Preguntas frecuentes: migración de cuentas a IBIE en el contexto del Brexit

Overview: 

Este es un documento importante respecto de la transferencia propuesta de su cuenta de IBUK e IBLLC a IBIE que requiere de su atención. Lea el documento completo antes de tomar una decisión respecto de las cuestiones incluidas en la carta de presentación que se le envió por correo electrónico.

Background: 

Lea las siguientes preguntas frecuentes cuidadosamente, ya que contiene un resumen de algunos de los cambios claves en el marco normativo vinculados a la Transferencia Propuesta (tal como de describe a continuación) y brinda respuestas a algunas de las interrogantes más generales que pueda tener. Estas preguntas deberían leerse junto con la carta de presentación y los documentos que le enviamos adjuntos a la carta de presentación. En caso de necesitar más información, contacte con nosotros utilizando la información de contacto proporcionada en la carta de presentación. Estas preguntas frecuentes reemplazan al artículo anterior puesto a su disposición bajo el título "Preguntas frecuentes: el Brexit y la migración de cuentas" (“preguntas frecuentes originales”) debido a que refleja información actualizada, y le pedimos que las lea detenidamente. Con el alcance de las posibles discrepancias entre estas preguntas frecuentes y las preguntas frecuentes originales, utilice como referencia la información contenida en estas preguntas.

Discusiones:

Estas preguntas frecuentes se dividen en tres partes.

  • La Parte A establece la información clave con relación a la transferencia propuesta (tal como se indica a continuación).
  • La Parte B cubre los aspectos legales y normativos claves como resultado de la transferencia propuesta (tal como se indica a continuación).
  • La Parte C está destinada a responder otras preguntas que pueda tener, así como a proporcionar más información práctica con relación a lo que cambiará y lo que no luego de la Transferencia Propuesta (tal como se indica a continuación).

PARTE A: LA TRANSFERENCIA PROPUESTA

1. ¿Cuál es la situación actual y por qué deben realizarse cambios?

Como bien sabe, actualmente, su relación con Interactive Brokers se encuentra a cargo de nuestra entidad con sede en el Reino Unido, más concretamente Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited (“IBUK”) y los servicios que le proporcionamos son servicios de IBUK y, dependiendo del producto con el que opere, de nuestra filial en EE. UU., de Interactive Brokers LLC (“IBLLC”). Actualmente IBUK utiliza lo que se conoce como pasaporte de servicios financieros para poder cumplir con su parte de la provisión de servicios en Europa continental. Nuestra hipótesis de trabajo es que, al finalizar el periodo de transición del Brexit a fines de este año, IBUK perderá esta capacidad y, a partir del 1 de enero de 2021, Interactive Brokers deberá realizar algunos cambios con relación a la entidad legal con la que deberá operar.

2. ¿Cuáles son los "cambios" a los que se refiere el apartado anterior?

Hemos establecido una nueva entidad legal de Interactive Brokers en Irlanda, más concretamente, Interactive Brokers Ireland Limited (“IBIE”). La propuesta es transferir los negocios que mantiene actualmente con IBUK e IBLLC a IBIE. En otras palabras, nuestra intención es que todas sus cuentas, inversiones y servicios actualmente proporcionados por IBUK e IBLLC pasen a ser servicios que proporcione IBIE de manera singular (a fines prácticos, nos referiremos a esta migración como la “Transferencia Propuesta”).

3. ¿Cuándo tendrá lugar la Transferencia Propuesta?

Nos comunicaremos con usted por escrito nuevamente antes de la Transferencia Propuesta. Sin embargo, esto no sucederá a menos (y hasta) que IBIE se encuentre autorizada por el regulador de servicios financieros de Irlanda, el Banco Central de Irlanda.

4. ¿Quién es IBIE? ¿Qué tipo de empresa es?

A partir del 22 de diciembre de 2020, IBIE ha sido autorizada por el Banco Central de Irlanda como empresa de inversiones. Su estado normativo y perfil son muy similares al de IBUK. Esto se debe a que IBIE e IBUK están autorizadas conforme con la segunda Directiva sobre Mercados de Instrumentos Financieros (Directiva 2014/65/UE). Esta es una ley aplicable en toda la UE cuyo propósito es, en la mayor medida posible, armonizar el modo en el que se regulan las empresas de inversiones en la UE.

Esto no quiere decir que las normativas sean idénticas entre sí en lo que respecta a las normativas que se aplican para su relación actual con IBUK y las que se aplicarán una vez que se transfiera su cuenta a IBIE. Explicaremos estas cuestiones de manera más detallada en la Parte B de estas preguntas frecuentes.

5. ¿Cuál es la información legal sobre IBIE?

Interactive Brokers Ireland Limited es una sociedad limitada (número de registro 657406) y se encuentra registrada en el Registro de Sociedades de la Oficina del Registro de Sociedades de Irlanda. La dirección registrada es 10 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublín 2, D02 T380, Irlanda. Aún nos encontramos finalizando la información de contacto diario de IBIE y lo contactaremos con esta información en el debido momento.

6. ¿Quién regulará IBIE y cuál es su información de contacto?

Tal como se indica arriba, nuestra solicitud para que el Banco Central de Irlanda reconozca a IBIE como una empresa de inversión se encuentra pendiente. Una vez que la solicitud se apruebe tal como lo anticipamos, el Banco Central de Irlanda será el regulador competente para IBIE (del mismo modo en que la Financial Conduct Authority es el regulador competente para IBUK). A continuación se incluye la información de contacto del Banco Central de Irlanda:

Ubicación

Banco Central de Irlanda

New Wapping Street

North Wall Quay

Dublín 1

D01 F7X3

Números de contacto

Teléfono: +353 (0)1 224 6000

Fax: +353 (0)1 224 5550

Dirección de correo postal

Central Bank of Ireland

P.O. Box 559

Dublín 1

Línea de ayuda pública

Correo electrónico: enquiries@centralbank.ie

Llamadas internacionales económicas (Lo-Call): 1890 777 777

Teléfono: +353 (0)1 224 5800

 

7. ¿En dónde se ubica IBIE en Interactive Brokers Group?

IBIE es una subsidiaria de propiedad absoluta que forma parte de Interactive Brokers Group.

8. ¿Qué significa la Transferencia Propuesta para mí? ¿Se producirá un impacto significativo?

No anticipamos ningún impacto significativo para usted como resultado de la Transferencia Propuesta. Sin embargo, es muy importante que lea estas preguntas frecuentes y se asegure de entender los cambios.

9. ¿Qué debo hacer si deseo seguir operando con Interactive Brokers?

Si desea continuar operando con Interactive Brokers, necesitamos de su cooperación y participación.

Más concretamente, necesitamos que preste su consentimiento y acepte el acuerdo de cliente y demás documentos disponibles en la sección Información importante del proceso de la Trasferencia Propuesta, así como las cuestiones normativas que se detallan en la Carta de presentación, y en las secciones Información importante y Consentimiento del proceso de la Transferencia Propuesta. Puede hacer esto si sigue las instrucciones en la carta de presentación.

Para aclarar este asunto, no tiene que prestar su consentimiento para la Transferencia Propuesta si considera que la propuesta lo afecta negativamente. Sin embargo, en caso de que decida rechazarla, es posible que IBUK no pueda continuar prestando servicios para su cuenta una vez finalizado el periodo de transición del Brexit. En caso de que eso suceda, su cuenta quedará restringida para realizar nuevas operaciones o transferir nuevos activos. Siempre tiene la posibilidad de transferir su cuenta a otro bróker. Si desea rechazarla, siga las instrucciones que se indican en la carta de presentación.

En cualquier caso, le solicitamos que lea estas preguntas frecuentes y la carta de presentación antes de decidir aceptar o rechazar la Transferencia Propuesta.

10. ¿Qué sucede ahora?

Si presta su consentimiento para realizar la transferencia, complete todas las acciones que se indican en la carta de presentación y prepararemos su cuenta para la Transferencia Propuesta. Luego de la Transferencia Propuesta, IBIE se comunicará por escrito con usted para transmitirle la información acerca de su nueva relación.

 

PARTE B: CAMBIOS LEGALES Y NORMATIVOS QUE DEBERÍA CONSIDERAR

1. ¿Qué términos y condiciones regirán su relación con IBIE luego de la Transferencia Propuesta? ¿Son distintos de los términos y condiciones que se aplican actualmente?

Las negociaciones que realice luego de la Transferencia Propuesta se regirán por el nuevo acuerdo de cliente entre usted e IBIE. Tendrá una copia del nuevo acuerdo de cliente a su disposición en la sección Información importante del proceso de la Transferencia Propuesta. Consulte la pregunta A3 arriba con relación al periodo de la Transferencia Propuesta.

2. ¿Qué normas de conducta comercial (incluyendo mejor ejecución) se aplicarán para mi relación con IBIE? ¿Existen diferencias significativas que se apliquen para mi relación con IBIE en comparación con mi relación existente con IBUK?

Existen algunos cambios que debería considerar, los cuales explicaremos a continuación.

Si opera con IBUK sobre una base de "gestión" (en otras palabras, negocia opciones sobre índices, futuros y opciones sobre futuros e IBUK gestiona sus cuentas y custodia sus activos), las normas de conducta comercial de Financial Conduct Authority se aplican actualmente para su caso. Estas normas se basan principalmente en la segunda Directiva sobre Mercados de Instrumentos Financieros, la Directiva sobre mercados de Instrumentos Financieros y varias directivas y normas delegadas (conjuntamente, “MiFID”). Con relación a la mejor ejecución, cuando corresponda, IBUK deberá tomar los pasos necesarios para alcanzar el mejor resultado posible cuando ejecute su orden.

