IBKR Mobile Authentication Overview - iOS

Übersicht: 

This page covers specific points of installing and using IBKR Mobile for Authentication purposes and usign the IB Key protocol on iOS devices.  For general questions on IBKR Mobile Authentication, please refer to KB2260.

 

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Requirements

  • Must be installed on an iOS device with Touch ID (fingerprint reader) or Face ID (facial recognition).
  • Device's software version must be iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Device must have either Touch ID, Face ID or Passcode enabled. Touch ID or Face ID is the recommended choice. Refer to Set up Touch ID or Set up Face ID for directions.
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Installation

You can download IBKR Mobile app on your iPhone directly from the App Store

Get the IB Key from the Apple Store

How to download IBKR Mobile from the App Store:

  1. On your iPhone tap on the App Store App Store icon icon.
  2. Click on the Search icon (magnifying glass) in the lower right corner, then click in the search bar at the top, type IBKR Mobile then click Search.
  3. Look for IBKR Mobile from Interactive Brokers LLC, tap on GET to the right, then tap INSTALL
    (if prompted, enter your Apple ID password or provide your fingerprint.)
  4. Once the installation has completed, tap on Open to launch the IBKR Mobile app.
        

 

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Activation

Once the app is installed on your device you will need to activate it for the username you would like to enroll. This operation happens entirely on your phone and requires Internet access.

  1. On your phone open the IBKR Mobile app. If you receive a message asking your consent for IBKR notifications, tap Allow.

     
  2. Select Register Two-Factor, review instructions then click Continue.
        
  3. Enter your Account Username and Password then tap Continue.
            
  4. The default mobile phone number on record for your account will be already selected. If you are not able to receive text messages (SMS) on that number, you should choose a different one from the list (if applicable) or add a new one. To add a new mobile phone number, tap Add Phone number, enter the new number1 and corresponding Country.  Once you have selected your preferred mobile number from the list or added the new mobile number, tap Get Activation SMS.
  5. An SMS message will be sent with an Activation Token. Enter the token in the Activation Code field. Then tap Activate.
           
  6. According to your phone hardware capabilities, you might be prompted to provide or define the security element used to secure the app (Fingerprint, Face ID or PIN2). Please provide the requested security element.
         
  7. If the activation has been successful, you will see a confirmation screen. Tap Done to finalize the procedure
     

Once the IBKR Mobile authentication has been activated, you can close the app. Refer to Operation with Touch ID or Operation with Face ID below on how to use IBKR Mobile for authentication.

Notes:

  1. You must enter your phone number without your country's trunk prefix and only enter numbers without any spacing or special characters.
  2. The recovery PIN will be used to enable additional users or re-enable IBKR Mobile if it has been uninstalled. It must be at least 4 and up to 6 characters (letters, numbers and special characters allowed). Refer to KB2269 for additional guidelines.

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Operation with Touch ID

Once activated, operation of IBKR Mobile Authentication using Touch ID is as follows:


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not have Internet access while operating IBKR Mobile Authentication, please refer to the section "What if I don't receive the notification?"


  1. Enter your username and password into the trading platform or Client Portal login screen and click Login. If correct, a notification will be sent to your iPhone.
    Two Factor Authentication Prompt
     
  2. On your iPhone, check your notifications panel and select the IBKR Mobile app notification.
     
     
  3. Selecting the notification will launch the IBKR Mobile app. On your iPhone, place your finger that was registered for Touch ID on the Home Button. If the Touch ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter the Passcode.
         

  4. If authentication succeeds, the log in will now automatically proceed.
    Login proceeds after authentication 

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Operation with Face ID

Once activated, operation of IBKR Mobile Authentication using Face ID is as follows:
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not have Internet access while operating IBKR Mobile Authentication, please refer to the section "What if I don't receive the notification?"

  1. Enter your username and password into the trading platform or Client Portal login screen and click Login. If correct, a notification will be sent to your iPhone.
    Two Factor Authentication Prompt
     
  2. On your iPhone, check your notification menu and select the IBKR Mobile app notification.
     
     
  3. Selecting the notification will launch the IBKR Mobile app. On your iPhone, look at the screen to authenticate via Face ID. If Face ID has not been activated, IB Key will prompt you to enter the Passcode.
            

  4. If authentication succeeds, the log in will now automatically proceed.
    Login proceeds after authentication 

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What if I don't receive the notification?

