Thanks for the info on IB. The reason I was contemplating them was their connection to PTF PRO for Aussie stocks update considering the kerfuffel going on about Yahoo stopping.Good to hear. Thanks for the update.
I don't know if IB is the right broker for pairs trading... IB doesn't offer enough leverage and have less number of stocks available for shorting. Although it's been a few years since I used IB for trading so things could have changed.
I don't understand why you'd need the "force open" functionality with pairs? Unless you also trade outrights using the same account... and happen to have a signal to short XYZ while you happen to hold it long under a different strategy.
"Force Open" allows me to keep separate trades listed for the same stock, then I can just do a simple close on the one I need, leaving the other open.
Are you getting any news on the Yahoo story?