Duration: 2:58
Level: Intermediate

The IBKR Adaptive Algorithm Order type is available for US Stocks, Options, and Futures as well as some foreign Products. The Adaptive Algo combines IB’s Smart routing capabilities with user-defined priority settings in an effort to achieve a fast fill at the best all in price. It is accessible through Mosaic, Classic TWS, and Mobile.

Study Notes:

The Interactive Brokers Adaptive Algo order type combines IBKR’s Smart routing capabilities with user defined priority settings in an effort to achieve a better than average cost efficiency over a basic limit or market order. The Adaptive Algorithm achieves this by attempting to trade between the spread.

The Adaptive Algorithm is accessible in Classic TWS, Mosaic, and Mobile. In Mosaic, the investor can enter a symbol into the order entry panel, for example IBKR. Choose Buy or Sell in the lower left-hand corner and enter the quantity desired, in this case 1,000 shares. Now click on the order type and scroll to IBALGO and select Adaptive in the sidecar window. Select the limit price or choose market and click on the Advanced button. In the Algo parameters area “Adaptive” will populate the first drop-down box.

Directly underneath is the Adaptive order priority /urgency selection box. The investor can choose Urgent, Normal, or Patient.

  • The Urgent setting tells the algorithm to scan available prices that would fill the order quickest. This would provide the lowest chance of price improvement and price variance.
  • The Normal setting is also the default setting and scans available prices less quickly than “Urgent” and provides a good chance of price improvement and average chance of price variance.
  • The Patient setting provides the highest chance of price improvement and price variance by scanning prices slower than Normal.

Having chosen the priority setting, the investor may close the Advanced window and click Submit to create an order confirmation window. This shows that the order type is Adaptive, Time in Force is Day since GTC orders are not allowed for Adaptive IB algorithmic orders, and that the Strategy is Adaptive, and the priority urgency will state the investor’s choice. When satisfied that the information is correct, click Transmit and the order will be submitted.

Once submitted, the awaiting order will be displayed as Adaptive in the Order Type column.

The Adaptive Algo order type is designed to ensure that both market and aggressive limit orders trade between the bid and ask prices. And on average, this order type should lead to better fills.

Adaptive Algo

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