Restrizioni circa i Titoli Microcap statunitensi

Introduzione
Per rispettare i regolamenti in materia di vendita di titoli non registrati e per minimizzare l’elaborazione manuale associata con le azioni che non sono quotate in borsa, IBKR impone alcune restrizioni sui cosiddetti titoli Microcap statunitensi (d'ora in poi Microcap USA). Una lista delle restrizioni assieme ad alcune Domande Frequenti viene fornita qui di seguito. 

Restrizioni sui titoli Microcap

  • IBKR accetterà esclusivamente trasferimenti di titoli Microcap USA da “clienti idonei”. Per “clienti idonei” s’intendono tutti coloro con un conto per il quale: (1) viene mantenuta un capitale – pre o post-trasferimento – pari almeno a 5 milioni di USD, oppure per clienti di consulenti finanziari il cui valore degli asset aggregati e gestiti è di almeno 20 milioni di USD; e (2) possiedono meno della metà del proprio capitale investita in titoli Microcap USA.
  • IBKR accetterà solo trasferimenti 1 di blocchi di titoli Microcap USA nel caso in cui un cliente idoneo abbia confermato che l’acquisto delle azioni sia avvenuto sul libero mercato oppure sia registrato presso la SEC
  • IBKR non accetterà trasferimenti 1 né ordini di apertura da qualunque cliente per titoli Microcap USA contrassegnati come OTC come Caveat Emptor oppure da Grey Market. I clienti avranno la facoltà di chiudere le posizioni esistenti su questi titoli;
  • IBKR non accetterà trasferimenti di titoli Microcap USA per coprire una posizione short stabilita tramite IBKR;
  • I clienti di tipo “sola esecuzione” (ossia coloro che eseguono le transazioni con IBKR ma regolano tali transazioni con altri operatori del settore) non potranno fare trading su titoli Microcap USA attraverso il loro conto presso IBKR. (IBKR potrebbe fare un’eccezione per i broker registrati negli Stati Uniti.)


Domande Frequenti sui Microcap

Che cos'è un titolo Microcap USA?
Con il termine di “Titolo Microcap” si fa riferimento ad azioni (1) scambiate in modalità OTC – ossia over-the-counter oppure (2) che sono quotate sul NASDAQ oppure sul NYSE e hanno una capitalizzazione di mercato compresa fra i 50 e i 300 milioni di USD e che vengono scambiate ad un prezzo pari o inferiore ai 5 USD. Ai fini di questo documento il termine Titolo Microcap indicherà le azioni di società statunitensi ad azionariato diffuso che hanno una capitalizzazione di mercato pari o inferiore ai 50 milioni di USD, ai quali si far riferimento talvolta con il termine di “nanocap” oppure che vengono scambiate sul mercato ed in genere vengono associate con i titoli Microcap.

Per evitare situazioni in cui fluttuazioni minori a breve termini nel prezzo di un titolo possano causare ripetutamente nuove classificazioni, qualunque titolo segnalato come Microcap USA rimarrà in questa classificazione fino a quando si verifichino contemporaneamente due condizioni: la capitalizzazione di mercato deve aver superato i 500 milioni di USD e il prezzo delle azioni sia superiore a 5 USD; entrambi questi fattori devono perdurare per un periodo di 30 giorni solari consecutivi.

Dato che i titoli Microcap hanno spesso dei prezzi molto bassi, spesso ci si riferisce a questi prodotti con il termine di "penny stock". IBKR potrà fare alcune eccezioni, incluso per titoli scambiati a prezzi molto bassi che di recente hanno una capitalizzazione di mercato più ampia. Inoltre, IBKR non considererà gli ADR su compagnie non statunitensi come dei titoli Microcap.

