Changes to the Interactive Brokers LLC Client Agreement (Form 3203)

Overview: 

To address changes in our business, technology, services, markets, and other factors, Interactive Brokers LLC has revised the terms of our standard client agreement (Form 3203) ("Amended IB LLC Client Agreement").

For IB LLC accounts opened prior to April 16, 2021, the Amended IB LLC Agreement will be effective as of June 11, 2021.  Continuing to maintain an IBKR account after June 11, 2021 shall constitute acceptance of the Amended IB LLC Client Agreement.*

The full text of the Amended IB LLC Client Agreement can be reviewed here: https://gdcdyn.interactivebrokers.com/Universal/servlet/Registration_v2....

Sections or subsections (indicated in parentheses) of the Amended IB LLC Client Agreement that are new include, but are not limited to:

  • Notice Requirements and Amendment of Terms (3)
  • Special Risks of Algorithmic Orders (5 B)
  • Payment for Orders and Rebates (6)
  • Order Execution (8 C on pre-trade filters)
  • Designation of Trusted Contact Person (12)
  • Custodial Accounts (14)
  • Margin (15 B iii, iv and v)
  • Closing Rights Positions Prior to Expiration (17)
  • Mutual Funds (18)
  • Worthless and Non-Transferable Securities (19)
  • Position Limits (20)
  • Unclaimed Property (29)
  • Commissions and Fees, Interest Charges, Funds (33 C, D and E)
  • Exposure Fees (34 B)
  • Risks Regarding Political and Governmental Actions (36)
  • Fractional shares (37 B)
  • Indemnification (41)
  • Fast and Volatile Markets (43)
  • Physically Deliverable Futures (Schedule A / referenced in 32)*

Sections or subsections of the Amended Client Agreement that are not entirely new but have been substantively amended include, but are not limited to:

  • Client Agreement (1)
  • No Advice Regarding Investment, Tax, Trading or Account Type (2)
  • Responsibility for Client Orders/Trades (4)
  • Order Routing (5 A)
  • Order Execution (8 A and B)
  • Confirmations and Reporting Errors (9)
  • Proprietary Trading – Display of Customer Orders (10)
  • Client Qualification (11)
  • Margin (15 B i and ii)
  • Liquidation of Positions and Offsetting Transactions (16 all subsections)
  • Universal Accounts (22)
  • Short Sales (23)
  • IBKR’s Right to Loan/Pledge Assets (24)
  • Security Interest (25)
  • Event of Default (27)
  • Suspicious Activity (28)
  • Multi-Currency Function in IBKR Accounts (30 all subsections)
  • Commodity Options and Futures Not Settled in Cash (32 all subsections)
  • Commissions and Fees, Interest Charges, Funds (33 A and B)
  • Account Deficits (34 A)
  • Limitation of Liability (40 A)
  •  Client Must Maintain Alternative Trading Arrangements (42)

*Client’s indication of an intent to make or take delivery on any Covered Contract as defined in Schedule A of the Amended Client Agreement shall constitute acceptance of the Amended Client Agreement as of the date of Client's indication of such intent, even if prior to June 11, 2021.
 

IBKR Notes FAQs

What are IBKR Notes?

IBKR notes are short term debt securities issued periodically by IBG LLC. Interactive Brokers LLC (IB), a broker-dealer affiliate of IBG LLC is the sole placement agent for the Notes. The U.S. dollar denominated Notes are issued at face value in $1,000 increments and the minimum subscription is $10,000. The Notes mature no later than the 30th day following issuance but may be redeemed sooner. The Notes pay a fixed rate of interest, which is set by adding a spread to the effective Federal Funds rate as reported by the New York Federal Reserve Bank on the morning of the date the Notes are sold to the purchaser. The minimum Rate is 0.50% per annum, and all interest is due and payable upon the earlier of the date of redemption or maturity of the Notes.

 

Who is eligible to invest in IBKR Notes?

Clients who are Accredited Investors are eligible to subscribe to IBKR Notes. If you are interested in further information about this private placement, you may confirm your Accredited Investor status and access the restricted IBKR Notes Program section of the Client Portal, which contains the confidential Offering Memorandum, Subscription Agreement and other information about the IBKR Notes Program.

Only US persons will be able to participate at this time.

Additional Information

 

Where can I sign up for IBKR Notes?