En caso de que actualmente realice negocios con IBUK sobre una base de "introducción" (en otras palabras, negocia productos fuera de aquellos mencionados en el apartado anterior y tiene una relación con IBUK y su filial en EE. UU., IBLLC), se aplicará en su caso una mezcla de normas de conducta comercial. Por ejemplo, respecto de la introducción de sus negocios con IBLLC, se aplicarán las normas de conducta comercial de Financial Conduct Authority (consultar arriba al respecto). Una vez que se introduzca a IBLLC, las normas y normativas de Securities and Exchange Commission de EE. UU. y Commodity Futures Trading Commission de EE UU. (entre otras) se aplicarán para la función de IBLLC (lo que incluye sus obligaciones con relación a la mejor ejecución y custodia).

Tenga en consideración que, en términos generales, es probable que sus negocios se dividan entre estos dos escenarios (en otras palabras, parte de sus negocios se realizan sobre una base de "gestión" mientras que parte de estos se realizan sobre una base de "introducción").

En adelante, la distinción entre negocios "gestionados" o de "introducción" no se aplicarán y, en cada caso indicado arriba, las normas de conducta comercial de Irlanda se aplicarán exclusivamente para su relación con IBIE. Al igual que las normas de Financial Conduct Authority del Reino Unido, las reglas de conducta comercial de Irlanda se fundamentan en las directivas MiFID, y las obligaciones de IBIE con relación a la mejor ejecución reflejan aquellas que se aplican actualmente a IBUK.

En nuestra opinión, mientras que las normas que se apliquen para nuestra relación cambien, no consideramos dichos cambios como cambios significativos o que puedan resultar en un menor grado de protección para usted.

3. ¿Cómo se mantendrán mis inversiones en custodia con IBIE desde una perspectiva legal o normativa? ¿Existen diferencias significativas que se apliquen para mi relación con IBIE en comparación con mi relación existente con IBUK?

Las normas que se aplican actualmente dependen de la naturaleza de sus negocios actualmente con IBUK (consulte la pregunta B2 arriba). Cuando realice negocios "gestionados" con IBUK, se aplicarán las normas de Financial Conduct Authority sobre activos de clientes (o "CASS"). Se basan principalmente sobre las directivas MiFID. Cuando realice negocios de "introducción" con IBUK e IBLLC, se aplicarán las normas de custodia de EE. UU. respecto de sus activos en custodia.

En adelante, tal como se indica arriba, la diferencia entre negocios "gestionados" y de "introducción" no se aplicará y, en cada caso indicado arriba, las normas de custodia de Irlanda se aplicarán exclusivamente a su relación con IBIE. Al igual que con las normas de Financial Conduct Authority del Reino Unido, estas se basan principalmente en las directivas MiFID. Consulte el documento de información sobre activos claves del cliente que se adjunta en la sección Información importante con relación el régimen de custodia de Irlanda.

4. ¿Cómo estoy protegido contra las pérdidas? ¿Existen diferencias significativas que se apliquen para mi relación con IBIE en comparación con mi relación existente con IBUK?

Actualmente, sus activos elegibles están protegidos contra pérdidas con Securities Investor Corporation de EE. UU. por un máximo de hasta 500 000 USD (condicionado a un sublímite de efectivo de 250 000 USD) o bien con Financial Services Compensation Scheme del Reino Unido por un máximo de hasta 50 000 GBP (el régimen que se aplique dependerá del segmento relevante de su cuenta IBUK. tal como se explica arriba en el apartado B2). Luego de la Transferencia Propuesta, el Sistema de indemnización de los inversores de Irlanda, el cual está administrado por The Investor Compensation Company DAC, protegerá sus activos contra pérdidas en caso de que IBIE no cumpla con sus obligaciones para con usted.

El sistema de indemnización de Irlanda es similar al sistema de indemnización al cual tiene acceso en el Reino Unido, aunque con un límite menor. El propósito del Sistema de indemnización de los inversores de Irlanda es pagarle una indemnización (condicionada a ciertos límites) si ha invertido dinero o tiene instrumentos de inversión en alguno de los siguientes casos:

  • Una empresa cesa en sus operaciones comerciales y no puede devolverle sus inversiones o dinero; y
  • Se ha dictado una decisión del Banco Central de Irlanda o una sentencia judicial conforme con la ley Investor Compensation Act de 1998;

The Investor Compensation Company DAC (ICCL) administra el programa. IBIE será un miembro del programa.

El sistema cubre productos de inversión, entre los que se incluyen:

  • Acciones de empresas públicas y privadas
  • Unidades en sistemas de inversión colectiva
  • Pólizas de seguros de vida (incluye fondos vinculados a la unidad)
  • Pólizas de seguros que no sean seguros de vida
  • Bonos indexados
  • Futuros y opciones

Normalmente, solo podrá realizar una reclamación luego de que una empresa cese en sus actividades comerciales y sus activos se hayan liquidado y distribuido entre sus acreedores. Verifique la información sobre los límites de los sistemas que pueden aplicarse; no todas las pérdidas podrán recuperarse, ya que existen niveles máximos establecidos para las indemnizaciones. El Sistema de indemnización de los inversores de Irlanda (ICCL) le pagará una indemnización del 90 % de la cantidad que haya perdido hasta un máximo de 20 000 €.

5. ¿Cómo realizo una queja sobre IBIE? ¿Existen diferencias significativas que se apliquen para mi relación con IBIE en comparación con mi relación existente con IBUK? ¿Qué sucede si mi queja se relaciona con algo que sucedió mientras era cliente de IBUK?

El nuevo acuerdo de cliente establece cómo presentar una queja ante IBIE. Los procedimientos de gestión de quejas son muy similares a aquellos que se aplican a su relación existente con IBUK. Si el sustento de su queja se relaciona con algo que sucedió antes de la Transferencia Propuesta, debería dirigir su queja a IBUK. IBUK seguirá estando autorizada como una empresa de inversión luego del Brexit. Su información de contacto actual seguirá siendo la misma en caso de que necesite contactar con IBUK.

6. Luego de la Transferencia Propuesta, ¿tendré aún acceso al Defensor de servicios financieros?

En caso de tener una reclamación, los inversores deberían seguir el procedimiento para reclamaciones que se indica en el acuerdo de cliente. Tal como se explicó en las preguntas frecuentes originales, una vez que la Transferencia Propuesta haya tenido lugar, el Defensor de servicios financieros del Reino Unido ya no tendrá jurisdicción sobre las reclamaciones que pueda tener respecto de IBUK. Sin embargo, tenga en cuenta que Irlanda tiene un programa de resolución de disputas en forma de Defensor de servicios financieros y jubilaciones (“FSPO”). Este organismo es un programa de resolución de disputas gratuito e independiente para servicios financieros. Puede ser elegible para presentar una queja ante el FSPO si se trata de una "queja elegible". Podrá encontrar más información acerca de las "quejas elegibles" en el siguiente sitio web: www.fspo.ie. Puede contactar con el FSPO a través de los siguientes medios:

Dirección de correo postal

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Lincoln House,

Lincoln Place

Dublín 2

D02 VH29

Teléfono

+353 (0)1 567 7000

Correo electrónico

Info@fspo.ie

7. ¿Cómo se procesarán y protegerán mis datos personales? ¿Existen diferencias significativas que se apliquen para mi relación con IBIE en comparación con mi relación existente con IBUK en este contexto?

Consulte las preguntas frecuentes originales para obtener más información. En resumen, no existirán cambios significativos.

 

PARTE C: OTRAS CUESTIONES PRÁCTICAS Y PASOS A SEGUIR

1. ¿A quién debería contactar antes de que tenga lugar la Transferencia Propuesta y luego de la transferencia si tengo dudas en algún momento?

Normalmente, debería contactar con IBUK en caso de tener dudas respecto de cuestiones anteriores a la Transferencia Propuesta y debería contactar con IBIE para todas las cuestiones que le sigan a la Transferencia Propuesta. Sin importar a quien contacte en Interactive Brokers, le aseguremos que su consulta se trate diligentemente y lo ayudaremos a conectarse con la persona o el departamento adecuados.

2. ¿El rango de productos ofrecido será el mismo?

Nuestras expectativas actuales son que IBIE le ofrezca el mismo rango de productos que IBUK.

Pueden existir restricciones en operaciones de divisas que podrían crear un saldo negativo o aumentar un saldo negativo preexistente en cualquiera de las divisas que lo componen. Sin embargo, los mismos pares de divisas pueden negociarse como CFD sobre fórex. Los contratos por diferencias son instrumentos complejos, y lo invitamos a leer cuidadosamente las advertencias sobre riesgos de CFD antes de negociar estos instrumentos luego de la transferencia de su cuenta.

Tenga en cuenta que IBIE ofrece financiación para valores y operaciones con productos básicos, pero no permitirá el retiro de fondos prestados. Podrá retirar el efectivo que no se necesite para mantener sus posiciones abiertas. En caso de desear retirar fondos adicionales, puede vender sus posiciones y retirar el producido.

3. Actualmente negocio derivados extrabursátiles con IBUK, ¿qué sucederá con mis posiciones abiertas?

Sus posiciones abiertas se transferirán a IBIE y se enfrentará a IBIE en lugar de IBUK. No tendrá ninguna relación legal con IBUK respecto de dichas posiciones. Le proporcionaremos un documento actualizado con información clave sobre el inversor (siga el enlace a la página de inicio del documento en PRIIPs en la carta de presentación).

