Interest Rates

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Interest Rates

Earn Interest on Your Instantly Available Cash Balances1

Clients may earn interest on positive settled cash balances, i.e. uninvested cash in your account. The amount that you earn depends on the blended annual rate for which you are eligible. The blended annual rate is applied to the uninvested cash in your account, while balances below a certain threshold will earn no interest.

Rates and Tiers

The eligible rate payable is based on:

  1. The cash balance in your account;
  2. The overall value of your account (known as the Net Asset Value or NAV of your account);
  3. The currency in which your uninvested cash is held; and
  4. The account segment where your uninvested cash is held.

Clients with a NAV of more than USD 100,000 (or an equivalent value in other currencies) earn an annual rate of 4.709% on their GBP cash balances above GBP 8,000, or 4.83% on their USD cash balances above USD 10,000. Clients with a NAV of less than USD 100,000 (or an equivalent value in other currencies) will receive a lower annual rate, this rate increases the closer your NAV is to USD 100,000. Interest will not be payable on the first GBP 8,000 or USD 10,000 (or the equivalent value in other currencies) of uninvested cash balances. This means that the overall amount of interest payable to you will be a blended rate, i.e. a combination of the rate payable on your cash balance below GBP 8,000 or USD 10,000, and the rate that is payable on balance above those values. For illustration please see examples in the table below, or for a more accurate estimation please use the calculator provided below.

All account types are eligible to earn interest. The balances across multiple Interactive Brokers accounts will not be consolidated. While NAV is aggregated across multiple currencies, the interest is calculated on each currency holding and the USD 10,000 (or the equivalent value in other currencies) threshold, below which no interest is payable, applies to each currency holding.

An account under the triparty agreement carried by IBLLC has two segments: securities segment and commodities segment. Positions in both segments contribute towards the NAV; however, the interest is payable only on the uninvested cash in the securities segment. A sweep functionality can be used to transfer excess funds from commodities segment into the securities segment and vice versa. This can be applied each time or through an auto-sweep.

Examples for USD Balances

NAV adjusted blended annual interest rates based on 4.83% interest paid on USD cash balances above USD 10,000:

4.83% Blended Annual Rate Paid (USD)
Account Cash Balance (USD) NAV 50k NAV 90k NAV > 100k
1,000,000 #
100,000 #
50,000 # # #
25,000 # # #
0 - 10,000 0% 0% 0%

Interest Rate Calculator

Please use the Interest Rate Calculator below to check the estimated rate for different NAVs, cash balances and currencies.

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GBP Interest Rate Comparison (Examples)

Scenario Interactive Brokers Interactive Investor Saxo AJ Bell Hargreaves Lansdown Freetrade Swiss Quote Degiro IG
NAV = £20,000
Cash = £5,000
0% 2.000% 0% 1.950% 2.250% 1.184% 0.100% N/A N/A
NAV = £80,000
Cash = £20,000
2.838% 2.375% 0.345% 2.200% 2.375% 0.296% 0.100% N/A N/A
NAV = £320,000
Cash = £80,000
4.257% 2.656% 2.415% 2.388% 2.544% 0.074% 0.100% N/A N/A

Rates as of June 5, 2024. Source: ii.co.uk, home.saxo (Classic account), ajbell.co.uk, hl.co.uk, freetrade.io (Standard account), swissquote.com, degiro.com/uk, ig.com/uk
'N/A' was used when no 'primary' source for the offered rates could be found. In some cases, the broker does not support cash balances in the currency. In others, the broker likely offers 0%, but does not advertise it.

USD Interest Rate Comparison (Examples)

Scenario Interactive Brokers Interactive Investor Saxo AJ Bell Hargreaves Lansdown Freetrade Swiss Quote Degiro IG
NAV = $20,000
Cash = $5,000
0% 2.000% 0% N/A N/A N/A 0.200% N/A N/A
NAV = $80,000
Cash = $20,000
1.932% 2.375% 0.203% N/A N/A N/A 0.200% N/A N/A
NAV = $320,000
Cash = $80,000
4.226% 2.65625% 1.895% N/A N/A N/A 0.200% N/A N/A

Rates as of June 5, 2024. Source: ii.co.uk, home.saxo (Classic account), ajbell.co.uk, hl.co.uk, freetrade.io (Standard account), swissquote.com, degiro.com/uk, ig.com/uk
'N/A' was used when no 'primary' source for the offered rates could be found. In some cases, the broker does not support cash balances in the currency. In others, the broker likely offers 0%, but does not advertise it.

Global Interest Rates for Accounts with a NAV Greater than USD 100,000

  • Interactive Brokers pays interest on uninvested cash balances in a range of global currencies, not just GBP and USD. As with GBP and USD, if your account has a NAV of less than USD 100,000 (or an equivalent value in other currencies), you will receive a lower rate. Please use the calculator for a more accurate estimate in your currency of interest.
  • Interactive Brokers may change these rates at any time, in its sole discretion. We will publish the current rates on a best-efforts basis.
  • For accounts holding credit balances in currencies carrying a negative interest rate (APR – Annual Percentage Rate), the negative rate will be applied to accounts with balances of at least USD 50,000 (or equivalent), but smaller credit balances will not be charged the negative rate.

BM = IBKR Benchmark Rate. For more information, see IBKR Benchmark Rates.