SIGN UP FOR IBKR NOTES

Qualified clients can use the button above or follow the below procedure to request to participate in the IBKR Notes program:

  1. Log in to Client Portal
  2. Select Settings followed by Account Settings
  3. In the Configuration section, next to Invest in IBKR Notes, you can see your account’s enrollment status in the program.
  4. If you are not enrolled, you can sign up by clicking the Configure (gear) icon next to Invest in IBKR Notes.
  5. You must read the agreement, sign your name, and click Submit to enroll.

 

How are the rates determined for IBKR Notes?

The issuer sets the interest rate for each Notes issuance at its discretion. The minimum interest rate for a Notes issuance is 0.50%. When there is a new Notes issuance, IBG LLC announces a Spread rate at least two days in advance. The Interest Rate on the Note is the Spread Rate plus the Benchmark Rate, which is the Federal Funds Rate on the morning of the new issuance.

 

Can I choose which IBKR Notes to invest in?

Yes. So long as you are enrolled in the IBKR Notes Program and have indicated via the Client Portal your intention to participate in future Notes Program issuances, you have a standing order to automatically purchase Notes from the Issuer, if and when offered by the Issuer, with free credit balances in your IBKR account (the “Free Cash Balance” is generally defined as cash in your IBKR account in excess of margin requirements and short stock value). IBKR provides controls to allow you to place parameters on your standing order, including, a maximum amount of Notes to purchase (in dollars) and a minimum Free Cash Balance to leave in your account after purchasing the Notes.

 

What are the minimum and maximum investment sizes for IBKR Notes?

Investors must purchase a minimum of $10,000 in aggregate principal amount of Notes and may not purchase more than $25,000,000 in aggregate principal amount. Notes are issued only in book-entry form, in denominations of $1,000 and integral multiples of $1,000.

 

Can IBKR Notes be redeemed early?

The Notes are redeemable prior to maturity only at the option of the Issuer. If the Issuer redeems the Notes prior to maturity, you will receive a notice of redemption. The principal and accrued and unpaid interest to and excluding the date of redemption will be credited to your IBKR account. Notes holders do not have the option to redeem their Notes holdings early.

 

Can I change my investment preferences in IBKR Notes?

Yes, you may change your Maximum Investment Amount and Minimum Uninvested Cash amount at any time by notifying us through Client Portal. You may also temporarily or permanently suspend your participation by setting the “Invest in All Upcoming Notes” preference to Off.

If you suspend your participation in the Notes Program, IBKR will not sell you Notes during any future issuances, but you will continue to hold existing Notes in your account until the earlier of their maturity or redemption. You may re-activate your participation in the Notes Program though the Client Portal at any time by setting the “Invest in All Upcoming Notes” preference to On.

 

Can I terminate my participation in the IBKR Notes program?

You may terminate your participation in the IBKR Notes Program at any time by notifying us through the Client Portal. IBKR may also terminate your participation in the Notes Program at any time and for any reason, including if you no longer meet the eligibility requirements or if you do not reaffirm that you meet such requirements upon our request. If your participation in the program is terminated, IBKR will not sell you Notes in any future issuance, but you will continue to hold existing Notes in your account until the earlier of their maturity or redemption. In addition, you will not be permitted to re-activate your participation in the Notes program without re-enrollment.

 

How are IBKR Notes reported on my Activity Statement?

IBKR Notes will be reported like a Bond on your Activity Statement. You will see Bond activity in various sections of your statement including the Performance Summary, Open Positions, Trades, and Financial Instrument Information sections. During the holding period, accrued interest is not reflected on the statement. Interest payments will be reflected upon redemption or maturity.

 

What happens if an IBKR Notes offering is oversubscribed?

In the event that an IBKR Notes offering is oversubscribed, IBKR will allocate notes to potential investors at its sole discretion. There is no guarantee that any potential investor, including you, will be allocated Notes.

 

Will the returns for IBKR Notes be included in Portfolio Analyst?

Yes, returns for IBKR Notes will be included in your Portfolio Analyst reports.

 

Are Notes Transferable?

No. Notes cannot be transferred between accounts at IBKR or to an external account. Notes must remain in the account they were initially allocated to until they mature (unless redeemed early by IBKR).

 

What happens if I close my account before my IBKR Note matures?

