Exposure Fee Calculations Overview

Introduction

IBKR's global risk management routine includes a daily execution of computations through which each client’s portfolio is stress tested to determine its exposure to a series of prices changes beyond that protected by margin. These stress tests serve to identify accounts that, while margin compliant, project losses which exceed the account’s equity were these scenarios to be realized and which IBKR regards as excessive. In an effort to increase client awareness as to their potential exposure, IBKR has implemented a daily Exposure Fee, that is assessed to any account reporting end of day uncovered risk in excess of specified levels.

 

Current Exposure Fee Overview

The current Exposure Fee calculation is intended to reflect a more comprehensive set of market scenarios in addition to price dependencies among all products types. The calculation is based upon a Monte Carlo simulation which incorporates thousands of market scenarios and projects the exposure of your portfolio assuming sector-based price changes (e.g., individual stock and sectors such as oil, gas, meat, sugar, cocoa, metals, foreign exchange & crypto-currencies), and then applying this evaluation to all other products based upon their respective sector correlation.

 

Managing the Exposure Fee

At the initial point an account is detected as being subject to the Exposure Fee, a communication will be sent out explaining the fee and affording the account holder one week to adjust positions and equity before the Fee, if still applicable, will take effect. To assist with avoidance or mitigation of the Fee, IBKR provides a daily Exposure Fee Calculation report via Account Management which details the Fee and provides examples of hypothetical adjustments to existing positions which, if implemented, are projected to reduce the Fee given information then available.

 

Primary Risk Factors

Each portfolio will be re-valued based upon stressing each primary risk factor, which is represented by a future contract, index or ETF, and all other product(s) in the portfolio will adjusted based upon their correlation associated with that primary risk factor.

Below is a summary of each risk factor, the representing Future Contract, Index or ETF, and the upper and lower range in which we stress each risk factor.

Risk Factors Product Lower Bound Upper Bound
Equity S&P 500 Index (SPX) -30.00% 20.00%
Australia Equity  S&P 500 / ASX 200 Index Australia Index (AP)  -30.00% 20.00%
United Kingdom Equity  FTSE 100 Index (Z)  -30.00% 20.00%
European Equity   Dow Jones Euro STOXX50 Index (ESTX50)  -30.00% 20.00%
Hong Kong Equity   Hang Seng Index (HSI) -30.00% 20.00%
Individual Stocks -50.00% 50.00%
Oil United States Oil Fund (USO) -18.80% 62.00%
CO2 ICE ECX EUA Futures -74.30% 59.50%
Treasury iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) -19.80% 15.60%
Italian Govt Bond Euro-BTP Italian Government Bond -13% 13%
BAX 3 Month Canadian Bankers' Acceptance Futures -0.40% 0.40%
EuroBund Euro Fund (10 Year Bond - GBL) -7.60% 8.60%
JGB Japanese Goverrnment Bonds (JGB) -2.20% 2.20%
Live Cattle Live Cattle (LE) -30.00% 30%
Feeder Cattle Feeder Cattle (GF) -30% 30%
Hogs Lean Hogs Index (HE) -30% 30%
Ind. Metals. NYMEX Cooper Index (HG) -25.30% 22.10%
Prec. Metals SPDR Gold Shars (GLD) -20.70% 34.50%
Silver NYMEX Silver Index (SI) -26.20% 28.80%
Wheat ETFS Wheat (OD7S) -40.90% 64.70%
Corn Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN) -23.50% 41.50%
Soybean Teucrium Soybean Fund (SOYB) -22.60% 27.40%
Cocoa iPath Bloomberg Cocoa Subindex Total Return (NIB) -28.60% 37.40%
Gas United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) -18.80% 62.00%
Crypto The NYSE bitcoin Index (NYXBT) -100% 93.90%
Sugar iPath Bloomberg Sugar Subindex Total Return (SGGFF) -34.50% 52.30%
Cotton ETFS Cotton (COTN) -50% 50%
Coffee iPath Bloomberg Coffee Subindex Total Return (JJOFF) -30% 50%
Lumber Random Length Lumber (LB) -30% 30%
Milk Milk Class III Index (DA) -15% 15%
Orange Juice FC Orange Juice "A" (OJ) -35% 35%

 

