Converting From a Single to Joint Account

The process of adding a second owner to an existing single account for purposes of converting to a joint account is outlined below:

1.       As the joint account structure differs from that of the individual in terms of account holder information required, legal agreements and, in certain cases, taxpayer status, direct conversion is not supported and a new joint account application must be completed online.
 
The joint application may be initiated online from the single account by logging into Account Management and clicking the Settings and Account Settings options followed by clicking the gear icon next to the words "Create, Move, Link or Partition an Account" in the Configuration section. This process will allow you to retain your existing user name, password and security device for purposes of operating the joint account. Be sure to request trading permissions and, if necessary, margin status, sufficient to maintain the positions currently carried in your individual account.  Note that if your account is managed by a financial advisor or you are a client of an introducing broker, please contact your advisor or broker to initiate the new application (you may need to make arrangements with your advisor or broker for fees that have accrued but not yet paid if the individual account closes).
 
The joint account application requires Compliance review and approval and documentation evidencing the identity and address of the second account holder may be required. If this is the case, notice as to the required documents and how to submit will be provided at the conclusion of the online application.
 
 
2.       Once you have received an email confirming approval of the joint account application, send a request from your Message Center authorizing IB to manually transfer positions from your single to joint account. Prior to submitting the request you should make sure to close all open orders in the individual account to ensure that no executions take place following the transfer.
 
Due to the manual steps and scheduling required, you should allow a minimum of one week after joint account approval and submitting your request for the transfer to take effect. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES
 
1.       Note that exchange regulations preclude ownership transfer of derivative contracts such as futures and options. If you are holding such positions you would either need to close them prior to the transfer taking place or request that they remain in your individual account.
 
2.       Prior to processing the transfer, you should make sure to close all open orders in the individual account to ensure that no executions take place following the transfer.
 
3.       The SMA (Special Memorandum Account) balance in your individual account will not transfer to the joint account. In certain cases this may impact your ability to open new positions in the joint account on the first day after the transfer is completed.
 
4.       Elective options such as market data subscriptions and participation in IB's Yield Enhancement Program will not be carried over to the joint account and must be re-initiated to continue.
 
5.       The cost basis of transferred positions as reported in the activity statements will remain unchanged for tax purposes.  The cost basis as reported in your trading platform (which is not used for tax reporting purposes) will not transfer over to the joint account but may be manually adjusted.
 
6.       Once the transfer has been completed and assuming all positions have been transferred your individual account will be designated for automatic closure. Note that certain balances such as dividend accruals can’t be transferred until paid, after which they will then be transferred and your individual account closed.
 
7.       You'll receive any applicable tax forms for the reportable activity transacted in each of your individual and joint accounts at year end. Access to Account Management for you individual account will remain after it has been closed for the purpose of reviewing and printing activity statements and tax forms.
 
8.       IBKR does not provide tax advice or investment guidance and recommends that account holder consult with qualified professionals to determine any legal, tax or estate planning consequences associated with single to joint transfer requests.

市场数据非专业客户问卷

Overview: 

如何完成最新的非专业客户问卷。

Background: 

纽约证券交易所(NYSE)及大多数美国的交易所均要求供应商在允许客户接收市场数据前确认每个客户接收市场数据的身份。未来,我们将使用非专业客户问卷来识别及确认所有订阅用户的市场数据身份。根据交易所的要求,在未明确客户为非专业人士之前,将默认客户的市场数据接收身份为专业人士。该流程能够保证所有新订阅用户的数据订阅身份是准确的。若要获取有关非专业人士定义的简要指南,请见ibkb.interactivebrokers.com/article/2369。

您必须回答问卷上的所有问题,方可被定义为非专业人士。鉴于交易所要求供应商明确获得客户为非专业人士的证明,若问卷回答不完整或不清晰,客户将被界定为专业投资者,直至其身份得到确认。

如您的身份有所变更,请联系帮助台。

问题解释:

1)    商业及业务用途

a)    您是否出于业务需要、或代表其他商业实体接收财经信息(包括关于证券、商品及其他金融产品的新闻或价格数据)?

解释:除个人用途外,您是否代表公司或其他组织接收及使用本账户中的市场数据?

b)    您是否代表公司、合伙企业、专业信托机构、专业投资俱乐部或其他实体开展证券、商品或外汇交易?

解释:您只代表个人交易,还是也代表机构(如,有限责任公司、有限责任企业、股份有限公司、公司、有限责任合伙企业等)交易

c)    您是否就以下事项与其他实体或个人达成过协议:(a) 分享交易活动的盈利,或 (b)获取交易酬劳?

