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How to Code a Discretionary Order in Python


A Discretionary order works as a limit order submitted to the exchange with a hidden, specified amount off the limit price. Visit our Discretionary Orders web page to understand the mechanics behind this order type. It is important to note that the market sees only the limit price.

Let’s attempt to code this order in Python using the syntax from our GitHub tutorial:

order = Order()
order.action = action
order.orderType = “LMT”
order.totalQuantity = quantity
order.lmtPrice = price
order.discretionaryAmt = discretionaryAmount

The products supported via this order are: stocks

Next, visit our GitHub guide to download the API sample Testbed, and review the Python code for additional order types: The sample syntax is stored in the file.

Stay tuned for IBKR order type articles. See the previous installments in this series: 

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