If notifications are disabled, no internet access is available or if you have a poor, unstable connection it is possible the notification may not arrive. In these cases operation of IBKR Mobile Authentication is as follows: 

  1. Click the link Click here if you do not receive the notification.

     
  2. This will generate challenge code and box to enter response.    
  3. Launch IBKR Mobile on your Smartphone, then select Authenticate.  Type the Challenge number into the corresponding box.
        
  4. If you use Touch ID, place your finger that was registered on the Home Button. If the Touch ID has not been activated, IBKR Mobile will prompt you to enter the Passcode. A response string will be generated. If you use Face ID, skip this step and go to the next one.
        
  5. If you use Face ID, look into the If the Touch ID has not been activated, IBKR Mobile will prompt you to enter the Passcode. A response string will be generated.
        
  6. Enter the response from your iPhone into the log in screen and click OK
  7. If authentication succeeds, the log in will now automatically proceed.
    Login Proceeds

 

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References:
  • See KB2748 for instructions on how to recover IBKR Mobile Authentication.
  • See KB3234 for troubleshooting missing IBKR Mobile notifications
  • See KB2745 for instructions on how to clear the cache for the IBKR Mobile app.

 

IBKR Mobile Authentication Overview - Android

Übersicht: 

This page covers specific points of installing IBKR Mobile and using the IBKR Mobile Authentication for authentication purposes and using the IB Key protocol on Android devices.  For general questions on the IBKR Mobile Authentication, please refer to KB2260.

 

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Requirements

  • Must be installed on an Android Phone that has not been rooted.
  • Device's Android Version must be 5.0 or later.

 

Installation

You can download the IBKR Mobile app on your smartphone directly from;
Google Play Store, 360 Mobile Assistant or Baidu Mobile Assistant.

Get the IB Key from the Google Play store          Download IB Key from 360 Mobile Assistance          Download IB Key from Baidu Mobile Assistant
 

How to install IBKR Mobile from the Google Play Store:

  1. On your Android phone tap on the Play Store Google Play Store App icon app.
  2. Tap on the search bar at the top, type IBKR Mobile then tap Search.
  3. Locate the app IBKR Mobile from Interactive Brokers Group, then select it.
  4. Tap on Install to the right.
  5. Once the installation completes, tap on Open to launch the IBKR Mobile app.

     Search for IB Key on Google Play Store   Install IB Key on Google Play Store

 

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Activation

Once the app has been installed on your device you will need to activate it for the username you would like to enroll. This operation happens entirely on your phone and requires Internet access.

1. On your phone open the IBKR Mobile app, tap Register Two-Factor, review instructions and then tap Continue.
 
 

2. Enter your IB Account Username and Password then tap Continue.

 

3. The default mobile phone number on record for your account will be already selected. If you are not able to receive text messages (SMS) on that number, you should choose a different one from the list (if applicable) or add a new one. To add a new mobile phone number, tap Add Phone Number, enter the new number1 and corresponding Country.  Once you have selected your preferred mobile number from the list or added the new mobile number, tap Get Activation Code


4. An SMS message will be sent with an Activation Token. Enter the token in the Activation Code field, create a PIN2 then select Activate.
   
 

5. You will receive a message with the outcome of the operation. Tap Done to finalize the procedure.
 

Once IB Key Authentication via IBKR Mobile has been activated, you can close the app. Refer to Operation instructions below on how to use the IBKR Mobile for authentication.

 

Notes: 

  1. You must enter your phone number without your country's trunk prefix and only enter numbers without any spacing or special characters.
  2. The PIN must be at least 4 and up to 6 characters (letters, numbers and special characters allowed). Refer to KB2269 for additional guidelines.
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Operation

Once activated, you can use the IBKR Mobile to authenticate your login attempt as follows:
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not have Internet access while operating the IBKR Mobile, please refer to the section "What if I do not receive the notification?"

  1. Enter your IB Account credentials into your trading platform or Client Portal login screen and click Login. If your credentials have been accepted, a notification will be sent to your phone.
    Two Factor Authentication Prompt
  2. On your phone, swipe down from the top and check your notification drawer. Tap on the IBKR Mobile notification. If you have not received the notification, please refer to KB3234.
    IB Key Push Notification prompt on Android Phone 
  3. The IBKR Mobile app will open, prompting you for your fingerprint or your PIN, according to the hardware capabilities of your phone. Please provide the requested security element.
     
     
  4. If the authentication has succeeded, the trading platform or Account Management login process will automatically move ahead to the next phases.
    IB Key authenticate successful, TWS continues to login
 
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What if I do not receive the notification?

