The First Step to
Advisor Independence

Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to run your own business with no contract and minimal start-up and overhead costs.

Visit the RIA Compliance Center

RIA Compliance Center


IB's RIA Compliance Center


Basic information on the registration and compliance requirements facing investment advisors that includes a webinar on RIA compliance and PDF documents that spotlight major compliance topics.


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Automated Client Billing and Management


Our automated client billing and integrated client management systems meet the needs of advisors of all sizes.


Automated Client Billing
  • Enter client fees during client registration or anytime in Account Management.
  • Assign client fees to accounts individually or store them in client fee templates and apply them to multiple clients at a time.
  • Flexible client fee options include the ability to charge client commissions to your own Advisor master account, charge fees on client investments in hedge funds at our Hedge Fund Investor Site (available at the Investors' Marketplace), and even reimburse fees to client accounts.

Electronic Invoicing
  • Automated electronic invoicing lets you submit client fee invoices in Account Management.
  • Set maximum invoicing amounts or percentage caps.
  • Meet your compliance obligations by notifying your clients of advisory fee details.

Client Management

We make it easy to manage your clients:

  • Dashboard
  • CRM
  • White branding

Client Applications and Transition

We offer a variety of options for adding clients and migrating to our platform:

  • Fully- and semi-electronic applications
  • Application XML
  • Mass upload
  • White-branded applications

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1. Low Cost Rated by Barron's 16 Years Straight - Low cost broker 2002 through 2016 according to Barron's online broker review. 2002 - 5 Stars, 2003 - 4.9 Stars, 2004 - 5 Stars, 2005 - 5 Stars, 2006 - 5 Stars, 2007 - 4.8 Stars, 2008 - 4.5 Stars, 2009 - 4.5 Stars, 2010 - 4.2 stars, 2011 - 4.5 stars, 2012 - 4.3 stars, 2013 - 4.5 stars, 2014 - 4.5 stars, 2015 - 4.5 stars, 2016 - 4.5 stars, 2017 - 4.5 stars. Interactive Brokers earned a 4.5 star ranking in the March 20, 2017 Barron's Annual Best Online Brokers - “One More Reason to Buy Online“. Criteria included Trade Experience and Technology, Usability, Mobile, Range of Offerings, Research Amenities, Portfolio Analysis & Report, Customer Service, Education and Security, and Costs. Barron's is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Co. Inc.

Advisor Webinars



Starting out as a RIA:
A Primer on Registered Investment Advisors' Compliance Obligations

Panelist: Jeff Fox, Interactive Brokers


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Why Become an Independent
Advisor on IB's platform?

Panelist: Mary MacNamara, Interactive Brokers


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Establishing an RIA:
Key Business and Regulatory Issues

Panelist: Brent Gillett & Thomas Hertog,
Investment Group of Davis Gillett Mottern & Sims, LLC


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Securities Financing

Our depth of availability, transparent and competitive loan and borrow rates, automated tools and dedicated service representatives give you the advantages you expect from Interactive Brokers.

Depth of Availability

The combination of both internal supply and external relationships allows us to offer our clients a vast array of securities to trade:

  • Our large and diverse customer base lets us source internally approximately 60 to 70% of our short borrow needs.
  • IB has securities lending/borrowing relationships with more than 60 counterparties, comprised of Agent Lenders, banks and broker dealers in the U.S.
  • Our team provides consistent high levels of protection against recalls and buy-ins on hard to borrow securities, creating extended time horizons for even the most difficult short selling strategies.
  • IB's excellent credit rating makes us a preferred borrower with large agent lenders, prime brokers and other broker-dealers.

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Transparent, Competitive Loan and Borrow Rates
  • We disclose our short stock availability (aka "locates") to ALL customers on a first come, first serve basis for every supported security on our trading platform, Trader Workstation (TWS).
  • We disclose indicative rebate rate and fee rate information, which you can use as an indication of borrow costs.
  • Each day, we provide our clients with detailed reports, outlining exactly what the financing costs are for each SLB-related transaction.

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Stock Yield Enhancement Program
  • Increase investment returns by lending fully paid and/or excess margin stock.
  • Optimize lending of your hard to borrow assets by earning a market-based loan rate.
  • Trade your loaned stock with no restrictions. You can sell your shares at any time.