Dove vengono scambiati i titoli Microcap?
I titoli Microcap in genere vengono scambiati sul mercato OTC, invece che sulle borse di cambio nazionali. Spesso questi prodotti vengono quotati elettronicamente dai market maker su sistemi OTC come la OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB) e nei mercati amministrati dall’ OTC Markets Group (es. OTCQX, OTCQB e Pink). In questa categoria vanno inclusi anche titoli che non sono quotati in borsa ma contrassegnati come Caveat Emptor, Altri OTC oppure Grey Market.
Inoltre le autorità statunitense considerano come Titoli Microcap quei titoli quotati nel NASDAQ oppure nel NYSE il cui valore delle azioni è pari o inferiore ai 5 USD e con una capitalizzazione di mercato pari o inferiore ai 300 milioni di USD.

Cosa succede se IBKR dovesse ricevere un trasferimento da un Cliente idoneo nel quale una o più posizioni trasferite corrisponde ad un Titolo Microcap?
In tal caso IBKR si riserva il diritto di limitare la vendita di qualunque posizione Microcap includendo con questo anche il trasferimento, a meno che il Cliente idoneo non fornisca la documentazione appropriata per stabilire che le azioni sono state acquistate nel libero mercato (ossia presso una borsa o tramite un altro broker) oppure una prova che le azioni sono state registrate presso al SEC in ottemperanza con il modulo S-1* o con un altro modulo di registrazione (*documento utilizzato dalle società che intendono registrare i propri titoli presso la US Securities and Exchange Commission in base a quanto stabilito dal Securities Act del 1933).

I clienti idonei potranno dimostrare di aver acquistato le azioni sul libero mercato fornendo una dichiarazione del broker oppure una conferma di esecuzione (ottenuta da un broker affidabile) che rifletta l’acquisto presso una borsa dei titoli in questione. I clienti idonei possono inoltre stabilire che le azioni sono registrate avendo cura di fornire il numero di archiviazione (sistema Edgar) in base al quale le azioni sono state registrate dalla compagnia (e qualunque altro documento necessario alla conferma che le azioni sono a tutti gli effetti quelle elencate nella dichiarazione di registrazione).

NOTA: Tutti i clienti avranno la facoltà di trasferire in qualsiasi momento le azioni che abbiamo sottoposto a restrizioni.

Quali restrizioni verranno applicate da IBKR sui conti Prime?
I clienti le cui attività includano dei servizi Prime vengono considerati Clienti idonei solo ai fini di quelle transazioni che IBKR ha accettato dai propri broker di esecuzione. Tuttavia anche se i conti Prime potrebbero avere Titoli Microcap USA presso IBKR, queste azioni saranno comunque sottoposte a restrizioni fino al momento in cui IBKR confermerà che le azioni sono idonee per una nuova vendita nei termini delle procedure descritte sopra.  Per rimuovere le restrizioni delle azioni acquistate sul libero mercato, ti preghiamo di fornire un estratto conto oppure una conferma di esecuzione della transazione da parte del broker esecutore. In alternativa sarà possibile chiedere al broker di esecuzione di fornire una lettera firmata – su carta intestata – che mostri il nome e il numero conto IBKR e nella quale si dichiari che le azioni sono state acquistate sul libero mercato, avendo cura di inserire tutte le informazioni circa le transazioni eseguite (data, orario, quantità, simbolo, prezzo e borsa).  Oppure, nel caso in cui le azioni siano state acquistate attraverso un’offerta, la lettera dovrà contenere documenti o link relativi alla dichiarazione di registrazione e indicare che le azioni facevano parte di tale atto.

In sintesi: le transazioni di vendita long verranno accettate se la posizione long non è più sottoposta a restrizioni.  Le transazioni di vendita short verranno accettate.  Le transazioni di acquisto long verranno accettate e la posizione verrà sottoposta a restrizioni fino a quando il dipartimento Conformità non avrà ricevuto le informazioni necessarie.  Le transazioni di acquisto e intragiornaliere di tipo “round trip” non verranno accettate.


Cosa accede se un titolo che hai acquistato viene riclassificato come Grey Market o Caveat Emptor?