If notifications are disabled, no internet access is available or if you have a poor, unstable connection, the notifications may not reach your phone. In these cases the seamless authentication may not be available but you can still use the manual Challenge/Response authentication method as described below: 

  1. On your trading platform or Account Management login screen, click the link "Click here if you do not receive the notification".
    Click here if you do not receive the notification
  2. Challenge code will be displayed on the screen.
    TWS Two Factor Challenge/Response
     
  3. Launch the IBKR Mobile app on your Smartphone, select Authenticate (if necessary), enter your PIN and the Challenge code you obtained in the previous step. Tap Generate Passcode.
     
     
  4. Response String will be displayed.

     
  5. Enter the Response String into your trading platform or Client Portal login screen. Then click OK.
    Manually enter response string and click OK
     
  6. If the authentication has succeeded, the trading platform or Client Portal login process will automatically move ahead to the next phases.
    IB Key authenticate successful, TWS continues to login

 

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References:
  • See KB2748 for instructions on how to recover IBKR Mobile Authentication.
  • See KB3234 for troubleshooting missing IBKR Mobile notifications
  • See KB2745 for instructions on how to clear the cache for the IBKR Mobile app.
 

 

PIN Guidelines

Certain security devices used for accessing your IB account require the creation of a numeric PIN code at the point of request or activation. This PIN is intended as an additional layer of protection as it effectively prevents unauthorized individuals who may inadvertently come into possession of your device from operating it. It’s therefore important to select a PIN which you can easily remember, yet which is difficult for others to guess. Outlined below are a series of guidelines or best practices to be taken into consideration when creating your PIN:

• Do not use your own date of birth
• Do not use the date of birth of your children or any other immediate family member
• Do not use parts of your personal or business address, such as street name and number, ZIP and/or Postal Code
• Do not use any part of your Citizen ID (such as SSN or ID document number)
• Do not use phone numbers
 

IBKR Mobile Authentication

 

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Introduction

The security of your assets and personal information is of utmost concern to IBKR and we are committed to taking the steps necessary to make certain that you are protected from the moment you open your account.  A key component of protection is the Secure Login System (SLS), a login process which relies upon Two-Factor Authentication to prevent anyone from accessing or using your account, even if they know your User Name and password. Once SLS enrolled, your account can only be accessed through use of 2 security factors: 1) something you know (entry of your User Name and password combination); and 2) something you have (entry of a random code generated from a physical security device or Smartphone application).

IBKR offers a variety of SLS devices, with the technical design of each corresponding to the level of assets maintained (see KB1131). The following article provides an overview of the IBKR Mobile Authentication app, a Two-Factor security application which can be installed directly onto your Smartphone.

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Benefits

IB Key Authentication is available on your Smartphone via our IBKR Mobile app and can function as a security device, thereby eliminating the need to carry a separate physical device when logging into your IBKR account. In addition to the convenience of using a device which is trusted and routinely accessible, this app can be downloaded and activated in minutes, thereby eliminating the delays associated with the mailing of physical devices. Moreover, unlike in the case of physical devices, clients maintaining multiple accounts with distinct User Names may access IB Key all from the same IBKR Mobile app. Please refer to KB2879 for more details.

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Installation, Activation, and Operation

IBKR Authentication is currently supported on smartphones that use either Android or iOS operating system and can install IBKR Mobile. Installation, activation, and operating instructions can be found at the following links:

Android: KB2277
iOS: KB2278

PLEASE NOTE: Disabling and replacing any security device, including IBKR Mobile Authentication, is subject to conditions. Please contact Client Services for assistance in this process. 

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FAQ

Should I return my physical device after activating IBKR Mobile Authentication?
No need to return your physical device – it remains active and can be used as backup, or in the case of a higher security level device such as the DSC+, it can be used to initiate funds withdrawals with a higher limit. More on device withdrawal limits can found at: ibkr.com/sls
 
I lost my IBKR Mobile PIN. What do I do?
If you have forgotten your IBKR Mobile PIN, please uninstall and reinstall the IBKR Mobile app on your smartphone. Launch the app. When you are prompted to perform the recovery, reject by answering "No". Tap on "Register Two-Factor", reject again the recovery by answering "No". Then proceed with the activation, following the on-screen instructions. Please notice you would need to have access to the mobile phone number you originally used for the IBKR Mobile Authentication activation, since IBKR will send the Activation SMS to that number.
 
I lost my phone. What do I do?
If you have lost your phone and require that the IBKR Mobile Authentication app be disabled, please contact Client Services at one of the numbers found here.
 
I am not receiving the SMS confirmation code. What do I do?
Some countries, most notably India, provide national "Do Not Call" or "Do Not Disturb" services to prevent telemarketing to mobile numbers. If you have an Indian phone number, or have explicitly requested your phone carrier to exclude you from public lists, you might need to contact your wireless carrier, and ask them for your account to be configured appropriately in order to receive SMS messages from Interactive Brokers.
Please note that the required steps will vary by country and mobile phone provider. It is best to contact your mobile phone provider if you have any questions regarding such "Do Not Disturb" services.
 
I am not receiving the IBKR Seamless login notifications. What do I do?
Please follow the instructions on KB3234
 
How much money can I withdraw using the IBKR Mobile Authentication as a security device?
IBKR Mobile Authentication as a security device allows you to withdraw 200K USD per day and 600K USD in 5 Business Days.
 
To what accounts is the IB Key Authentication available?
IB Key Authentication is supported for all accounts[1]
 
Are there any limits on the PIN code I can use?
Your PIN can be alphanumeric and can contain special characters. Please click here for details on PIN guidelines.
 
Can I install the application on multiple devices at the same time?
Only ONE phone/device can be active at a time for use with your username. 
 
Does my phone need an Internet connection for the app to work?
     ○ IBKR Mobile Authentication requires an Internet connection ONLY during the Enable User process
     ○ IBKR Mobile Authentication does NOT require an Internet connection in order to generate a passcode[2]
 
Can I add additional users to the same IBKR Mobile Authentication app?
IBKR Mobile Authentication supports an unlimited number of additional users with the same PIN.
 
What version of Android and iOS does the IBKR Mobile Authentication support?
You need:
     ○ Android version 5.0 and higher.
     ○ iOS version 11.0 or higher.

 

[1] Restrictions for some specialized Institutional Account types may apply.
[2] Without a working data connection (WiFi or cellular), IBKR Mobile Authentication will not receive the login notification message but can still be operated in Challenge-Response mode. Refer to KB2277 (Android) or KB2278 (iOS) for detailed instructions on how to use IB Key Authentication in both available modes.
 

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Beantragung eines ersatzweisen Sicherheitsgeräts

Wenn Sie Ihr Sicherheitsgerät verloren haben, es Ihnen gestohlen wurde oder es nicht mehr funktionsfähig ist und Sie ein Ersatzgerät benötigen, sind die folgenden Schritte erforderlich:

1. Informieren Sie den Kundenservice - Sie müssen den Kundenservice kontaktieren, und die Bereitstellung eines Ersatzgeräts zu regeln und für die Zwischenzeit Zugang zu Ihrem Konto zu erhalten. Bitte nehmen Sie unbedingt zur Kenntnis, dass dieses Gerät nur per Telefon bereitgestellt werden kann und dass aus Sicherheitsgründen eine Identitätsprüfung des Kontoinhabers vorgenommen wird. Sobald Sie sich ausgewiesen haben, wird Ihnen ein temporärer Passwortcode mitgeteilt, der als statische Version des Codes fungiert, den Ihr dauerhaftes Sicherheitsgerät ansonsten zufällig generiert, und der folglich zusammen mit Ihrem Benutzernamen und Passwort bei der Anmeldung eingegeben werden muss.

2. Fordern Sie eine Online-Sicherheitscodekarte an - Der temporäre Passwortcode ist nur für einen begrenzten Zeitraum gültig (zwei Tage vollumfänglicher Zugang zu Kontoverwaltung und Handelsplattform und weitere zehn Tage eingeschränkter Zugang zur Kontoverwaltung). Dieses Zeitfenster soll Ihnen die Gelegenheit geben, auf die Kontoverwaltung zuzugreifen und den Umstieg auf eine Online-Sicherheitscodekarte zu beantragen. Diese Karte bietet ein höheres Maß an Schutz sowie vollumfänglichen Zugang zu den Kontoverwaltungsfunktionen (einschließlich Abhebungen/Auszahlungen). Außerdem können sie mit der Karte Ihr dauerhaftes Sicherheitsgerät reaktivieren, ohne dass Sie zusätzlich den Kundenservice kontaktieren müssen. In KB1873 erhalten Sie eine schrittweise Anleitung zur Anforderung einer Online-Sicherheitscodekarte.

3. Beantragen Sie ein Ersatzgerät - Wenn Sie die Online-Sicherheitscodekarte aktivieren, werden Ihnen die folgenden vier Auswahlmöglichkeiten angezeigt. Wählen Sie die Option „Ein neues Secure-Login-Gerät beantragen“ aus und klicken Sie auf „Weiter“.

Anschließend erhalten Sie Informationen dazu, welche Art von Ersatzgerät Sie erhalten werden, an welche Adresse dieses Gerät verschickt wird sowie Einzelheiten zum voraussichtlichen Versandzeitpunkt und der Versandmethode. Falls Ihr Ersatzgerät die Eingabe eines PIN-Codes zur Aktivierung erfordert (z. B. im Falle einer „Digital Security Card“ oder „Digital Security Card+“), erhalten Sie online Anleitungsschritte zur Erstellung des PIN-Codes und zur Fertigstellung Ihres Antrags. 

 

Wichtige Hinweise

- Als Sicherheitsvorkehrung ist für das Gerät eine automatische Aktivierung kurz nach dem voraussichtlichen Lieferdatum eingestellt. Die Online-Sicherheitscodekarte verfällt zwar erst nach dem Lieferdatum, aber wir empfehlen Ihnen dringend, Ihr Ersatzgerät bei Erhalt zu reaktivieren, um sicherzustellen, dass Sie ununterbrochen Zugang zu Ihrem Konto haben. Anleitungsschritte zur Reaktivierung erhalten Sie hier: KB1942.

- Wenn Sie Ihr Gerät verlieren oder es gestohlen oder beschädigt wird, oder wenn Sie Ihr Konto schließen und Ihr Gerät nicht an uns zurückschicken, wird Ihnen eine Gebühr in Rechnung gestellt, die dem Preis des Geräts entspricht. Diese Gebühr ist eine Funktion des bereitgestellten Geräts und beträgt zwischen 20,00 und 150,00 US-Dollar.

 

Welcome to Interactive Brokers

Übersicht: 

Now that your account is funded and approved you can start trading. The information below will help you getting
started as a new customer of Interactive Brokers.

  1. Your Money
  2. Configure your account to trade
  3. How to trade
  4. Trade all over the World
  5. Five points to enrich your IB experience

 

1. Your Money
Deposits & Withdrawals General Info. All transactions are administered through your secure Account Management
Deposits
First, you create a deposit notification through your Account Management > Funding > Fund Transfers > Transaction Type: “Deposit” How to create a deposit notification. The second step is to instruct your Bank to do the wire transfer with the bank details provided in your Deposit Notification.
Withdrawals
Create a withdrawal instruction via your secure Account Management > Funding > Fund Transfers > Transaction Type: "Withdrawals" How to create a withdrawal instruction
If you instruct a withdrawal over the Withdrawal limits, it will be considered an exceptional withdrawal and we will therefore need to match bank account holder and IB account. If destination bank account has been used for a deposit, withdrawal will be processed; otherwise, you must contact customer service and provide the documents needed.
Troubleshooting
Deposits: My bank sent the money but I do not see it credited into my IB account. Possible reasons:
a) A fund transfer takes 1-4 business days
b) A Deposit Notification is missing. You have to create it via your Account Management and send a ticket to Customer Service
c) Amending details are missing. Your name or IB account number is missing in the transfer details. You have to contact your bank and ask for the full amending details.
d) ACH initiated by IB is limited to 100k USD in a 7 business period. If you opened a Portfolio Margin account where the initial requirement is 110k, a wire deposit might be the better deposit option to reduce wait time for your first trade. If selecting ACH a wait time of almost 2 weeks or a temporary downgrade to RegT can be possible solutions.
Withdrawals: I have requested a withdrawal but I do not see the money credited to my bank account. Possible reasons:
a) A fund transfer takes 1-4 business days
b) Rejected. Over the max it can be withdrawn. Please check your account cash balance. Note that for regulatory requirements, when the funds are deposited, there is a 3 day holding period before they can be withdrawn.
c) Your bank returned the funds. Probably because receiving bank account and remitting bank account names do not match.

 

2. Configure your account to trade
Difference between Cash and Margin accounts: If you have chosen the FastTrack application, by default your account type is a cash account with US stock permission. If you would like to get leverage and trade on margin, here how to upgrade to a RegT Margin account
Trading Permissions
In order to be able to trade a particular asset class in a particular country, you need to get the trading permission for it via your Account Management. Please note that trading permissions are free. You might however be asked to sign risk
disclosures required by local regulatory authorities. How to Request Trading Permissions
Market Data
If you want to have market data in real-time for a particular product/exchange, you need to subscribe to a market data package charged by the exchange. How to subscribe to Market data
The Market data assistant will help you choose the right package. Please watch this Video explaining how it works.
Customers have the option to receive delayed market data for free by clicking the Free Delayed Data button from a non-subscribed ticker row.
Advisor Accounts
Have a look at the user guide getting started as advisors. Here you see how to create additional users to your advisor account and grant them access and much more.

 

3. How to trade
The Trader's University is the place to go when you want to learn how to use our Platforms. Here you will find our webinars, live and recorded in 10 languages and tours and documentation about our various Trading Platforms.
Trader Workstation (TWS)
Traders who require more sophisticated trading tools can use our market maker-designed Trader Workstation (TWS), which optimizes your trading speed and efficiency with an easy-to-use spreadsheet interface, support for more than 60 order types, task-specific trading tools for all trading styles, and real-time account balance and activity monitoring. Try the two models
TWS Mosaic: for intuitive usability, easy trading access, order management, watchlist, charts all in one window or
TWS Classic: the Advanced Order Management for traders who need more advanced tools and algos.
General Description and Information / Quick start guide / Usersguide
Interactive Tours: TWS Basics / TWS configuration / TWS Mosaic
How to place a trade:  Video Classic TWS / Video Mosaic
Trading tools: General Description and InformationUsers guide
Requirements: How to install Java for WindowsHow to install Java for MAC / Port 4000 and 4001 needs to be open
Login TWSDownload TWS
WebTrader
Traders who prefer a clean and simple interface can use our HTML-based WebTrader, which makes it easy to view market data, submit orders, and monitor your account and executions. Use the latest WebTrader from every browser
Quick Start Guide / WebTrader User's Guide
Introduction: Video WebTrader
How to place a Trade: Video WebTrader
Login WebTrader
MobileTrader
Our mobile solutions allow you to trade your IB account on the go. The mobileTWS for iOS and the mobileTWS for BlackBerry are custom-designed for these popular models, while the generic MobileTrader supports most other Smart phones.
General Description and Information
Order Types Order Types available and Description / Videos / Tour / Users guide
Paper Trading General Description and Information / How to get a Paper Trading Account
Once your paper account is created, you can share the market data of your real account with your paper trading account: Account Management > Manage Account > Settings > Paper trading

 
4. Trade all over the World
IB accounts are multi-currency accounts. Your account can hold different currencies at the same time, this allows you to trade multiple products around the world from a single account.
Base Currency
Your base currency determines the currency of translation for your statements and the currency used for determining margin requirements. Base currency is determined when you open an account. Customers may change their base currency at any time through Account Management.
We do not automatically convert currencies into your Base currency
Currency conversions must be done manually by the customer. In this video you can learn how to do a currency conversion.
In order to open a position denominated in a currency that you do not have in your account, you have two possibilities:
A) Currency conversion.
B) IB Margin Loan. (Not available for Cash Accounts)
Please see this course explaining the mechanics of a foreign transaction.

 

5. Five points to enrich your IB experience
1. Contract Search
Here you will find all our products, symbols and specifications.
2. IB Knowledge Base
The Knowledge Base is a repository of glossary terms, how-to articles, troubleshooting tips and guidelines designed to assist IB customers with the management of their IB accounts. Just enter in the search button what you are looking for and you will get the answer.
3. Account Management
As our trading platforms give you access to the markets, the Account Management grants you access to your IB account. Use Account Management to manage account-related tasks such as depositing or withdrawing funds, viewing your statements, modifying market data and news subscriptions, changing your trading permissions, and verifying or changing your personal information.
Log In Account Management / AM Quick Start Guide / AM Users Guide
4. Secure Login System
To provide you with the highest level of online security, Interactive Brokers has implemented a Secure Login System (SLS) through which access to your account is subject to two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication serves to confirm your identity at the point of login using two security factors: 1) Something you know (your username and password combination); and 2) Something you have (an IB issued security device which generates a random, single-use security code). As both knowledge of your username/password and physical possession of the security device are required to login to your account, participation in the Secure Login System virtually eliminates the possibility of anyone other than you accessing your account.
How to Activate your Security Device / How to Obtain a Security Code Card / How to return Security device
In case you forgot your password or lost your security code card, please call us for immediate assistance.
5. Statements and Reports
Easy to view and customize, our statements and reports cover all aspects of your Interactive Brokers account. How to view an Activity Statement 

 

SSL Schwachstelle ("Heartbleed Bug") Fragen und Antworten

WAS IST DAS PROBLEM? WAS IST "HEARTBLEED"?

Die aufgezeigte Schwachstelle der Open Source Version der SSL und der TLS Protokolle erlaubt einer unautorisierten Person das Lesen von Passwörter und Kodierungsschlüssel im Speicher des Servers.

WAS IST SSL?

Dies ist ein in der Netzwerkommunikation angewendetes Protokoll, welches dem Rechner die Instruktionen gibt wie Daten Ver- und Entschlüsselt werden.

IST IB VON "HEARTBLEED" BETROFFEN?

Es werden keine Auswirkungen erwartet.

Die wenigen IB Servers, welche die betroffene Version von OpenSSL hatten, wurden sofort mit einem Sicherheitsupdate geschützt als die Schwachstelle identifiziert wurde.

IST ES SICHERER SLS IN DIESER SITUATION ZU BENUTZEN?

Das Sicherheits Login System fügt Ihren Zugangsdaten eine zusätzliche Sicherheitsebene hinzu. Der Benutzername und das Passwort sind so nicht mehr die einzige Gefahrenabwehr gegen einen unauthorisierten Zugang.

Das benutzen des Sicherheitsgeräts für die Einwahl zu Ihrem Konto garantiert, dass Sie die einzige Person sind welche Zugang zu Ihrem Konto hat.

SOLL ICH MEIN PASSWORT ÄNDERN?

Durch die zusätzlichen Sicherheitsvorkehrungen welche Interactive Brokers getroffen hat ist Ihr Password von dieser aufgezeigten Schwachstelle nicht betroffen.

Das regelmässige Ändern Ihres Passwortes ist grundsätzlich eine gute Sicherheitsmassnahme, Sie müssen diese aber aufgrund der gegenwärtigen Ereinisse nicht unbedingt anwenden. 

Information Relating to Customer Protection of Assets

The below information applies to trading of non-US index options, OTC CFDs and non-US index futures (when combined with non-US index options)

 

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited


Customer Assets
Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited (“IBUK)’’ is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA“), register no. 208159. IBUK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Interactive Brokers Group (IBG LLC). IBUK provides client money and client asset services in accordance with FCA Client Assets regulations “CASS”.

Client money is protected as follows:
Client money rules apply to all regulated firms that receive money from a client, or hold money for a client in the course of carrying out MiFID business and/or designated investment business.

Client money is entirely segregated from IBUK’s own money. In the event of a failure of an authorised firm, clients’ monies held in the segregated accounts will be returned to the clients rather than being treated as a recoverable asset by general creditors. If there was a shortfall, the client may be eligible to claim for compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”).

Client money is ring-fenced in separate bank accounts which are held in trust on behalf of the clients. These accounts are distributed across a number of banks with investment grade ratings to avoid a concentration risk with any single institution. When IBUK makes the selection and appointment of a bank to hold client money, it takes into account the expertise and market reputation of the bank, its financial standing and any legal requirements or market practices related to the holding of client money that could adversely affect clients' rights.

IBUK will allow client money to be held in a client transaction account by an exchange, a clearing house or an intermediate broker but only if the money is transferred to them for the purpose of a transaction or to meet a client’s obligation to provide collateral for a transaction.

Each day, IBUK performs a detailed reconciliation of client money held in client money bank accounts and client transaction accounts and its liabilities to its clients to ensure that client monies are properly segregated and sufficient to meet all liabilities in accordance with the FCA’s CASS rules. All monies credited to such bank accounts are held by the firm as trustee (or if relevant, as agent).

FCA regulations also require IBUK to maintain a CASS Resolution Pack to ensure that in the unlikely event of the firm's liquidation, the Insolvency Practitioner is able to retrieve information with a view to returning client money and assets to the firm's clients on a timely basis.

Financial Services Compensation scheme

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited (“IBUK”) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) as an investment firm and a participant in the Financial Services Compensation scheme (“FSCS”). Certain eligible clients qualify for
compensation under the FCA Compensation rules.

The main points relating to eligibility are:

  • FSCS pays compensation only to eligible claimants when an authorised firm is in default and will carry out an investigation to establish whether or not this is the case.
  • FSCS pays compensation only for financial loss and the limits for U.K. Investment firms are covered below.
  • The FSCS was set up mainly to assist private individuals, although smaller businesses are also covered.
  • Larger businesses are generally excluded.