4. ¿Qué sucede con los valores que le he concedido a IBUK/IBLLC como parte de un préstamo de margen?

Si le ha proporcionado un valor o garantía a IBUK/IBLLC, se transferirá a IBIE -la nueva entidad en Irlanda- luego de que tenga lugar la Transferencia Propuesta.

No anticipamos que necesite tomar pasos para reflejar el cambio de beneficiario, aunque es probable que debamos tomar pasos administrativos propios para actualizar los registros de seguridad con el cambio en los detalles. Sin embargo, esto no debería afectar nuestra prioridad ni afectar de otro modo la fecha a partir de la cual la garantía sea válida.

5. ¿Tendré acceso a la misma plataforma de negociación o estaré condicionado a cambios en el software luego de las migraciones?

La migración no tendrá un impacto sobre el software que utiliza para negociar o administrar su cuenta. La tecnología seguirá siendo la que usa hoy en día.

6. ¿Se transferirán todos los saldos en las cuentas al mismo tiempo?

Todos los saldos, con la excepción de los devengados (p. ej., intereses y dividendos) se transferirán al mismo tiempo. Una vez que los devengos se hayan publicado en efectivo, se transferirán automáticamente a la cuenta migrada. 

7. ¿Qué sucederá en mi cuenta corriente luego de la migración?

Una vez que todos los devengos se hayan transferido, su cuenta corriente se cerrará y no podrá accederse a ella para negociar. Sin embargo, quedará accesible mediante un selector de cuenta de Client Portal a los fines de visualizar e imprimir extractos históricos.

8. ¿Cambiarán las comisiones y tarifas de IBKR cuando se migre mi cuenta?

No. Las comisiones y tarifas de IBKR no varían de acuerdo al bróker con el cual se mantiene su cuenta.

9. ¿Cambiarán mis permisos de negociación cuando se migre mi cuenta?

No. Sus permisos de negociación no cambiarán cuando se migre su cuenta.

10. ¿Se transferirán las órdenes abiertas (p. ej., Good-til-Canceled) cuando se migre mi cuenta?

Las órdenes abiertas no se transferirán a la nueva cuenta; sin embargo, le recomendamos a nuestros clientes que revisen sus órdenes inmediatamente luego de la migración para asegurarse de que las órdenes abiertas coincidan con sus intenciones de negociación.

11. ¿Estaré condicionado por la regla de negociación de patrón diario de EE. UU. una vez que se migre mi cuenta?

Las cuentas que se mantengan con IBUK están condicionadas a la regla de negociación de patrón diario de EE. UU. (PDT) debido a que IBLLC, un bróker estadounidense, es el que introduce y transfiere las cuentas. La regla PDT restringe las cuentas con patrimonios inferiores a 25 000 USD a no más de 3 negociaciones por día dentro de cualquier periodo de 5 días hábiles.

Todas las cuentas migradas a IBIE no se introducirán a IBLLC y, por lo tanto, no quedarán condicionadas a la regla PDT.

12. ¿Recibiré un único extracto de actividad anual combinado al finalizar el año?

No. Recibirá un extracto anual para su cuenta existente que cubrirá el periodo comprendido entre el 1 de enero de 2020 hasta la fecha de migración, y un segundo extracto anual para su nueva cuenta, el cual cubrirá el periodo comprendido entre la fecha de migración hasta finalizar el año.

13. ¿Se transferirá la base de coste actual de las posiciones cuando se migre mi cuenta?

Sí, esta migración no tendrá un impacto sobre la base del coste de sus posiciones.

14. ¿Retendrá la cuenta migrada la misma configuración que la cuenta actual?

La configuración de la cuenta luego de la migración coincidirá con la cuenta actual, dentro del alcance permitido por las leyes. Esto incluye atributos como la capacidad de margen, datos de mercado, usuarios adicionales y alertas. En ciertas instancias, una cuenta podrá migrarse a una jurisdicción en donde no pueda ofrecerse el alcance completo de la elegibilidad del producto. Los clientes que mantengan productos restringidos pueden migrarse y mantenerse, o pueden cerrar estas posiciones, pero no se les permitirá aumentar la posición.

15. ¿Cambiarán mis credenciales para el inicio de sesión?

No. Su nombre de usuario, contraseña y proceso de autenticación en dos factores existentes para su cuenta seguirán activos luego de la migración. Sin embargo, se le asignará un nuevo id. de cuenta para su cuenta migrada.

 

FAQS: IBIE Brexit Account Migration

Overview: 

This is an important document regarding the proposed transfer of your account from IBUK and IBLLC to IBIE that requires your attention. Please read the entirety of this document ahead of taking any action referred to in the Covering Letter sent to you via email.

Background: 

Please take time to read this FAQs, which summarises some of the key changes to the regulatory framework which will be brought about by the Proposed Transfer (as described below) and provides answers to some of the more general questions that you may have. The FAQs should be read in conjunction with the Covering Letter and the documents that are attached to the Covering Letter. If you require any further information, please get in touch with us using the contact details provided in the Covering Letter. This FAQs supersedes the one previously made available to you titled “FAQs: Brexit Account Migration” (“Original FAQs”) as it reflects new information, and we ask that you read it carefully. To the extent there is any inconsistency between this FAQs and the Original FAQs, please rely on the information contained in this FAQs.

Discussion:

This FAQs is split into three parts.

  • Part A sets outs key information in relation to the Proposed Transfer (as described below).
  • Part B covers key legal and regulatory topics that arise as a result of the Proposed Transfer (as described below).
  • Part C aims to answer any other questions that you may have and provides some further and more practical information in relation to what will and will not be changing following the Proposed Transfer (as described below).

PART A – THE PROPOSED TRANSFER

1. What is the situation currently and why do things have to change?

As you will be aware, at present, your relationship with Interactive Brokers is led by our entity based in the United Kingdom, specifically Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited (“IBUK”) and the services provided to you are provided by IBUK and, depending on the products you do business in, our US affiliate Interactive Brokers LLC (“IBLLC”). At present IBUK utilises what is known as a financial services passport to be able to perform its part of the service provision across continental Europe. Our working assumption is that following the end of the Brexit transitional period later this year, IBUK will lose its financial services passport and that from 1 January 2021 Interactive Brokers will need to make some changes in relation to which legal entity does business with you.

2. What are the “changes” envisaged above?

We have established a new Interactive Brokers legal entity in Ireland, namely, Interactive Brokers Ireland Limited (“IBIE”). We propose to transfer the business that you currently conduct with IBUK and IBLLC to IBIE. In other words, it is our intention that all of your accounts, investments and services currently provided to you by IBUK and IBLLC will instead be singularly provided by IBIE (for convenience we will refer to this as the “Proposed Transfer”).

3. When will the Proposed Transfer occur?

We will write to you again ahead of the Proposed Transfer.

4. Who is IBIE? What sort of a firm is it?

Effective 22 December 2020, IBIE became authorised as an investment firm by the Central Bank of Ireland. Its regulatory status and profile will be very similar to IBUK’s. This is because both IBIE and IBUK will be authorised pursuant to the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Directive 2014/65/EU). This is an EU-wide piece of legislation the purpose of which is to, as much as possible, harmonise how investment firms are regulated across the EU

This does not mean there are not some differences between the legislation that applies to your relationship with IBUK and IBLLC at present and that which will apply once your account is transferred to IBIE. We explain this in more detail in Part B of this FAQs.

5. What are IBIE’s legal details?

Interactive Brokers Ireland Limited is registered as a private company limited by shares (registration number 657406) and is listed in the Register of Companies maintained by the Irish Companies Registration Office. Its registered address is 10 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland. We are still finalising IBIE’s day-to-day contact details and we will be in touch with these details in due course.

6. Who will regulate IBIE and what are their contact details?

The Central Bank of Ireland will be the competent regulator for IBIE (in the same way that the Financial Conduct Authority is the competent regulator for IBUK). The Central Bank of Ireland’s contact details are set out below:

Location

The Central Bank of Ireland

New Wapping Street

North Wall Quay

Dublin 1

D01 F7X3

Contact Numbers

Phone: +353 (0)1 224 6000

Fax: +353 (0)1 224 5550

Postal Address

Central Bank of Ireland

P.O. Box 559

Dublin 1

Public Helpline

E-mail: enquiries@centralbank.ie

Lo-Call: 1890 777 777

Phone: +353 (0)1 224 5800

 

7. Where does IBIE fit with respect to the broader Interactive Brokers group?

IBIE is a wholly-owned subsidiary that sits within the broader Interactive Brokers Group.

8. What does the Proposed Transfer mean for me? Will there be any material impacts?

We do not anticipate any material impacts for you as a result of the Proposed Transfer. Nonetheless, it is very important that you read this FAQs carefully and in full and make sure that you understand what the changes are for you.

9. What do I have to do if I want to continue doing business with Interactive Brokers?

If you would like to continue to do business with Interactive Brokers, we require your cooperation and action.

Specifically, we need you to consent and agree to the Customer Agreement and other Documents available under the Important Information section of the Proposed Transfer process and to the regulatory matters outlined in the Covering Letter, the Important Information and Consent sections of the Proposed Transfer process. You can do this by following the instructions in the Covering Letter.