Nel caso in cui tu abbia un titolo nel tuo conto IBKR che in una data successiva all’acquisto venga classificato come Grey Market o Caveat Emptor, ti verrà consentito di mantenere/chiudere oppure trasferire la posizione ma non avrai modo di aumentare la posizione sul titolo in questione.


Quali sono i motivi per i quali un Titolo Microcap presente nel mio conto potrebbe subire delle restrizioni?
Vi sono essenzialmente due motivi che potrebbero causare delle restrizioni sul trading di un Titolo Microcap:

  • Potenziale affiliazione all’emittente: la Regola 144 della U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) stabilisce alcuni limiti al trading di titoli (inclusi Titoli Microcap) attraverso un “affiliata” dell’emittente. Se IBKR rileva attività di trading o detenzione di un titolo Microcap che è vicino alle soglie di trading stabilite dalla Regola 144 (si veda “Regola 144 Soglie”) IBKR potrebbe limitare le attività di trading del cliente relative al titolo Microcap in questione, fino a quando non sarà stata completata una verifica di conformità.
  • Trasferimento di Titolo Microcap: Se il cliente ha di recente trasferito un Titolo Microcap sul proprio conto IBKR, la società si riserva il diritto di limitare l’attività di trading fino a quando non sarà stata completata una verifica di conformità.

Nel caso si verifichi una delle motivazioni indicate qui sopra, il trading verrà limitato e verrà inviata una notifica al centro messaggi del cliente in Gestione Conto. Questa notifica descriverà la ragione della restrizione attivata e quali passaggi il cliente dovrà completare prima che IBKR possa rimuovere la restrizione.


Per quale motivo IBKR mi considera un potenziale affiliato di un’emittente di Titoli Microcap?
Un “affiliato/a”, come ad esempio un dirigente, oppure un azionista di maggioranza è un soggetto che ha un rapporto di controllo con l’emittente.

La Regola 144 si applica a tutti i tipi di titoli, inclusi i Titoli Microcap. Tuttavia, dato il rischio elevato associato con questa tipologia di prodotto, se l’attività di trading o il possesso di Titoli Microcap si avvicinano alle soglie indicate nella Regola 144, IBKR dovrà limitare l’attività di trading del cliente per quanto riguarda il Titolo Microcap.  Tale restrizione resterà in vigore fino al completamento di una verifica di conformità circa il potenziale status di affiliato del cliente.

Nel caso di una potenziale revisione del mio status di affiliato, perché devo richiedere una nuova revisione ogni due settimane?
Lo status di affiliazione di un cliente potrebbe cambiare rapidamente poco dopo il completamento della verifica di IBKR. Di conseguenza IBKR ritiene appropriato valutare nuovamente lo status di potenziale affiliato ogni due settimane se l’attività di trading il possesso di titoli Microcap di un cliente resta vicino alle soglie fissate nella Regola 144.

Dove posso trovare una lista di tutti i titoli che IBKR ha classificato come Microcap USA?
Una lista di questi titoli elaborata da IBKR è disponibile al seguente link: www.ibkr.com/download/us_microcaps.csv

Ti ricordiamo che questa lista viene aggiornata quotidianamente.

Dove posso trovare maggiori informazioni sui Titoli Microcap?
Maggiori informazioni sui Titoli Microcap, inclusi i rischi associati con questa tipologia di titolo, sono disponibili sul sito web della SEC: https://www.sec.gov/reportspubs/investor-publications/investorpubsmicrocapstockhtm.html
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1Sono inclusi i trasferimenti attraverso qualsiasi metodo (es. ACATS, DWAC, FOP) la conversione di titoli canadesi nei loro equivalenti americani attraverso i trasferimenti di tipo “Southbound”, i trasferimenti per coprire posizioni short esistenti, l’esecuzione di transazioni da parte di clienti IB Prime con altri brokers e regolamento tramite IBKR, ecc.