Forex Risk Factor Lower Bound Upper Bound
AUD -18.10% 18.10%
BGN -6.80% 6.80%
BRL -17.00% 17.00%
CAD -13.70% 13.70%
CHF -13.90% 13.90%
CNH -8.20% 8.20%
CNY -6.70% 6.70%
CYP -7.20% 7.20%
CZK -9.50% 9.50%
DKK -7.90% 7.90%
EEK -5.50% 5.50%
EUR -9.90% 9.90%
GBP -13.00% 13.00%
HKD -8.00% 8.00%
HRK -7.00% 7.00%
HUF -20.50% 20.50%
ILS -8.80% 8.80%
INR -12.40% 12.40%
ISK -9.90% 9.90%
JPY -16.80% 16.80%
KRW -18.00% 18.00%
LTL -7.20% 7.20%
LVL -7.00% 7.00%
MTL -7.20% 7.20%
MXN -16.70% 16.70%
NOK -12.90% 12.90%
NZD -14.60% 14.60%
PLN -31.40% 31.40%
RON -6.90% 6.90%
RUB -27.80% 27.80%
SEK -13.20% 13.20%
SGD -6.30% 6.30%
SIT -7.20% 7.20%
SKK -7.20% 7.20%
TRY -40.10% 40.10%
TWD -14.20% 14.20%
USD -9.30% 9.30%
ZAR -19.00% 19.00%

For additional information concerning this Exposure Fee Calculation report, please see KB3113.

 

French Withholding Tax Reclaim

European withholding taxes on dividends are taxed at source. This means that the tax is withheld by the depository prior to remittance of the distribution to IB and the subsequent credit of the net distribution to the accounts of any IB's customer.

As outlined in the customer agreement, IB holds all shares in street name. For this reason the rate between the dividend paying country (France) and the receiving country (IB LLC US) is 30%. While you may hold an account with Interactive Brokers UK, IBUK in turn acts as an introducing broker for Interactive Brokers LLC. As such, Interactive Brokers LLC is the street facing holder of shares. See below link to the IB customer agreement for further clarification. In case the link does not work, you can go on our webpage under > products & services > forms and disclosures > agreements > customer agreements > IB UK Limited Customer Agreement https://gdcdyn.interactivebrokers.com/Universal/servlet/Registration.formSampleView?file=registration_1/uk_customer_agreement.html

On French stock dividends, IB can facilitate the process of dividend tax reclaim. To reclaim taxes you are required to complete Forms 5000 and 5001. Please return the completed forms to IB initially as an attachment to an Inquiry Ticket. Upon receipt, IB will review the forms and confirm if they can be accepted. Once reviewed, the original forms should be sent to:

Interactive Brokers UK Ltd
Att. Esther
Gotthardstrasse 3
CH-6301 Zug
Switzerland
 
In Form 5000 you have to fill out only the first page.
 
At point I please select "Normal procedure".
At point II please complete with your personal details.
At point III please write your signature
At point IV is required your Tax ID Number and the Signature/Stamp of your local Tax Office.
 
 
In Form 5001 complete the second page with the corresponding shares and dividend details (incl. ISIN). Please ensure the completed form is signed.
 
 
Please note the forms 5000 and 5001 provided to IB should be those for the French tax authorities. In the box on the top left of the forms you can see the version of the forms. They need to be the ones 'for the use of the French tax authorities', and not the versions 'to be kept by the beneficiary' or 'for the use of the foreign tax authorities'.
 
Upon receipt of the original forms, IB will forward the documents to our custodian for the French market. Upon receipt of the refunded withholding tax, IB will credit the account.
 
Please note that an external fee of 125 EUR per each dividend is charged by Euroclear for processing the reclaim. This fee is charged regardless of whether the refund is successful or not.
 
The process of tax reclaims is handled on a best effort basis and could take several months (6 to 12).
 
The deadline to request a French Tax Reclaim is two years from the end of the year of the dividend payment event with an exception for residents of the Netherlands (three years) and Germany (four years).
 
Please send IB the original forms before the end of October of the deadline year to ensure that Euroclear will have the documents. Documents received by Euroclear after 15 November of the reclaim deadline year will be processed on a best efforts and will incur a higher fee of 200 euros per dividend payment.
 
