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IBKR's educational resources help you bring
real-world experience to your classroom.

The IBKR Advantage

  • The IBKR Student Trading Lab is a free online resource for educators looking to blend finance or computer science classwork with real-world trading experiences.
  • Program registration is easy for you and once your account is setup you can send invitations to your students to open their own paper trading accounts.
  • Use Client Portal to manage your account, manage and monitor student accounts, perform account cash equity resets, and more. In addition, your students can use Client Portal to reset the equity in their account.
  • PortfolioAnalyst helps you and your students understand risk, measure performance against benchmarks, and monitor and analyze portfolios. In addition, you have access to advanced reporting and powerful on-the-go analytics, all with GIPS®-verified returns.
  • Each student receives a paper trading account with a full complement of trading tools and starts with USD 1,000,000 in paper trading equity. Account equity fluctuates as if trades were executed in the real market.
  • Enhance your curriculum with content with online resources from our Traders' Academy, Traders' Insight daily commentary blog or the IBKR Quant Blog.

Student Trading Lab

College professors and high school teachers from around the world use the IBKR Student Trading Lab to supplement classwork with real-world trading experiences.
Student Trading Lab

Student Trading Lab
  • The IBKR Student Trading Lab is free to use and each student receives a paper trading account with a full complement of trading tools.
  • Students can trade stocks, options, futures, and bonds on US markets as well as currencies.
  • Students start with USD 1,000,000 in paper trading equity and account equity fluctuates as if trades were executed in the real market.
  • Use our trading platform to enhance classroom content or use our sample assignments and resources to develop student trading skills.
  • More than 600 educational institutions in over 60 countries, including some of the top financial engineering schools, already participate in the program, making it one of the most popular programs of its kind.

The program is open to educators from all around the world but requires the sponsoring instructor apply for the student accounts and supervise activity within the program guidelines.



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Additional Resources

Educators participating in our Student Trading Lab can enhance their curriculum with content from our Traders' Academy, Traders' Insight blog or the IBKR Quant Blog.
Traders' Academy

Traders' Academy helps traders, investors, educators and students improve their understanding of the products, markets, currencies and tools available via IBKR's award-winning Trader Workstation (TWS), IBKR Mobile, Client Portal and TWS API applications.

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Traders' Insight

Traders' Insight, our market commentary blog, features written and video market commentary from nearly 100 contributors. In addition, IBKR's Chief Strategist Steve Sosnick offers market commentary and Senior Analyst Steve Levine provides weekly previews.

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Quant Blog

The IBKR Quant Blog serves quantitative professionals who have an interest in programming. Discussion topics include deep learning, IBKR API, artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain and other transformative technologies influencing modern markets. Discussions about R, Python and other popular programming languages often include sample code to help you develop your own analysis.

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Contact Us

If you have questions about educational resources, applying for a Student Trading Lab account
or setup for student trading accounts, please contact us at studentlab@interactivebrokers.com.

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.

For a list of IBG memberships worldwide, click here.