Margin Considerations for Intramarket Futures Spreads


Clients who simultaneously hold both long and short positions of a given futures contract having different delivery months are often provided a spread margin rate that is less than the margin requirement for each position if considered separately. However, as the settlement prices of each contract may deviate significantly as the front month contract approaches its close out date, IBKR will reduce the benefit of the spread margin rate to reflect the risk of this price deviation.


Spread Margin Adjustment

This reduction is accomplished by effectively decoupling or breaking the spread in phases on each of the 3 business days preceding the close out date of the front contract month, as follows:

  • On the 3rd business day prior to close out, the initial and maintenance margin requirements will be equal to 10% of their respective requirements on each contract month as if there was no spread, plus 90% of the spread requirement;
  • On the 2nd business day prior to close out, the initial and maintenance margin requirements will be equal to 20% of their respective requirements on each contract month as if there was no spread, plus 80% of the spread requirement;
  • On the business day prior to close out, the initial and maintenance margin requirements will be equal to 30% of their respective requirements on each contract month as if there was no spread, plus 70% of the spread requirement.


Working Example

Assume a hypothetical futures contract XYZ with the margin requirements as outlined in the table below:

XYZ Front Month - 1 Short Contract (Uncovered) Back Month - 1 Long Contract (Uncovered) Spread - 1 Short Front Month vs. 1 Long Back Month
Initial Margin $1,250 $1,500 $500
Maintenance Margin $1,000 $1,200 $400

Further assume a position consisting of 1 short front month contract and 1 long back month contract with the front month contract close out date = T.  using this hypothetical example, the initial margin requirement over the 3 business day period preceding close out date is outlined in the table below:

Day Initial Margin Requirement Calculation Details
T-4 $500 Unadjusted
T-3 $725 .1($1,250 + $1,500) + .9($500)
T-2 $950 .2($1,250 + $1,500) + .8($500)
T-1 $1,175 .3($1,250 + $1,500) + .7($500)
T $1,175 Positions not in compliance with close out requirements are subject to liquidation.


Совместимость MetaTrader и Interactive Brokers


Interactive Brokers (IBKR) обеспечивает клиентов бесплатным ассортиментом своих торговых платформ и поэтому не рекламирует и не предлагает системы или дополнительное ПО от других поставщиков. Тем не менее, поскольку основная торговая платформа IBKR, TraderWorkstation (TWS), поддерживает открытый программный интерфейс (API), некоторые сторонние разработчики создают свои собственные модули для ввода ордеров, построения графиков и выполнения других аналитических функций, работающие в комплексе с TWS и позволяющие производить сделки через IBKR. Такие приложения API, интегрируемые в TWS, публикуются независимо от нас, и мы не всегда знаем об их существовании, из-за чего мы открыли Площадку инвесторов - самостоятельное сообщество, объединяющее сторонних поставщиков, которые готовы предложить свои продукты и услуги клиентам IB и трейдерам с определенными нуждами.

Несмотря на то, что служба MetaQuotes Software не участвует в "Площадке инвесторов" IBKR, она предлагает представляющим брокерам приложение oneZero Hub Gateway, позволяющее использовать платформу MetaTrader 5 для торговли через счета IBKR[1]. Заинтересованным лицам следует связаться с oneZero напрямую. Это можно сделать через функцию "Contact Us" в одном из разделов следующей страницы.

Примечание: Помимо oneZero Hub Gateway у нас также поддерживаются такие сторонние поставщики, как Trade-Commander, jTWSdata и PrimeXM, предлагающие ПО, которое соединяет MetaTrader 4/5 с TWS. Как и в случае с любыми другими сторонними приложениями, IBKR не имеет права предоставлять информацию или рекомендации касательно их совместимости или работы.


1: Служба oneZero недоступна для частных счетов. Дополнительные сведения о представляющих брокерах доступны здесь.


How to Complete CFTC Form 40

Clients maintaining a U.S. futures or futures option position at a quantity exceeding the CFTC's reportable thresholds may be contacted directly by the CFTC file with a request that they complete a Form 40.  Contact will generally be made via email and clients are encouraged to respond to such requests in a timely manner to avoid trading restrictions and/or fines imposed by CFTC upon their account at the FCM. 