French ADR Withholding Tax Reclaim
 
IB does not support ADR Tax Reclaims. GlobeTax can be a solution to reclaim the ADR Withholding Tax. Please see the contact details below:
 
GlobeTax
Sarah Roberts
+1-212-364-9045

US Reg NMS Snapshot Market Data Service

Overview: 

Beginning in March 2017, we will be giving clients the ability to request snapshot quotes for NYSE (Network A/CTA), AMEX (Network B/CTA), and NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) listed issues. The price for a snapshot quote will be 0.01 USD and will be charged for each snapshot quote. At the close of the month, the snapshot counter will reset. 

 

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Background:

Some exchanges offer a pricing structure for clients who wish to see a single quote at a particular moment and not have their quotes update on a streaming basis. These requests are called snapshots. Snapshots are typically utilized by traders who wish to keep costs as low as possible and want to know the NBBO (National Best Bid and Offer) for a specific moment to make their trading decisions. In general, pricing for snapshot quotes are 0.01 USD or 0.01 EUR depending on the exchange location.

 

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Pricing Details:

Clients will be charged for each snapshot until they cap out at the price of the streaming quote service. Once you are capped, you will be switched to the streaming quote service[1] for the remainder of the calendar month at no charge. The switch to streaming quotes will take place at approximately 18:30 EST the following business day after reaching the snapshot threshold. At the close of the month, the streaming service will automatically terminate and the snapshot counter will reset. Each listing exchange will be capped independently and will not be combined across listing exchanges.

Listed Network Feed
Price per
Snapshot Quote
Subscriber
Status
Capped
Snapshot
Streaming Service Activated
AMEX (Network B/CTA) 0.01 USD Non-Pro 150 AMEX (Network B/CTA) (NP,L1)
AMEX (Network B/CTA) 0.01 USD Pro 2300 AMEX (Network B/CTA) (P,L1)
NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) 0.01 USD Non-Pro 150 NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) (NP,L1)
NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) 0.01 USD Pro 2300 NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) (P,L1)
NYSE (Network A/CTA) 0.01 USD Non-Pro 150 NYSE (Network A/CTA) (NP,L1)
NYSE (Network A/CTA) 0.01 USD Pro 4500 NYSE (Network A/CTA) (P,L1) [2]

Notes:

1. Clients can subscribe to a regular streaming service while choosing delayed + snapshot data for another service.

2. Billed by Interactive Brokers.

 

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Desktop Trading - TWS (Classic):

If you have delayed data displayed and subscribed to the snapshot permissions, under the column Ticker Action[1] you would see a button for Snapshot:


 

When clicking the Snapshot button, it will populate a quote details window. The quote details window will generate a timestamp the moment the NBBO quote is received for that symbol along with the NBBO information:


 

In the Quote Details Window clicking the Refresh[2] link will update the the NBBO quote.

Note:

1. At this time, it is not possible to remove the Ticker Action column permanently.

2. Each time you click refresh on the quote window or select a snapshot quote, an additional charge of 0.01 USD will incur on your monthly statement. If you reach the snapshot cap limit, the related delayed quote line will become a streaming quote line.

 

Example:

In the above case, GOOG is a NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) listed stock. There will be a charge of 0.01 USD per query (a snapshot).

  • Non-Professionals can request another 149 snapshots for GOOG or any other NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) listed shares, before it turns into streaming quotes.
  • Professionals can request another 2,299 snapshots for GOOG or any other NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) listed shares, before it turns into streaming quotes.

You will only be charged for the snapshots until the cap amount. Once the snapshot limit is reached, no further charges will be applied for the rest of the month and will begin receiving streaming quotes for that Network.

 

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Desktop Trading - TWS (Mosaic):

If you have delayed data displayed and subscribed to the snapshot permissions, when selecting a row in the Monitor tab, the Order Entry window will display an option to request a Snapshot.


 

Clicking the +SNAPSHOT link will populate a quote details window. The quote details window will generate a timestamp the moment the NBBO quote is received for that symbol and will populate the NBBO information:


 

In the Quote Details Window clicking the Refresh[1] link will update the the NBBO quote.

Note:

1. Each time you click refresh on the quote window or select a snapshot quote, an additional charge of 0.01 USD will incur on your monthly statement. If you reach the snapshot cap limit, the related delayed quote line will become a streaming quote line.