To be clear, you do not have to consent to the Proposed Transfer if you feel that you may be adversely affected by it. However, you should be aware that if you decide to decline, IBUK may not be able to keep servicing your account at the end of the Brexit transition period. If that happens, your account will be restricted from opening new transactions or transferring new assets. You always have the ability to transfer your account to another broker. If you wish to decline, please follow the instructions in the Covering Letter.

In either case, we ask that you read the entirety of this FAQs and the Covering Letter before deciding to consent to or decline the Proposed Transfer.

10. What happens next?

If you consent to the transfer, please complete all actions detailed in the Covering Letter and we will prepare your account for the Proposed Transfer. Following the Proposed Transfer, IBIE will write to you with further information about your new relationship with them.

 

PART B – LEGAL AND REGULATORY CHANGES THAT YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF

1. What terms and conditions will govern my relationship with IBIE following the Proposed Transfer? Are these different to the ones that currently apply?

Trades that you conduct after the Proposed Transfer will be governed by the new Customer Agreement between you and IBIE. A copy of the new Customer Agreement is available in the Important Information section of the Proposed Transfer process. Please see the response to Question A3 above in relation to the timing for the Proposed Transfer.

2. What conduct of business rules (including best execution) will apply to my relationship with IBIE? Are there any material differences that will apply to my relationship with IBIE compared to those that apply to my existing relationship with IBUK?

There are some changes to be aware of, which we explain below.

If you do business with IBUK on a “carried” basis (in other words, you trade index options, futures and futures options and IBUK carries your account and custodies your assets) then the Financial Conduct Authority’s conduct of business rules currently apply to you. These rules are based heavily on the recast Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, the Markets in Financial Regulation and various delegated directives and regulations (collectively, “MiFID”). In relation to best execution, where it applies, IBUK must take all sufficient steps to achieve the best possible result for you when we execute your order.

If you currently do business with IBUK on an “introduced” basis (in other words, you trade products outside of those mentioned in the previous paragraph and you have a relationship with both IBUK and its US affiliate, IBLLC), a mix of conduct of business rules will currently apply to you. For instance, with respect to the introduction of your business to IBLLC, the Financial Conduct Authority’s conduct of business rules will apply (see above in relation to these). Once introduced to IBLLC, the relevant U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission rules and regulations (among others) will apply to IBLLC’s role (including its obligations in relation to best execution and custody).

Please note that it is of course possible that your business is split across these two scenarios (in other words some of your business is conducted on a “carried” basis while some of it is conducted on an “introduced” basis).

Going forward, the distinction between “carried” and “introduced” business will no longer apply and in each case set out above, Irish conduct of business rules will exclusively apply to your relationship with IBIE. Similar to the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s rules, the Irish conduct of business rules are based on MiFID and IBIE’s obligations in relation to best execution will largely mirror those that currently apply to IBUK.

In our view, while the rules that apply to our relationship will change, we do not consider such changes to be material or to result in a lesser degree of protection being afforded to you.

3. How will my investments that I custody with IBIE be held from a legal/regulatory perspective? Are there any material differences that will apply to my relationship with IBIE compared to those that apply to my existing relationship with IBUK?

The rules that currently apply depends on the sort of business that you presently have with IBUK (please see the response to Question B2 above). Where you conduct “carried” business with IBUK, the Financial Conduct Authority’s client asset (or “CASS”) rules will apply. These rules are based heavily on MiFID. Where you conduct “introduced” business with IBUK and IBLLC, the US custody rules will apply to your custody assets.

Going forward, as set out above, the distinction between “carried” and “introduced” business will no longer apply and in each case set out above, Irish custody rules will exclusively apply to your relationship with IBIE. Like the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s rules, the Irish conduct of business rules are based on MiFID. Please consult the Client Assets Key Information Document attached in the Important Information section in relation to the Irish custody regime.

4. How am I protected against loss? Are there any material differences that will apply to my relationship with IBIE compared to those that apply to my existing relationship with IBUK?

Currently, your eligible assets are protected from loss either under the US Securities Investor Protection Corporation at an amount of up to USD 500,000 (subject to a cash sublimit of USD 250,000) or the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme at an amount up to £50,000 (which regime applies depends on the relevant segment of your IBUK account, as explained in the response to Question B2 above). After the Proposed Transfer, the Irish Investor Compensation Scheme, which is administered by The Investor Compensation Company DAC, may protect your assets from loss should IBIE default and be unable to meet its obligations to you.

Ireland’s compensation scheme is similar to the compensation scheme you have access to in the UK, albeit with a lower limit. The purpose of the Irish Investor Compensation Scheme is to pay compensation to you (subject to certain limits) if you have invested money or investment instruments in either of the following cases:

  • A firm goes out of business and cannot return your investments or money; and
  • A Central Bank of Ireland determination or a court ruling has been made under the Investor Compensation Act 1998;

The Investor Compensation Company DAC (ICCL) administers the scheme. IBIE will be a member of the scheme.

The scheme covers investment products including:

  • Public and private company shares
  • Units in collective investment schemes
  • Life insurance policies (including unit-linked funds)
  • Non-life insurance policies
  • Tracker bonds
  • Futures and options

Usually, you can only make a claim after a firm goes out of business and its assets have been liquidated and distributed to those who are owed money. Please check the details of the schemes for any limits that apply – not all losses will be covered as there are maximum levels of compensation. The ICCL will pay you compensation for 90% of the amount you have lost, up to a maximum of €20,000.

5. How do I make a complaint to IBIE? Are there any material differences that will apply to my relationship with IBIE compared to those that apply to my existing relationship with IBUK? What if my complaint relates to something that happened while I was a customer of IBUK?

The new Customer Agreement sets out how to lodge a complaint with IBIE. The complaints handling procedures are materially similar to those that apply to your existing relationship with IBUK. If the substance of your complaint relates to something that happened prior to the Proposed Transfer, then you should address your complaint to IBUK. IBUK will remain authorised as an investment firm post-Brexit. Its current contact information will stay the same should you need to contact IBUK.

6. After the Proposed Transfer, will I still have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service?

In case of complaint, investors should follow the complaints procedure as referred to in the Customer Agreement. As explained in the Original FAQs, once the Proposed Transfer has taken place, the UK Financial Ombudsman Service will cease to have jurisdiction over any complaints that you may have in respect of IBUK. However, please be aware that Ireland has a dispute resolution scheme in the form of the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (“FSPO”) The FSPO is a free and independent statutory dispute resolution scheme for financial services. You may be eligible to make a complaint to the FSPO if you are an “eligible complainant”. Details of who are “eligible complainants” can be found on www.fspo.ie. The FSPO can be contacted at:

Postal Address

Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman

Lincoln House,

Lincoln Place

Dublin 2

D02 VH29

Telephone

+353 (0)1 567 7000

Email

Info@fspo.ie

7. How will my personal data be processed and protected? Are there any material differences that will apply to my relationship with IBIE compared to those that apply to my existing relationship with IBUK in this context?

Please see the Original FAQs for further information. In summary there will be no material change.

 

PART C – OTHER PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

1. Who should I contact before the Proposed Transfer takes place and after the Proposed Transfer if I have any questions in the ordinary course?

Generally speaking, you should contact IBUK with any questions that you may have prior to the Proposed Transfer, and you should contact IBIE with any questions that you may have following the Proposed Transfer taking place. Regardless of who you contact at Interactive Brokers, we will ensure your query is promptly dealt with and we will help you to connect with the right person or department.

2. Will the range of products offered be the same?

Our current expectation is that the same range of products will be offered by IBIE as are offered by IBUK.

There might be a restriction on Foreign Exchange transactions that would create a negative balance or would increase a preexisting negative balance in either component currency (i.e., "Leveraged Forex"). However, the same currency pairs can be traded as a Forex CFD. Contracts For Difference are complex instruments, and we invite you to carefully review the CFD risk warnings before trading these instruments following the transfer of your account.

Please note that IBIE offers financing for securities and commodities trades but cannot support withdrawals of borrowed funds. You will be free to withdraw any free cash not needed to support your open positions. If you would like to withdraw additional funds, you can sell positions and withdraw the proceeds.

3. I currently trade OTC derivatives with IBUK – what will happen to my open positions?

Your open positions will be transferred to IBIE and you will face IBIE rather than IBUK. You will no longer have any legal relationship with IBUK in relation to those positions. We will separately provide you with an updated Key Investor Information Document (please follow the link to the PRIIPs KID landing page in the Covering Letter).

4. What happens to any security I have granted to IBUK/IBLLC as part of a margin loan?

If you have granted security or collateral to IBUK/IBLLC this will transfer to the new Irish entity – IBIE - upon the Proposed Transfer taking place.

We do not anticipate you needing to take any steps to reflect the change in beneficiary, although we may need to take some administrative steps of our own to update security registers with the change in details. This should, however, not affect our priority or otherwise affect the date from which the security is valid.

5. Will I have access to the same trading platform or be subject to any software changes following migrations?

The migration will have no impact upon the software you use to trade or administer your account. The technology will remain the same as it is today.

6. Will all account balances be transferred at the same time?

All balances, with the exception of accruals (e.g., interest, dividends) will be transferred at the same time. Once accruals have been posted to cash, they will automatically be swept to the migrated account. 

7. What will happen to my current account following migration?

Once all accruals have been  swept, your current account will be closed and inaccessible for trading purposes. You will still be able to access this closed account via the Client Portal for purposes of viewing and printing archived activity and tax statements.

8. Will IBKR’s commissions and fees change when my account is migrated?

No. IBKR commissions and fees do not vary by the broker your account is maintained with.