Completion of the Form requires the following steps:

  1. Register for a CFTC Portal Account - performed online at:  Registration will require entry of the 9-digit code that the CFTC provided to you within the email requesting that you register. If you cannot locate your code or receive an invalid entry message, contact  When entering "Organization Type" from the drop-down selector, choose "LTR (Large Traders)".



2. Complete Form 40 - You will receive an email notification from the CFTC once your Portal Account has been approved. Note that this approval may take up to 2 business days from the date you complete the New User Request Form. The email will contain a link to the Portal where you will be prompted to log in:

Instructions for completing the form are available at:

Note that Portal provides the opportunity to save a copy of your submission in XML format, a recommended step, as this allows for uploading the file to the Portal should you need to make modifications at a later date. This will eliminate the need to renter the form in its entirety.

The CFTC will send a confirmation email upon successful completion of your Form 40.


3. Confirm with IBKR -  forward your confirmation email, or other evidence that you have submitted the Form 40 to This will assist to ensure that your account is not subject to CFTC directed restrictions or fines.



Overview of CFTC Form 40

The CFTC, the primary regulator of U.S. commodity futures markets and Futures Commission Merchants (FCMs), operates a comprehensive system of collecting information on market participants as part of its market surveillance and large trader reporting program.

IBKR, as a registered FCM providing clients with access to those markets, is obligated to report to the CFTC information on clients who hold a position in a quantity that exceeds defined thresholds (i.e., a "reportable position").  In order to report this information, IBKR requires clients trading U.S. futures or futures options to complete an online CFTC Ownership and Control Reporting form at the point the client requests futures trading permissions.

Once a client holds a "reportable position", the CFTC may then contact that client directly and require them to file  more detailed information via CFTC Form 40. The information required of this report includes the following:

  • Trader's name and address
  • Principal business
  • Form of ownership (e.g., individual, joint, partnership, corporation, trust, etc.)
  • Whether the reporting trader is registered under the Commodity Exchange Act
  • Whether the reporting trader controls trading for others
  • Whether any other person controls the trading of the reportable trader
  • Name and location of all firms through which the reportable trader carries accounts
  • Name and location of other persons providing a trading guarantee or having a financial interest in account of 10% or greater
  • Name of accounts not in the reporting trader's name in which the trader provides a guarantee or has a financial interest of 10% or more.

Clients who fail to complete this Form in a timely manner may be subject to trading restrictions and/or fines imposed by CFTC upon their account at the FCM.  It is therefore imperative that clients immediately respond to these CFTC requests.

To complete the CFTC Form 40, clients must first register for a CFTC Portal Account, an online process which is subject to a review period of 2 business days from the point of initial registration to acknowledgement of approval by the CFTC.  For information regarding this registration process and completing the Form 40, see KB3149.


Внебиржевые фьючерсы IBKR на металлы LME – Факты и частые вопросы

Данная статья содержит вводную информацию о выпущенных IBKR внебиржевых (OTC) фьючерсах на базе LME.
Примечание: Торговля OTC-фьючерсами LME IBKR не разрешена жителям США, Канады, Гонконга и Израиля.



OTC-фьючерсы LME IBKR обеспечивают клиентов синтетическим доступом к Лондонской бирже металлов (англ. London Metal Exchange или LME), поддерживающей социальную ссуду и, как правило, закрытой для инвесторов, не являющихся ее членами.

Фьючерсы LME на металлы являются внебиржевыми (OTC) производными контрактами, контрагентом для которых выступает IBUK. OTC-фьючерсы LME сопоставляются с котируемыми на LME сопряженными фьючерсами в плане цены, размера лота, типа и характеристик, но при этом не являются зарегистрированными контрактами. Физическая доставка по ним не поддерживается.

Торговля OTC-фьючерсами LME IBKR происходит с Вашего маржевого счета, а поэтому Вы можете устанавливать длинные и короткие позиции с кредитными плечом. Ставки маржи соразмерны установленным LME. Как и у других фьючерсов они основываются на рисках (метод SPAN), а поэтому могут варьироваться. Текущая маржа находится в диапазоне 6-9% в зависимости от контракта.