解释:您是否通过交易获得酬劳,或与第三方实体或个人分享交易活动的盈利?

d)    您是否通过交易换取办公场所、设备或其他福利?或者,您是否担任任意个人、企业或商业实体的财务顾问?

解释:您是否以任意形式从第三方获得交易的酬劳,该酬劳不一定以货币的形式支付。

2)    担任职务

a)    目前您是否担任任何投资顾问或经纪交易商的职务?

解释:您是否通过管理第三方的资产或指导他人如何管理资产获得酬劳?

b)    您是否担任证券、商品或外汇方面的资产管理人?

解释:您是否通过管理证券、商品或外汇资产获得酬劳?

c)     目前您是否在工作中使用此类财经信息,或将其用于管理您的雇主或公司的资产?

解释:您使用数据是否单纯出于商业目的,即,用于管理您的雇主及/或公司的资产?

d)    您交易时是否使用了其他个人或实体的资金?

解释:您的账户中除了您个人的资产,是否有其他实体的资产?

3)    向其他任意实体传播、再发布或提供数据

a)    您是否以任意方式向任意第三方传播、再传播、发布或提供任何从服务中获得的财经信息?

解释:您是否以任意形式向其他实体发送您从我方获得的任何数据?

4)    合资格的专业证券/期货交易商

a)    目前,您是否为任意证券机构、商品或期货市场的注册或合资格的专业证券交易员,或为任意国家交易所、监管机构、专业协会或公认专业机构的投资顾问?i, ii
是☐             否☐

i) 监管机构的例子包括但不限于:

  • 美国证券交易委员会(SEC)
  • 美国商品期货交易委员会(CFTC)
  • 英国金融服务局(FSA)
  • 日本金融服务局(JFSA)

ii) 自律组织(SROs)的例子包括但不限于:

  • 美国纽约证券交易所(NYSE)
  • 美国金融业监管局(FINRA)
  • 瑞士联邦金融局(VQF)

 

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 

CFTC所有权及控制权报告

美国商品期货交易委员会(The Commodities Futures Trading Commission,简称“CFTC”)曾恪守的法规要求期货佣金商(FCM)上报所持仓位等于或超过既定限制的客户其信息(如大型交易者信息报告)。2013年11月份,CFTC采用了新的法规,该法规扩展了此前的报告法规,它要求收集并上报有关交易美国商品期货产品的账户其持有人和监控人更多且更全面的信息。这一新法规被称为所有权及控制权报告(Ownership and Control Reporting,以下简称“OCR”),下方列出的是有关此规定的常见问题解答。

1.  哪些人必须提供CFTC OCR信息?
CFTC法规要求期货佣金商在账户达到仓位限制或成交量限制的次日于美国东部时间09:00之前向CFTC进行报告。故此,IB要求所有交易美国商品期货产品的账户提供相关信息。
 
2. 必须提供哪些信息?
账户所有的持有人和监控人必须提供以下信息:
• 姓名
• 街道地址
• 邮箱地址
• 包含国家代码的直拨电话号码
 
作为法律实体的账户持有人和监控人还须提供以下信息:
• 如果适用,提供法律实体标识(Legal Entity Identifier,以下简称“LEI”)
• 联系人详细信息:
o 姓名
o 职务
o 与法律实体的关系
o 包含国家代码的直拨电话号码
 
作为“账户监控人”的所有个人还需提供以下信息:
• 与账户持有人的关系
• 职务
• 雇佣单位
• 如果适用,提供雇佣单位的LEI
 
3. 出于OCR目的,何人为账户持有人?
账户持有人是指直接持有交易账户所有者权益的个人或法律实体。

4. 出于OCR目的,何人为账户监控人?
CFTC对“账户监控人”的定义是:受委托或直接控制账户进行交易的自然人。一个交易账户可以具备多个监控人。此定义可于条例17 C.F.R. § 15.00(bb)中寻得。
 
5. “主管”选项是指什么?
如上所述,您必须提供所有账户持有人与监控人的全部OCR信息。除非您另有说明,否则出于CFTC OCR的考虑,盈透会认为您账户每位活跃TWS使用者都是账户监控人。
 
您公司可能会有一位指导公司账户进行交易的“主管”,而其他交易员只需根据这位主管的指示进行操作。如果实情的确如此,您可以通过账户管理OCR界面确认该“主管”,在这种情况下,“账户监控人”部分只需填写此人的信息。
 
