[ts-general] I just added you to the trading shim ML as it is

Harry Balzer harry.balzer at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 10 16:00:17 EST 2010

thanks for the response, russ.

my automated systems trade equities via windows and excel.  i'm upgrading and 
felt linux was the right move - your software fits.  on topic:  it seems the 
shim tests for account type before running because it prints the fa "error" and 
exits.  i'm wondering if this can be solved with a quick hack in the source (a 
comment).  i'd prefer this to a more mangled account setup.  the more problems 
we solve without ib "assistance" the better.

when i get it running, i'm sure i'll have more questions for the list.

From: R P Herrold <herrold at owlriver.com>
To: ts General list <ts-general at trading-shim.org>; harry.balzer at yahoo.com
Sent: Thu, December 9, 2010 4:25:19 PM
Subject: I just added you to the trading shim ML as it is 

subscriber post only because of the spam problem

It is a very low volume list and I hipe you'll stay with us

quick answer is:

    we did not have a FA feature account, and so we don't
    know, because we cannot test  ;)

I think I would ask IB tws support for a non-FA testing account [I am pretty 
sure they can do this] as a quick workaround for 'look-see' testing on usability

Alternatively, shift $10k in assets out of the FA to a individual account to 
fund it, with perhaps 3k$ of it in cash

... set up the account and get a side paper trading account to experiment with, 
and then shift all BUT the 3k$ back ... that will fund experimentation for quite 
a while and still meet IB's requirements on account setup

One thing that is not said, but is true, is that trading is not a 'no barriers 
to entry' game  ;)   There are a lot of people on the public general mailing 
lists that are obviously over-endowed with enthusiasm and questions, and not so 
well endowed with funds

IB solves that issue by a not so high barrier to entry for a serious 
participant, but one high enough to keep out the casual gawkers

-- Russ herrold

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