IBKR предлагает внебиржевые фьючерсы на следующие металлы с истечением в третью среду:

Металл Символ IB Цена USD/ Множитель
Высококачественный первичный алюминий AH Метрическая тонна 25
Первоклассная медь CA Метрическая тонна 25
Первичный никель NI Метрическая тонна 6
Стандартный свинец PB Метрическая тонна 25
Олово SNLME Метрическая тонна 5
Высококачественный цинк ZSLME Метрическая тонна 25

Истечение в третью среду

LME поддерживает целый ряд контрактов, отвечающих нуждам физических трейдеров и субъектов хеджирования. Их принцип заключается в трехмесячных форвардах, используемых физическими тредейрами для точного сопоставления сделок хеджирования с их потребностями.

Контракты "третьей среды" являются месячными, как и фьючерсы, и поэтому лучше подходят финансовым трейдерам. Как следует из названия, эти контракты истекают в третью среду каждого календарного месяца, и, хоть они и рассчитываются на LME физически, IBKR осуществляет исключительно денежный расчет. Популярность контрактов "третьей среды" продолжает расти - они составляют 65% открытого интереса на LME.

Котировки и рыночные данные

IBKR получает котировки от LME (рыночные данные 2-го уровня) и не расширяет их. Каждый клиентский ордер сначала хеджируется на бирже, и OTC-ордер LME исполняется по цене сделки хеджирования.

Движение денежных средств

Суточная вариационная маржа и реализованная ПиУ по OTC-фьючерсам LME IBKR рассчитывается ежедневно как у стандартного фьючерса. В то же время движение денежных средств по андерлаингу на LME рассчитывается только по истечении контракта.


Маржинальные требования OTC-фьючерсов LME IBKR равны требованиям базового контракта на бирже LME. LME применяет стандартный анализ риска портфеля (англ. Standard Portfolio Analysis или SPAN) для расчета маржи.

Как и для других фьючерсов, ставки маржи устанавливаются в виде абсолютной величины за контракт и обновляются ежемесячно.

Торговые разрешения

Вам потребуется активировать разрешение на торговлю металлами Великобритании в "Управлении счетом".

Рыночные данные

Вам потребуется подписка на London Metal Exchange 2-го уровня, цена которой сейчас составляет GBP 1.00.

Материалы по LME OTC 

Списки продуктов и ссылки на детали контрактов
Маржинальные требования

Часто задаваемые вопросы

Что мне нужно, чтобы начать торговать фьючерсами LME OTC?
Вам требуется активировать разрешение на торговлю металлами Великобритании в "Управлении счетом". Если Ваш счет находится в IB LLC или в IB UK (и обслуживается IB LLC), то мы создадим новый сегмент счета (с тем же номером и дополнительной приставкой “F”). Получив подтверждение, Вы сможете начать торговлю. F-счет не нужно финансировать отдельно - средства для соответствия маржинальным требованиям будут автоматически переводиться с основного сегмента.

Как мои сделки и позиции по фьючерсам LME OTC отражаются в выписках?
Позиции находятся на обособленном сегменте, отличающемся от номера Вашего основного счета приставкой “F”.. Наша система поддерживает как раздельные, так и совмещенные выписки. Вы можете изменить настройки в соответствующем разделе "Управления счетом".

Какие меры по защите счета распространяются на торговлю фьючерсами LME OTC?
Фьючерсы LME OTC - это контракты, контрагентом которых является IB UK. Торговля ими не ведется на регулируемой бирже, а клиринг не производится в центральной клиринговой палате. Имея IB UK в качестве второй стороны Ваших сделок, Вы подвергаетесь финансовым и деловым рискам, включая кредитный риск, характерный торговле через IB UK. Стоит помнить, что средства клиентов, в том числе и институциональных, всегда полностью сегрегируются. Компания IB UK участвует в Программе Великобритании по компенсации в сфере финансовых услуг ("FSCS"), а также не является участницей Корпорации защиты фондовых инвесторов (“SIPC”).

Можно ли торговать фьючерсами LME OTC по телефону?
Нет. В исключительных случаях мы можем согласиться обработать ордер на закрытие по телефону, но ни в коем случае не открытие.