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Automated Tools

In addition to the Stock Yield Enhancement Program, we offer a variety of securities financing tools:

  • TWS includes stock loan and borrow tools out of the box, including the Yield Optimizer, which lets you compare securities financing rates across the current SLB market, and OneChicago's single stock futures market.
  • Customers with Portfolio Margin accounts can join our Pre-Borrow Program, which allows pre-borrowing of shares to ensure settlement of very hard to borrow stocks.

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Institutional Clients
  • Direct access to the Securities Financing coverage desk.
  • Stock loan market color commentaries via Traders' Insight and ENSO Financial Analytics.
  • Private locates available upon request allow for better timing of entry points on high traffic short positions.

Lower Your Costs to Maximize Your Return

Our transparent, low commissions and financing rates, and best price executions minimize your costs to help you maximize your returns.

Generate Higher Returns

Lower commissions, no ticket charges; no minimums; and no technology, software, platform, or reporting fees. Low financing rates, and higher loan values on portfolio margin accounts over $100K.

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Best Price Execution

Most brokers trade against your orders or sell them to others to execute who will trade against them. The resulting poor execution probably costs you more than the commission you pay. IB SmartRoutingSM continuously searches and reroutes to the best available prices for stocks, options and combinations.

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Execution Price Improvement Comparison*
US Stocks
(per 100 shares)
US Options
(per contract)
European Stocks
(per 100 shares)
Interactive Brokers $0.38 $0.84 €0.08
Industry $0.32 $0.60 - €0.84
IB Advantage $0.06 $0.24 €0.93

Net Dollar Price Improvement vs. National Best Bid/Offer 1

*Based on independent measurements, the Transaction Auditing Group, Inc., (TAG), a third-party provider of transaction analysis, has determined that Interactive Brokers' US stock and options price executions were significantly better than the industry's during the second half of 2016. 2

  1. Net $ Improvement per Share Definition:
    ((# of Price Improved Shares * Price Improvement Amount) - (# of Price Disimproved Shares * Price Disimprovement Amount)) / Total Number of Executed Shares
  2. The Transaction Auditing Group (TAG). Industry as a whole for the referenced periods according to TAG. The TAG analysis for US stocks included all market orders of 100 shares or more up to 10,000 shares. The analysis for US options included all market order sizes in US options and includes exchange rebates received by clients under IB's cost-plus pricing structure. The TAG analysis of orders routed to exchanges in Europe included all orders routed for execution during regular trading hours including all market and marketable limit orders and orders near the market (orders having a limit price within one-tenth of a Euro from the quote price at time of order receipt) on stocks listed on the included exchanges, weighted by the volume executed on each exchange. The exchanges for European stocks are XETRA, EURONEXT, CHI-X, WIENER BORSE, TURQUOISE, LONDON and NASDAQ OMX.

Your Gateway to the World's Markets

Trade on over 100 market centers in 24 countries.

Direct market access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds, ETFs and CFDs
from a single IB Universal Account™.

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Access market data 24 hours a day and six days a week to stay connected to all global markets.

Convert currencies at market determined rates as low as 1/10 of a basis point, or create a position collateralized by a non-native currency.

Fund your account in multiple currencies. Trade assets denominated in multiple currencies from a single account.

Innovative Technology

We've been building trading technology that provides competitive pricing, speed, size, diversity of global products and advanced trading tools to our clients for 40 years.

Trading Platforms

Our trading platforms have been designed with the professional trader in mind:

  • Optimize your trading speed and efficiency with our market maker-designed Trader Workstation (TWS).
  • Trade your IB account on-the-go from just about any mobile device with mobileTWS.
  • Use our HTML-based WebTrader, a clean and simple interface that works from behind a firewall.

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Advanced Trading Tools

Our suite of Option Labs and advanced trading tools offer support to help you discover and implement optimal trading strategies. For example, our Probability Lab offers a practical way to think about options without the complicated mathematics, and the Option Strategy Lab lets you create simple and complex multi-leg option orders based on your own price and volatility forecast.

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Order Types and Algos

Trader Workstation (TWS) supports over 60 order types, from the most basic limit order to advanced trading to the most complex algorithmic trading, to help you execute a wide variety of trading strategies.

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API and FIX/CTCI Solutions

Our proprietary API and FIX CTCI solutions let institutions create their own automated rule-based trading system that takes advantage of our high-speed order routing and broad market depth.

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Sophisticated Risk Management

Real-time market-risk management and real-time monitoring provide a comprehensive measure of risk exposure across multiple asset classes around the globe and real-time data that gives you the edge you need to react quickly to the markets.