6. 何为LEI?
LEI是指单个机构具有的独一无二的编码,该编码包含20位字母数字,旨在被监管机构和司法管辖区所认可。
 
- 如果您账户的任何持有人或监控人具备LEI,您必须提供此编码;
- 如果您账户的持有人或监控人不具备LEI,您可以选择“不适用”
 
存券信托公司(Depository Trust Company,简称“DTC”)与环球同业银行金融电讯协会(Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications,简称“SWIFT”)为LEI的供应者,二者运行的网站(www.gmeiutility.org)可供分配新的LEI并搜寻现有的LEI。
 
7. 何为美国全国期货协会(National Futures Association, 简称“NFA”)代码?
NFA代码是指美国期货组织指定给每个登记者(如公司,或亦作为商品交易顾问或商品基金经理的个人)的号码。NFA运行的在线登记系统(Online Registration System,简称“ORS”)可供客户进行登记并可提供代码。详情请见www.nfa.futures.org
 
 
8. 本人该从何得知雇佣单位是否具有LEI或NFA代码?
您可以请贵公司提供此信息或搜索以下网站:
 
您可以通过DTC网站搜索LEI: www.gmeiutility.org 。具体可通过搜索公司登记的合法名称或地址获取LEI。
 
您可以通过NFA网页搜索NFA代码: www.nfa.futures.org/basicnet/welcome.aspx 。具体可通过搜索公司名称,个人姓名或经理姓名获取LEI。
 
9. 为何本人必须提供此信息?
美国联邦监管机构要求包括盈透在内的所有期货佣金商从其客户处获取这些信息。此规定具有普遍性且适用于所有个人或实体,无论其经纪商为谁。
 
10. OCR是否适用于非美国人士?
是的,如果您希望交易美国商品期货产品,那么您必须向我公司提供这些信息。
 
11. 盈透证券会如何处理此信息?
我们会根据盈透证券集团隐私声明对数据进行保密。详情请见:https://individuals.interactivebrokers.com/en/index.php?f=ibgStrength&p=priv
 
12. 本人是否可以分多次输入OCR信息?
很抱歉,您必须一次性输入所有信息,因为系统不提供输入部分信息并进行保存的功能。如果您并非一次性输入所有需要填写的OCR信息,那么再次输入信息时您需要从头填写。
 
13. 国外经纪商是否会受OCR影响?
会的,作为国外经纪商,您必须:
a) 确保IB拿到您交易美国商品期货产品的所有客户其OCR信息,或
b) 您自己代表客户提交OCR信息
 
14. 本人可从何处获取更多信息?
您可以从CFTC网站获取完整版的条例变更:
www.cftc.gov/ucm/groups/public/@newsroom/documents/file/federalregister062812.pdf
 

 

CFTC Ownership and Control Reporting

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has historically maintained rules which require FCMs to report information relating to clients holding positions equal to or exceeding defined thresholds (e.g., Large Trader Reporting).  In November 2013, the CFTC adopted a new rule which expands the prior reporting rules and which requires the collection and reporting of more comprehensive information on owners and controllers of accounts trading U.S. commodity futures products.  This new rule is referred to as Ownership and Control Reporting (OCR) and outlined below are a series of FAQs relating to this rule. 

1. Who must provide CFTC OCR information?
In order to comply with the requirement that any account meeting the position or volume thresholds be reported to the CFTC by 09:00 ET on the day following the day in which the account becomes reportable, IB requires that all accounts trading U.S. commodity futures products provide the requested information.
 
2. What information must be provided?
The following information is required of all Owners and Controllers of an account:
• Name
• Street Address
• Email Address
• Direct Phone Number, Including Country Code
 
The following details are also required for owners and controllers that are legal entities:
• Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), If Applicable
• Contact Person Details:
o Name
o Job Title
o Relationship to Legal Entity
o Direct Phone Number, Including Country Code
 
The following details are also required for all individuals who are “Account Controllers”:
• Individual’s Relationship to Account Owner
• Individual’s Job Title
• Name of Individual’s Employer
• Employer’s Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), If Applicable
 
3. Who is an "Account Owner" for the purposes of OCR?
An "Account Owner" includes any individual or legal entity who holds a direct ownership interest in the trading account.

4. Who is an "Account Controller" for the purposes of OCR?
The CFTC defines an “Account Controller” as “a natural person who by power of attorney or otherwise actually directs the trading of an account. A trading account may have more than one controller.”
This definition can be found at 17 C.F.R. § 15.00(bb).
 
5. What is the "Head of Desk" option?
As noted above, you must provide full OCR information for all Owners and Controllers of your account. Unless you indicate otherwise, IB presumes that every active TWS user on your account is an Account Controller for CFTC OCR purposes.
 