IBKR OTC Futures on LME Metals – Facts and Q&A

The following article is intended to provide a general introduction to LME-based OTC Futures issued by IBKR.
Note: Residents of the US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Israel cannot trade IBKR LME OTC Futures.



IBKR LME OTC Futures provide clients synthetic access to the London Metal Exchange, a peer to peer exchange not generally available to non-member investors.

The LME OTC Futures are OTC derivative contracts with IBUK as the counterparty. The LME OTC Futures reference the corresponding LME future in terms of price, lot size, type and specification but are themselves not registered contracts. Physical delivery is not permitted.

IBKR LME OTC Futures are traded through your margin account, and you can therefore enter long as well as short leveraged positions. Margin rates equal those established by the LME. Like other futures they are risk-based (SPAN), and therefore variable. Current margins range between 6 and 9% depending on the contract.


IBKR offers OTC Futures on the 3rd Wednesday expirations for the following metals:

Metal IB Symbol Price USD/ Multiplier
High Grade Primary Aluminium AH Metric Ton 25
Copper Grade A CA Metric Ton 25
Primary Nickel NI Metric Ton 6
Standard Lead PB Metric Ton 25
Tin SNLME Metric Ton 5
Special High Grade Zinc ZSLME Metric Ton 25

3rd Wednesday Expirations

The LME features a range of contracts adapted to the needs of physical traders and hedgers. The principal among them are daily 3-month forwards used by physical traders to precisely match their hedges to their needs.

The 3rd Wednesday contracts are monthly contracts, like futures, and as such better adapted to the needs of financial traders. As the name suggests, they expire on the 3rd Wednesday of each month and, although physically settled on the LME, are strictly cash-settled at IBKR. The 3rd Wednesday contracts have become increasingly popular and account for 65% of open interest on the LME.

Quotes and Market Data

IBKR streams quotes from the LME (L2 market data) and does not widen the quote. Every client order is first hedged on exchange and the LME OTC order filled at the price of the hedge.

Cash Flows

Daily variation margin and realized P&L for the IBKR LME OTC Futures are cash-settled daily, like a standard future. By contrast, cash flows for the underlying LME contract are only settled after the contract has expired.


The margin requirements for the IBKR LME OTC Futures equal the requirement for the underlying contract on the LME. LME uses Standard Portfolio Analysis of Risk (SPAN) to calculate Initial Margin.

Like for other futures, the margin rates are established as an absolute value per contract and usually updated monthly.

Trading Permissions

You will need to set up permissions for United Kingdom Metals in Account Management.

Market Data

You will need a subscription for Level II London Metal Exchange, currently GBP 1.00.

LME OTC Resources

Product Listings & Links to Contract Details
Margin Requirements

Frequently asked Questions

What do I need to do to start trading LME OTC Futures?
You need to set up trading permission for United Kingdom Metals in Account Management. If you have an IB LLC or an IB UK account carried by IB LLC we will set up a new account segment (identified with your existing account number plus the suffix “F”). Once the set-up is confirmed you can begin to trade. You do not need to fund the F segment separately; funds will be automatically transferred from your main account to meet margin requirements.

How are my LME OTC Futures trades and positions reflected in my statements?
Your positions are held in a separate account segment identified by your primary account number with the suffix “F”. You can choose to view Activity Statements for the F-segment either separately or consolidated with your main account. You can make the choice in the statement window in Account Management.

What account protections apply when trading LME OTC Futures?
LME OTC Futures are contracts with IB UK as your counterparty, and are not traded on a regulated exchange and are not cleared on a central clearinghouse. Since IB UK is the counterparty to your trades, you are exposed to the financial and business risks, including credit risk, associated with dealing with IB UK. Please note however that all client funds are always fully segregated, including for institutional clients. IB UK is a participant in the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme ("FSCS"). IB UK is not a member of the U.S. Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”).

Can I trade LME OTC Futures over the phone?
No. In exceptional cases we may agree to process closing orders over the phone, but never opening orders.

MIFID II Commodity Position Limits


On 3 January 2018, a new Directive 2014/65/EC (“MiFID II”) and Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 (“MiFIR”) will become effective, introducing new requirements on position limits and position reporting for commodity derivatives and emission allowances.