Currency Tier Rate Paid for Accounts with a NAV Greater than USD 100,000
(or an equivalent value in other currencies)
USD 0 ≤ 10,000 0%
> 10,000 4.830% (BM - 0.5%)
AED 0 ≤ 35,000 0%
> 35,000 4.506% (BM - 0.75%)
AUD 0 ≤ 15,000 0%
15,000 ≤ 150,000 4.040% (BM - 0.5%)
> 150,000 4.290% (BM - 0.25%)
CAD 0 ≤ 13,000 0%
> 13,000 4.234% (BM - 0.5%)
CHF 0 ≤ 10,000 0%
> 10,000 0.625% (BM - 0.5%)
CNH 0 ≤ 70,000 0%
> 70,000 0.50%
CZK 0 ≤ 250,000 0%
> 250,000 2.429% (BM - 2%)
DKK 0 ≤ 75,000 0%
> 75,000 2.815% (BM - 0.5%)
EUR 0 ≤ 10,000 0%
> 10,000 3.189% (BM - 0.5%)
GBP 0 ≤ 8,000 0%
> 8,000 4.709% (BM - 0.5%)
HKD 0 ≤ 78,000 0%
> 78,000 3.972% (BM - 0.75%)
HUF 0 ≤ 3,500,000 0%
> 3,500,000 3.787% (BM - 3%)
ILS All 0%
INR All 0%
JPY 0 ≤ 5,000,000 0%
> 5,000,000 -0.228% (BM - 0.25%)
KRW 0 ≤ 12,000,000 0%
> 12,000,000 2.000% (BM - 1.5%)
MXN 0 ≤ 200,000 0%
> 200,000 6.926% (BM - 4%)
NOK 0 ≤ 100,000 0%
> 100,000 2.547% (BM - 2%)
NZD 0 ≤ 15,000 0%
> 15,000 3.014% (BM - 2.5%)
PLN 0 ≤ 400,000 0%
> 400,000 3.720% (BM - 2%)
RUB* 0 ≤ 750,000 - 11.00%
> 750,000 - 11.00%
SAR 0 ≤ 35,000 0%
> 35,000 5.156% (BM - 0.75%)
SEK 0 ≤ 110,000 0%
> 110,000 3.075% (BM - 0.5%)
SGD 0 ≤ 14,000 0%
> 14,000 2.212% (BM - 1%)
TRY 0 ≤ 250,000 0%
> 250,000 5%
ZAR 0 ≤ 150,000 0%
> 150,000 7.366% (BM - 1%)

NOTES:

  • Due to restrictions imposed by Russia, IBKR clients cannot open or close positions on the Moscow Stock Exchange at this time.
  • AS of July 28, 2022, any long or short RUB balances in an account auto-convert to USD or EUR, depending on the entity holding an account. Visit our Knowledge Base for additional info.
  • As of June 21, 2024, we no longer receive pricing data for MOEX listed securities or securities with a MOEX listed component.

Additional Information

Interest accrues daily. IBKR posts the interest payments on a monthly basis on the third business day of the following month. IBKR uses a blended rate based on the tiers, and the tiers on which interest rates are based are subject to change without prior notification.

For balances held in JPY or RUB, IBKR may apply an effective negative rate to long balances held. The negative rate applied to accounts holding these currencies is the same regardless of account size. For other currencies in which the effective rate is less than zero, the interest paid is 0%.

Clients holding large cash positions with both substantial long and short balances may benefit from a special cash investment program offered by IBKR that utilises forex exchange transactions known as FX swaps.

Eligible IBKR clients can subscribe to an auto-swap program that authorises IBKR to execute transactions systematically in the foreign exchange market. These transactions can improve the overall interest rate benefits/costs for clients with large long/short positions in a multi-currency account. This program offers no benefit to accounts with a single currency or all currency balances that are either long or short.

An FX swap is a transaction strategy wherein one enters into a currency trade for one value date (typically the date following the trade date, in FX jargon, 'Tomorrow', or 'TOM') and reverses the transaction on the subsequent date (typically, trade date + 2 days, or 'NEXT'). The price differential between the two transactions represents the interbank differential of the two currencies' independent yield curves. The FX swap market, also called an FX roll, is a very rate efficient market and qualifying clients may benefit from a netting effect on their pre-trade balances combined with the transaction proceeds. The investor's cash is invested via the swap market, typically with 2-10 bps spreads per currency, rather than being held in IBKR's default mechanisms for coding and protecting client cash.

This strategy is considered a sophisticated investment strategy. It is only available to qualifying investors with cash balances of at least 10M USD or equivalent and those with a "professional" categorisation in the UK, EU, and most regulatory jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific. In the US, investors must qualify as an Eligible Contract Participant (ECP) to enroll in the program.

For more information please contact our swaps desk at FXSwaps@IBKR.com or refer to our FAQs or Knowledge Base.

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Disclosures

  • IBKR may change these rates at any time, in its sole discretion. We will publish the current rates on a best-efforts basis. Interest rates may also vary by program or arrangement. Restrictions apply. The published rates are for direct clients of IBKR. Clients introduced through another broker may receive a different amount of interest (or no interest) at the election of the client’s introducing broker. Clients should contact their introducing broker about the rates that will apply to their account.

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