 

Example:

In the above case, GOOG is a NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) listed stock. There will be a charge of 0.01 USD per query (a snapshot).

  • Non-Professionals can request another 149 snapshots for GOOG or any other NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) listed shares, before it turns into streaming quotes.
  • Professionals can request another 2,299 snapshots for GOOG or any other NASDAQ (Network C/UTP) listed shares, before it turns into streaming quotes.

You will only be charged for the snapshots until the cap amount. Once the snapshot limit is reached, no further charges will be applied for the rest of the month and will begin receiving streaming quotes for that Network.

 

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Web Trading - WebTrader:

If you have delayed data displayed and subscribed to the snapshot permissions, on the Market Tab under the column Additional Data you would see a button for Snapshot:


 

When clicking the Snapshot button, will populate a quote details window. The quote details window will generate a timestamp the moment the NBBO quote is received for that symbol:


Note: There is no option to refresh the snapshot quote. You will have to click OK to close the window and then click the Snapshot button again to generate a new quote details window.

 

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Mobile Trading - IB TWS app:

On the Quote Screen tapping on a Symbol will expand the quote box. If you have delayed data displayed and are subscribed to the snapshot permissions you will see a link for Snapshot:


When tapping the Snapshot link, it will populate a quote details window. The quote details window will generate a timestamp the moment the NBBO quote is received for that symbol along with the NBBO information:


Note: 
There is no option to refresh the snapshot quote. You will have to click Close to close and then tap the Snapshot link again to generate a new quote details window.

 

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For information regarding subscription considerations for U.S. market data (Non-Professionals), please see KB2840.

Market Data Non-Professional Questionnaire

Overview: 

Insight into completing the new Non-Professional Questionnaire.

Background: 

The NYSE and most US exchanges require vendors to positively confirm the market data status of each customer before allowing them to receive market data. Going forward, the Non-Professional Questionnaire will be used to identify and positively confirm the market data status of all customer subscribers. As per exchange requirements, without positively identifying customers as non-professional, the default market data status will be professional. The process will protect and maintain the correct market data status for all new subscribers. For a short guide on non-professional definitions, please see ibkb.interactivebrokers.com/article/2369.

Each question on the questionnaire must be answered in order to have a non-professional designation. As exchanges require positive confirmations of proof for non-professional designations, an incomplete or unclear Non-Professional Questionnaire will result in a Professional designation until the status can be confirmed. 

If the status should change, please contact the helpdesk.

Explanation of questions:

1)    Commercial & Business purposes

a)    Do you receive financial information (including news or price data concerning securities, commodities and other financial instruments) for your business or any other commercial entity?

Explanation: Are you receiving and using the market data for use on behalf of a company or other organization aside from using the data on this account for personal use?

b)    Are you conducting trading of any securities, commodities or forex for the benefit of a corporation, partnership, professional trust, professional investment club or other entity?

Explanation: Are you trading for yourself only or are you trading on behalf of an organization (Ltd, LLC, GmbH, Co., LLP, Corp.)?

c)    Have you entered into any agreement to (a) share the profit of your trading activities or (b) receive compensation for your trading activities?

Explanation: Are you being compensated to trade or are you sharing profits from your trading activities with a third party entity or individual?

d)    Are you receiving office space, and equipment or other benefits in exchange for your trading or work as a financial consultant to any person, firm or business entity?

Explanation: Are you being compensated in any way for your trading activity by a third party, not necessarily by being paid in currency.

2)    Act in a capacity

a)    Are you currently acting in any capacity as an investment adviser or broker dealer?

Explanation: Are you being compensated to manage third party assets or compensated to advise others on how to manage their assets?

b)    Are you engaged as an asset manager for securities, commodities or forex?         
 

Explanation: Are you being compensated to manage securities, commodities, or forex?

c)     Are you currently using this financial information in a business capacity or for managing your employer’s or company’s assets?

Explanation: Are you using data at all for a commercial purposes specifically to manage your employer and/or company assets?

d)    Are you using the capital of any other individual or entity in the conduct of your trading?

Explanation: Are there assets of any other entity in your account other than your own?

3)    Distribute, republish or provide data to any other party

a)    Are you distributing, redistributing, publishing, making available or otherwise providing any financial information from the service to any third party in any manner?

Explanation: Are you sending any data you receive from us to another party in any way, shape, or form?