 

Locating your account number for ACATS transfers

In order for your ACAT or ATON transfer to be completed successfully, your broker must validate the account number provided on the request. If the account number is invalid, your broker will reject the request. IBKR recommends that clients review a copy of their brokerage statement to confirm their account number and has provided statement samples below from some 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 blocks 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;
  • IBKR will not accept transfers of U.S. Microcap Stocks to cover a short position established at IBKR;
  • 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 $300 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.


What are some of the reasons why Microcap Stock trading may be restricted in my account?
There are two primary reasons why you might be restricted from trading in a Microcap Stock:

  • Potential Affiliation to Issuer: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Rule 144 places certain limitations on trading of stocks (including Microcap Stocks) by an “affiliate” of the issuer. If IBKR observes trading activity or holdings in a Microcap Stock that are close to the trading volume thresholds under Rule 144 (“Rule 144 Thresholds”), IBKR may restrict the customer from trading the Microcap Stock until a compliance review is completed.
  • Transfer of Microcap Stock: If the customer has recently transferred a Microcap Stock into their IBKR account, IBKR may restrict the customer from trading in that security until a compliance review is completed.

If one of the above reasons apply, trading will be restricted in the security and a notification will be sent to the customer’s message center in Account Management. This notification will describe the reason for the restriction and the steps the customer must take before IBKR will consider lifting the restriction.


Why does IBKR consider me to be a potential affiliate of a Microcap Stock issuer?
An “affiliate” is a person, such as an executive officer, a director or large shareholder, in a relationship of control with the issuer.

Rule 144 applies to all securities, including Microcap Stocks. However, given the heightened risks associated with trading Microcap Stocks, if a customer’s trading and/or holdings in a Microcap Stock are close to the Rule 144 Thresholds, IBKR will restrict the customer’s trading in the Microcap Stock.  This restriction will remain in effect pending a compliance review into the customer’s potential affiliate status.

For the Potential Affiliate review, why do I need to ask for a new review every two weeks?
A customer’s affiliate status may change soon after IBKR completes the above-referenced Potential Affiliate review. As such, IBKR believes it is appropriate to refresh a Potential Affiliate review every two weeks if a customer’s trading activity and/or holdings in the Microcap Stock remain close to the Rule 144 Thresholds.

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.

 

ACATS Transfer Guide (US brokerage account transfers)

ACATS Transfer Guide

Introduction

ACATS Transfer Benefits

Navigating The Process

Incoming Or Outgoing

Initiating Your Transfer

What To Expect

Who To Contact For Help

 

Introduction

Understanding the basic facts about transferring accounts between US brokerage firms can be help to avoid delays.  Through this article and other Knowledge Database resources, Interactive Brokers seeks to assist with your incoming and outgoing ACATS requests.

US brokerage firms utilize a standardized system to transfer customer accounts from one firm to another.  Known as the Automated Customer Account Transfer Service or ACATS, the process allows assets to move seamlessly between  brokerage firms in a unified time frame.   ACATS transfers are facilitated by a third party, the National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC), to assist participating members with timely asset transfers.

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ACATS Transfer Benefits

The majority of assets may be transferred between US brokerage firms and some banks through ACATS.  This standardized system includes stocks, US corporate bonds, listed options, unit investment trusts, mutual funds, and cash.  Information on assets eligible for transfer is provided at "Assets Eligible..."  Though impacted by multiple factors and time constraints, the accepted or rejected transfers finalize within 10 business days in most cases.

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Navigating The Process

4 simple steps of the ACATS process will help you understand the flow and minimize delays.  Familiarizing yourself with the transfer process helps to ensure a successful transition.

1.  Incoming or Outgoing

2.  Initiating Your Transfer

3.  What to Expect

4.  Who to Contact For Help 

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 1. Incoming or Outgoing

 

Incoming ACATS Transfers

The financial institution that is receiving your assets and account transfer is known as the "receiving firm."  Investors always work with and through the "receiving firm" to move full or partial account assets into a new broker. 

