为什么需要披露我与金融机构的雇佣关系?

根据美国金融业监管局(FINRA)规则3210要求,与成员公司(雇主成员)关联的申请者在IBKR(执行成员)开户前必须先获得雇主成员的书面同意。该规则还要求开户人士告知IBKR其与雇主成员的关联关系。对IBKR来说,可能还存在其它类似的非美国法规要求。

受雇于其它经纪商或金融机构或与其它经纪商或金融机构关联的申请者需要提交一份包含其雇佣单位联系信息的文件,以便IBKR根据要求向其雇佣单位提供相关交易数据。如果申请者受雇于金融机构,但又不提交相应文件,则IBKR会联系申请者确认其是否是不适用于FINRA规则3210。

如何用手机向IBKR发送文件

Overview: 

即使您一时无法扫描文件,盈透证券也支持您给我们发送文件副本。您可以用手机将所需文件拍下来。

下方介绍了在不同手机操作系统下如何拍照并将照片通过电子邮件发送给盈透证券的详细步骤:

如果您已经知道如何拍照并通过电子邮件发送图片,请点击此处——电子邮件应该发送到哪里以及邮件主题应该写什么

 

iOS
1. 从手机屏幕的底部向上滑,然后点击相机图标。

如果没找到相机图标,您可以从iPhone主屏幕点击相机应用程序图标。

通常情况下打开的应该是后置摄像头。如果打开的是前置摄像头,请点击摄像头切换按钮。


2. 将手机移到文件上方,镜头对准需要的位置或页面。

 

3. 确保光线均匀、充足,避免因为拿手机的姿势在文件上投下任何阴影。手机拿稳,防止抖动。点击拍照按钮拍照。

 

4. 点击左下角的缩略图查看您刚刚拍的照片。


5.  确保照片清晰,文件字迹清楚。您可以用两个手指在图片上划开来放大图片查看细节。

如果图片质量或亮度不好,请重复上述步骤重新拍照。


6. 点击屏幕左下角的分享图标。



7. 点击电子邮件图标。

注意:要发送电子邮件,您的手机必须有相应配置。如果不知道如何配置,请联系您的电子邮件供应商。

 

8. 请参见此处了解如何填写电子邮件收件人(To:)和主题(Subject:)。填写完毕后,点击右上方的向上箭头发送邮件。

 


安卓
1. 打开应用程序列表,启动相机应用程序。或者直接从手机主屏幕启动相机。取决于您的手机型号、制造商或设置,相机应用程序的叫法可能有所不同。

通常情况下打开的应该是后置摄像头。如果打开的是前置摄像头,请点击摄像头切换按钮。

 

2. 将手机移到文件上方,镜头对准需要的位置或页面。

 

3. 确保光线均匀、充足,避免因为拿手机的姿势在文件上投下任何阴影。手机拿稳,防止抖动。点击拍照按钮拍照。


4.  确保照片清晰,文件字迹清楚。您可以用两个手指在图片上划开来放大图片查看细节。

如果图片质量或亮度不好,请重复上述步骤重新拍照。


5. 点击屏幕右下角的空白圈圈图标。   

 

6. 点击屏幕左下角的分享图标。


7. 在显示的分享菜单中点击手机上安装好的电子邮件客户端的图标。下图显示的是Gmail,但手机设置不同,电子邮件程序也会不同。

注意:要发送电子邮件,您的手机必须有相应配置。如果不知道如何配置,请联系您的电子邮件供应商。

8. 请参见此处了解如何填写电子邮件收件人(To:)和主题(Subject:)。填写完毕后,点击右上方的飞机图标发送邮件。

 


电子邮件应该发送到哪里以及邮件主题应该写什么
应按照以下说明发送邮件:
1. 在收件人(To:)字段,输入:

  •   newaccounts@interactivebrokers.com(如果您是非欧洲国家居民)
  •   newaccounts.uk@interactivebrokers.co.uk(如果您是欧洲国家居民)

2. 主题(Subject:)字段必须注明所有以下信息:

  •     您的账户号码(通常格式为Uxxxxxxx,其中x是数字)您的用户名
  •     发送文件的目的。请采用以下惯例:
    • 居住地证明请写PoRes
    • 身份证明请写PID

 

费用概览

我们鼓励客户和潜在客户访问我们的网站了解详细费用信息。

最常见的几项费用有:

1. 佣金——取决于产品类型和挂牌交易所,以及您选择的是打包式(一价全含)还是非打包式收费。例如,美国股票佣金为每股0.005美元,每笔交易最低佣金为1.00美元。

2. 利息——保证金贷款需缴纳利息,IBKR采用国际公认的隔夜存款基准利率作为基础来确定自己的利率。然后我们将分等级在基准利率基础上应用一个浮动值(这样余额越大对应的利率就越有利)来确定实际利率。例如,对于美元计价的贷款,基准利率是联邦基金利率,而10万美元以内的余额利率会在基准利率的基础上加1.5%。此外,卖空股票的个人应注意,借用“难以借到”的股票还会有一笔特殊费用,以日息表示。 

3. 交易所费用——取决于产品类型和交易所。例如,对于美国证券期权,某些交易所会对消耗流动性的委托单(市价委托单或适销的限价委托单)收取费用、对添加流动性的委托单(限价委托单)给与补贴。此外,许多交易所还会对取消或修改的委托单收取费用。

4. 市场数据——您并非一定要订阅市场数据,但是如果不订阅市场数据,您可以会产生月费用,具体取决于供应交易所及其订阅服务。我们提供市场数据助手工具,可根据您想交易的产品帮助您选择适当的市场数据订阅服务。要访问该工具,请登录客户端,点击支持然后打开市场数据助手链接。

5. 最低月活动费用——为迎合活跃客户的需求,我们规定如果账户产生的月佣金能达到最低月佣金要求,则可免交月活动费用;而如果产生的月佣金未能达到最低月佣金要求,则需缴纳差额作为活动费用。最低月佣金要求为10美元。

6. 杂费 - IBKR允许每月一次免费取款,后续取款将收取费用。此外,还会代收交易取消请求费用、期权和期货行权&被行权费用以及ADR保管费用。

更多信息,请访问我们的网站,从定价菜单中选择查看。

开户过程中的手机验证

简介

IB要求客户验证其手机以便直接通过SMS接受账户和交易相关消息。未完成手机验证的客户将会受到交易限制,直至完成验证程序。验证需在线进行,下方为具体步骤。
如果您的账户已经开好,但尚未验证手机,请直接跳到KB2552完成验证程序。

 

手机验证

在填写盈透证券账户开户申请时,您会看到页面顶部有一个蓝色长条,写着“确认手机号码”。

在1-4步中,您可随时点击这一蓝色长条。点击后,您会看到下方窗口:

您输入完整的手机号之后,系统会对号码进行识别并立即发送确认短信。在确认码框内输入您收到的短信码然后点击提交以完成手机号码验证。

如果在开户过程中无法完成这一项,您也可以随时通过申请状态页面完成确认。

 

请注意,可能会存在以下限制:

  • 如果您参与了全国免扰电话登记(NDNC),则短信可能会被拦截。
  • 由于反诈骗措施,虚拟号码供应商可能会遭到拦截。
  • 某些运营商可能会限制短信接收时段。

 

手机收不到IBKR的短信(SMS)

Background: 

在客户端中验证了手机号之后,您应该马上就能收到IBKR向您手机发送的短信(SMS)。本文阐述了在无法收到短信的情况下您可以采取的解决方法。

1. 激活移动IBKR验证(IB Key)作为双因素验证设备

为免受无线/手机运营商相关问题影响、稳定接收所有IBKR消息,我们建议您在手机上激活移动IBKR验证(IB Key)。

我们的手机验证以移动IBKR程序自带的IB Key作为双因素安全设备,因此在登录IBKR账户时无需通过SMS获取验证码。 

移动IBKR程序目前支持在Android和iOS手机上使用。下方为安装、激活和操作说明:

Android: KB2277
iOS: KB2278

 

2. 重启手机:

关机然后再重新开机。通常这样就能收到短信。 

请注意,某些情况下,如漫游出运营商服务的范围时(在国外),您可能无法收到所有消息。

 

3. 使用语音回呼

如果重启手机后还是没能收到登录验证码,请可以选择“语音”。然后您会接到自动的语音回呼,告知您登录验证码。有关如何使用语音回呼的详细说明,请参见IBKB 3396

 

4. 检查看是否您的手机运营商阻断了来自IBKR的SMS

某些手机运营商误将IBKR的短信识别为垃圾短信或不良内容,会自动对其进行阻断。您可以联系相应地区的相应部门检查您的手机号码是否有短信过滤:

美国:

印度:

中国:

  • 直接致电运营商询问其是否在阻断IBKR的消息

 

参考文章:

 

FaceKom面谈的系统要求

根据法规要求,盈透证券中欧有限公司(“IBCE”)须通过视频面谈的方式确认账户申请人的身份。面谈将通过监管当局认可的远程客户身份识别系统进行,该系统由FaceKom提供。以下是参加IBCE视频面谈的最低系统要求:

  • 台式电脑、手提电脑或移动设备:安卓OS 4+ 及Chrome,或安卓5+内置Chrome,iOS Safari 11。
  • 台式电脑/手提电脑支持的浏览器: Google Chrome v44或更新的版本,Mozilla Firefox v39或更新的版本,Opera(2018年以后),Microsoft Edge 15+ Safari 11。
  • 硬件要求:Intel Core i3, i5或i7(AMD或同等配置),RAM:最小2GB。摄像头:推荐使用HD (720p)。

 

System requirements for FaceKom interviews

Interactive Brokers Central Europe ZRt ("IBCE") is required, by regulation, to confirm applicant's identity via video interview. Interviews are conducted using a regulatory compliant remote client identification system offered by FaceKom. The minimum system requirements necessary to participate in the IBCE video interview are as follows:

  • PC, laptop or mobile devices: Android OS 4+ and Chrome or Android 5+ with built-in Chrome, iOS Safari 11+.
  • Supported browsers from PC / laptop: Google Chrome v44 or later, Mozilla Firefox v39 or later, Opera (since 2018), Microsoft Edge 15+ Safari 11.
  • Hardware requirements: Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 (AMD or equivalent), RAM: minimum 2GB. Camera: HD (720p) is recommended.

股票收益提升计划(SYEP)常见问题

股票收益提升计划推出的目的是什么?
股票收益提升计划可供客户通过允许IBKR将其账户内原本闲置的证券头寸(即全额支付和超额保证金证券)出借给第三方来赚取额外收益。参与此计划的客户会收到用以确保股票在借贷终止时顺利归还的现金抵押,并且在股票借出的每一天都能就现金抵押获取利息。

 

什么是全额支付和超额保证金证券?
全额支付证券是客户账户中全款付清的证券。超额保证金证券是虽然没有全款付清但本身市场价值已超过保证金贷款余额的140%的证券。

 

客户股票收益提升计划的借出交易收益如何计算?
客户借出股票的收益取决于场外证券借贷市场的借贷利率。借出的股票不同,出借的日期不同,都会对借贷利率造成很大差异。通常,IBKR会按自己借出股票所得金额的大约50%向参与计划的客户支付现金抵押利息。例如,假设IBKR借出$10,000美元股票,年化收益15%,向借出客户的账户存入了$10,000美元的现金抵押。则IBKR对现金抵押支付的日利息通常会是$2.08美元。

 

借贷交易的现金抵押金额如何确定?
证券借贷的现金抵押金额采用行业惯例确定,即用股票的收盘价乘以特定百分比(通常为102-105%),然后向上取整到最近的美元/分。每个币种的行业惯例不同。例如,借出100股收盘价为$59.24美元的美元计价股票,现金抵押应为$6,100 ($59.24 * 1.02 = $60.4248;取整到$61,再乘以100)。下表为各个币种的行业惯例:

USD 102%;向上取整到最近的元
CAD 102%;向上取整到最近的元
EUR 105%;向上取整到最近的分
CHF 105%;向上取整到最近的生丁
GBP 105%;向上取整到最近的便士
HKD 105%;向上取整到最近的分

更多信息,请参见KB1146

 

退出IBKR股票收益提升计划或卖出/转账通过此计划借出的股票会对利息造成什么影响?

