Online Trading - Why Interactive Brokers?

Lower Your Costs to Maximize Your Return

Our transparent, low commissions and financing rates, and best price executions minimize your costs to help you maximize your returns.

Generate Higher Returns

We offer lower commissions, no ticket charges; no minimums; no technology, software, platform, or reporting fees; and low financing rates, with higher loan values on portfolio margin accounts over $100K. Click below to see how our low costs compare to other brokers.

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Best Price Execution

Most brokers trade against your orders or sell them to others to execute who will trade against them. The resulting poor execution probably costs you more than the commission you pay. IB SmartRoutingSM continuously searches and reroutes to the best available prices for stocks, options and combinations.

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Lowest Margin Rates

We offer the lowest margin loan interest rates of any broker, according to the Barron's 2017 online broker review. Click below to calculate your own sample margin loan interest rate.

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Stock Yield Enhancement Program

Earn income on your fully-paid stock shares in our Stock Yield Enhancement Program. The program lets us borrow your shares in exchange for cash collateral, and then lend the shares to traders who are willing to pay a fee to borrow them. You will be paid a loan fee each day that your stock in on loan.

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Your Gateway to the World's Markets

Trade on over 100 market centers in 24 countries.

Direct market access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds, ETFs and CFDs
from a single IB Universal Account™.

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Access market data 24 hours a day and six days a week to stay connected to all global markets.

Convert currencies at market determined rates as low as 1/10 of a basis point, or create a position collateralized by a non-native currency.

Fund your account in multiple currencies. Trade assets denominated in multiple currencies from a single account.

Innovative Technology

We’ve been building trading technology that provides competitive pricing, speed, size, diversity of global products, advanced trading tools to our clients for 40 years. Year after year, our robust technology supports record numbers of Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs).4

Trading Platforms

Our trading platforms have been designed with the professional trader in mind:

  • Optimize your trading speed and efficiency with our market maker-designed Trader Workstation (TWS).
  • Trade your IB account on-the-go from just about any mobile device with IB TWS.
  • Use our HTML-based WebTrader, a clean and simple interface that works from behind a firewall.

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Advanced Trading Tools

Our suite of Option Labs and advanced trading tools offer support to help you discover and implement optimal trading strategies. For example, our Probability Lab offers a practical way to think about options without the complicated mathematics, and the Option Strategy Lab lets you create simple and complex multi-leg option orders based on your own price and volatility forecast.

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Order Types and Algos

Trader Workstation (TWS) supports over 60 order types, from the most basic limit order to advanced trading to the most complex algorithmic trading, to help you execute a wide variety of trading strategies.

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Sophisticated Risk Management

Real-time market-risk management and real-time monitoring provide a comprehensive measure of risk exposure across multiple asset classes around the globe and real-time data that gives you the edge you need to react quickly to the markets.

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Comprehensive Reporting

Our statements and reports include real-time trade confirmations, margin details, transaction cost analysis, sophisticated portfolio analysis, tax optimization and a variety of other supplemental reports.

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Securities Financing

From trade date to settlement date, our Securities Financing solutions provide depth of availability, transparent rates, global reach and automated lending and borrowing tools to professional traders.

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Risk Management & Control

Our advanced technology gives you the tools you need to manage and control your trading risk.

Real-time margin for online trading
Real-Time Margin

A real-time margin system that continuously enforces limits on an account-by-account basis lets you monitor their margin cushion directly in TWS.

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Portfolio risk management for online trading.
Portfolio Risk Management

Sophisticated portfolio risk management via the IB Risk NavigatorSM, which is free to IB clients.

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Portfolio margin accounts for online trading.
Portfolio Margin Accounts

Portfolio Margin Accounts with real-time risk management can provide increased leverage with greater safety.

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Comprehensive Reporting

Easy to view and customize, our statements and reports cover all aspects of your Interactive Brokers account.

PortfolioAnalyst

PortfolioAnalyst, our online reporting and analysis interface, lets you analyze the performance of your account portfolio online by creating and saving customizable PDF reports based on a set of measurement criteria and optionally comparing the data to selected industry benchmarks.


