers? And can one trade profitably using the simple system of watching them, and when a ton of orders pop up on sell side or buy side, act as if that was going to be downward/upward pressure, and sell/buy accordingly? I'm sure its not that simple, just curious how they might be used.

  2. RRY16


    Please go away and stop wasting peoples time.
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  3. nickynoes


    Google those questions, try this and find out yourself, and it very well could be.
  4. Yes, yes, and it's not that simple.

    At IB they're charged for on a per exchange basis.

    And there's so much spoofing and iceberg orders and hidden orders that it's tough to infer anything from its face value. I use it for a confirmation of my belief of likely price movement, or (more importantly) as an early "something's wrong" indicator. It provides insight into liquidity...how you use that is up to you. And there have been doctoral theses done about how to use it.
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  5. zdreg


    anybody ever get a job from a doctoral thesis on this subject?:D
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  6. speedo


    Lots of games played on L2...hard to trust what you see.
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  7. Level 2 quotes is The Matrix...that's how Japanese traders CIS and BNF make their millions,

    I'm a highly visual, right-brained, guy...I stare at a chart image picture to glean my wisdom and market insight that is the past, present, and future unfolding dynamically, malleable patience and assumptions :confused:, :cool:
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  8. volpri


    Just ask soeswasbetter. He oughta know with a name like his....Lol