Clients must hold the Notes until they mature (unless redeemed early by IBKR). If you would like to close your account while you hold Notes, you may submit a close account request and request a transfer of your assets. However, Notes are non-transferrable, and the account will remain open until the Notes have matured and all assets have been transferred out of your account. During this period, account fees and charges may continue to apply. Please contact Customer Service should your account closure request be pending due to an existing Notes position before processing.

 

Can an advisor invest in IBKR Notes on behalf of their clients?

Yes. Advisors with trading discretion over their client accounts can invest in IBKR Notes on behalf of eligible clients through the IBKR CRM.

 

Are IBKR Notes included in the Net Liquidation Value calculation for fee-based advisor clients?

Yes. The value of the IBKR Notes in an IBKR account will be included in the calculation of Net Liquidation Value (NLV) fees. Interest will also be included in the calculation.

 

If I place a trade that uses the minimum required spare cash to invest in IBKR Notes, will my notes be liquidated?

The minimum spare cash requirement to invest in IBKR Notes is checked only when placing the initial Notes investment. It is not required to be maintained while the Note is outstanding.

 

Are IBKR Notes included in my Equity with Loan Value?

Yes, IBKR Notes are included in calculating your Equity with Loan Value.

 

If my account is in a margin deficit, will IBKR liquidate IBKR Notes?

If your account is in a margin deficit, IBKR will not liquidate your investment in IBKR Notes.

Additional Information

 

Where can I find the IBKR Notes Offering Memorandum?

The IBKR Notes Offering Memorandum is available at the time of enrollment as well as within the IBKR Notes page in the Client Portal. You may access this page by selecting Settings followed by Account Settings and Invest in IBKR Notes within the configuration section, and clicking the download Offering Memorandum link.

 

Are IBKR Notes marginable?

No. IBKR Notes are non-marginable and are ineligible for use as margin collateral. Additionally, the Initial Purchase will be capped to the USD cash balance in an account. An investment in IBKR Notes is not allowed if the purchase causes a USD debit balance.

 

Does the interest rate on an IBKR Note vary by amount invested?

No. All holders of a specific Note receive the same interest rate regardless of their individual investment amount.

 

How liquid are IBKR Notes?

The Notes are illiquid. No public market exists for the Notes. They are non-transferable and cannot be traded.

 

Are IBKR Notes “cash equivalents”?

No. IBKR Notes are illiquid short term debt investments. Cash equivalents generally are highly liquid instruments which are readily convertible into known amounts of cash.

 

How often are IBKR Notes issued?

Notes are issued at the discretion of the issuer.

 

What is the notice period for new IBKR Notes issuances?

There is a two-day notice period prior to newly issued Notes being allocated to your account. For example, if a new issuance notification is sent on Monday, the Note will post to your account on Wednesday evening. Interest begins accruing on settlement date (T+1), which would be Thursday.

 

How is interest calculated for IBKR Notes?

IBKR conforms to international standards for day-counting when calculating the interest paid on IBKR Notes.

IBKR utilizes the 30/360-day count convention, which means that interest income is determined based on a 360-day year. The actual number of calendar days each Note will be outstanding for is 30. But the number of days which accrue interest may be greater or lesser than 30 based on the specific time period Notes are issued, redeemed or mature.

 

Are Notes insured by SIPC, FDIC or any other entity?

No, the Notes are not insured by SIPC, FDIC or any other entity.

 

Sanctions Related to Certain Chinese Securities

Overview: 

The U.S. announced additional sanctions related to certain Chinese securities scheduled to go into effect on February 1, March 9, and March 15, 2021. These are an extension of the sanctions regarding other Chinese companies that went into effect on January 11. The U.S. has also recently announced that the application of sanctions against certain Chinese securities will be delayed from January 28 to May 27, 2021.

Background: 

These sanctions prohibit U.S. persons from purchasing publicly traded securities, including options and other derivatives, of certain companies affiliated with the military of the People's Republic of China. We sent you this notice because you hold a position in at least one of the securities the U.S. has stated will be subject to the sanctions effective March 9, 2021.

Who will the sanctions apply to?

Currently, the sanctions only apply to "U.S. persons." A U.S. person includes, "any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States." The definition of U.S. Persons includes IBKR clients who are resident in, citizens of or incorporated in the U.S, or owned by U.S. persons.