Your institution may have a "Head of Desk" who directs the trading of your institution's trading account, with the other traders simply acting under this individual's direction.  If this is the case, you can identify the "head of desk" using the Account Management OCR interface, in which case "Account Controller" information will only be required for that individual.
 
6. What is a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)?
An LEI is a unique 20 -digit alphanumeric code associated with a single organization and which is intended to be recognized universally across regulatory agencies and jurisdictions.
-If any of the Account Owners or Controllers of your account have LEIs, you must provide the LEIs;
-If an Account Owner or Controller of your account does not have an LEI, you can select "non applicable".
 
DTC, in collaboration with SWIFT, operate as the local (U.S.) source provider of LEIs and maintains a website (www.gmeiutility.org) for the assignment of new and search of existing LEIs.
 
7. What is a National Futures Association (NFA) ID?
A number which the National Futures Organization assigns to each registrant (e.g., firms and individuals such as Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity Pool Operators). The NFA maintains an Online Registration System (ORS) through which registration and assignment of the ID is provided. See www.nfa.futures.org
 
8. How do I know if my employer has an LEI or NFA ID?
You may ask your employer to provide you with this information or search one of the following websies:
 
LEI searches may be performed via the following DTC website: www.gmeiutility.org. Searches may be conducted by the entity's registered legal name or address.
 
NFA ID searches may be performed via the following NFA webpage: www.nfa.futures.org/basicnet/welcome.aspx . Searches may be conducted by entering a firm name, individual name or pool name.
 
9. Why must I provide this information?
U.S. federal regulations require all FCMs, including IB, to obtain this information from its clients. The requirement is universal and applies to any individual or entity regardless of their broker.
 
10. Does OCR apply to non-U.S. persons?
Yes, if you wish to trade U.S. commodity futures products, we must collect this information from you.
 
11. How will Interactive Brokers treat this information?
This data will be kept confidential in accordance with the Interactive Brokers Group Privacy Statement. See link for details: https://individuals.interactivebrokers.com/en/index.php?f=ibgStrength&p=priv
 
12. Can I enter the OCR information in multiple sessions?
Unfortunately, all data must be entered within a single session and partial entry and a save option is not available. If you do not enter all required OCR information in a single session, you will need to start all over and reenter it in your next session.
 
13. Are foreign brokers subject to OCR?
Yes. As a foreign broker you must either:
a) Ensure that IB has OCR information for all of your customers that trade U.S. commodity futures products; or
b) Perform your own OCR submissions on their behalf.
 
14. Where can I learn more?
The full text of this rule change is available on the CFTC website

 

中华通—沪港通与深港通

沪港通与深港通(统称“中华通”) 是一项互联互通机制,香港和国际投资者可以通过香港联合交易所有限公司(以下简称“香港联交所”)及其清算所交易并清算上海证券交易所(以下简称“上交所”)和深圳证券交易所(以下简称“深交所”)的上市股票。

上交所/深交所有不同类型的挂牌证券,但沪港通和深港通目前阶段只能交易A股(在中国证券交易所交易的大陆公司股票)。

沪股通股票包括所有上证180指数与上证380指数的成分股,以及不在上述指数成份股内但有H股同时在联交所上市及买卖的上交所A股。

沪港通上交所产品列表和股票代码

深港通股票包括深证成份指数和深证中小创新指数成份股中所有市值不少于60亿元人民币的成份股,以及有相关H股在联交所上市的所有深交所上市A股。

深港通深交所产品列表和股票代码

盈透交易上交所/深交所证券的佣金

与交易港股的佣金相同,盈透只向客户收取交易额的0.08%作为佣金费用,每笔定单的最低佣金为15元人民币。交易所要求的交易所费用、清算费用和印花税将另行征收。费用详情请参见沪港通及深港通–北向交易费用表。

每日额度

通过沪港通和深港通达成的交易设有每日额度限制。每日额度根据“净买盘”计算,会限制沪港通和深港通下每日跨境交易的最高买盘净额。

如果北向每日额度余额在开市集合竞价时段降至零或交易已超过余额,则新的买盘将被驳回。如果北向每日额度余额在持续竞价时段或收盘集合竞价时段降至零或交易已超过余额,则当天都不会再接受买盘。联交所将于下一交易日再恢复北向买盘服务。

联交所也会公布总额度和每日额度的余额情况。

详情请参见联交所沪港通/深港通常见问题联交所沪港通/深港通规则1407

沪港通/深港通交易信息

交易货币

人民币

定单类型

盈透提供多种定单类型,但会以限价定单的形式执行交易。详情请参见我们的网站

 