9. Will my trading permissions change when my account is migrated?

Subject to the Leveraged Forex limitation discussed in (2) above, we do not expect any changes to your trading permissions when your account is migrated.

10. Will open orders (e.g., Good-til-Canceled) be carried over when my account is migrated?

Open orders will be not carried over to the new account and we recommend that clients review their orders immediately following the migration to ensure that the open orders are consistent with their trading intentions.

11. Will I be subject to the U.S. Pattern Day Trading Rule once my account is migrated?

Accounts maintained with IBUK are subject to the U.S. Pattern Day Trading (PDT) rule as the accounts are introduced to and carried by IBLLC, a U.S. broker. The PDT rules restricts accounts with equity below USD 25,000 to no more than 3 Day Trades within any 5-business day period.

As accounts migrated to IBIE will not be introduced to IBLLC, they will not be subject to the PDT rule.

12. Will I receive a single, combined annual activity statement at year end?

No. You will receive an annual statement of your existing account which will cover the period starting January 1, 2020 through the date of migration and a second annual statement for your new account which will cover the period starting from the migration date through the end of the year.

13. Will the current cost basis of positions be carried over when my account is migrated?

Yes, this migration will have no impact upon the cost basis of your positions.

14. Will the migrated account retain the same configuration as the current account?

The configuration of the account following migration will match that of the current account to the extent permissible by regulation. This includes attributes such as margin capability, market data, additional users, and alerts. In limited instances, an account will be migrated to a jurisdiction where the full scope of product eligibility cannot be offered. Client’s holding restricted products may migrate and maintain or close such positions but won’t be allowed to increase the position.

15. Will my login credentials change?

No. Your username, password, and any 2-factor authentication process in place for your existing account will remain active following migration. You will, however, be assigned a new account ID for your migrated account.

 

FAQS: IBLUX Brexit Account Migration

Overview: 

This is an important document regarding the proposed transfer of your account from IBUK and IBLLC to IBLUX that requires your attention. Please read the entirety of this document ahead of taking any action referred to in the Covering Letter sent to you via email.

Background: 

Please take time to read this article, which summarises some of the key changes to the regulatory framework brought about by the Proposed Transfer (as described below) and provides answers to some more general questions you may have. It should be read in conjunction with the Covering Letter sent to you via email and to which it was linked. If you require any further information, please get in touch with us using the contact details provided in that Covering Letter. This article supersedes the one previously made available to you titled “FAQs: Brexit Account Migration” (“Original FAQs”) as it reflects new information and we ask that you read it carefully. To the extent there is any inconsistency between this article and the Original FAQs, please rely on the information contained in this article.

Discussion:

This Information Leaflet is split into three parts.

  • Part A sets outs key information in relation to our proposal to transfer your business.
  • Part B covers key legal and regulatory topics that arise as a result of the arrangements covered in Part A.
  • Part C aims to answer any other questions you may have and provide some further and more practical information in relation to what will and will not be changing following the Proposed Transfer.

 PART A – THE PROPOSED TRANSFER

1. What is the situation currently and why do things have to change?

As you would be aware, at present, your relationship with Interactive Brokers is led by our entity based in the United Kingdom, specifically Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited (“IBUK”) and the services provided to you are provided by IBUK and, depending on the products you do business in, our US affiliate Interactive Brokers LLC (“IBLLC”). At present IBUK utilises what is known as a financial services passport to be able to perform its part of the service provision across continental Europe. Our working assumption is that following the end of the Brexit transitional period later this year, IBUK will lose the ability to do so and that from 1 January 2021 Interactive Brokers will need to make some changes in relation to which legal entity does business with you. 

2. What are the “changes” envisaged above?

We have established a new Interactive Brokers legal entity in Luxembourg, specifically, Interactive Brokers Luxembourg SARL (“IBLUX”). The proposal is to transfer the business that you currently conduct with IBUK and IBLLC to IBLUX. In other words, it is our intention that all of your accounts, investments and services currently provided by IBUK and IBLLC will instead be singularly provided by IBLUX (for convenience we will refer to this as the “Proposed Transfer”). 

3. When will the Proposed Transfer occur?

We will write to you again ahead of the Proposed Transfer.

4. Who is IBLUX? What sort of a firm is it?

IBLUX was granted authorisation by the Luxembourg Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, CSSF) to operate as an investment firm in November 2019. IBLUX’s regulatory status and profile is very similar to IBUK’s. This is because both IBLUX and IBUK are authorised pursuant to the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. This is an EU-wide piece of legislation whose purpose is to, as much as possible, harmonise how investment firms are regulated. 

This does not mean there are not some differences between the regulations that apply to your relationship at present and those that will apply once your account is transferred. We explain these in more detail in Part B of this article. 

5. What are IBLUX’s legal details?

Interactive Brokers Luxembourg SARL is registered as a private company limited by shares (société à responsabilité limitée)  (registration number B229091) in the register of companies for Luxembourg. Its registered address is 4, rue Robert Stümper, L - 2557 Luxembourg. We are still finalising IBLUX’s day-to-day contact details and will be in touch with these in due course.   

6. Who will regulate IBLUX and what are their contact details?

The Luxembourg Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (CSSF) is the competent regulator for IBLUX (in the same way that the Financial Conduct Authority is the competent regulator for IBUK). The Luxembourg Financial Sector Supervisory Commission’s (CSSF) contact details are set out below:

Location

Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier

283, route d’ArlonL-1150

Luxembourg 

Postal Address and Contact Numbers

Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier

L-2991 Luxembourg

Phone: (+352) 26 25 11 Fax: (+352) 26 25 12601 

Public Helpline

E-mail: direction@cssf.lu

Phone: (+352) 26 25 12 28 0 

 

7. Where does IBLUX fit with respect to the broader Interactive Brokers group?

IBLUX is a wholly-owned subsidiary that sits within the broader Interactive Brokers Group.

8. What does the Proposed Transfer mean for me? Will there be any material impacts?

We do not anticipate any material impacts. Nonetheless, it is very important you read this article and make sure you understand what the changes are.

9. What do I have to do if I want to continue doing business with Interactive Brokers?

If you would like to continue to do business with Interactive Brokers we require your cooperation and action.

Specifically, we need you to consent and agree to the Customer Agreement and other Documents attached to the Covering Letter and to the regulatory matters outlined in the Covering Letter. You can do this by following the instructions in the Covering Letter.

To be clear, you do not have to consent to the Proposed Transfer if you feel you may be adversely affected by it. However, you should be aware that if you decide to decline, IBUK will likely not be able to keep servicing your account at the end of the Brexit transition period. If that happens, your account will be put in liquidation and we will ask you to transfer your assets to another broker. If you wish to decline, please follow the instructions in the Covering Letter.

In either case, we ask that you read the entirety of this Information Leaflet and the Covering Letter before deciding to consent to or decline to the Proposed Transfer.

10. What happens next?

If you consent to the transfer, please complete all actions detailed in the Covering Letter and we will prepare your account for the Proposed Transfer. Following the Proposed Transfer, IBLUX will write to you with further information about your new relationship with them.

 

PART B – LEGAL AND REGULATORY CHANGES THAT YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF

1. What terms and conditions will govern your relationship following the Proposed Transfer? Are these different to the ones that currently apply?

Trades that you conduct after the Proposed Transfer will be governed by the new Customer Agreement between you and IBLUX. A copy of the new Customer Agreement will be presented to you online when you are provided with an opportunity to consent. Please see question A3 above in relation to the timing for the Proposed Transfer.

2. What conduct of business rules (including best execution) will apply to my relationship with IBLUX? Are there any material differences that apply to my relationship with IBLUX when compared to my existing relationship led by IBUK in this context?

There are some changes to be aware of, which we explain below.

If you do business with IBUK on a “carried” basis (in other words, you trade index options, futures and futures options and IBUK carries your account and custodies your assets) then the Financial Conduct Authority’s conduct of business rules currently apply to you. These rules are based heavily on the recast Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, the Markets in Financial Regulation and various delegated directives and regulation (collectively “MiFID”). In relation to best execution, where it applies, IBUK must take all sufficient steps to achieve the best possible result for you when we execute your order.

If you currently do business with IBUK on an “introduced” basis (in other words, you trade products outside of those mentioned in the previous paragraph and you have a relationship with both IBUK and its US affiliate, IBLLC) a mix of conduct of business rules currently apply to you. For instance, with respect to the introduction of your business to IBLLC, the Financial Conduct Authority’s conduct of business rules apply (see above in relation to these). Once introduced to IBLLC, the relevant U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission rules and regulations (among others) apply to IBLLC’s role (including its obligations in relation to best execution and custody).

Note more generally that it is of course possible that your business is split across these two scenarios (in other words, some of your business is conducted on a “carried” basis while some of it is conducted on an “introduced” basis).

Going forward, the distinction between “carried” and “introduced” business will no longer apply and in each case set out above, Luxembourg conduct of business rules will exclusively apply to your relationship with IBLUX. Like the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s rules, these are based heavily on MiFID and IBLUX’s obligations in relation to best execution mirror those that currently apply to IBUK.

In our view, while the rules that apply to our relationship will change, we do not consider such changes to be material or to result in a lesser degree of protection being afforded to you.

3. How will my investments that I custody with IBLUX be held from a legal/regulatory perspective? Are there any material differences that apply to my relationship with IBLUX when compared to my existing relationship led by IBUK in this context?

The rules that currently apply depends on the sort of business you presently have with IBUK (see B2 above). Where you conduct “carried” business with IBUK the, Financial Conduct Authority’s client asset (or “CASS”) rules will apply. These are based heavily on MiFID. Where you conduct “introduced” business with IBUK and IBLLC, the US custody rules will apply to your custody assets.

