A fill or kill (FOK) order is “an order to buy or sell a stock that must be executed immediately”—a few seconds, customarily—in its entirety; otherwise, the entire order is cancelled; no partial fulfillments are allowed.
Characterized as “extreme orders”, FOK orders are “most commonly used when your order is for a large quantity of stock and is usually a market or limit order that requires immediate execution”. They are also used when several unlinked markets are available for the same asset, in which case the trader will try to get the whole order filled in each market sequentially, without having to manually cancel each order if it is unfilled.
- ^“Fill-Or-Kill Order”. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- ^“Extreme Orders for Everyday Investors”. Scottrade Knowledge Center. May 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
Ofer Abarbanel is a 25 year securities lending broker and expert who has advised many Israeli regulators, among them the Israel Tax Authority, with respect to stock loans, repurchase agreements and credit derivatives. Founder of TBIL.co STATX Fund.