最低上落价位/价差d

统一为人民币0.01元

每手单位

100股(仅适用于买盘)

碎股

仅限卖盘(应只在一个定单中出现碎股)

最大买卖盘

100万股

价格限制

前一日收盘价的±10%(对于被纳入风险警示版的股票,即ST和*ST股票,则为前一日收盘价的±5%)

日内(回转)交易

不允许

大宗交易

不支持

非自动对盘交易

不支持

定单修改

盈透会取消并替换定单

结算周期

证券:T

沪港通/深港通交易的现金款项:T+1

外汇*:T+2

*由于结算周期不同步,交易离岸人民币的客户应于股票交易的前一日(T-1)执行外汇交易,以避免不必要的利息(在不涉及假日的证券结算程序下)。

交易时段(香港时间)

上交所/深交所交易时段

交易时间

开市集合竞价

09:15 - 09:25

连续竞价(早市)

09:30 – 11:30

连续竞价(午市)

13:00 – 14:57

收市集合竞价

14:57 – 15:00

注:上交所和深交所在上午09:20到09:25和下午14:57到15:00之间不受理取消定单的请求。

半日市

若某一北向交易日为香港市场的半日市,则北向交易将继续开放直至相关中华通市场收市。有关沪股通及深股通的节假日交易安排和其它信息,请参见香港交易所网站。

披露责任

如果客户持有或控制中国内地上市发行人已发行股份达5%,则其必须于达到5%的三个工作日内以书面形式向中国证监会及相关交易所上报,并通知该上市发行人。

在这一三个工作日的通知期内,客户不得继续买卖有关上市发行人的股份。更多信息请访问IBKR知识库

持股限制

单个境外投资者在一家中国内地上市公司的持股比例不得超过该公司已发行股份总数的10%;所有境外投资者在一家上市公司A股的持股比例总和不得超过该公司已发行股份总数的30%。更多信息请访问IBKR知识库

强制出售

根据现行中国内地法规,每位盈透客户在一家上交所/深交所挂牌公司的持股不得超过该公司已发行股份总数的指定百分比。如果持股超出以下指定比例, 香港交易所将要求客户执行强制出售安排

情境

持股

单个境外投资者

大于等于挂牌公司已发行股份总数的10%

所有境外投资者

大于等于挂牌公司已发行股份总数的30%

保证金融资

中华通证券的保证金交易将受到限制,仅部分A股可以进行保证金交易。上交所和深交所会不时更新可以使用保证金的证券名单,详情请参见香港交易所网站

根据上交所和深交所相关规定,如果某只A股保证金交易活动的交易量超出规定的上限,则上交所和深交所可暂停该股票在其市场的保证金交易活动。保证金交易量降至规定上限以下时,市场会再恢复该股票的保证金交易活动。

节假日安排

客户只能在香港及内地市场均开放交易且两地银行于相应的结算日均开放服务的工作日交易中华通。此安排将确保两地市场投资者和经纪商可在相关结算日通过银行收发相关款项。

下表列举了上交所/深交所证券北向交易的节假日安排:

 

内地

香港

是否开放北向交易

第一天

工作日

工作日

开放

第二天

工作日

工作日

不开放,款项结算日当天香港市场不开市

第三天

工作日

公共假日

不开市,交易日当天香港市场不开市

第四天

公共假日

工作日

不开放,内地市场不开市

恶劣天气情况

恶劣天气情况下的交易安排可参见香港交易所网站

在哪里可以了解更多信息?

要了解有关沪港通和深港通的更多信息,请点击下方的交易所网站链接:

如关于沪港通/深港通有任何疑问,请联系盈透客户服务获取更多信息。

Hong Kong - China Stock Connect

Hong Kong – China Stock Connect (“China Connect”) is a mutual market access program through which Hong Kong and international investors can trade shares listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) via the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) and their existing clearinghouse. As a member of SEHK, IBKR provides you with direct access to trade with eligible listed products on the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. IBKR clients with China Connect trading permissions will be eligible to trade SSE/SZSE securities through Shanghai and Shenzhen - Stock Connect.

Among the different types of SSE/SZSE-listed securities, only A shares (shares in mainland China-based companies that trade on Chinese stock exchange) are included in the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Connect.

Shanghai Connect includes all the constituent stocks of the SSE 180 Index, SSE 380 Index and all the SSE-listed A shares that have corresponding H shares listed on the SEHK.

Product List and Stock Codes for SSE

Shenzhen Connect includes all the constituent stocks of the SZSE Component Index, the SZSE Small/Mid Cap Innovation Index that have a market capitalization of not less than RMB 6 billion and all the SZSE-listed A shares that have corresponding H shares listed on SEHK.

