I am presently trading futures calendar spreads such as with CL(Crude) and ZW (Wheat) using the Think or Swim
platform and SeasonAlgo for seasonal charts. The spread charts ( for example [CLJ6-CLH6] ) are reasonably good
using TOS, margins are as you would expect for a futures calendar spread (reduced), but the commissions are bad !!!!! .
Since you pay double commissions with futures calendar spreads, commissions are an important item.
My question is for those who have experience with Interactive Brokers is how does IB compare regarding futures
calendar spreads with reference to execution, margins required, and spread charts? Are spread charts available and
usable using the IB TWS work station. If IB is not a valid choice for futures calendar spreads, is there a better choice.
Thanks in advance. H. Hampton.
I have never traded futures option, but do trade stock options spread with both brokers and IMHO, TOS kick IB in the nut when it come to spread. Spread are a lot easier to get filled with TOS. I can put 2 of the same spread with both brokers and TOS will filled them and IB will still hanging on to them for a long time.
As for commission, you can email customer support at TOS and they can give you a per lot commission instead of base + lot.
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