Statements

Run and customize activity statements to view detailed information about your account activity, including positions, cash balances, transactions, and more.


Flex Queries

Create statement templates called Flex Queries, which let you customize your activity data at the most granular level and download in XML or text format.


Downloadable Statements

Save your statements in PDF or Excel format, or download them to a variety of third-party formats such as Quicken, Tradelog or CapTools.


Daily Margin Reports

Daily margin reports detail requirements by underlying.


Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA)

TCA tracks the quality of your orders’ transaction prices versus market conditions either at the time the orders were submitted or after the trade executes.


Tax Optimizer

Tax Optimizer lets you change your tax lot-matching method to optimize your gains and losses.


Investors' Marketplace

Investors and clients can meet and interact with third-party service providers to connect and conduct business.

  • Individual traders and investors, financial advisors, fund managers and third-party service providers can meet and do business together.
  • Search the marketplace and connect to a variety of service providers, including advisors, hedge funds, research analysts, business developers and administrators.
  • Advertise your own third-party services to individual and institutional users worldwide.
  • Free to advertise and search, the Investors’ Marketplace is open to everyone.

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Investor marketplace for online trading.
Strength and security for online trading.

Financial Strength and Stability

Our strong capital position, conservative balance sheet and automated risk controls protect IB and our clients from large trading losses.

Interactive Brokers Group (IBG LLC) equity capital exceeds $5 billion1. 16.6% of IBG LLC is owned by the publicly traded company, Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. and the remaining 83.4% is owned by our employees and affiliates.

Unlike other firms, where management owns a small share, we participate substantially in the downside just as much as in the upside which makes us run our business conservatively. We hold no material positions in OTC securities or derivatives. We hold no CDOs, MBS or CDS. The gross amount of our portfolio of debt securities, with the exception of US governments debt securities, is less than 10% of our equity capital.

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  1. Includes Interactive Brokers Group and its affiliates.

On Demand Learning at Traders’ University

Even the most experienced traders need to keep learning to stay ahead. Traders’ University provides information about IB products and services in many different ways. Choose the method that fits your own learning style.

Webinars

We offer an extensive program of free trader webinars. Watch, listen, and ask questions from your home or office computer as our webinar instructors clearly describe our technology, trading, and markets around the world. Our webinars are also recorded so if you can’t attend a live webinar, you can experience it on demand at your own convenience.

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Courses and Interactive Tours

Take one of our courses to explore stocks, options, futures and Forex trading, or get up to speed quickly on Trader Workstation and TWS trading tools with one of our interactive tours.

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IB Traders’ Insight

Traders’ Insight is a key resource for market participants seeking timely commentary directly from industry professionals on the front lines of today's fast-moving markets.

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And more...

Traders’ University gives you easy access to a variety of documentation, including all of our users’ guides, TWS Cheat Sheets, QuickStart guides, FAQs and more to help you learn how to use our platforms, tools and services.

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Top online trading broker.

Rated a Top Online Broker1 for the Seventh Consecutive Year by Barron's 2017

For 40 years the IB Group2 has been building electronic access trading technology that delivers real advantages to traders, investors and institutions worldwide. Interactive Brokers Group and its affiliates' equity capital exceeds $5 billion.3 We are the largest US electronic broker based on daily average revenue trades executing 640,000 trades per day.4 Discover some of the reasons why professional traders and investors choose IB.

  1. Interactive Brokers earned top ratings from Barron's for the past seven years with a 4.5 star rating. March 20, 2017, March 23, 2016, March 21, 2015, March 17, 2014, March 11, 2013, March 14, 2012 and March 14, 2011 Barron's Best Online Brokers. Criteria included Trading Experience and Technology, Usability, Mobile, Range of Offerings, Research Amenities, Portfolio Analysis & Reports, Customer Service, Education and Security, and Costs. Supporting documentation for claims and statistical information will be provided upon request. Barron's is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
  2. Includes Interactive Brokers Group and predecessor companies.
  3. Includes Interactive Brokers Group and its affiliates.
  4. Fourth Quarter 2016 Results