Going forward, as set out above, the distinction between “carried” and “introduced” business will no longer apply and in each case set out above, Luxembourg custody rules will exclusively apply to your relationship with IBLUX. Like the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s rules, these are based heavily on MiFID.

4. How am I protected against loss? Are there any material differences that apply to my relationship with IBLUX when compared to my existing relationship led by IBUK in this context?

Currently your eligible assets are protected from loss either under the US Securities Investor Protection Corporation or the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme (which regime applies depends on the relevant segment of your IBUK account, as explained above in B2). After the Proposed Transfer, the Luxembourg Investor Compensation Scheme (Système d’indemnisation des investisseurs, SIIL) will protect your assets from loss should IBLUX default and be unable to meet its obligations to you.

Luxembourg’s compensation scheme is similar to the compensation scheme you have access to in the UK, albeit with a lower limit. The purpose of the Luxembourg Investor Compensation Scheme (Système d’indemnisation des investisseurs, SIIL) is to pay compensation to you (subject to certain limits) if you have invested money or investment instruments in either of the following cases:

  • An authorised firm that the CSSF has decided is not in a position to repay investors/meet its obligations, or
  • A court ruling prevents the firm from returning your investment.

The scheme is operated by the Luxembourg financial markets authority (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, CSSF) and managed by the Council of protection of depositors and investors (Conseil de protection des déposants et des investisseurs, CPDI). If a member firm of the scheme goes out of business and cannot return your money or investment instruments, you may be able to claim compensation from the scheme.

IBLUX is a member of the scheme.

The scheme covers investment products including:

  • Public and private company shares
  • Units in collective investment schemes
  • Tracker bonds
  • Futures and options

Usually you can only make a claim after a firm goes out of business and its assets have been liquidated and distributed to those who are owed money. Check the details of the schemes for any limits that apply – not all losses will be covered as there are maximum levels of compensation. The Luxembourg Investor Compensation Scheme (Système d’indemnisation des investisseurs, SIIL) will pay you compensation for the amount you have lost, up to a maximum of €20,000.

5. How do I make a complaint to IBLUX? Are there any material differences that apply to my relationship with IBLUX when compared to my existing relationship led by IBUK in this context? What if my complaint relates to something that happened while I was a customer of IBUK?

The new Customer Agreement sets out how to lodge a complaint with IBLUX. The procedures are materially similar to those that apply to your existing relationship with IBUK. If the substance of your complaint relates to something that happened prior to the Proposed Transfer, then you should address your complain to IBUK. IBUK will remain authorised as an investment firm post-Brexit. Its current contact information will stay the same should you need to contact IBUK.

6. Will I still have access to the Financial Ombudsman?

In case of a complaint, investors should follow the complaints procedure as referred to in the Customer Agreement. Once the Proposed Transfer has taken place, the UK Financial Ombudsman Service will cease to have jurisdiction over any complaints.

7. How will my personal data be processed and protected? Are there any material differences that apply to my relationship with IBLUX when compared to my existing relationship led by IBUK in this context?

There will be no material change.

 

PART C – OTHER PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AND NEXT STEPS

 

1. Who should I contact before the Proposed Transfer takes place and after the Proposed Transfer if I have any questions in the ordinary course?

Generally speaking, you should contact IBUK with any questions prior to the Proposed Transfer and you should contact IBLUX with any questions following the Proposed Transfer. Regardless of who you contact at Interactive Brokers, we will ensure your query is promptly dealt with and will help you to connect to the right person or department.

2. Will the range of products and services offered be the same?

Our current expectation is that the majority of products that can be traded in the IBUK account will be offered by IBLUX. However, there are some limitations. If you agree to the Proposed Transfer, your IBLUX account will not support transactions in the following products: (i) OTC Precious Metals, and (ii) OTC Metal Futures. In addition, IBLUX will not offer the ability to transact leveraged foreign exchange or to adhere to the Stock Yield Enhancement Programme that is currently available to you. Clients that are residents of Luxembourg will also be restricted from trading Bonds.

Please note that IBLUX offers financing for securities and commodities trades but cannot support withdrawals of borrowed funds. You will be free to withdraw any free cash not needed to support your open positions. If you would like to withdraw additional funds, you can sell positions and withdraw the proceeds

To the extent you are impacted by this, we will separately get in touch with you.

3. I currently trade OTC derivatives with IBUK – what will happen to my open positions?

Your open positions will be transferred to IBLUX and your position will face IBLUX rather than IBUK. You will no longer have any legal relationship with IBUK in relation to those positions.

We will separately provide to you an updated  Key Information Document (please follow the link to the PRIIPs KID landing page in the Covering Letter).

4. What happens to any security I have granted IBUK as part of a margin loan?

If you have granted security or collateral to IBUK/IBLLC, it will transfer to IBLUX upon the Proposed Transfer. We do not anticipate you needing to take any steps to reflect the change in beneficiary, although we may need to take some administrative steps of our own to update security registers with the change in details. This should, however, not affect our priority or otherwise affect the date from which the security is valid.

5. Will I have access to the same trading platform or be subject to any software changes following migration?

The migration will have no impact upon the software you use to trade or administer your account. The technology will remain the same as it is today.

6. Will all account balances be transferred at the same time? What will happen to my current account following migration?

All balances, with the exception of accruals (e.g., interest, dividends) will be transferred at the same time. Once accruals have been posted to cash, they will automatically be swept to the migrated account

7. What will happen to my current account following migration?

Once all accruals have been  swept, your current account will be closed and inaccessible for trading purposes. You will still be able to access this closed account via the Client Portal for purposes of viewing and printing archived activity and tax statements.

8. Will IBKR’s commissions and fees change when my account is migrated?

No. IBKR commissions and fees do not vary by the broker your account is maintained with.

9. Will my trading permissions change when my account is migrated?

Following migration, you will be restricted from engaging in leveraged forex transactions.

10. Will open orders (e.g., Good-til-Canceled) be carried over when my account is migrated?

Open orders will not be carried over to the new account, and we recommend that clients review their orders immediately following the migration to ensure that the open orders are consistent with their trading intentions.

11. Will I be subject to the U.S. Pattern Day Trading Rule once my account is migrated?

Accounts maintained with IBUK are subject to the U.S. Pattern Day Trading (PDT) rule as the accounts are introduced to and carried by IBLLC, a U.S. broker. The PDT rule restricts accounts with equity below USD 25,000 to no more than 3 Day Trades within any 5-business day period.
 
As accounts migrated to IBLUX will not be introduced to IBLLC, they will not be subject to the PDT rule.

12. Will I receive a single, combined annual activity statement at year end?

No. You will receive an annual statement for your existing account which will cover the period starting January 1, 2020 through the date of migration and a second annual statement for your new account which will cover the period starting from the migration date through December 31, 2020.

13. Will the current cost basis of positions be carried over when my account is migrated?

Yes, this migration will have no impact upon the cost basis of your positions.

14. Will the migrated account retain the same configuration as the current account?

The configuration of the account following migration will match that of the current account to the extent permissible by regulation. This includes attributes such as margin capability, market data, additional users and alerts.  In limited instances, an account will be migrated to a jurisdiction where the full scope of product eligibility cannot be offered. Client’s holding restricted products may migrate and maintain or close such positions but won’t be allowed to increase the position. 

15. Will my login credentials change? 
A: No. Your user name, password and any 2-factor authentication process in place for your existing account will remain active following migration. You will, however, be assigned a new account ID for your migrated account.

 

Restricciones de cámaras de compensación para valores de cannabis

Boerse Stuttgart y Clearstream Banking han anunciado que ya no proporcionarán servicios para emisiones cuyo negocio principal esté conectado directa o indirectamente con el cannabis y otros productos narcóticos.  En consecuencia, estos valores ya no operarán en las bolsas de Stuttgart (SWB) o Frankfurt (FWB). Con efecto al cierre del 19 de septiembre de 2018, IBKR llevará a cabo las siguientes acciones:

  1. Cierre forzoso de todas las posiciones impactadas para las que los clientes no hayan actuado para cerrarlas y que no sean eligibles para transferencia a una cotización estadounidenses; y
  2. Transferencia forzosa a un mercado estadounidenses de todas las posiciones impactadas para las que los clientes no hayan actuado para cerrarlas y que sean eligibles para dicha transferencia.

En la tabla siguiente se indican las emisiones afectadas según han anunciado Boerse Stuttgart y Clearstream Banking  a fecha del 7 de agosto de 2018. Esta tabla incluye una nota indicando si las emisiones afectadas son elegibles para transferencia a un mercado estadounidense. Tenga en cuenta que las cámaras de compensación han indicado que esta lista podría no estar completa y se aconseja a los clientes que revisen sus páginas web respectivas para la información más actualizada.

ISIN NOMBRE MERCADO ¿ELEGIBLE PARA TRANSFERENCIA EE.UU.?

SÍMBOLO

EE. UU.