National Competent Authorities (“NCAs”) (i.e. regulators) of each European Economic Area (“EEA”) Country will calculate the limits on the size of the net position that a person can hold in commodity derivatives traded on an EU venue or its “economically equivalent contracts” (“EEOTC”).

The European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) intends to publish approved position limits on its website.
Limits will be set for the spot month and all other months, for both physically settled and cash settled commodities.
Investment firms trading in commodity derivatives and emissions allowances are obliged, on a daily basis, to report
their own positions in commodity derivatives traded on a trading venue and EEOTC contracts, as well as those of
their clients and the clients of those clients until the end client is reached, to the NCA.

Clients holding positions have to be identified using specified National Identifiers for individuals and LEIs for
organisations under MiFID II.

Interactive Brokers’ Implementation of the Requirements

In order to comply with its reporting obligations, IB will not allow its clients to trade if they have not provided the
specific National Identifier or LEI that is necessary for reporting positions of in scope financial products.

Whenever possible, IB will act to prevent account holders from entering transactions that may result in a position
limit violation. This process will include monitoring account activity, sending a series of notifications intended to
allow the account holder to self-manage exposure and placing trading restrictions on accounts approaching a limit.

Examples of notifications which are sent via email, TWS bulletin and Message Center are as follows:

  1. Information Level: sent when the position exceeds 50% of the limit. Intended to inform as to the existence of the position limit and its level.
  2. Warning Level: sent when the position exceeds 70% of the limit. Intended to provide advance warning that account will be subject to trading restrictions should exposure increase to 90%.
  3. Restriction Level: sent when the position exceeds 90% of the limit. Provides notice that account is restricted to closing transactions until exposure has been reduced to 85%.

Торговля фьючерсами на Bitcoin через IBKR

Торговый символ
Cboe/CFE: Введите базовый символ "GXBT" для загрузки фьючерсов

CME: Введите базовый символ "BRR" для загрузки фьючерсов
Торговые часы
Cboe/CFE: Стандартные часы торговли 08:30 - 15:15 по времени Чикаго, с продленной сессией 17:00 (воскресенье) - 08:30 (понедельник) и 18:30 - 08:30 в каждый последующий рабочий день
CME: 17:00 – 16:00 по времени Чикаго (воскресенье - пятница)
Обращаем внимание, что если Вы Вы хотите торговать или разрешить срабатывание ордера за пределами стандартной биржевой сессии, то Вам следует установить соответствующие настройки. Это можно сделать нижеописанным образом:
  • Через предустановки ордеров на фьючерсы. В классическом TWS выберите "Правка", а затем "Глобальная конфигурация". В Mosaic нажмите "Файл" и "Глобальная конфигурация". Разверните "Предустановки" слева и выберите "Фьючерсы". В разделе "Временные рамки" отметьте графу "Разрешить активацию, срабатывание по триггеру или выполнение ордера за пределами биржевой сессии" галочкой. Сделав это, нажмите "Применить" и "ОК".
  • Через строку ордера. Используя классический TWS или Mosaic, щелкните по полю "Время действия" и поставьте галочку в графе "Срабатывание триггера вне биржевой сессии" внизу. В случае работы в WebTrader отметьте пункт "Выполнять за пределами биржевой сессии" в конце строки ордера.
  • Через тикет ордера. В разделе Время действия" отметьте пункт "Разрешить исполнение этого ордера за пределами биржевой сессии" галочкой.

Подробнее узнать о торговле фьючерсами вне стандартной биржевой сессии можно по ссылке ниже:

Где можно найти информацию о характеристиках контрактов? 
Будут ли действовать какие-либо ограничения?

Эти торговые возможности не предлагаются пенсионным счетам (напр., IRA, SIPP) и резидентам Японии.

Каковы маржинальные требования?

Абсолютная маржа: Маржинальное требование полностью длинных позиций будет составлять 50% от расчетной цены ведущего месяца за прошлый день.  Для полностью коротких позиций по контрактам CFE действует ставка маржи в USD 40,000 за контракт, а по контрактам CME (в 5 раз крупнее) прогнозируется требование в USD 200,000 при начале торговли.