What restrictions will the sanctions place on IBKR Customers who are U.S. Persons?

U.S. Persons may not buy any of the sanctioned securities after the effective date of the sanctions-February 1, March 9, or March 15 as listed below-unless the purchase is to close an existing short position. They may close existing positions in these securities for 10 months after the date the sanction became effective-i.e., December 1, January 9, or January 15-assuming the listing exchanges offer trading and the clearinghouse will settle the trades. In recognition of these actions, opening orders and inbound transfers of sanctioned securities will not be accepted, effective immediately.

What types of securities do the sanctions cover?

The sanctions cover all securities, including stocks, bonds, warrants, options and other derivatives such as ADRs. The sanctions also cover ETFs, index funds and mutual funds that include the CCMC securities.

What individual securities are subject to the sanctions?

As we noted above, sanctions on the first wave of CCMC securities went into effect on January 11, 2021. We have listed below all of the CCMC issuers whose securities are subject to sanctions and the effective date of those sanctions.

CCMC Securities

Name of Company
Effective Date
Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC)
3/15/2021
Aero Engine Corporation of China
1/11/2021
AECC Aviation Power
5/27/2021
Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)
1/11/2021
Beijing Zhongguancun Development Investment Center
3/15/2021
China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT)
1/11/2021
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC)
1/11/2021
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC)
1/11/2021
China Communications Construction Company (CCCC)
1/11/2021
China Construction Technology Co. Ltd. (CCTC)
2/1/2021
China Electronics Corporation (CEC)
1/11/2021
China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC)
1/11/2021
China General Nuclear Power Corp.
1/11/2021
CGN Power Co. Ltd.
5/27/2021
China International Engineering Consulting Corp. (CIECC)
2/1/2021
China Mobile Communications Group
1/11/2021
China Mobile LTD.
3/9/2021
China National Aviation holding Co. Ltd. (CNAH)
3/15/2021
China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina)
1/11/2021
China National Chemical Engineering Co. Ltd.
5/27/2021
China National Chemical Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (CNCEC)
1/11/2021
China National Nuclear Corp.
1/11/2021
China National Nuclear Power Co. Ltd.
5/27/2021
China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC)
2/1/2021
CNOOC Limited
3/9/2021
China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco Group)
1/11/2021
China North Industries Corp.
5/27/2021
Norinco International Corporation Ltd.
5/27/2021
China Nuclear Engineering & Construction Corporation (CNECC)
1/11/2021
China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC)
1/11/2021
China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC)
1/11/2021
China Shipbuilding Industry Group Power Co. Ltd.
5/27/2021
China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC)
1/11/2021
China Spacesat
1/11/2021
China State Construction Group Co., Ltd.
1/11/2021
China State Construction Engineering Corp. Ltd.
5/27/2021
China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC)
1/11/2021
China Telecommunications Corp.
1/11/2021
China Telecom Corp. Ltd.
3/9/2021
China Three Gorges Corporation Limited
1/11/2021
China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd.
1/11/2021
China United Network Communications Corp. Ltd.
5/27/2021
China UNICOM Hong Kong Ltd.
3/9/2021
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC)
3/15/2021
CRRC Corp.
1/11/2021
Dawning Information Industry Co (Sugon)
1/11/2021
Global Tone Communication Technology Co. Ltd. (GTCOM)
3/15/2021
GOWIN Semiconductor Corp.
3/15/2021
Grand China Air Co. Ltd. (GCAC)
3/15/2021
Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (Hikvision)
1/11/2021
Huawei
1/11/2021
Inspur Group
1/11/2021
Inspur International Ltd.
5/27/2021
Luokong Technology Corporation (LKCO)
3/15/2021
Offshore Oil Engineering Co. Ltd
5/27/2021
Panda Electronics Group
1/11/2021
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC)
2/1/2021
Sinochem Corp.
5/27/2021
Sinochem Group Co. Ltd.
1/11/2021
Sinochem International Corp.
5/27/2021
Xiaomi Corporation
3/15/2021

We will provide you with an update if the U.S. government issues additional guidance.  For reference, the U.S. Executive Order announcing the sanctions is available here and guidance provided to date is available here

 

 

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.