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Integrated Solutions

IB's Order Management System (OMS) makes it easy to submit, stage, manage and track client orders whether they are received electronically via FIX, input directly by traders or placed over the phone.

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Investors' Marketplace

Join the Investors' Marketplace and advertise your services to potential clients.

  • Individual traders and investors, financial advisors, fund managers and third-party service providers can meet to do business together.
  • Search the marketplace for free and connect to a variety of third-party services, including Money Managers, hedge funds, research analysts, business developers and administrators.
  • Advertise your services at no cost and reach individual and institutional users worldwide.

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Investors Marketplace
Strength and security for online trading.

Financial Strength and Stability

Our strong capital position, conservative balance sheet and automated risk controls protect IB and our clients from large trading losses.

Interactive Brokers Group (IBG LLC) equity capital exceeds $6 billion1. 16.6% of IBG LLC is owned by the publicly traded company, Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. and the remaining 83.4% is owned by our employees and affiliates.

Unlike other firms, where management owns a small share, we participate substantially in the downside just as much as in the upside which makes us run our business conservatively. We hold no material positions in OTC securities or derivatives. We hold no CDOs, MBS or CDS. The gross amount of our portfolio of debt securities, with the exception of US governments debt securities, is less than 10% of our equity capital.

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  1. Includes Interactive Brokers Group and its affiliates.

Comprehensive Reporting

Easy to view and customize, our statements and reports cover all aspects of your Interactive Brokers account.

PortfolioAnalyst

PortfolioAnalyst, our online reporting and analysis interface, lets you analyze the performance of your account portfolio online by creating and saving customizable PDF reports based on a set of measurement criteria and optionally comparing the data to selected industry benchmarks.


Statements

Run and customize activity statements to view detailed information about your account activity, including positions, cash balances, transactions, and more.


Flex Queries

Create statement templates called Flex Queries, which let you customize your activity data at the most granular level and download in XML or text format.


Downloadable Statements

Save your statements in PDF or Excel format, or download them to a variety of third-party formats such as Quicken, Tradelog or CapTools.


Daily Margin Reports

Daily margin reports detail requirements by underlying.


Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA)

TCA tracks the quality of your orders’ transaction prices versus market conditions either at the time the orders were submitted or after the trade executes.


Tax Optimizer

Tax Optimizer lets you change your tax lot-matching method to optimize your gains and losses.


Additional Resources

Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to run your own business with no contract, minimal start up and overhead costs, and the ability to keep 100% of your fees.

IB Customer Sites

IB Customer Sites provides a complimentary web site with custom graphic design and content. We will work with you to create a customized, professional business web site.

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White Branding

White brand statements, customer registration and other informational materials with your own organization's identity, including performance reports created by our Portfolio Analyst.

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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system lets you manage your entire customer relationship life cycle in one place at no cost.

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Trading Desks

IB provides broker-assisted trading through our Stock, Option or Bond desks.

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Pre-Trade Allocations

Pre-Trade Allocations define a variety of criteria to automatically allocate shares to a single client account or multiple client accounts with a single mouse click.

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Model Portfolios

Build Model Portfolios and allocate client funds among the different models based on your clients' individual needs.

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Open an Account

Our Advisor accounts let Professional Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs) execute and allocate trades among multiple clients from a single order management interface.

Account Information

Advisors who manage client accounts in excess of state registration minimums (generally 16 or more accounts and US $25 million in assets) must be registered under local regulatory law (e.g. Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) for US securities and Commodity Trading Advisors (CTA) for US commodities).

The account can be white branded with the advisor's corporate identity.

Advisor master account holders must be 21 or older.

Professional Registered Investment Advisors can create multiple tier accounts by adding Advisor, Proprietary Trading Group STL and Multiple Hedge Fund master accounts to their account structure. Each Advisor, Proprietary Trading Group STL and Multiple Hedge Fund master account on the second tier can add client/sub/hedge fund accounts as required.

Accounts are accepted from citizens or residents of all countries except citizens or residents of those countries that are prohibited by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control. Click here for a list of available countries.

Documentation

Advisor Getting Started PDF Guide How to Become an RIA PDF Guide Advisors/Brokers Application Guide



Advisor Account Structure

An individual or organization Registered Advisor whose master account is linked to multiple individual or organization client accounts.

  • The master account is used for fee collection and trade allocations.
  • The advisor can open a single account for his or her own trading.

Advisor Account Structure Chart


For information on SIPC coverage on your account, visit www.sipc.org or call SIPC at 1 (202) 371-8300.