Маржа спреда: Чистая разница между минимальными маржинальными требованиями клиента по каждому длинному и короткому контракту (используя 50% как для длинной, так и для короткой составляющей) плюс плата за спред, которая равна 25% от наибольшей дневной расчетной цены среди всех фьючерсных контрактов XBT, доступных для торговли.

Напоминаем, что IBKR не отправляет запросы о пополнении маржи и может в любой момент менять требования на свое усмотрение.

Текущие маржинальные требования всех продуктов доступны в следующем разделе сайта IBKR:
Сколько составляют комиссии?
Комиссионная ставка фьючерсов на Bitcoin составит USD 5 за контракт на бирже CBOE/CFE и USD 10 за контракт на бирже CME. IBKR будет осуществлять передачу всех биржевых, регуляторных и клиринговых сборов.
Дополнительная информация о комиссиях, а также биржевых, регуляторных и клиринговых сборах доступна на нашем сайте на странице "Комиссии": 
Какие торговые разрешения требуются?
Для операций с фьючерсами на Bitcoin необходимо право на торговлю фьючерсами Crypto США. Вы можете запросить его в "Управлении счетом", открыв раздел Настройки и выбрав Торговые разрешения.
Какие есть варианты подписок на рыночные данные?
Котировки в реальном времени по фьючерсам CBOE и CME на Bitcoin доступны на платной основе через "Управление счетом". Предлагаются следующие подписки (месячная стоимость публикуется на сайте IBKR):
Cboe/CFE (биржа = CFE, биржа IB = CFECRYPTO)
  • Непрофессионалы
    • Уровень 1: CFE Enhanced (неПРО, Ур.1)
    • Уровень 2: CFE Enhanced with Depth of Book (неПРО, Ур.2)
    • Индекс: Cboe Market Data Express Indices
  • Профессиональный
    • Уровень 1: CFE Enhanced (ПРО, Ур.1)
    • Уровень 2: CFE Enhanced with Depth of Book (ПРО, Ур.2)
    • Индекс: Cboe Market Data Express Indices
CME (биржа = CME, биржа IB = CMECRYPTO)
  • Непрофессионалы
    • Уровень 1: CME Real-Time (неПРО, Ур.1)
    • Уровень 1: US Securities Snapshot and Futures Value Bundle (неПРО, Ур.1)
    • Уровень 2: CME Real-Time (неПРО, Ур.2)
    • Уровень 2: US Value Bundle PLUS (неПРО, Ур.2)
      • Требует подписки на пакет US Securities Snapshot and Futures Value Bundle
      • Только для углубленных данных
  • Профессиональный
    • Уровень 2: CME Real-Time (ПРО, Ур.2) - CME 1-го уровня для профессионалов не существует


Trading Cryptocurrency Futures with IBKR

What is the trading symbol?

CME (Bitcoin Futures): Enter the underlying symbol BRR in order to bring up the futures

CME (Ether Futures): Enter the underlying symbol ETHUSDRR to bring up the futures

ICE (Bakkt® Bitcoin Futures): Enter the underlying symbol BAKKT to bring up the futures


What are the trading hours?

CME: 17:00 – 16:00 Chicago Time, Sunday – Friday

ICE: 19:00-17:00 Chicago Time, Sunday – Friday

Please note, if you wish to trade outside of regular trading hours or have your order triggered outside of regular trading hours you must configure your order accordingly. You can do so using the following steps:

  • Through Futures Order Presets. In Classic TWS, click Edit followed by Global Configuration. In Mosaic, click File followed by Global Configuration. Expand the Presets section on the left side and select Futures. The first section will be Timing, and you will want to check the box that says "Allow order to be activated, triggered, or filled outside of regular trading hours (if available)". Click Apply and OK once finished.
  • Through the order line. In both Classic TWS as well as Mosaic, click on the Time in Force field and check the box at the bottom that says "Trigger outside RTH". In WebTrader, check the box at the end of the order line that says "Fill Outside RTH".
  • Through the Order Ticket. In the Time in Force section, check the box that says "Allow this order to be filled outside of regular trading hours".

Please see the following link for more information on trading futures outside of regular trading hours:


Where can I find information about the contract specifications?

