option contract |Form 8949 Capital Gain & Wash Sales calculator software

Adjust Options

TradeMax provides you with a powerful function to adjust your options .

  • Option Assigned Option Assigned happens when short stock options positions opened by an options writer is assigned for fulfillment. The short options positions disappear and the options writer sells the underlying stock if call options were written or buys the underlying stock if put options were written. Assignment can happen randomly for short in the money options before expiration even though assignment is mandatory for short in the money options during options expiration in what is known as an Automatic Assignment.
  • Option ExercisedSince all option contracts give the buyer the right to buy or sell a given stock at a set price (the strike price), when an option is exercised someone exercised their rights and you may be forced to buy the stock (the stock is put to you) at the PUT option strike price, or you may be forced to sell the stock (the stock is called away from you) at the CALL option strike price
  • Option Expired For an option contract , expiration is the date on which the contract expires. The option holder must elect to exercise the option or allow it to expire, and become worthless..

    Typically, option contracts expire according to a pre-determined calendar.

Note: You should select the specific option record first ,right click the mouse, the Option Adjustment option will appear in the list.

Append a Trade

To append a trade, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Run TradeMax and go to Account.

Step 2: There are 3 methods to append a trade:

a. Click Append button in Trade tab, then click Trade Append. A dialog box will pop up.

b. Right click on the trade window. A menu will pop up. e.g.: Choose Trade Append>Buy to Open (Open Long)

c. Click the Append button. A dialog box will pop up.

Step 3: The popup dialog box allows you to record the purchase of a security below:


    Enter Transaction Select Transaction Type.

    There are the following options from its dropdown list :

    Buy to Open –— Buy Stock/Option to Open a Long position

    Sell to Close –— Sell Stock/Option to Close a Long position

    Buy to Close –— Buy Stock/Option to Close a Short position

    Sell to Open –— Sell Stock/Option to Open a Short position

    Default value is : Buy to Open

    Transaction Date Select the trade date
    Account Select the account that you are purchasing shares for.
    Security Name

    Enter the security name manually in the Security Name field or Select it from the Symbol dropdown list.

    Additionally, the entering process supports AutoComplete function which, leads to  pop ups of a list of suggestions to the user based on the characters entered.

    Type Specify the Type of trade transaction. Available choices are: Stock/Option/Future
    Number Of Shares
    For Type of Stock, this field specify the number of shares been traded. For Type of Option, this field specify the hands of options been traded. Normally the value of 1 indicates the option of exercising 100 shares of Stock.
    Orig Currency

    Original Trade Currency type.

    There are seven Currency types in the dropdown list:


    If you choose EUR,CAD,AUD,JPY,HKD,GBP as Orig Currency, the dailog box will appear an icon , click this button, the dailogbox will extend.

    Base Currency
    Domestic currency type or accounting currency type for accounting purposes. Currently IB allows customer to choose different basis currency other than USD.

    USD Currency
    Settlement currency for tax purposes.

    Price (per share) The transaction price of Stock/Option per share/unit.
    Base Price The share price at Base currency price.
    USD Price The share price at USD Currency price.
    “Rate”related to derivative product like option, future. For instance, an option has a 100 “Rate” which means an option contract is for 100 shares of the underlying stock.
    Base Rate The exchange rate Original Currency/ Base Currency.
    Selt Rate The exchange rate Base Currency / USD Currency. Or directly query the Selt Rate in “Currency Exchange”.
    USD Rate The exchange rate Original Currency/ USD Currency.
    Enter the commission of the shares. If left blank, the commission will be calculated from the value in the Amount column (providing the Amount includes commissions and fees).
    Base Commission Automatically calculate Base Commission by Commission* Base Rate.
    USD Commission Automatically calculate USD Commission by Base Commission* USD Rate.
    Amount The “Amount” will be calculated automatically since you enter the “Number of Shares”, “Price” , and “Commission”.
    Base Amount The “Base Amount” will be calculated automatically since you enter theBase Rate”.
    USD Amount The “USD Amount will be calculated automatically when you enter the“USD Rate”.
    Notes Enter the description of the transaction.
    Trade Include In Year
    Select the checkbox to activate it and enter the specified tax year.
    Deferred cost If your position is a wash sales defer loss position, just enter your defer cost in Deferred Cost Field.

    Used to enter the deferloss of this appending transaction.

    Click thebutton to cancel the appending process.
    Click thebutton to enter another new transaction.
    Click thebutton to finish the appending process.
    Click thebutton to get more detailed trade transaction.

Step 4: Enter information of this transaction and press the button to finish the appending process.


When you input Previous Year Holding Position trade, you must activate Trade Include In Year [2008]. If your baseline is 2007, change the year to 2007.

If your position is a wash sales defer loss position, this is a special option of Open to Long (Open Long) or Sell to Close(Open Short) .

Every year there after, you can use End Of Tax Year function to generate your year-end open positions and defer loss to your next tax year data file.


The main function of symbol grid is to show you the relationship between a option and a stock. It will display relationship automatically after you import your trades into TradeMax. In addition, you can also append a specific symbol as you wish.

Click the item Symbols under the Account List on the left of the main windows, the grid below shows:

Basic Function
1. Group By Box Drag a column deaders here to group by that column
2.Symbol Grid Symbol Grid is the main section where users are able to view and interact with their symbols
3. Quick Access Bar Click one alphabet button to go to the specific trades beginning with the specific alphabet.

Under the Symbol, you can also do the following if it needs.

    • Click Append button in Trade tab
    • A popup dialog box allows you to record Symbol below:
      Option Basic Function
      Symbol Name Type in symbol’s name
      Underlying Stock Type in your underlying stock’s name of the symbol. If it is not an option, you can skip this field.
      Rate An option has a 100 ” Rate “ which means an option contract is for 100 shares of the underlying stock.
      Type From its dropdown list to select the type of the financial product.
      Strike Price Only available when the symbol is an option or future.
      Expire Date Only available when the symbol is an option or future.
      Exchange Market Type in the exchange market where you bought the financial product. For instance,NASDAQ
      Notes Any information of the product.
  1. Append a Symbol

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