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Iceberg Order - A substantial order that has been disguised by dividing it into smaller lots, usually by the use of an automated program, for the purpose of hiding the actual order quantity. When large market participants, such as institutional investors, need to buy and sell large amounts of financial instruments for their portfolios, they often divide their large orders into smaller parts so that the public sees only a small portion of the order at a time just as the 'tip of the iceberg' is the only conspicuous segment of a huge mass of ice. By hiding its large size, the iceberg order reduces adverse price movements caused by substantial changes in an instruments' supply and demand.

Initial balance - see Opening Balance.

Initiative Buying - when Commercial/Longer Timeframe traders auction the market beyond the Value Area High.

Initiative Selling -when Commercial/Longer Timeframe traders auction the market beyond the Value Area Low.

Imbalanced Market - a trending market that is being dominated by Commercial/Longer Timeframe traders and lacks two-sided trading.

Intra day - a timeframe based on a single trading day session. Trading on an intra-day basis implies that any positions opened that day will be closed that day. In fact several (even thousands in the case of HFT) such positions can be transacted throughout that session. Also see day traders.

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