Clients with Portfolio Margin accounts can join our Pre-Borrow Program, which allows pre-borrowing of shares to decrease the chances of being bought-in on settlement date. Once you have joined the Pre-Borrow Program, you can pre-borrow stocks in anticipation of a short sale using the Stock Borrow/Loan feature in Trader Workstation (TWS).
Pre-borrowing can help to avoid a buy-in by ensuring that shares are available to short before you put on the short sale. Without a pre-borrow, you will not know for certain if shares have been procured until the short sale settles.
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". For a copy click here.
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.
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.
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