交易日的下一个工作日(T+1)停止计息。对于转账或退出计划,利息也会在发起转账或退出计划的下一个工作日停止计算。

 

参加IBKR股票收益提升计划有什么资格要求?

可参加股票收益提升计划的实体
盈透证券有限公司(IB LLC)
盈透证券英国有限公司(IB UK)(SIPP账户除外)
盈透证券爱尔兰有限公司(IB IE)
盈透证券中欧有限公司(IB CE)
盈透证券香港有限公司(IB HK)
盈透证券加拿大有限公司(IB Canada)(RRSP/TFSA账户除外)

 

可参加股票收益提升计划的账户类型
现金账户(申请参加时账户资产超过$50,000美元)
保证金账户
财务顾问客户账户*
介绍经纪商客户账户:全披露和非披露*
介绍经纪商综合账户
独立交易限制账户(STL)

*参加的账户必须是保证金账户或满足上述现金账户最低资产要求的现金账户。

盈透证券日本、盈透证券卢森堡、盈透证券澳大利亚和盈透证券印度公司的客户不能参加此计划。账户开在IB LLC下的日本和印度客户可以参加。

此外,满足上方条件的财务顾问客户账户、全披露介绍经纪商客户和综合经纪商可以参加此计划。如果是财务顾问和全披露介绍经纪商,必须由客户自己签署协议。综合经纪商由经纪商签署协议。

 

IRA账户可以参加股票收益提升计划吗?
可以。

 

IRA账户由盈透证券资产管理公司(Interactive Brokers Asset Management)管理的账户分区可以参加股票收益提升计划吗?
不能。

 

英国SIPP账户可以参加股票收益提升计划吗?
不能。

 

如何申请参加IBKR股票收益提升计划? 
符合条件并且想参加股票收益提升计划的客户可以选择设置>账户设置。点击“交易许可”旁的齿轮图标。勾选页面顶部“交易计划”下的“股票收益提升”复选框。点击“继续”,然后根据要求填写协议/披露。

 

如果参加计划的现金账户资产跌破最低资产要求$50,000美元会怎么样?
现金账户只有在申请参加计划当时必须满足这一最低资产要求。之后资产跌破此要求并不会对现有借贷造成任何影响,也不影响您继续借出股票。

 

如何终止股票收益提升计划?

想退出股票收益提升计划的客户可以登录账户管理,选择设置>账户设置。点击“交易许可”旁的齿轮图标。取消勾选“交易计划”下的“股票收益提升”复选框。点击“继续”,然后根据要求填写协议/披露。退出申请通常会在当天日末处理。

 

如果一个账户参加了计划然后又退出,那么该账户多久可以重新参加计划?
退出计划后,账户需要等待90天才能重新参加。

 

哪些证券头寸可以出借?

美国市场 欧洲市场 香港市场 加拿大市场
普通股(交易所挂牌、粉单和OTCBB) 普通股(交易所挂牌) 普通股(交易所挂牌) 普通股(交易所挂牌)
ETF ETF ETF ETF
优先股 优先股 优先股 优先股
公司债券*      

*市政债券不适用。

 

借出IPO后在二级市场交易的股票有什么限制吗?
只要IBKR没有参与此证券的承销就没有限制。

 

IBKR如何确定可以借出的股票数量?
第一步是确定IBKR有保证金扣押权从而可以在没有客户参与的情况下通过股票收益提升计划借出的证券的价值(如有)。根据规定,通过保证金贷款借钱给客户购买证券的经纪商可以将该客户的证券借出或用作抵押,金额最高不超过贷款金额的140%。例如,如果客户现金余额为$50,000美元,买入市场价值为$100,000美元的证券,则贷款金额为$50,000美元,那么经纪商对$70,000美元($50,000的140%)的证券享有扣押权。客户持有的证券超出这一金额的部分被称为超额保证金证券(此例子中为$30,000),需要记在隔离账户,除非客户授权IBKR通过股票收益提升计划将其借出。