Product List and Stock Codes for SZSE

IBKR Commission for Trading SSE/SZSE Securities

Same as trading Hong Kong stocks, IBKR charges only 0.08% of trade value as a commission with a minimum CNH 15 per order. Detailed fee rates can be found in the Hong Kong – China Stock Connect Northbound fee table.

Daily Quota

Trading under Shanghai Connect and Shenzhen Connect is subject to a Daily Quota. The Daily Quota is applied on a “net buy” basis. The Daily Quota limits the maximum net buy value of cross-boundary trades under Shanghai Connect and Shenzhen Connect each day.

If the Northbound Daily Quota Balance drops to zero or the Daily Quota is exceeded during the opening call auction session, new buy orders will be rejected. Or if it happens during a continuous auction session or closing call auction session, no further buy orders will be accepted for the remainder of the day. SEHK will resume the Northbound buying service on the following trading day.

SEHK will also publish the remaining balance of the Aggregate Quota and Daily Quota.

For details, please refer to HKEX Stock Connect FAQ or HKEX Stock Connect Rule 1407

Trading Information of Shanghai and Shenzhen Connect

Trading currency

RMB

Order Type

IBKR offers various order types but will stimulate the order into limit order for execution. More information can be referred to our website.

 

Tick Size / Spread

Uniform at RMB 0.01

Board Lot

100 shares (applicable for buyers only)

Odd Lot

Sell orders only (odd lot should be made in one single order)

Max Order Size

1 million shares

Price Limit

±10% on previous closing price (±5% for stocks under special treatment under risk alert, i.e. ST and *ST stocks)

Day (Turnaround) Trading

Not allowed

Block Trade

Not available

Manual Trade

Not available

Order Modification

IBKR will cancel and replace the order for any order

modification

Settlement cycle

Securities: Settlement on T day

Cash from China Connect trades: Settlement on T+1 day

Forex*: Settlement on T+2 day

*Due to the unsynchronized settlement cycle, clients who exchange CNH themselves should execute the Forex trade one day prior to the stock trade (T-1) to avoid the extra day’s interest payment (considering normal settlement without involving holidays).

Trading Hours

SSE/SZSE Trading Sessions

SSE/SZSE Trading Hours

Opening Call Auction

09:15 - 09:25

Continuous Auction (Morning)

09:30 – 11:30

Continuous Auction (Afternoon)

13:00 – 14:57

Closing Call Auction

14:57 – 15:00

Note: SSE and SZSE will not accept order cancellations from 09:20 to 09:25 and 14:57 p.m. to 15:00.

Half-day Trading

If a Northbound trading day is a half-trading day in the Hong Kong market, it will continue until respective Connect Market is closed. Refer to the exchange website for holiday trading arrangements and additional information.

Disclosure Obligation

If client holds or controls up to 5% of the issued shares of China Connect, the client is required to report in writing to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) and the relevant exchange, and inform the Mainland listed company within three working days of reaching 5%.

The client is not allowed to continue purchasing or selling shares in that Mainland listed company during the three days notification period. Visit the IBKR Knowledge Base for more information.

Shareholding Restriction

A single foreign investor’s shareholding in a Mainland listed company is not allowed to exceed 10% of the company’s total issued shares, while all foreign investors’ shareholding in the A shares of the listed company is not allowed to exceed 30% of its total issued shares. Visit the IBKR Knowledge Base for more information.

Forced-sale Arrangement

Each IBKR client is not allowed to hold more than a specific percentage of the China Connect listing company's total issued shares. HKEX requires the client to follow the forced-sell requirements if the shares exceed the limit:

Situation

Shareholding (in a listed company)

A single foreign investor

> = 10% of the company’s total issued shares

All foreign investors

> = 30% of the company’s total issued shares

Margin Financing

Margin trading in China Connect securities will subject to restrictions and only certain A shares will be eligible for margin trading. Eligible Securities, as determined by SSE and SZSE from time to time, are listed on the HKEX website

According to the relevant rules of SSE and SZSE, either market may suspend margin trading activities in specific A shares when the volume of margin trading activities for a specific A share exceeds the prescribed threshold. The market will resume margin trading activities in the affected A share when its volume drops below a prescribed threshold.

Holidays

Clients will only be allowed to trade China Connect on days where Hong Kong and Mainland markets are both open for trading and banking services are available in both Hong Kong and Mainland markets on the corresponding settlement days. This arrangement is essential in ensuring that investors and brokers will have the necessary banking support on the relevant settlement days when they will be required to make payments.