CME (Bitcoin Futures):

CME (Ether Futures):

ICE (Bakkt® Bitcoin Futures):


Will there be any restrictions on trading?

Trading will not be offered in retirement accounts (e.g., IRA, SIPP) or for residents of Japan.


What is the Margin Requirement?

The margin requirement for outright long positions will be set at 50% of the prior day's lead month settlement price. In the case of outright short positions, the margin rate will be 150% of the daily settlement price.

Spread Margin: The net difference between the outright customer maintenance margin requirements on each long and short contracts (using 50% for both the long and the short leg) plus, for each spread, a spread charge equal to 25% of the daily settlement price that is the greatest among all XBT futures contracts available for trading.

Clients are reminded that IBKR does not issue margin calls and may modify margin requirements at any time, at IBKR's sole discretion.

Please refer to the following section of the IBKR website for current margin requirements for all products:


What are the commissions?

The commission rate for Crypocurrency futures will be USD 10 per contract for the CME and ICE products. IBKR will pass through exchange, regulatory and clearing fees.

For more information on commission as well as exchange, regulatory and clearing fees, please visit the Commission page of our website:


What trading permissions are required?

To trade Crypocurrency futures, you must have trading permissions for US Crypto Futures. You can request US Crypto Futures trading permission in Client Portal/Account Management by going to the Settings section followed by Account Settings. Click the gear icon in the top right corner of the Trading Experience & Permissions section. Go to the "Futures" section and check off "United States (Crypto)".


What are the market data subscription options?

Live quotes for Crypocurrency futures are available on a paid subscription basis through Client Portal/Account Management. The following subscriptions are offered (monthly subscription fees are posted to the IBKR website):

CME (Exchange = CME. IB Exchange = CMECRYPTO)


  • Level 1: CME Real-Time Non-Professional Level 1
  • Level 1: US Securities Snapshot and Futures Value Bundle (NP,L1)
  • Level 2: CME Real-Time Non-Professional Level 2
  • Level 2: US Value Bundle PLUS (NP,L2)
    • Requires US Securities Snapshot and Futures Value Bundle
    • This is only for depth of book


  • Level 2: CME Real-Time Professional Level 2 (There is no CME Pro level 1 product)

ICE (Exchange = ICE, IB Exchange = ICECRYPTO)

  • Level 2: ICE Futures US - Digital Asset Futures Level 2 (There is no level 1 available for either professional or professional)


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Risks of Volatility Products

Trading and investing in volatility-related Exchange-Traded Products (ETPs) is not appropriate for all investors and presents different risks than other types of products. Among other things, ETPs are subject to the risks you may face if investing in the components of the ETP, including the risks relating to investing in complex securities (such as futures and swaps) and risks associated with the effects of leveraged investing in geared funds. Investors should be familiar with the diverse characteristics of each ETF, ETN, future, option, swap and any other relevant security type. We have summarized several risk factors (as identified in prospectuses for ETPs and in other sources) and included links so you can conduct further research. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list of the risks associated with these products and investors are responsible for understanding and familiarizing themselves completely before entering into risk-taking activities. By providing this information, Interactive Brokers (IB) is not offering investment or trading advice regarding ETPs to any customer. Customers (and/or their independent financial advisors) must decide for themselves whether ETPs are an appropriate investment for their portfolios.

An ETP may not be benchmarked to the index it appears to track
"An investor should only consider an investment in a Fund if he or she understands the consequences of seeking exposure to VIX futures contracts. The Funds are benchmarked to the S&P VIX Short-Term Futures Index, an investable index of VIX futures contracts. The Funds are not benchmarked to the VIX Index. The VIX Index is a non-investable index that measures the implied volatility of the S&P 500. For these purposes, "implied volatility" is a measure of the expected volatility (i.e., the rate and magnitude of variations in performance) of the S&P 500 over the next 30 days. The VIX Index does not represent the actual volatility of the S&P 500. The VIX Index is calculated based on the prices of a constantly changing portfolio of S&P 500 put and call options. The Index underlying each Fund consists of short-term VIX futures contracts. As such, the performance of the Index and the Funds can be expected to be very different from the actual volatility of the S&P 500 or the performance of the VIX Index."   [Page 1]
"… your ability to benefit from any rise or fall in the level of the VIX Index is limited. The Index underlying your ETNs is based upon holding a rolling long position in futures on the VIX Index. These futures will not necessarily track the performance of the VIX Index. Your ETNs may not benefit from increases in the level of the VIX Index because such increases will not necessarily cause the level of VIX Index futures to rise. Accordingly, a hypothetical investment that was linked directly to the VIX Index could generate a higher return than your ETNs."   [Page PS-12]
ETPs may not provide a suitable hedge
"Historical correlation trends between the Index and other asset classes may not continue or may reverse, limiting or eliminating any potential diversification or other benefit from owning a Fund."   [Page 20]
Volatility based ETPs are volatile in themselves and are not intended for long term investment
"… investments can be highly volatile and the Funds may experience large losses from buying, selling or holding such investments. ... In addition, gains, if any, may be subject to significant and unexpected reversals. The Funds generally are intended to be used only for short-term investment horizons. As with all investments, an investor in any of the Funds could potentially lose the full principal value of his/her investment, even over periods as short as one day."   [Page 1]
"The ETNs are only suitable for a very short investment horizon. The relationship between the level of the VIX Index and the underlying futures on the VIX Index will begin to break down as the length of an investor’s holding period increases, even within the course of a single Index Business Day. ... The ETNs are not long term substitutes for long or short positions in the futures underlying the VIX Index. ... The long term expected value of your ETNs is zero. If you hold your ETNs as a long term investment, it is likely that you will lose all or a substantial portion of your investment. "   [Page PS-15]
The use of leveraged positions could result in the total loss of an investment
"The Ultra Fund utilizes leverage in seeking to achieve its investment objective and will lose more money in market environments adverse to its respective daily investment objectives than funds that do not employ leverage…
For example, because the Ultra Fund includes a two times (2x) multiplier, a single-day movement in the Index approaching 50% at any point in the day could result in the total loss or almost total loss of an investor’s investment if that movement is contrary to the investment objective of the Fund, even if the Index subsequently moves in an opposite direction, eliminating all or a portion of the movement…
Inverse positions can also result in the total loss of an investor’s investment. For the Inverse Fund, a single-day or intraday increase in the level of the Fund’s benchmark approaching 100% could result in the total loss or almost total loss of an investor’s investment, even if such Fund’s benchmark subsequently moves lower. "   [Page 14]
Possible illiquid markets may exacerbate losses
"Financial Instruments cannot always be liquidated at the desired price. It is difficult to execute a trade at a specific price when there is a relatively small volume of buy and sell orders in a market. A market disruption can also make it difficult to liquidate a position or find a swap counterparty at a reasonable cost. "   [Page 17]
Short covering may intensify losses in volatility-related ETPs
In the event of a sudden market volatility change, many traders with positions in volatility-related products will incur substantial unexpected losses. These losses may cause them to choose to close their positions. The losses may also result in margin deficits and subsequent liquidations of some or all positions. Such closing trades will add to the movement of these products. Since speculative interest in the VIX is at an all-time high, there may be no precedent for what will happen if volatility moves quickly.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) weekly Commitments of Traders (COT) report provides a breakdown of the net positions for "non-commercial" (speculative) traders in U.S. futures markets. As of September 2017 CFTC reported VIX speculative net short is at an all-time high.
"Despite the fact that the average daily closing value of the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is about 11.5 so far this year, VIX futures and options both had record days for volume and for open interest this month. … VIX futures hit a new record for open interest with more than 673,000 contracts on August 7 (2017), and VIX options reached a new record for open interest with 14,783,380 contracts open on August 15 (2017)."
*As this data is constantly changing, investors in volatility-related products should regularly check for updates.
ETP issuers may redeem shares for cash in the event of extreme moves
"The Intraday Indicative Value on any Index Business Day could be reduced to 20% or less of the prior day’s Closing Indicative Value. If this occurs, we may choose to exercise our right to effect an Event Acceleration of the ETNs for an amount equal to that day’s Closing Indicative Value and you may not receive any of your initial investment."   [Page PS-17]
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