计算贷款金额首先要将所有非美元计价的现金余额转换成美元,然后减去股票卖空所得(转换成美元)。如果结果为负数,则我们最高可抵押此数目的140%。此外,商品账户段中持有的现金余额和现货金属和差价合约相关现金不纳入考虑范围。

例1:客户在基础货币为美元的账户内持有100,000欧元,欧元兑美元汇率为1.40。客户买入价值$112,000美元(相当于80,000欧元)的美元计价股票。由于转换成美元后现金余额为正数,所有证券被视为全额支付。

项目 欧元 美元 基础货币(美元)
现金 100,000 (112,000) $28,000
多头股票   $112,000 $112,000
净清算价值     $140,000

例2:客户持有80,000美元、多头持有价值$100,000美元的美元计价股票并且做空了价值$100,000美元的美元计价股票。总计$28,000美元的多头证券被视为保证金证券,剩余的$72,000美元为超额保证金证券。计算方法是用现金余额减去卖空所得($80,000 - $100,000),所得贷款金额再乘以140% ($20,000 * 1.4 = $28,000)

项目 基础货币(美元)
现金 $80,000
多头股票 $100,000
空头股票 ($100,000)
净清算价值 $80,000

 

IBKR会把所有符合条件的股票都借出去吗?
不保证账户内所有符合条件的股票都能通过股票收益提升计划借出去,因为某些证券可能没有利率有利的市场,或者IBKR无法接入有意愿的借用方所在的市场,也有可能IBKR不想借出您的股票。

 

通过股票收益提升计划借出股票是否都要以100为单位?
不是。只要是整股都可以,但是借给第三方的时候我们只以100为倍数借出。这样,如果有第三方需要借用100股,就可能发生我们从一个客户那里借出75股、从另一个客户那里借出25股的情况。

 

如果可供借出的股票超过借用需求,如何在多个客户之间分配借出份额?
如果我们股票收益提升计划的参与者可用以借出的股票数量大于借用需求,则借出份额将按比例分配(如,可供借出的数量为20,000,需求只有10,000的情况下,每个客户可以借出其所持股数的一半)

 

股票是只借给其它IBKR客户还是也会借给其它第三方?
股票可以借给任何对手方,并不仅限于其他IBKR客户。

 

股票收益提升计划的参与者可以自行决定哪些股票IBKR可以借出吗?
不能。此计划完全由IBKR管理,IBKR在确定了自己因保证金贷款扣押权可以借出的证券后,可自行决定哪些全额支付或超额保证金证券可以借出,并发起借贷。

 

通过股票收益提升计划借出去的证券其卖出是否会受到限制?
借出去的股票可随时卖出,没有任何限制。卖出交易的结算并不需要股票及时归还,卖出收益会按正常结算日记入客户的账户。此外,借贷会于证券卖出的下一个工作日开盘终止。

 

客户就通过股票收益提升计划借出去的股票沽出持保看张期权还能享受持保看涨期权保证金待遇吗? 
可以。由于借出去的股票其盈亏风险仍然在借出方身上,借出股票不会对相关保证金要求造成任何影响。

 

借出去的股票由于看涨期权被行权或看跌期权行权被交付会怎么样?
借贷将于平仓或减仓操作(交易、被行权、行权)的T+1日终止。

 

借出去的股票被暂停交易会怎么样?
暂停交易对股票借出没有直接影响,只要IBKR能继续借出该等股票,则无论股票是否被暂停交易,借贷都可以继续进行。

 

借贷股票的现金抵押可以划至商品账户段冲抵保证金和/或应付行情变化吗?
不能。股票借贷的现金抵押不会对保证金或融资造成任何影响。

 

计划参与者发起保证金贷款或提高现有贷款金额会怎么样?
如果客户有全额支付的证券通过股票收益提升计划借出,之后又发起保证金贷款,则不属于超额保证金证券的部分将被终止借贷。同样,如果客户有超额保证金证券通过此计划借出,之后又要增加现有保证金贷款,则不属于超额保证金证券的部分也将被终止借贷。

 

什么情况下股票借贷会被终止?
发生以下情况,股票借贷将被自动终止:

- 客户选择退出计划
- 转账股票 
- 以股票作抵押借款
- 卖出股票
- 看涨期权被行权/看跌期权行权
- 账户关闭

 

股票收益提升计划的参与者是否会收到被借出股票的股息?
通过股票收益提升计划借出的股票通常会在除息日前召回以获取股息、避免股息替代支付。

 

股票收益提升计划的参与者是否对被借出的股票保有投票权?