The following table illustrates the holiday arrangement of Northbound trading of SSE/SZSE Securities:

 

Mainland

Hong Kong

Open for Northbound Trading

Day 1

Business Day

Business Day

Yes

Day 2

Business Day

Business Day

No, HK market closes on money settlement day

Day 3

Business Day

Public Holiday

No, HK market closes on trading day

Day 4

Public Holiday

Business Day

No, Mainland market closes

Severe Weather Conditions

Information on the trading arrangement available under severe weather conditions can found on the HKEx website

Where to Learn More?

Please refer to the following exchange website links for additional information regarding Hong Kong China Stock Connect:

If you have any questions regarding Hong Kong-China Stock Connect, please contact IBKR Client Services for further information.
 

Foreign Acount Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

What is FATCA?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) represents the United States efforts to combat tax evasion and abuse by US persons holding investments outside of the United States.  The Act establishes a new set of tax information reporting and withholding procedures.  While not expressly aimed at non-US persons, the regulations do impose withholding taxes on certain non-US entities that decline to disclose their US investors or account holders.

Under FATCA, US persons must report to the US tax authority, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), their assets held in offshore accounts.  In addition, the regulations seek to require non-US financial institutions to report to the US tax authority certain information about financial accounts of US or US-owned investors and account holders.

 

How does this impact US Brokers, including Interactive Brokers?

As a broker based in the United States, Interactive Brokers is required to report information and make payment of withholding taxes to the IRS, for all of our customers.  FATCA simply creates additional practices and withholdings to the current requirements for all US brokers.

Interactive Brokers will comply with the new rules.  This may require additional disclosures by investors during the account application process, as well as expanded tax reporting.  For all US institutions, FATCA becomes effective January 1, 2013.  Any FATCA tax withholding requirements begin on January 1, 2014.

Additional aspects of the regulations will be phased-in over the next few years, including an expansion of US brokers reporting on US source income to non-US accounts through Form 1042-S.

 

What action is required for US persons?

No additional action is required for US persons holding Interactive Brokers accounts.   US persons, who include US citizens, Green Card holders and other legal residents,  need only to complete Form W-9 during the account application process to certify their tax status. 

 

Does FATCA affect non-US accounts?  

Yes.  FATCA requires foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to furnish certain data directly to the IRS about any of their US taxpayer accounts or foreign entity accounts in which US taxpayers hold a certain level of ownership.  FFI compliance with the new regulations becomes effective July 1, 2013 with the submission of electronic FFI applications to the IRS.  The application forms are scheduled to be available through the IRS in January 2013.

All non-US persons and entities applying for and maintaining Interactive Broker accounts will continue to be  required to fully disclose and indentify the identity of their account's beneficial owner(s).  Through the IRS Form W-8, our account holders certify the beneficial owner's country of tax residence.  If you fail to provide a Form W-8, or do not resubmit a new W-8 when prompted upon the three-year expiration, additional withholding will apply.

Some entities not ordinarily considered to be financial institutions may be categorized under FATCA as an FFI.  Therefore, it is important to review the details outlined by the IRS.

 

Is there a summary of FFI requirements? 

While the regulations and compliance are far more complex than a brief FAQ can describe, the following offers a short summary of actions required by those defined foreign financial institutions.

  • Identify US taxpayers.  If US taxpayers refuse to waive your non-US country's privacy or secrecy rules, then the US taxpayer account must be closed.
  • Report to the IRS on the related US taxpayer activity within defined financial accounts.
  • Withhold 30% US tax on US source income against any US taxpayer or foreign entity failing to disclose information or comply with the FATCA regulations.

 

Additional Information & Resources

The IRS remains the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource about FATCA compliance, implementation, and document filing.  The IRS continues to issue news releases and forms.  Please feel free to visit the IRS FATCA Website for details. 

 

IRS Circular 230 Notice: These statements are provided for information purposes only, are not intended to constitute tax advice which may be relied upon to avoid penalties under any federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, and do not resolve any tax issues in your favor.

IRA: Retirement Account Resource Center

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article has been customized for use by self-directed Individual Retirement Account (IRA) owners for information purposes only.  Persons are encouraged to consult a qualified tax professional with the investments and elections within the IRA.   IB does not provide tax advice.  For detailed information regarding IRAs, you may consult the IRS Publication 590-A about IRA contributions and the IRS Publication 590-B about IRA distributions.

This resource center provides a central reference point for information concerning the various IRA account types offered by IB. 

