You can now buy and sell fractional shares with both Alpaca and Robinhood. You can trade in notional dollar amounts or with a fractional quantity. This feature is useful for smaller accounts that want to trade more expensive names like AMZN.
In the order form you will now see a new option to choose from called Invest in and you can choose to invest in a shares quantity amount or a notional dollar amount.
If you choose to invest in a dollar amount, when you confirm and submit your order, you will see an estimated quantity based on what the current market price is.
To invest in fractional quantities, just choose Shares from the Invest in dropdown and enter a quantity with a decimal.
Please be aware that each broker supports a different amount of decimal places. TradersPost will validate the number of decimal places if you enter a number of decimal places that is greater than what the broker supports.
To enable the use of fractional shares in your automated trading, just go to edit your strategy subscription and scroll down to the Position Size section and check the Use fractional quantity checkbox.
Save your strategy subscription and now you will see that the example entry and exit order are using a fractional quantity instead of a whole number.
Unfortunately, not all brokers support fractional shares. You can use fractional trading with the following brokers: