Generate RSA Key Pair on Windows

These instructions apply to users who are receiving their statements via sFTP. If you elected to receive your statements via sFTP, you would first need to generate an RSA Key pair.

To generate an RSA Key pair:

1. Download WinSCP.

2. Run the installer and make sure to check PuTTYgen (key generator) as one of the components to install.

3. Start WinSCP and from the button Tools select Run PuTTYgen.


4. Once the tool PuTTYgen has been launched, click Generate. Select RSA as Type of key to generate, 2048 as Number of bits in generated key and click on the button Generate.

5. Click "Save private key" and give the file a name (like private). Leave the extension as .ppk  ('ale.ppk', in the picture below is an example filename). Important Note: do NOT save your public key yet. Save only your private one.

6. Open WinSCP, create a new connection and:
  • Select SFTP as File protocol.
  • Enter xfer.interactivebrokers.com in the Host name field.
  • Enter 32 in the Port number field.
 
7. Click on the button Advanced.

8. In the Advanced Site Settings screen, left side menu, expand SSH and select Authentication. Click on the button ... at the end of the field Private Key file and open the private key you previously saved at point 5):

9. Click on the button Display public key:
 
10. Click on the button Copy Key.

11. Open Notepad, press CTRL+V to paste the key string (which is one string of characters without spaces) and then save the file with the name public.key in a folder of your preference:


12. Send the file you saved at the previous step to us via Message Center ticket or email as per instructions on IBKB3842
 
13. In the WinSCP Window, click on "OK" in the information pop-up showing the key, then "OK" in the Advanced Site Settings screen, then click on Save to save the new connection you have created.
 
14. Once the IBKR Sales Engineering Team has configured the parameters for your connection on our servers, you will be able to access your SFTP repository by using the connection you have created.
 
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Generate a Key Pair Using GPG Suite on macOS

If you elected to receive your statements in an encrypted form, you would first need to generate an RSA Key pair. To generate an RSA Key:

1. Download the GPG Suite for macOS

2. Double click on the downloaded installation file:

3. Click on Install

4. Click Continue

5. Click on Install

6. Click Install

Note: By default the installation includes an add-on for Apple Mail called GPG Mail. If you don't use Apple Mail and do not need this add-on, you can de-select it during this step.

7. Click on Close:

 

8. Launch GPGTools. The Create new key pair dialog box should automatically open. Input your Full Name, your Email and choose a Password. PLEASE NOTE: Keeping a secure copy of this password is essential. Any loss of this password will require the whole process to be repeated.
 
9. Expand Advanced options and make sure that:
  • The "Key type" drop-down is set to "RSA and RSA (default)"
  • "Length" is set to "2048"
  • The checkbox "Key will expire on" must remain NOT active

Important Note: Please be absolutely certain to set "Key type" to "RSA and RSA (default)" otherwise the key will be unusable.

 
10. Click on the button Create Key
 

11. Once the key pair is created it will be listed in your Key ring. Right click on it and select Export...

12. Choose a location to save the key pair in the Where field and make sure the checkbox Include secret key in exported file is deactivated. Click on Save.

13. You will receive a prompt indicating that the key pair was created successfully. Click on No, Thanks! to prevent uploading the public key to the PGP servers

14. Open Finder and go to the location you selected for saving the public key (at point 12).

15. Send the public key file to us via Message Center ticket or email as per instructions on IBKB3842.

 

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What timeframe of activity statements is made available online and how can archived statements be obtained?

Overview: 

Daily activity statements for the past 6 years are available online through Client Portal. Monthly activity statements for the past 84 months and annual statements for the past 7 years are also available. Archived statements are available on a best efforts basis and are available in electronic format only (delivered via email). Charges vary by currency, and the fee schedule can be found on our website under the Pricing menu followed by Other Fees.

Note: IBKR does not typically provide daily statements in lieu of monthly or annual statements.

Payment may be made in the form of check, or in the case of active accounts a debit to the account cash balance.  Requests for archived statements may be made via web ticket and checks are to be mailed to Interactive Brokers, Attn: Funds & Banking, 209 S La Salle St. Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60604 USA

Background: 

IMPORTANT NOTE

Cashier’s Checks, Official Checks, Teller’s Checks and Banker’s checks issued by banks are the recommended forms of payment.  Personal checks and checks issued by a credit union or bill payment service are subject to a seven business day hold period, after which the requested statements will be issued.

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