Important Notice - Select IRA Tax Reporting for key information with transaction and tax reporting in your IRA.

 

Account Management IRA Reference

Account Management IRA Tab

Beneficiary Options

Charitable Distributions

Conversions to a Roth IRA

Direct Rollovers - How & When

Frequently Asked Questions

Recharacterizations from a Roth IRA

Required Minimum Distributions

Rollover Rules & Conditions

Understanding Tax Forms

 

 

 IRS Circular 230 Notice: These statements are provided for information purposes only, are not intended to constitute tax advice which may be relied upon to avoid penalties under any federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, and do not resolve any tax issues in your favor.

How to send documents to IB using your smartphone

Overview: 

Interactive Brokers allows you to send us a copy of a document even if you do not currently have access to a scanner. You can take a picture of the requested document with your smartphone.

Below you will find the instructions on how to take a picture and send it to IB per email with the fllowing smartphone operating systems:

iOS (iPhone)

Android (i.e. Samsung Galaxy, HTC One X, Sony Xperia, Motorola Droid)

Windows Phone (i.e. Nokia Lumia, HTC Titan, Samsung Focus)

 If you already know how to do so, please consult the instructions about the information you will need to send us aside from the document picture. Click HERE - Where to send the email to and what to include in the subject.

iOS
1. Press the power button to turn your iPhone screen on. Tap, hold and slide upwards the
Camera icon on the bottom right of your screen then drag it upwards to access the Camera.

slide up from the lock screen to take a picture

- If you do not have the Camera icon, you may access the Camera app from the home screen
of your iPhone.
2. Place your iPhone above the document and take the desired portion or page of the document
and tap on the Camera button (designated with 1 on the below illustration - Fig. 3) to take a
photo. Then you need to access the picture - tap the image in the lower left-hand corner (number 2 in the
illustration)

Tap here to take a picture

3. Exit to the home screen by pressing the round Home button on the face of the iPhone.
4. Open the Photos app
5. Next, tap the album ‘Camera Roll’. Make sure that the picture is clear and the document
is well legible, if it isn’t, please repeat the previous two steps.
6. Touch once the picture to make the menus appear and tap the share icon
designated with 1 in the illustration below.

Share button iOS

5. Select the first option - Email Photo. Please consult the following instructions for the next step - what address you should send the picture to and what else to include aside from the document, HERE.
Note: to send emails your phone has to be configured for that. Please contact your email
provider if you are not familiar with this procedure.


Android
1. Open your applications list and start the camera app. Depending on your phone model, make or setup it might be called differently.
2. Place your phone over the document and take the desired portion or page of the document and
tap the icon for the camera. (The generic button will look like the one shown below.)

Tap to take a picture
3. Press the Home key to go back to the idle screen. Go back to the apps list and start the Gallery
application. On some phones it may be called Pictures or Photos.
4. Open the album called Camera or All pictures. The last image in either of those should be the
document you just took a picture of. Tap the screen once to bring up the buttons and tap the share
icon, which generically should look as shown below.

Share on Android
5. In the sharing menu that will be displayed now tap on Email. Please consult the following instructions for the next step - what address you should send the picture to and what else to include aside from the document, HERE.
Note: to send emails your phone has to be configured for that. Please contact your email
provider if you are not familiar with this procedure.

Send per email

 

Windows Phone
1. Press the camera button in the Desktop menu of Windows phone. (If you do
not see the camera in the desktop menu, please scroll to the right and choose
camera in the listed applications)
2. Take a picture by pressing the trigger button on the side of the phone.
3. Open the picture by scrolling to the left and press the ‘...’ menu item
at the bottom task bar to see the available options.
4. Please choose send and the configured Email account you would like to use.
5. In the upcoming email, please add the destination email address, the
subject and the text you would like to send and press the ‘Send email’ button in
the bottom menu. Please consult the following instructions for the next step - what address you should send the picture to and what else to include aside from the document, HERE.
Note: to send emails your phone has to be configured for that. Please contact your email
provider if you are not familiar with this procedure.


WHERE TO SEND THE EMAIL AND WHAT TO INCLUDE IN THE SUBJECT
The email has to be created observing the below instructions:
1. In the ‘To:’ field type...
a. newaccounts@interactivebrokers.com if your you are a resident of a non-European country
b. newaccounts.uk@interactivebrokers.co.uk if you are a European resident
2. The subject field must contain all of the below:
a. Your account number (it usually has the format Uxxxxxxx, where x are numbers) or your
username
b. The purpose of sending the document. Please use the below convention:
i. PoRes for a proof of residential address
ii. PID for a proof of identity

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