4)    Qualified professional securities / futures trader

a)    Are you currently registered or qualified as a professional securities trader with any security agency, or with any commodities or futures contract market or investment adviser with any national or state exchange, regulatory authority, professional association or recognized professional body? i, ii
YES☐             NO☐

i) Examples of Regulatory bodies include, but are not limited to,

  • US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • UK Financial Service Authority (FSA)
  • Japanese Financial Service Agency (JFSA)

ii) Examples of Self-Regulatory Organization (SROs) include, but are not limited to:

  • US NYSE
  • US FINRA
  • Swiss VQF 

Exposure Fee Monitoring via Account Window

The Account Window provides the high-level information suitable for monitoring one's account on a real-time basis. This includes key balances such as total equity and cash, the portfolio composition and margin balances for determining compliance with requirements and available buying power.  This window also includes information relating to the most recently assessed exposure fee and a projection of the next fee taking into consideration current positions.

To open the Account Window: 
• From TWS classic workspace, click on the Account icon, or from the Account menu select Account Window (Exhibit 1)
 

Exhibit 1

 

• From TWS Mosaic workspace, click on Account from the menu, and then select Account Window (Exhibit 2)

Exhibit 2

 

After opening the window, scroll down to the Margin Requirements section and click on the + sign in the upper-right hand corner to expand the section.  There, the "Last" and "Estimated Next" exposure fees will be detailed for each of the product classifications to which the fee applies (e.g., Equity, Oil).  Note that the "Last" balance represents the fee as of the date last assessed (note that fees are computed based upon open positions held as of the close of business and assessed shortly thereafter).  The "Estimated Next" balance represents the projected fee as of the current day's close taking into account position activity since the prior calculation (Exhibit 3).

Exhibit 3

 

To set the default view when the section is collapsed, click on the checkbox alongside any line item and those line items will remain displayed at all times.

 

Please see KB2275 for information regarding the use of IB's Risk Navigator for managing and projecting the Exposure Fee and KB2276 for verifying exposure fee through the Order Preview screen.

 

Important Notes

1. The Estimated Next Exposure Fee is a projection based upon readily available information.  As the fee calculation is based upon information (e.g., prices and implied volatility factors) available only after the close, the actual fee may differ from that of the projection.

2. Exposure Fee Monitoring via the Account window is only available for accounts that have been charged an exposure fee in the last 30 days

Order Preview - Check Exposure Fee Impact

IB provides a feature which allows account holders to check what impact, if any, an order will have upon the projected Exposure Fee. The feature is intended to be used prior to submitting the order to provide advance notice as to the fee and allow for changes to be made to the order prior to submission in order to minimize or eliminate the fee.

The feature is enabled by right-clicking on the order line at which point the Order Preview window will open. This window will contain a link titled "Check Exposure Fee Impact" (see red highlighted box in Exhibit I below).

Exhibit I

 

Clicking the link will expand the window and display the Exposure fee, if any, associated with the current positions, the change in the fee were the order to be executed, and the total resultant fee upon order execution (see red highlighted box in Exhibit II below).  These balances are further broken down by the product classification to which the fee applies (e.g. Equity, Oil). Account holders may simply close the window without transmitting the order if the fee impact is determined to be excessive.

Exhibit II

 

Please see KB2275 for information regarding the use of IB's Risk Navigator for managing and projecting the Exposure Fee and KB2344 for monitoring fees through the Account Window

 

Important Notes

1. The Estimated Next Exposure Fee is a projection based upon readily available information.  As the fee calculation is based upon information (e.g., prices and implied volatility factors) available only after the close, the actual fee may differ from that of the projection.

2. The Check Exposure Fee Impact is only available for accounts that have been charged an exposure fee in the last 30 days

Using Risk Navigator to Project Exposure Fees

Overview: 

IB's Risk Navigator provides a custom scenario feature which allows one to determine what effect, if any, changes to their portfolio will have to the Exposure fee. Outlined below are the steps for creating a “what-if” portfolio through assumed changes to an existing portfolio or through an entirely new proposed portfolio along with determining the resultant fee.   Note that this feature is available through TWS build 971.0i and above.

Step 1: Open a new “What-if” portfolio
 
From the Classic TWS trading platform, select the Analytical Tools, Risk Navigator, and then Open New What-If menu options (Exhibit 1).
 
