Trader Workstation (TWS) is a professional trading platform offered by Interactive Brokers. TWS gives customers access to basic trading functionality, as well as advanced trading algorithms, risk management tools, live quotes, paper trading, news, research and more. Connecting to over 100 markets world wide, there is not much you cannot trade using TWS. TWS offers support for trading Equities, Futures, Forex, Options, and more.
While TWS offers a large array of tools, it does not offer any capabilities for backtesting and strategy automation. TWS does however offer a feature rich API that makes this possible. The TWS API allows users to harness much of the power in TWS to build their own custom trading software. Advanced execution algorithms, backtesting and trade automation, trade reconciliation, and custom indicators are just the tip of the iceberg as to what can be developed using the TWS API.
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