 

How to generate a ".har" file

Background: 

When troubleshooting a non-trivial website issue, it is sometimes necessary for our Client Services team to obtain additional information about your browser communication. You may be asked record and provide a .har file. This file contains additional information about the network requests that are sent and received by your browser. Your browser can generate such file by recording content, timeline and status of HTTP/HTTPS requests and responses while the issue occurs.

In this article we explain how to generate a .har file. Please click on the browser that you use in the list below:

 

To generate the HAR file for Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome and go to the page where the issue is occurring.

2. Press CRTL +SHIFT + I on your keyboard. Alternatively, click on the Chrome menu icon (three vertical dots at the top-right of your browser window) and select More Tools > Developer Tools

3. The Developers Tools opens as a docked panel at the side or bottom of Chrome. Select the tab Network (Figure 1.)

Figure 1.

4. Look for a round Record button in the upper left corner of the Developer Tools toolbar and make sure it is red. If it is grey, click it once to start recording or just press CTRL+E (Figure 2.)

Figure 2.

5. Activate the checkbox Preserve log (Figure 3.)

Figure 3.

6. Click the Clear button to clear out any existing logs. The Clear button has a stop icon and is located on the right of the Record button (Figure 4.)

Figure 4.

7. Reproduce the issue you are experiencing while the network requests are being recorded.

8. Once you have reproduced the issue, right-click anywhere on the list of recorded network requests, select Save all as HAR with Content, and save the file to a location of your preference on your computer (e.g. on your Desktop).

9. From the IBKR Client Portal, go to the Message Center and create a new Web Ticket (or use an existing one when applicable)

10. Within the Web Ticket, attach the .har file previously generated.  In case the IBKR Client Services has provided you with a reference ticker number or representative name, please add this information to the ticket body.

11. Submit the Web Ticket

 

To generate the HAR file for Firefox:

1. Open Firefox and go to the page where the issue is occurring

2. Press F12 on your keyboard. Alternatively click the Firefox menu icon (three horizontal parallel lines at the top-right of your browser window), then select Web Developer > Network

3. The Developers Network Tools opens as a docked panel at the side or bottom of Firefox. Select the tab Network (Figure 5.)

Figure 5.

4. Activate the checkbox Persists logs (Figure 6.)

Figure 6.

5. Reproduce the issue you are experiencing. The recording of the network request starts automatically.

6. Once you have reproduced the issue, right-click anywhere on the list of recorded requests and select Save All As HAR

7. Save the file to a location of your preference on your computer (e.g. on your Desktop)

8. From the IBKR Client Portal, go to the Message Center and create a Web Ticket (or use an existing one when applicable)

9. Within the Web Ticket, attach the .har file previously generated.  In case the IBKR Client Services has provided you with a reference ticker number or representative name, please add this information to the ticket body

10. Submit the Web Ticket

 

To generate the HAR file for Microsoft Edge:

1. Open Edge and go to the page where the issue is occurring.

2. Press F12 on your keyboard. Alternatively click the Edge menu icon (three horizontal dots at the top-right of your browser window), then select More Tools > Developers Tools

3. Click the Network tab (Figure 10.)

Figure 10.

4. Reproduce the issue that you were experiencing before, while the network requests are being recorded.

5. Once done click the floppy disk icon (Export as HAR) or press CTRL+S (Figure 11.)

Figure 11.

6. Provide a filename and a location of your preference on your computer (e.g. on the Desktop). Then click the Save button

7. From the IBKR Client Portal, go to the "Message Center" and create a Web Ticket (or use an existing one when applicable)

8. Within the Web Ticket, attach the .har file previously generated.  In case the IBKR Client Services has provided you with a reference ticker number or representative name, please add this information to the ticket body.

9. Submit the Web Ticket

 

To generate the HAR file for Safari:

Note: Before generating the HAR file, make sure you can see the Develop menu in Safari. If you do not see this menu, click on the menu Safari, choose Preferences, go to the tab Advanced and activate the checkbox next to Show Develop menu in menu bar

1. Open the Develop menu and select Show Web Inspector or press CMD+ALT+I

2. Click the Network tab (Figure 12.)

Figure 12.

3. Activate the checkbox Preserve log (Figure 13.)

Figure 13.

4. Click on the icon Export (or press CMD+S), provide a filename and a location of your preference on your computer (e.g. on the Desktop) and save the .har file

5. From the IBKR Client Portal, go to the "Message Center" and create a Web Ticket (or use an existing one when applicable)

6. Within the Web Ticket, attach the web archive file previously generated.  In case the IBKR Client Services has provided you with a reference ticker number or representative name, please add this information to the ticket body.

