Risk Management - Strength and Security

Strength and Security


Risk Management

Conservative and Prudent Risk Management

Interactive Brokers' conservative and prudent risk management helps keep your assets safe.

We invest your cash in very short-term government securities maturing in a few months.

  • As they mature, we continuously roll them forward into freshly issued securities.
  • As their interest rate sensitivity is very low, the realized loss would be minimal if they ever needed to be sold.

We are required to mark ALL investments to market and report their value to the regulators and investors, so that any issues are immediately recognized.

Compare our risk management policies with other banks and brokers that are not required to immediately recognize losses on their investments and invest in longer-term assets to maximize their current profits. Our prudent risk management allows us to pay the highest rates on deposits and charge the lowest rates on margin loans because we are always invested in the current short-term benchmark rate.

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 (www.sipc.org) 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.