Exhibit 1
 
 
From the Mosaic TWS trading platform, select the New Window, Select Risk Navigator, and then Open New What-If menu options.
 
Step 2: Define starting portfolio
 
A pop-up window will appear (Exhibit 2) from which you will be prompted to define whether you would like to create a hypothetical portfolio starting from your current portfolio or a newly created portfolio.  Clicking on the "yes" button will serve to download existing positions to the new “What-If” portfolio.
 
Exhibit 2
 
Clicking on the "No" button will open up the “What-If” Portfolio with no positions. 
 
Step 3: Add Positions
 
To add a position to the “what-if” portfolio, click on the green row titled "New" and then enter the underlying symbol (Exhibit 3), define the product type (Exhibit 4) and enter position quantity (Exhibit 5).
 
Exhibit 3
 
 
Exhibit 4
 
 
Exhibit 5
 
 
You can modify the positions to see how that changes the margin.  After you altered your positions you will need to click on the recalculate icon () to the right of the margin numbers in order to have them update.  Whenever that icon is present the margin numbers are not up-to-date with the content of the “what-if” Portfolio.
 
Step 4: Determine Exposure Fee
 
To view the projected correlated exposure fee based upon your “what-if” portfolio, click on the Report and then Exposure Fee menu options (Exhibit 6).  Once selected, a new Exposure Fee tab will be added, which will display the projected exposure fee broken down by primary risk factors (Exhibit 7).
 
Exhibit 6
 
 
Exhibit 7
 
You can modify the positions to see how that changes the Exposure Fee.  After you altered your positions you will need to click on the refresh button to the right of the Last Calculation Time.  Whenever the warning icon () is present the Exposure Fee Calculations numbers are not up-to-date with the content of the “what-if” Portfolio. 
 

Please see KB2344 for information on monitoring the Exposure fee through the Account Window and KB2276 for verifying exposure fee through the Order Preview screen.

Important Note

1. The on-demand Exposure Fee check represents a projection based upon readily available information.  As the fee calculation is based upon information (e.g., prices and implied volatility factors) available only after the close, the actual fee may differ from that of the projection.

Overview of Dodd-Frank

Background
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as Dodd-Frank, is a U.S. law enacted in July of 2010, the purpose of which is to prevent the recurrence of events which lead to the 2008 financial crisis. Its principal goals are to:

- Promote U.S. financial stability by improving accountability and transparency within the financial system;
- Protect taxpayers from future bailouts of institutions deemed “too big to fail”; and
- Protect consumers from financial services practices considered abusive.

For additional information, please review the following sections:
- Dodd-Frank reforms
- Dodd-Frank and your IB Account

 

 

 

 

 

Dodd-Frank Reforms
To accomplish its goals, Dodd-Frank proposed the following reforms:

- Enhanced oversight and supervision of financial institutions through the creation of Financial Stability Oversight Council
- Creation of a new agency responsible for implementing and enforcing compliance with consumer financial laws (Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection)
- Implementation of more stringent regulatory capital requirements
- Changes in the regulation of over the counter derivatives including restrictions upon access to Federal credit by swaps entities, establishment of regulatory oversight and mandatory trading and clearing requirements
- Enhanced regulation of credit rating agencies intended to eliminate exemptions from liability, enhance rating agency disclosure, establish prohibited activities and impose standards for independent Board governance
- Changes to corporate governance and executive compensation practices
- Incorporation of the Volcker Rule which imposes restrictions upon the speculative proprietary trading activities of banking entities
- Mandating studies intended to reform investor protection rules
- Changes to the securitization market including requirements that mortgage bankers retain a % of risky loans.