不是。如果登记日或投票、给予同意或采取其它行动的截止日期在贷款期内,则证券的借用者有权就证券相关事项进行投票或决断。

 

股票收益提升计划的参与者是否能就被借出的股票获得权利、权证和分拆股份?

可以。被借出股票分配的任何权利、权证和分拆股份都将属于证券的借出方。

 

股票借贷在活动报表中如何呈现?

借贷抵押、借出在外的股数、活动和收益在以下6个报表区域中反映:


1. 现金详情 – 详细列出了期初现金抵押余额、借贷活动导致的净变化(如果发起新的借贷则为正;如果股票归还则为负)和期末现金抵押余额。

 

2. 净股票头寸总结 – 按股票详细列出了在IBKR持有的总股数、借入的股数、借出的股数和净股数(=在IBKR持有的总股数 + 借入的股数 - 借出的股数)。 

 

3. IB管理的证券借出 – 对通过股票收益提升计划借出的股票按股票列出了借出的股数以及利率(%)。 

 

4. IB管理的证券借出活动 – 详细列出了各证券的借贷活动,包括归还份额分配(即终止的借贷);新借出份额分配(即新发起的借贷);股数;净利率(%);客户抵押金额及其利率(%)。 

 

5. IB管理的证券借出活动利息详情 – 按每笔借出活动详细列出了IBKR赚取的利率(%);IBKR赚取的收益(为IBKR从该笔借出活动赚取的总收益,等于{抵押金额 * 利率}/360);客户抵押的利率(为IBKR从该笔借出活动赚取的收益的一半)以及支付给客户的利息(为客户的现金抵押赚取的利息收入)

注:此部分只有在报表期内客户赚取的应计利息超过1美元的情况下才会显示。   

 

6. 应计利息 – 此处利息收入列为应计利息,与任何其它应计利息一样处理(累积计算,但只有超过$1美元才会显示并按月过账到现金)。年末申报时,该笔利息收入将上报表格1099(美国纳税人)。

 

如何使用语音回呼接收登录验证代码

Background: 

如果启用了短信验证作为双因素验证方式,您可使用语音回呼来接收登录验证代码。本文详述了登录平台时使用语音回呼的具体步骤。

 

如何使用语音回呼
 
如果没收到登录验证代码,您可选择语音。选择后您便会通过自动回呼接收登录验证代码。请根据您尝试登录的平台按以下说明操作。
 

 

客户端

1. 点击“没收到安全代码?”

2. 从两个选项中选择"语音"然后等待回呼。

3. 选择语音后,您会在一分钟内接到回呼。请等待回呼,准备好记下回呼将提供给您的代码。

 

TWS

1. 点击"请求新的安全代码"

2. 从两个选项中选择"语音"然后点击确定,等待回呼。

 3. 选择语音后,您会在一分钟内接到回呼。请等待回呼,准备好记下回呼将提供给您的代码。

注:TWS的语音回呼功能只适用于最新版和BETA版。

 

移动IBKR - iOS版

1. 点击"请求新的代码"

2. 从两个选项中选择"语音"然后等待回呼。

 3. 选择语音后,您会在一分钟内接到回呼。请等待回呼,准备好记下回呼将提供给您的代码。

 

移动IBKR - 安卓版

1. 点击"请求新的安全代码"

2. 从两个选项中选择"语音"然后等待回呼。

 3. 选择语音后,您会在一分钟内接到回呼。请等待回呼,准备好记下回呼将提供给您的代码。

 

参考:

 

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.

 

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