CA00258G1037

ABATTIS BIOCEUTICALS CORP

FWB2

ATTBF

CA05156X1087

AURORA CANNABIS INC

FWB2, SWB2

ACBFF

CA37956B1013

GLOBAL CANNABIS APPLICATIONS

FWB2

FUAPF

US3988451072

GROOVE BOTANICALS INC

FWB

GRVE

US45408X3089

INDIA GLOBALIZATION CAPITAL

FWB2, SWB2

ICG

CA4576371062

INMED PHARMACEUTICALS INC

FWB2

IMLFF

CA53224Y1043

LIFESTYLE DELIVERY SYSTEMS I

FWB2, SWB2

LDSYF

CA56575M1086

MARAPHARM VENTURES INC

FWB2, SWB2

MRPHF

CA5768081096

MATICA ENTERPRISES INC

FWB2, SWB2

MQPXF

CA62987D1087

NAMASTE TECHNOLOGIES INC

FWB2, SWB2

NXTTF

CA63902L1004

NATURALLY SPLENDID ENT LTD

FWB2, SWB2

NSPDF

CA88166Y1007

TETRA BIO-PHARMA INC

FWB2

TBPMF

CA92347A1066

VERITAS PHARMA INC

FWB2

VRTHF

CA1377991023

CANNTAB THERAPEUTICS LTD

FWB2 NO  
CA74737N1042

QUADRON CANNATECH CORP

FWB2 NO  
CA84730M1023

SPEAKEASY CANNABIS CLUB LTD

FWB2, SWB2 NO  
CA86860J1066

SUPREME CANNABIS CO INC/THE

FWB2 NO  
CA92858L2021

VODIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC

FWB2 NO  

 NOTAS IMPORTANTES:

  • Tenga en cuenta que las cotizaciones estadounidenses generalmente operan de forma extrabursátil (PINK) y están denominadas en USD, no EUR, lo cual le expone al riesgo de cambio de divisas, además del riesgo de mercado
  • Los titulares de cuenta que mantengan valores PINK Sheet requieren permisos de negociación para Estados Unidos (Penny Stocks) para poder introducir órdenes de apertura.
  • Todos los usuarios con cuentas que mantengan permisos de negociación para Estados Unidos (Penny Stocks) deben tener protección de 2 factores cuando se conecten a la cuenta.

Clearinghouse Restrictions on Cannabis Securities

Boerse Stuttgart and Clearstream Banking have announced that they will no longer provide services for issues whose main business is connected directly or indirectly to cannabis and other narcotics products.  Consequently, those securities will no longer trade on the Stuttgart (SWB) or Frankfurt (FWB) stock exchanges. Effective as of the 19 September 2018 close, IBKR will take the following actions:

  1. Force close any impacted positions which clients have not acted to close and that are not eligible for transfer to a U.S. listing; and
  2. Force transfer to a U.S. listing any impacted positions which clients have not acted to close and that are eligible for such transfer.

Outlined in the table below are impacted issues as announced by the Boerse Stuttgart and Clearstream Banking  as of 7 August 2018. This table includes a notation as to whether the impacted issue is eligible for transfer to a U.S. listing. Note that the clearinghouses have indicated that this list may not yet be complete and clients are advised to review their respective websites for the most current information.

ISIN NAME EXCHANGE U.S. TRANSFER ELIGIBLE? U.S. SYMBOL
CA00258G1037

ABATTIS BIOCEUTICALS CORP

FWB2 YES

ATTBF

CA05156X1087

AURORA CANNABIS INC

FWB2, SWB2 YES

ACBFF

CA37956B1013

GLOBAL CANNABIS APPLICATIONS

FWB2 YES

FUAPF

US3988451072

GROOVE BOTANICALS INC

FWB YES

GRVE

US45408X3089

INDIA GLOBALIZATION CAPITAL

FWB2, SWB2 YES

ICG

CA4576371062

INMED PHARMACEUTICALS INC

FWB2 YES

IMLFF

CA53224Y1043

LIFESTYLE DELIVERY SYSTEMS I

FWB2, SWB2 YES

LDSYF

CA56575M1086

MARAPHARM VENTURES INC

FWB2, SWB2 YES

MRPHF

CA5768081096

MATICA ENTERPRISES INC

FWB2, SWB2 YES

MQPXF

CA62987D1087

NAMASTE TECHNOLOGIES INC

FWB2, SWB2 YES

NXTTF

CA63902L1004

NATURALLY SPLENDID ENT LTD

FWB2, SWB2 YES

NSPDF

CA88166Y1007

TETRA BIO-PHARMA INC

FWB2 YES

TBPMF

CA92347A1066

VERITAS PHARMA INC

FWB2 YES

VRTHF

CA1377991023

CANNTAB THERAPEUTICS LTD

FWB2 NO  
CA74737N1042

QUADRON CANNATECH CORP

FWB2 NO  
CA84730M1023

SPEAKEASY CANNABIS CLUB LTD

FWB2, SWB2 NO  
CA86860J1066

SUPREME CANNABIS CO INC/THE

FWB2 NO  
CA92858L2021

VODIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC

FWB2 NO  

 IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Note that the U.S. listings generally trade over-the-counter (PINK) and are denominated in USD not EUR thereby exposing you to exchange rate risk in addition to market risk.
  • Account holders maintaining PINK Sheet securities require United States (Penny Stocks) trading permissions in order to enter opening orders.
  • All users on accounts maintaining United States (Penny Stocks) trading permissions are required use 2 Factor login protection when logging into the account.

Locating your account number for ACATS transfers

When transferring an account from another U.S. broker, whether in whole or part, via ACATS to IBKR clients must provide certain information to confirm the existence of the account and initiate the transfer process.  This information is provided via the in Account Management (Transfer & Pay and then Transfer Positions menu options) and includes the client's account type and title as reflected on the delivering broker's records. IBKR, in turn, submits this information to that broker and it must match in its entirety for the transfer process to continue.

One of the more common causes of transfer rejection by the delivering broker is a mismatch in the account number provided by the client when compare to that on the broker's records.  IBKR recommends that clients review a copy of their brokerage statement to confirm their account number and has provided below statement samples from certain of the more common brokers highlighting where this information can be found.

 

Charles Schwab - Broker #0164.  Account Number convention is 8 characters, all numeric.

 

Fidelity Investments - Delivers through National Financial Services, Broker #0226.  Account Number convention is 9 characters, first 3 alpha-numeric and last 6 numeric.

 

 

Merrill Edge - Broker #0671.  Account Number convention is 8 characters, combination of alpha and numeric.

   

TD Ameritrade - Broker #0188. Account Number convention is 9 characters, all numeric.

 

Vanguard- Broker #0062. Account Number convention is 8 characters, all numeric.

 

Note: This article contains images of sample broker statements which are for illustrative purposes only and which may contain logos that remain the property of each of those brokers.

U.S. Microcap Stock Restrictions

Introduction
To comply with regulations regarding the sale of unregistered securities and to minimize the manual processing associated with trading shares that are not publicly quoted, IBKR imposes certain restrictions on U.S. Microcap Stocks. A list of those restrictions, along with other FAQs relating to this topic are provided below. 

Microcap Restrictions

  • IBKR will only accept transfers of U.S. Microcap stocks from Eligible Clients. Eligible Clients include accounts that: (1) maintain equity (pre or post-transfer) of at least $5 million or, clients of financial advisors with aggregate assets under management of at least $20 million; and (2) have less than half of their equity in U.S. Microcap stocks.
  • IBKR will only accept transfers1 of blocks of U.S. Microcap stocks where the Eligible Client can confirm the shares were purchased on the open market or registered with the SEC;
  • IBKR will not accept transfers1 of or opening orders for U.S. Microcap Stocks designated by OTC as Caveat Emptor or Grey Market from any client. Clients with existing positions in these stocks may close the positions;
  • Execution-only clients (i.e., execute trades through IBKR, but clear those trades elsewhere) may not trade U.S. Microcap Stocks within their IBKR account. (IBKR may make exceptions for U.S.-registered brokers);


Microcap FAQs

What is a U.S. Microcap Stock?
The term “Microcap Stock” refers to shares (1) traded over the counter or (2) that are listed on Nasdaq and NYSE American that have a market capitalization of between $50 million to $300 million and are trading at or below $5. For purposes of this policy, the term Microcap Stock will include the shares of U.S. public companies which have a market capitalization at or below $50 million, which are sometimes referred to as nanocap stocks or trade on a market generally associated with Microcap Stocks.

To avoid situations where minor, short-term fluctuations in a stock price cause repeated reclassification, any stock classified as U.S. Microcap will remain in that classification until both its market capitalization and share price  exceed $500 million and $5, respectively, for a 30 consecutive calendar day period.

As Microcap Stocks are often low-priced, they are commonly referred to as penny stocks. IBKR may make exceptions, including for stocks traded at low prices that recently had a greater market cap. In addition, IBKR will not consider ADRs on non-US companies to be Micro-Cap stocks.


Where do Microcap Stocks trade?
Microcap Stocks typically trade in the OTC market, rather than on a national securities exchange. They are often electronically quoted by market makers on OTC systems such as the OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB) and the markets administered by the OTC Markets Group (e.g., OTCQX, OTCQB & Pink). Also included in this category are stocks which may not be publicly quoted and which are designated as Caveat Emptor, Other OTC or Grey Market.
In addition, U.S. regulators also consider stocks listed on Nasdaq or NYSE American trading at or below $5 with a market capitalization at or less than $300 million to be Microcap Stocks.

What happens if IBKR receives a transfer from an Eligible Client where one or more of the positions transferred is a Microcap Stock?
If IBKR receives a transfer containing a block of a Microcap stock, IBKR reserves the right to restrict the sale of any Microcap position(s) included in the transfer unless the Eligible Client provides appropriate documentation establishing that the shares were either purchased on the open market (i.e., on a public exchange through another broker) or were registered with the SEC pursuant to an S-1 or similar registration statement.