7. Submit the Web Ticket

 

How to verify your identity using your Secure Login Device

Overview: 

Some tasks in Client Portal will ask you to verify your identity by using the Challenge Code/Response String method in order to proceed further.

This article will guide you in completing these tasks with the following Secure Login Devices:

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Verify your identity with IB Key (iOS)

1. When you initiate a task that requires a verification, you will be prompted to enter Username and Password. Fill out the information and click on Continue (Figure 1).

Figure 1.

2. A Challenge Code will be displayed, along with a passcode field to enter a response (Figure 2). You will enter this Challenge Code onto your phone.

Figure 2.

3. Launch IBKR Mobile on your iOS smartphone, and...

     3.a. If the app opens with the home screen (Figure 3), select Authenticate then proceed with step 4.

     3.b. If the app opens with the login screen (Figure 4), tap Services on the top left (red arrow), select Authenticate (Figure 3) and proceed with step 4.

     3.c. If the app opens with your Home Page, Portfolio, Watchlists, or similar (Figure 5), tap More on the bottom-right (red arrow). Then tap Two-Factor Authentication (Figure 6), tap Generate Code (Figure 7) and proceed with step 4.

Figure 3.                                           Figure 4.
     

Figure 5.                                           Figure 6.                                            Figure 7.

          

4. Type the Challenge Code from Client Portal (see step 2.) into the corresponding field and select Generate Passcode (Figure 8).

Figure 8.

5. Use Touch ID or Face ID for two-factor authentication.

If Touch ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter your smartphone's passcode. A response string will then be generated (Figure 9).

     5.1 If you use Touch ID, place your registered finger on the Home Button (Figure 9). A response string will then be generated (Figure 10).

Figure 9.                                                       Figure 10.
     

     5.2 If you use Face ID, look at your iOS smartphone screen (Figure 11). A response string will then be generated (Figure 12).

Figure 11.                                                          Figure 12.
    

6. Enter the response string from IB Key into the passcode field of Client Portal and click Continue (Figure 13).

Figure 13.

 

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Verify your identity with IB Key (Android)

1. When you initiate a task that requires a verification, you will be prompted to enter Username and Password. Fill out the information and click on Continue (Figure 1A).

Figure 1A.

2. A Challenge Code will be displayed, along with a passcode field to enter a response (Figure 2A). You will enter this Challenge Code onto your phone.

Figure 2A.

3. Launch IBKR Mobile on your Android smartphone, and...

     3.a. If the app opens with the home screen (Figure 3A), select Authenticate then proceed with step 4.

     3.b. If the app opens with the login screen (Figure 4A), tap Services on the top left (red arrow), select Authenticate (Figure 3A) and proceed with step 4.

     3.c. If the app opens with your Home Page, Portfolio, Watchlists, or similar (Figure 5A), tap More on the bottom-right (red arrow). Then tap Two-Factor Authentication (Figure 6A), followed by Generate Response (Figure 7A), and proceed with step 4.

Figure 3A.                                            Figure 4A.

    

Figure 5A.                                          Figure 6A.                                     Figure 7A.

         

4. Type the PIN that you determined during the IB Key registration process and the Challenge Code from Client Portal into the corresponding fields, then select Generate Passcode. A response string will then be generated (Figure 8A).

Figure 8A.

5. Enter the response string from IB Key into the passcode field of Client Portal and click Continue (Figure 9A).

Figure 9A.

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Verify your identity with Digital Security Card+ (DSC+)

1. When you initiate a task that requires a verification, you will be prompted to enter Username and Password. Fill out the information and click on Continue (Figure 1B).

Figure 1B.

2. A Challenge Code will be displayed, along with a passcode field to enter a response (Figure 2B). You will enter this Challenge Code onto your DSC+.

Figure 2B.

3. Turn on your DSC+ using the “press” button until 'PIN>' is displayed (Figure 3B). Enter the 4-digit PIN code you specified at the time you requested the device, then confirm with the “OK” button (Figure 4B).

Figure 3B.                                                              Figure 4B.                                                    

     

4. When 'CHALLNG>' is displayed (Figure 5B), enter the 6-digit Challenge Code from the Client Portal screen into the DSC+, then confirm with the "OK" button (Figure 6B).

