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Strength and Security


Financial Strength

Strength and Security

Financial Strength

When placing your money with a broker, you need to make sure your broker is secure and can endure through good and bad times. The financial statements of Interactive Brokers LLC are available on our website for your review.

Note that Interactive Brokers LLC and its affiliates are owned by Interactive Brokers Group (IBG LLC).

In a recent interview, Thomas Peterffy, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, shared his views on the current state of financial markets, including rising interest rates and their impact on Interactive Brokers. He also discussed IBKR's interest rates on instantly available cash balances and how clients are positioned to navigate the current environment.

March 13, 2023 | 8:08 PM EDT

CNBC interview with Thomas Peterffy

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Important Strength and Security Facts about Interactive Brokers Group1

  • IBKR IS NOT A BANK, and as a regulated securities broker dealer, we cannot carry securities classified as HTM (Held To Maturity), which are not required to be marked to market on a bank's books. We also cannot make unsecured, long-term loans.
  • The only kind of loans we can make are margin loans fully secured by marketable securities.
  • Our real-time margining system marks all client positions to market continuously. All orders are credit vetted before being executed and positions in accounts with inadequate margin deposits are liquidated automatically.
  • ALL of our positions are marked to market daily and the resulting payables/receivables are reconciled to outside sources automatically.
  • IBKR invests cash in very short-term investments maturing within a few months. We hold no material positions in over-the-counter securities or derivatives. We hold no CDOs, MBS or CDS.

  • On a consolidated basis, IBG LLC has $14.7 billion in equity capital, over $10.4 billion in excess of regulatory requirements.
  • IBG LLC's owners are our public company, Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (25.4%) and the firm's employees and their affiliates (74.6%). Unlike at most other firms, where management owns a relatively small share, we participate substantially in the downside just as much as in the upside. Because of this vested interest, we run our business conservatively.
  • IBG LLC reported $3.069 billion of pretax profit for 2023.
  • IBG LLC has no long-term debt.
  • Interactive Brokers LLC is rated "A- Outlook Stable" by Standard & Poor's. S&P Rating Report.
  • Interactive Brokers LLC's financial statements, which reflect the mark to market profit/loss on all securities positions, are submitted monthly to its regulators in its FOCUS report. View latest report.
  1. Information as of March 31, 2024. "Interactive Brokers Group" and "IBKR" include the Group's operating subsidiaries.

The risk of loss in online trading of stocks, options, futures, currencies, foreign equities, and fixed income can be substantial. Options are not suitable for all investors. For more information, read the "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options".

Your capital is at risk and your losses may exceed the value of your original investment.

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. FCA Reference Number 208159.

Cryptoassets are unregulated in the UK. Interactive Brokers (U.K) Limited ("IBUK") is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a cryptoassets firm under the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017.

Interactive Brokers LLC is regulated by the US SEC and CFTC and is a member of the SIPC ( compensation scheme;
products are only covered by the UK FSCS in limited circumstances.

Before trading, customers must read the relevant risk disclosure statements on our Warnings and Disclaimers page.

For a list of IBG memberships worldwide, see our exchange listings.