IB Australia Account Types and Products Offerings

Interactive Brokers Australia Pty Ltd (“IB Australia”), which holds an Australian Financial Services License (“AFSL” No. 453554), has been established. IB Australia is headquartered in Sydney and has been set up to provide services to our Australian clients. IB Australia clients, products and services have some unique characteristics when compared to the Interactive Brokers (“IBKR”) global account and product suite. The purpose of this document is to outline these characteristics of the IB Australia offering.

Account Types

IB Australia offers Cash accounts to Individual / Joint / Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (“SMSF”) account holders and both Cash and Margin accounts to Corporate clients (including corporate trust account holders). Please note, margin-enabled accounts are only currently available for Corporate accounts (including corporate trust accounts) that are classified as a Wholesale/Professional investor.

In the case of a Trust with multiple trustees in order to qualify for a margin-enabled account, none of the trustees may be a natural person (e.g. individual) (i.e. all trustees must be corporate entities) and all must be classified as a Wholesale/Professional investor. Click [Here] for more information on Australian Retail, Wholesale or Professional Investor Status.

Furthermore, margin accounts under IB Australia will employ a risk-based model to calculate margin requirements.

Cash Accounts

IB Australia offer three different types of cash accounts:

  • Investment account
  • Trading account
  • SMSF account (only available to Self-Managed Superannuation Fund)

Investment Account: Similar to the IBLLC Cash account model, the IB Australia Investment account does not allow you to short securities or to borrow funds, i.e. your account cannot have a debit balance. Moreover, only a limited number of options strategies will be available. This account is not eligible for reduced intraday Futures margin.

This account is available for all clients except SMSF clients.

Trading Account: While this is also a cash account that does not permit you to have a debit balance, you will be permitted to short stock and trade any of the available option strategies in the Trading Account, provided that you have the requisite trading experience and expertise, which is outlined [Here]. Further, Trading Accounts enable you to trade with unsettled funds.

If you currently have an Investment Account, you can submit a change of account type to change to a Trading Account by logging into the Client Portal > Settings > Account Settings > under Configuration, click the Configure tool next to Account Type. This may take 2-3 business days to review.

This account is available for all clients except SMSF clients.

SMSF: This is only available to SMSF clients. This is a cash account that does not permit you to short securities or to borrow funds, i.e. your account cannot have a debit balance. Moreover, only a limited number of options strategies will be available. This account is not eligible for reduced intraday Futures margin.

The options strategies that are available in the Investment Account and the SMSF account are as follows:

  • Long Call or Put
  • Covered Calls
  • Short Put
  • Call Spread; exdate(long) >= exdate(short)
  • Put Spread; exdate(long) >= exdate(short)
  • Long / Short Butterfly
  • Iron Condor

Margin Accounts

IB Australia offer two different types of margin accounts:

  • Leveraqed Trading account
  • Professional account

At this stage, IB Australia has decided to only offer margin-enabled accounts to a corporate entity which is NOT designated as a retail client (i.e. the account is either a wholesale or professional investor).

Leveraged Trading Account: If the eligible account holder qualifies as a wholesale client and has provided the completed wholesale booklet to IB Australia, you can request to upgrade to a Leveraged Trading Account. This account operates on a risk based margin model. Clients with this account have the capability to create portfolios to the maximum degree of risk taking /leverage allowed by IB Australia.

Professional Account: If the eligible account holder qualifies as a professional investor and has provided the completed professional investor booklet to IB Australia, you can request to upgrade to a Professional Account. This account runs on a risk based margin model. Clients with this account have the capability to create portfolios to the maximum degree of risk taking /leverage allowed by IB Australia.

Refer to this link for information regarding Australian regulatory status under IB Australia.

Please click [Here] to download the wholesale investor booklet, and click [Here] to download the professional investor booklet.

CFD Product Offering

As a client of IB Australia, provided that you have the requisite trading experience and expertise, which is outlined [Here], you will be able to trade all of exchange traded products available (including local and global stocks, options, futures, bonds, ETFs etc.) through IBKR’s award winning trading platform and software. In addition, you may also trade our Stock, Index and FX CFDs and Spot FX over the counter all within the one IB Australia account.

In addition, IB Australia issue Contracts for Difference (“CFDs”) over global shares, indices and FX. These are only available to IB Australia clients. For further information on IB Australia's products and services, please see our website.

Refer to this link for information on IBAU’s share CFDs.
Refer to this link for information on IBAU’s index CFDs.
Refer to this link for information on IBAU’s FX CFDs.

FX Offering

IB Australia can only support currencies in AUD, USD, EUR and GBP and you can convert between these currencies. If you have cash balances in currencies other than IBA supported currencies (AUD, USD, GBP or EUR) these will to be converted into your nominated base currency.

IBAU clients, when permissioned, can trade in any market available across the IBKR network, even those outside the 4 supported currencies above. However, upon your instruction for any market outside the 4 supported currencies, IB Australia will automatically execute Forex conversions to ensure non-supported cash balances be cleared.

For example, if an IB Australia client using a Cash account wishes to buy HKD denominated securities, as long
as the client has sufficient available funds, the trade is permitted. To settle the trade, IB Australia will convert the existing cash balances into HKD. Similarly at a later date, if the same client wishes to sell their HKD denominated securities, IB Australia would automatically convert the HKD proceeds to the base currency by day end, once again leaving no residual HKD cash balances.

If an IB Australia client using a margin account has any positive or negative cash balances outside of the 4 supported currencies, it will be automatically converted to base currency by day end.

ASX24

In order to ensure continued compliance with our regulatory obligations, IB Australia will NOT accept any other form of collateral except cash for the purposes of determining whether you can trade or hold ASX24 products. If the margin requirements of ASX24 products cannot be met using cash, your account will be subject to automated liquidation.