Eligible Clients can prove that shares were purchased on the open market by providing a brokerage statement or trade confirm from a reputable broker reflecting the purchase of the shares on a public exchange. Eligible Clients can establish that the shares are registered by providing the SEC (Edgar system) File number under which their shares were registered by the company (and any documents necessary to confirm the shares are the ones listed in the registration statement).

NOTE: All customers are free to transfer out any shares we have restricted at any time.
 

What restrictions will IBKR apply to Prime accounts?
Clients whose activities include Prime services are considered Eligible Clients solely for the purposes of those trades which IBKR has agreed to accept from its executing brokers. However, while Prime accounts may clear U.S. Microcap Stocks at IBKR, those shares will be restricted until such time IBKR confirms that the shares are eligible for re-sale under the procedures discussed above.  To remove the restriction for shares purchased on the open market, please provide an official Account Statement or Trade Confirmation from the executing broker or have the executing broker provide a signed letter, on company letterhead, showing the IBKR account name and number, stating that the shares were purchased in the open market, along with the details of the executions (date, time, quantity, symbol, price, and exchange).  Or if the shares were acquired through an offering the letter must provide documents or links to the relevant registration statement and state that the shares were part of it.

To summarize: Sell Long trades will be accepted if the long position is no longer restricted.  Sell Short trades will be accepted.  Buy Long trades will be accepted and the position will be restricted until Compliance is provided with sufficient information to remove the restriction.  Buy Cover trades and intraday round trip trades will not be accepted.

 

What happens if a stock you purchase gets reclassified as Grey Market or Caveat Emptor?
If you purchase a stock in your IBKR account that at a later date becomes classified as a Caveat Emptor or Grey Market stock, you will be allowed to maintain, close or transfer the position but will not be able to increase your position.

 

Where can I find a list of stocks that IBKR has designated as U.S. Microcaps?

A list of stocks designated as U.S. Microcaps by IBKR is available via the following link: www.ibkr.com/download/us_microcaps.csv

Note that this list is updated daily.

Where can I find additional information on Microcap Stocks?
Additional information on Microcap Stocks, including risks associated with such stocks may be found on the SEC website: https://www.sec.gov/reportspubs/investor-publications/investorpubsmicrocapstockhtm.html
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1This includes transfers by any method (e.g., ACATS, DWAC, FOP), conversion of Canadian listings to their U.S. equivalent via “Southbound” transfer, transfers to cover existing short positions, IB Prime customers executing with other brokers and clearing to IBKR, etc.

 

How to update the US Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) on your account

Background: 

If you have been informed or believe that your account profile contains an incorrect US SSN/ITIN, you may simply log into your Account Management to update this information. Depending on your taxpayer status, you can update your US SSN/ITIN by modifying one of the following documents:

1) IRS Form W9 (if you are a US tax resident and/or US citizen holding a US SSN/ITIN)

2) IRS Form W-8BEN (if you are a Non-US tax resident holding a US SSN/ITIN)

Please note, if your SSN/ITIN has already been verified with the IRS you will be unable to update the information. If however the IRS has not yet verified the ID, you will have the ability to update through Account Management. 

 

How to Modify Your W9/W8

1) To submit this information change request, first login to Account Management

2) Click on the Settings section followed by Account Settings

 

3) Find the Profile(s) section. Locate the User you wish to update and click on the Info button (the "i" icon) to the left of the User's name

 

4) Scroll down to the bottom where you will see the words Tax Forms. Next to it will be a link with the current tax form we have for the account. Click on this tax form to open it

 

5) Review the form. If your US SSN/ITIN is incorrect, click on the UPDATE button at the bottom of the page

 

6) Make the requisite changes and click the CONTINUE button to submit your request.

 

7) If supporting documentation is required to approve your information change request, you will receive a message.  Otherwise, your information change request should be approved within 24-48 hours.

Depositing Shares Held in the Direct Registration System (DRS)

Overview
The Direct Registration System (DRS) allows shareholders to register their U.S. share holdings on the books and records of the issuer in an electronic rather than paper certificate form through the issuer’s designated transfer agent. Once held in a DRS account, the shares may then be transferred electronically via the Depository Trust Company (DTC) to your IB account where transactions may take place or where the shares may be afforded margin loan value.

It should be noted that not all shares are DRS eligible. In general, most U.S. exchange traded securities are, but many OTC shares, as well as shares subject to a restriction and therefore held in certificate form, are not.

Transfer Process
To deposit shares held in your DRS account to your IB account you will need to log into Account Management and create transfer instructions. These instructions require that you provide IB with certain information regarding your DRS account (e.g., account number and taxpayer ID) which you will need to obtain from and/or confirm with your transfer agent. It’s important that you provide IB with information which matches that of your DRS account, otherwise your transfer agent will reject the request and you will be charged a rejection fee. Information regarding fees for rejected as well as settled transactions are posted on the website.

Once the DRS account information has been confirmed, log into Account Management and proceed as follows:

1. Select the Funding and then Position Transfers menu options;

2. From the Position Transfer screen, select a transfer method of DRS-Direct Registration System and transfer type of Deposit via the drop-down menus;

3. You’ll be directed to the DRS Transfer screen where the taxpayer ID you’ve provided to IB is displayed. If this does not match that which you maintain for your DRS account, you will first need to reconcile and correct the information so it matches prior to proceeding with the transfer request. Requests submitted with a mismatched taxpayer ID will result in the transfer being rejected by your transfer agent and your account being subject to a rejection processing fee;

4. Enter your DRS account number and click the Continue button. Note that requests submitted with an account number that doesn't match that of your DRS account will result in the transfer being rejected by your transfer agent and your account being subject to a rejection processing fee;

5. Enter the symbol of the security you intend to transfer as well as the share quantity. Note that requests submitted with a symbol not held within or a share quantity which exceeds that held in your DRS account will result in the transfer being rejected by your transfer agent and your account being subject to a rejection processing fee;

6. Enter your electronic signature and click the “Continue” button to confirm your transfer request.

IB will then notify DTC who will match the security to its associated transfer agent and send them notification of your request. Assuming the DRS account and share information you’ve provided is correct, the transfer agent will post the shares for delivery to IB.  Note that while transfer requests typically settle within 2 -5 business days, the transfer agent may take longer to respond to the notification and, if no response is received within 30 days, the request will be canceled.


IMPORTANT NOTE
If you are transferring shares from a joint account or are a non-US person, special consideration needs to be provided to the taxpayer ID you provide to IB for matching to your DRS account. In the case of a joint account, the ID will generally be one of the SSNs of the joint account holders or a default value of 999999999. In the case of a non-US person, where no US taxpayer ID exists, a default value of 111111111 is often used. In either case, you will need to verify with the transfer agent the identifier they will recognize for matching purposes. If the transfer agent requests an identifier which doesn’t match one of the elections provided within Account Management, please contact Customer Service for transfer assistance.

NON A.C.A.T. US TRANSFERS

Overview: 

To request an inbound or outbound transfer of positions, use the Transfer Positions page in Account Management. Position transfers allow us to efficiently identify your incoming funds for proper credit to your account.

NON A.C.A.T. US TRANSFERS

Transfer Methods

Description

Time to Arrive

Applicable Fee(s)

Limitation

 Free of Payment (FOP)

 

Delivery of long US stock positions, US Warrant positions, and Corporate and Municipal Bond positions from another US bank or broker that is a member of the Depository Trust Company (DTC).  

 


 

Transfers are generally completed during the same business day as initiated, but this depends on your third-party broker.

 

None

Only available for long US Stock positions, US Warrant positions, and Corporate Municipal Bond positions.

 

FOP is not available for IRA accounts.

 

 

FOP notices are valid for five business days before expiring. Once the notice has expired IB will not accept the shares.


Direct Registration System (DRS)

 

An electronic system for registering stock with an issuer/company's transfer agent.  These shares are in electronic book-entry format and can be transferred to and from a brokerage account.  DRS shares are already issued and held electronically in book-entry format at the transfer agent. You can also upload positions in a .CSV file for a partial DRS transfer.

 

Once a customer request is submitted via Account Management, the IB system creates a notification. Upon receipt or delivery of shares from or to the transfer agent, the IB system will generate a transaction that will cause the shares to settle into or out of the customer's account.

 

Note that a processing fee may apply. For details, see the Other Fees page.

DRS requests can pend up to 30 days, although agents typically respond to a request within two to five days.

 

 Deposit/Withdrawal at Custodian (DWAC)

 

An electronic method of transferring shares registered in the customer's name on the books of the transfer agent between participating broker/dealers with the transfer agent serving as a custodian. DWAC usually refers to new or certified paper shares to be electronically transferred.


 

DWAC requests settle or are rejected on the same day that the request is made. Transfer agents must approve all requests transmitted to them by the participating broker. Requests that are not approved by the end of the day are rejected. Once a DWAC request is rejected, a new customer-initiated request must be submitted by the stock holder in order to process the transfer.

 

Note that a processing fee may apply. For details, see the Other Fees page.

 

Since transfer agents must actively approve DWACs, these kinds of requests require prior coordination between the client and the transfer agent. Any requests not previously communicated will be rejected by the transfer agent.

 

US Futures Transfer

Print the transfer form from the Transfer Positions page in Account Management and fax it to Interactive Brokers.  

Allow five to seven business days from time of fax, under normal circumstances, for positions and funds to arrive.  From time of fax, five to seven business days under normal circumstances.

 

N/A

Futures positions and cash will be transferred separately. The cash must be transferred via wire transfer.

 

 

 

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