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Dodd-Frank and Your IB Account
Perhaps most visible to IB account holders of all the Dodd-Frank regulations are those relating to money transfers. Here, Section 1073 of the Act introduces consumer protections designed to increase transparency with respect to the costs, timing and the right to repudiate cross-border transactions.
For purpose of Section 1073, a cross-border transaction is defined as an electronic transfer of money from a consumer in the United States to a person or business in a foreign country. As IB LLC is a U.S. based broker, all its account holders regardless of whether they are domiciled in the U.S. or not, benefit from this protection and it covers withdrawals denominated in a currency other than the U.S. dollar as well as USD denominated withdrawals sent to a non-U.S. bank. Account holders submitting a withdrawal which is covered by this regulation will be provided with a disclosure after confirming the request within Account Management. This disclosure will include the following information:

- The name and address of the sender and recipient
- The amount to be deducted from the sender’s IB account
- The amount projected to be credited to the recipient’s bank account including an estimate of fees which the receiving bank's correspondent bank(s) may charge. Note that these correspondent bank fees are not set by nor is any part of them earned by IB.
- A disclaimer that additional fees and foreign taxes may apply.
- Notice of the sender’s right to cancel the transfer request for a full refund within 30 minutes of it being authorized.
- Regulatory contact information in the event of questions or complaints.

When estimating correspondent bank transfer fees, IB takes into consideration information collected from past customer transactions in addition to data made available by our agent banks. We encourage our customers to review and consider this information when making decisions regarding cross-border transactions.

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Information Regarding Italian Financial Transaction Tax on Derivatives

Overview: 

This document is designed to provide an overview of how the Italian Financial Transaction Tax (I-FTT) will be handled by Interactive Brokers for Italian derivatives.

Effective September 1, 2013, the tax will be implemented on the purchase and sale of Italian derivatives.

Tax Rate

The tax rate is dependent on the type of financial instrument traded, whether the instrument was traded OTC or on a regulated exchange or MTF and on the value of the contract. The tax is applied per contract.

Scope

The I-FTT will be applied to transactions on derivatives whose underlying assets are mainly I-FTT taxable shares or whole value depends mainly on I-FTT taxable shares. It will also be applied on any other financial instrument which allows the purchase or share of I-FTT taxable shares or involving a cash settlement determined with reference to I-FTT taxable shares.

Calculation Method

The I-FTT will be applied to both the purchaser and the seller of the derivative contract. As such, there is no benefit of netting as there is when trading stocks.

The rates as set for 2013 when trading on a regulated exchange or MTF are outlined below. Note that a transaction occurring OTC will be charged 5 times the rates displayed below. The values displayed below are in EUR.

 

 

Instrument

Value < 2,500

2,500 to 4,999 5,000 to 9,999 10,000 to 49,999 50,000 to 99,999 100,000 to 499,999 500,000 to 999,999 1,000,000 +
Futures, certificates, covered warrants, options on yields, measures or indices related to shares  0.00375  0.0075  0.015  0.075  0.15  0.75  1.5  3
Futures, warrants, certificates, covered warrants and options on shares  0.025  0.05  0.1  0.5  1  5 10  20
All other products not listed above  0.05 0.1 0.2 1  2  10  20  40

 

The information above is being provided on a best efforts basis only and is subject to change.

Security Device Replacement Charge

Account holders logging into their account via IB's Secure Login System are issued a security device, which provides an additional layer of protection to that afforded by the user name and password, and which is intended to prevent on-line hackers and other unauthorized individuals from accessing their account. While IB does not charge any fee for the use of the device, certain versions require that the account holder return the device upon account closing or incur a replacement fee.  Existing account holders are also subject to this replacement fee in the event their device is lost, stolen or damaged (note that there is no fee to replace a device returned as a result of battery failure). 

In addition, while IB does not assess a replacement fee unless a determination has been made that the device has been lost, stolen, damaged or not returned, a reserve equal to the fee will placed upon the account upon issuance of the device to secure its return.  This reserve will have no effect upon the equity of the account available for trading, but will act as limit to full withdrawals or transfers until such time the device is returned (i.e., cannot withdraw the reserve balance).

Outlined below are the replacement fee associated with each device.

SECURITY DEVICE REPLACEMENT FEE
Security Code Card $0.001
Digital Security Card    $0.002
Digital Security Card + $20.00 
Gold Device $0.002
Platinum Device $0.002

For instructions regarding the return of security devices, please see KB975

 

1 The Security Code Card is not required to be returned upon account closing and may be destroyed and discarded once remaining funds have been returned and the account has been fully closed. Access to Account Management after closure for purposes of viewing and retrieving activity statements and tax documents is maintained using solely the existing user name and password combination.

2 IB is no longer issuing a replacement for this Security Device. Account holders using this device are encouraged to log into Account Management and request a replacement device. Please see here for directions.

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