Contact the "receiving firm" (Interactive Brokers) to review the firm's trading policies and requirements.  You should verify that your assets are eligible for trading at the "receiving firm" before initiating the transfer request.   Not all ACATS transferable assets are acceptable for trading at every brokerage firm.

Outgoing ACATS Transfers

All outgoing ACATS transfers, full or partial, must be approved by the "delivering firm."  Investors, however, should work with and through the "receiving firm" in order to begin the the transfer process or to status the progress of the request.      

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2. Initiating Your Transfer

Investors must always begin the ACATS transfer with the "receiving firm."  An ACATS transfer form or Transfer Initiation Form (TIF) must be submitted.  The "receiving firm" takes your reqeust and communicates with the "delivering firm" via ACATS.  The process begins with this request for transfer of the account. 

For your Interactive Brokers Account, the transfer is usually submitted online.  Video instruction on submitting the transfer is provided at "How to deposit funds via a full ACATS/ATON Transfer."  or through Step-by-step instructions.

Note: Outgoing account transfers from your IB account should be directed to the other broker.  Your request will be submitted to IB from the other broker through the ACATS electronically.

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3. What to Expect

Your Account

Brokers ensure the safety and security of transfer requests by only authorizing requests between open accounts that meet the following criteria:

  • Same Account Title
  • Same Tax ID Number
  • Same Account Type

Transfer Approval

Ultimately responsible for validating the transfer,  the "delivering firm" may accept  information from the "receiving firm" correcting data originally entered.  Approved or validated requests result in the delivery of positions to the "receiving firm" for their acceptance.   Assets may not be accepted by the "receiving firm" for the following:

  • Non-marginable or Margin (credit) violation
  • Not Tradable
  • DTC Chill

Note: The most common reasons for ACATS rejections are outlined by clicking here.

Processing Time-frame

The processing time for each transfer request is fixed.  In general, approved transfers complete within 4 to 8 business days.  Almost all transfers complete within 10 business days.  Each firm is required to perform certain steps at specific intervals in the process.  Feel free to review the Full ACATS transfer process flow.

 

Fees

While Interactive Brokers does not charge a fee to transfer your account via ACATS, some brokers do apply a fee for full and partial transfers. Prior to initiating your transfer, you should contact the "delivering firm" to verify any charge.

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4.  Who To Contact For Help

Interactive Brokers Customer Service stands poised to assist with your incoming ACATS transfer reqeust.  Click here for Customer Service contact resources.

Note:  Outgoing or ACATS transfers sending accounts to another broker should be directed to the "receiving firm."  Their Account Transfer Group will work with Interactive Brokers directly to complete your outgoing request.

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Free of Payment (FOP) Transfers

Overview: 

Free of Payment (FOP) is term used by IB to refer to a process of transferring long US securities between IB and another financial institution (e.g. bank, broker or transfer agent) through the Depository Trust Company (DTC).

The FOP transfer method is often used when:

1. The delivering form is not a DTC ACAT (Automated Customer Account Transfer) Participant.

2. The customer would like to expedite the delivery of their securities.   The processing time frame for securities transferred via FOP may, in certain instances, be less than that associated with an ACATS transfer.

The following steps are to be followed in order to create a FOP notice:

1. Log into Account Management.

2. Select Funding or Funds Management and then Position Transfers.

3. From the drop-down list, select the Transfer Method: Free of Payment.

4. Select the applicable transaction Type: Deposit or Withdraw.

5. In the case of a FOP Withdrawal, the steps are as follows:

    - Select the Destination to whom the securities are being transferred.

    - Enter your account number of the Third Party Broker Acount Information.

    - Specify the security (Stock, Warrants or US Bonds).

    - Enter the Symbol, Shares and the Exchange (optional) and click Add.

    - Provide your electronic signature authorizing the transfer request and clicking on the Continue button.

