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Checking If Equities are Shortable - Live Trading on IB

Hi All,  So I want to check if securities are available for short in my algo on IB.  So i'm doing a pair trade where I need to short both securities at the same time.  If 1 of then isn't able to be shorted, then I need to not trade.

Is there a way to check if the securities are shortable in QC?  In the past, when I worked directly with the IB API I would place small orders way outside the bid/ask and wait for the response from the API to tell me if the share were available to short or not.  Not sure how this is usually handled on QC.  Thanks!

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Interactive Brokers API offers new shortable shares tick

A new ShortableShares tick returns the exact number of shares available to short.

https://interactivebrokers.github.io/tws-api/tick_types.html

TickName = shortable

 

 

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Thanks @Ahmet not at this time. The IB shortable-list is for a point in time (now), we'd need to gather that list for years to make it useful.

Realistically we'll need to find a data vendor who's been gathering this information which we can import. If we add this feature in the future we'll announce it to the forums. 

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