Figure 5B.                                                              Figure 6B.                                       
    

5. A response code will appear (Figure 7B).

Figure 7B.                                                  

6. Enter the response string from your DSC+ into the passcode field of Client Portal and click Continue (Figure 8B).

Figure 8B.

How to use Voice callback for receiving login authentication codes

Background: 

 If you have SMS enabled as two-factor authentication method, you may use Voice callback to receive your login authentication codes. This article will provide you steps on how to select voice callback when logging in to our platforms.

 

How to use Voice callback
 
You may select Voice if you do not receive your login authentication code. You will then receive your login authentication code via an automated callback. Follow the instructions below, depending on which platform you are trying to login to.
 

 

Client Portal

1. Click on "Didn't receive a security code?"

2. From the two options, select "Voice" and wait for the callback.

3. After selecting Voice, you should receive the callback within a minute. Please wait for the callback and be ready to write down the code that will be provided over the callback.

 

TWS

1. Click on "Request new Security Code"

2. From the two options, select "Voice" and click on OK. Then wait for the callback.

 3. After selecting Voice, you should receive the callback within a minute. Please wait for the callback and be ready to write down the code that will be provided over the callback.

Note: Voice callback for the TWS is only available in the LATEST and BETA version.

 

IBKR Mobile - iOS

1. Click on "Request New Code"

2. From the two options, select "Voice" and wait for the callback.

 3. After selecting Voice, you should receive the callback within a minute. Please wait for the callback and be ready to write down the code that will be provided over the callback.

 

IBKR Mobile - Android

1. Click on "Request New Security Code"

2. From the two options, select "Voice" and wait for the callback.

 3. After selecting Voice, you should receive the callback within a minute. Please wait for the callback and be ready to write down the code that will be provided over the callback.

 

References:

 

Trading Securities listed on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE)

Overview: 
Who can trade TASE listed instruments?
  • Non-Israeli residents, retail and corporate
  • Corporate clients in Israel who are tax exempt
What does it mean to be Tax Exempt?
If you are an Israeli Corporation, you may be entitled to tax exemption. If this is applicable to your Corporation, you will have a form obtained from Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) confirming it. Please check with ITA.
 
TASE opening hours can be found here. If you wish to see the trading hours information for each individual product, click the Product Description link in the Products section here to find specific trading hours.
 
Background: 

Available Products

Please see the full list of Stocks and ETFs currently available here.
 
We will be adding more products, please check our website regularly.
 
How to set up access for trading on TASE?
 
You will need to have all your relevant tax information and the Israeli Tax Exemption Form in order to complete the steps.
 
Step 1: Request Trading Permissions for Israel in Client Portal. Log in to your account, go to the Settings > Account Settings menu and click the “Configure”(gear) icon:
 
 
Select “Israel” and complete information concerning your trading knowledge and experience.
 
On the next page you will see the summary of trading permissions. Please review its correctness and continue.
 
Depending on your asset classes selection you may be asked to read, sign and acknowledge receipt of Risk disclaimers, disclosures and client agreements. We will confirm that your request has been accepted:
 
 
Step 2. Next screens will be a Tax Form collecting relevant tax information. Please complete the form. We will also ask you to confirm if you obtained the Tax Exemption Form:
 
 
Step 3. Upon completion of the Tax Form you will see this message:
 
 
Step 4. In Client Portal under Pending Tasks (a bell symbol at the top left of your screen) you will now see a task to complete- “To submit the Israel Tax Certificate”. Please upload the document here.
 
 
Step 5. Once we received the form and relevant information, you will be able to have access to TASE trading within 3 working days.
 

Links:

 
 

How to solve: "Another user is running Tax Optimizer"

Background: 
How do I launch the Tax Optimizer?
You can launch Tax Optimizer from the Client Portal, section Home > Reports > Tax. Once you have selected a Day, click on Launch Tax Optimizer. For additional details, please consult the Client Portal User Guide
 
Requirements:
  • Tax Optimizer requires the presence of a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) installed on your machine. Should you not have a JRE installed, please go to the web page java.com and install the latest one by clicking the button "Free Java Download". Please follow the instructions on the Java download page to complete the installation.
  • Your operating system should be configured to open the .jnlp files within the Java Runtime Environment. This configuration should be automatically set during the JRE installation. If, for some reason, the file association is broken, we recommend to reinstall the JRE to instate it again.

