The Interactive Brokers‘ (IBKR) GlobalTrader Stock Swap feature lets the investor swap out the position in a stock they own for an approximately equal value of the stock they would like to own. It is important to note that the stocks must trade in the same currency.
The Swap feature can be accessed several ways in the GlobalTrader app.
- An investor can tap the blue “Trade” icon at the bottom of any screen and select Swap, and select a stock position to sell and one to buy
- From the Portfolio page, the investor can tap on a stock, the Swap button is in the bar across the bottom, when tapped it will automatically populate with the selected stock and the investor can choose the new stock to buy
- In a Watchlist, the investor can tap on a stock and the Swap feature will populate either the sell area if a position exists or the buy area if the investor currently does not have a position
- Or tap Explore. Type in a symbol, and follow the steps previously mentioned for the Portfolio or Watchlist, the stock will appear in either the buy or sell area depending on whether there is an existing position.
In this example, the investor chooses a position from the Portfolio page to swap out. Once the stock is selected, they will tap on the Swap icon at the bottom of the screen and the symbol will populate the sell area.
The investor taps on the buy area and a list of stocks similar to the one being sold will appear. The investor can also see recently searched symbols by tapping on “Recent” or type a symbol into the search bar at the top of the screen. If the investor selects a stock that trades in a different currency a warning will appear, and they must reselect.
Once the investor has chosen a stock, it will populate the buy area and the amount of shares, share price, and the approximate value of the purchase will populate the screen. It is important to note that both orders will be market orders and the size is set to the current position of the stock the investor is swapping out of.
When ready the investor taps the blue “Preview” button, and a summary of the order will appear showing the approximate values of the shares as well as commission. Once the investor is satisfied with the order, they tap the blue “Submit Swap Order” button at the bottom of the page and a screen will appear confirming that the order was submitted and then filled. The investor can tap the blue “Done” button, go back to the Portfolio page and see their new position.
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Disclosure: Order Types / TWS
The order types available through Interactive Brokers LLC’s Trader Workstation are designed to help you limit your loss and/or lock in a profit. Market conditions and other factors may affect execution. In general, orders guarantee a fill or guarantee a price, but not both. In extreme market conditions, an order may either be executed at a different price than anticipated or may not be filled in the marketplace.