    - Verify your identity by entering your password and clicking on the Confirm Request button;

    - If your account is enrolled in the Secure Transaction Program (STP), the processing of your request   will take place once you enter your confirmation code and click on the Confirm Request button.  If not STP enrolled, your request will be subject to security verification, requiring that you contact our Customer Service Center to validate your identity and request.

6. In the case of a FOP Deposit, the steps are as follows:

    - Select the Source to whom the securities are being transferred.

    - Enter your account number of the Third Party Broker Acount Information.

    - Specify the security (Stocks, Warrants or US Bonds).

    - Enter the Symbol, Shares and the Exchange (optional) and click Add.

    - Provide your electronic signature authorizing the transfer request and clicking on the Continue button.

    - A printable version of the FOP request is made available should your transferring firm require an authorization form.

7. Transfer requests are typically completed within five business days.

 
IMPORTANT NOTE:

While IB does not assess a fee to process FOP transfers, other firms may and we therefore recommend that you confirm with the contra-firm their policies in this regard prior to submitting a request.  In the event a contra-firm does charge a fee to IB, the fee will be passed to the IB account holder.

 

Glossary terms: 

Assets eligible to be transferred through ACATS

Instruments handled by the ACATS system include the following asset classes: equities, options, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, mutual funds and cash. It should be noted; however, that ACATS eligibility does not guarantee that any given security will transfer as each receiving broker maintains its own requirements as to which asset classes as well as securities within a particular asset class it will accept.

Account holders are encouraged to use the Contract Search link on IB’s homepage to assess transfer eligibility prior to initiating a full account transfer request.  In the case of mutual funds, please click here for a list of fund families and funds offered by IB.

How do I transfer my US securities positions from my current broker to IB?

Overview: 

Broker to broker transfers for US securities are conducted via a process known as the Automated Customer Account Transfer Service or ACATS.  This process generally takes between 4 to 8 business days to complete in order to accommodate the verification of the transferring account and positions. The request is always initiated via the receiving broker (IB in this case) and can be prompted by following the steps below.

1.      Log into Account Management and select the Transfer & Pay and then Transfer Positions menu options.

2.      From the Transaction Type drop-down list select 'Inbound Position'

3.      From the Method drop-down list select 'ACATS'.

4.      Enter the sending Broker Information in the fields provided, and click CONTINUE

5.      In the Transaction Information section, indicate whether or not you wish to transfer all assets and select Yes to the authorization option. 

a.       Note that a "transfer all assets" election does not require that you specify any assets as an attempt will be made to transfer your account in its entirety.  Account holders should note, however, that certain positions may not be on the list of securities eligible to trade at IB and others, while transferable, may be subject to a house margin requirement higher than that of the delivering broker.  In the event IB receives an asset list from the delivering broker which includes ineligible positions or the aggregate of the positions transferred are such that a margin deficit would exist were the transfer to occur, IB will attempt to contact you to remedy the situation within the allocated time frame after which an automatic reject of the full transfer would take effect.  Account holders may wish to minimize potential delays or problems associated with a ‘Full’ transfer request by verifying security eligibility and margin requirements via the Contract Search link located at the upper right hand corner of the IB homepage prior to initiating the transfer.

b.      If you elect to not "transfer all assets", the system will require that you specify the positions you wish to transfer. Click Add Asset to add the positions you wish to transfer. Fill out the Asset Search and Transaction Information sections and click Continue.

6.      On the page that appears, type your signature in the Signature field, and then click CONTINUE.
Click BACK to modify the transfer request.

Please note that brokers generally freeze the account during the transfer period to ensure an accurate snapshot of assets to transfer and may restrict the transfer of option positions during the week prior to expiration. You may wish to check with the delivering broker to verify their policy in this regard. In addition, please note if your IB account is currently maintaining positions on margin, any cash withdrawals or adverse market moves could increase the likelihood that your account falls out of margin compliance during the transfer period which may delay or prevent completion of the transfer. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Applicants may meet the initial account funding requirement through the transfer of securities positions and/or cash via the ACATS system.

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