 

How to overcome the error message "Another user is running Tax Optimizer"?

1. Log in to the IBKR Client Portal
 
2. Click the "Profile icon" in the upper right corner of the IBKR Client Portal and click on Log Out
 
3. Continue selecting one of the two options according to your operating system:

 

If you use Windows

a. Press CTRL + ESC on your keyboard
 
b. Start directly typing the word "Java" and then click on Configure Java from the search results
 
c. In the Java Control Panel, click on Settings...
 
d. Click on the Delete Files...
 
e. This will open Delete Files and Applications window. Check all options listed, then click on OK
 

f. Once you have cleared your Java cache, log back into the Client Portal and try launching Tax Optimizer again. You should now be able to open the application. If you are still not able to launch the Tax Optimizer and you receive the same error as before (Another user is running Tax Optimizer), please perform the additional steps below:

g. Press the key combination Win(Windows Key) + E  and navigate to the directory: C:\Users\<your windows user>\ibto

 
h. Select all files in the ibto folder, right-click on the selection and choose Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder. The zipped file will be created in the same ibto directory
 
i. Compose a New Ticket in the Message Center, informing us of this issue. Please attach the Zip file you created at the previous step (h.) to your ticket
 
 
 

If you use Mac OS

a. Click on Apple icon on the top left and select System Preferences
 
b. Click on the Java icon located at the bottom to open the Java Control Panel
 
c. In Java Control Panel, navigate to Web Settings > Temporary Files Settings, then click on Delete Files
 
d. This will open the Delete Files and Applications window. Check all options listed, then click on OK
 

e. Once you have cleared your Java cache, log back into the Client Portal and try launching Tax Optimizer again. You should now be able to open the application. If you are still not able to launch the Tax Optimizer and you receive the same error as before (Another user is running Tax Optimizer), please perform the additional steps below:

 

f. Press the key combination CMD + SHIFT + H, then go to folder ibto
 
g. Select all files in the ibto folder, right-click and select Compress 6 ItemsThe zipped folder will be created in the same directory
 

h. Compose a New Ticket in the Message Center, informing us of this issue. Please attach the Zip file you created at the previous step (g.) to your ticket

 

References:

 

IBKR Securities Class Action Recovery

Overview: 

The Securities Class Action Recovery solution is an automated service that removes the administrative burden of participating in a securities class action lawsuit. There is no upfront fee to subscribe to this service, but all recovered amounts are subject to a 20% contingency fee, as detailed in the Terms & Conditions.

Who can participate in the IBKR Securities Class Action Recovery service?
IBLLC clients can participate in the service if they are eligible to trade US or Canadian stocks or bonds, hold an individual, joint or separate trading limit (STL) account with IBKR, or are a client of a fully disclosed introducing broker (IBroker) or a client of a Financial Advisor.

How do I enroll in IBKR Securities Class Action Recovery service?
Eligible clients can quickly and easily enroll or leave the service at any time by logging in to Client Portal and clicking the Settings > Account Settings menu. Click the "Configure" icon next to Securities Class Action Recovery to review the Terms & Conditions, subscribe to or unsubscribe from the service.
 
How does the IBKR Securities Class Action Recovery service work?
Once enrolled, IBKR will notify you when a security you bought or sold is subject to a class action lawsuit and inform you of when a claim is filed. Any monetary compensation received in connection to your claim will be electronically deposited to your IBKR account. Please note that there could be a considerable amount of time between filing a claim and receiving compensation.
 
Is there a fee to participate in the IBKR Securities Class Action Recovery service?
There is no upfront fee to subscribe to the service. However, all recovered amounts are subject to a 20% contingency fee deducted from the recovered funds. Please refer to the service's Terms & Conditions for details.
 
What happens if I unsubscribe from the IBKR Securities Class Action Recovery service while a lawsuit is active?
You are eligible to receive compensation for any settled claims as long as your activity and holdings for involved securities were transmitted to our service provider before you unsubscribed from the service. If you unsubscribe from the IBKR service and sign up with a third-party vendor, a duplicate claim may occur. To avoid rejected claims due to duplicate submissions please email us at proserve@ibkr.com to let us know which claim filing you would like to prevail.

 

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