Investments

FSCS provides protection if an authorised investment firm is unable to pay claims against it e.g. when an authorised investment firm goes out of business and cannot return assets to its clients. Assets classified as investments for authorised investment firms under the FSCS include stocks and shares, futures, options, cfds, other regulated instruments and money deposited by clients.

Compensation Limits

The actual level of compensation you receive will depend on the basis of your claim. The FSCS only pays compensation for financial loss. Compensation limits are per person per authorised firm. Compensation levels are subject to change and for current details please refer to the FSCS website at http://www.fscs.org.uk / .
 

The below information applies to customers who were or are continuing to trade all products (except metals and OTC CFDs) through IB LLC.

 

Interactive Brokers LLC (“IBLLC”)


Customer Assets
Customer money is segregated in special bank or custody accounts, which are designated for the exclusive benefit of customers of IBLLC. This protection (the SEC term is “reserve” and the CFTC term is “segregation”) is a core principle of securities and commodities brokerage. By properly segregating the customer's assets, if no money or stock is borrowed and no futures positions are held by the customer, then the customer's assets are available to be returned to the customer in the event of a default by or bankruptcy of the broker.


Securities accounts with no borrowing of cash or securities
Securities customer money is protected as follows:

  • A portion is deposited at 14 large U.S. banks in special reserve accounts for the exclusive benefit of IBLLC's customers. These deposits are distributed across a number of banks with investment-grade ratings so that we can avoid a concentration risk with any single institution. No single bank holds more than 5% of total customer funds held by IBLLC.
  • A portion may be invested in U.S. Treasury securities, including direct investments in short-term Treasury bills and reverse repurchase agreements, where the collateral received is in the form of U.S. Treasury securities. These transactions are conducted with third parties and guaranteed through a central counterparty clearing house (Fixed Income Clearing Corp., or “FICC”). The collateral remains in the possession of IBLLC and held at a custody bank in a segregated Special Custody Account for the exclusive benefit of customers. U.S. Treasury securities may also be pledged to a clearing house to support customer margin requirements on securities options positions.
  • Customer cash is maintained on a net basis in the reserve accounts, which reflects the net credit balances of customers in excess of customer debit balances. To the extent any one customer maintains a margin loan with IBLLC, that loan will be fully secured by stock valued at up to 200% of the loan.
  • Current SEC regulations require broker-dealers to perform a detailed reconciliation of customer money and securities (known as the “reserve computation”) at least weekly to ensure that customer monies are properly segregated from the broker-dealer's own funds.

Customer-owned, fully-paid securities are protected in accounts at depositories and custodians that are specifically identified for the exclusive benefit of customers. IBLLC reconciles positions in securities owned by customers daily to ensure that these securities have been received at the depositories and custodians

Commodities accounts

Commodities customer money is protected as follows:

  • A portion is pledged to futures clearing houses to support customer margin requirements on futures and options on futures positions or held in custody accounts identified as segregated for the benefit of IB's customers.
  • A portion is held at commodities clearing banks/brokers in accounts identified as segregated for the benefit of IBLLC customers to support customer margin requirements.
  • Cash in commodities accounts is protected in accordance with US commodities regulations. CFTC rules prohibit an FCM from commingling customer funds with its own money, securities or property. Customer funds must be separately accounted for and segregated as belonging to commodity or option customers. The titles of accounts in which customer funds are deposited must clearly indicate this and show that the funds are segregated as required by the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) and CFTC Rules. Customer funds may not be obligated to anyone except to purchase, margin, guarantee, secure, transfer, adjust or settle trades, contracts or commodity option transactions of commodity or option customers. These requirements also extend to U.S. customers trading on foreign exchanges.

Securities accounts with margin loans

For customers who borrow money from IBLLC to purchase securities, IBLLC is permitted by securities regulations to pledge or borrow stock valued at up to 140% of the value of the loan. Typically, IBLLC lends out a small portion of the total stock it is permitted to lend out.

  • As an example, at June 30, 2011, IBLLC lent $800 million value of customers' stock out of the $13.0 billion made available to it by margin customers.
  • When IBLLC lends customers' stock, it must put additional money into the special reserve accounts for the exclusive benefit of customers. In the example above, the full value of $800 million of customer stock that was lent was segregated in the special reserve accounts.

Account Protection

Customer securities accounts at IBLLC are protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”) for a maximum coverage of $500,000 (with a cash sublimit of $250,000) and under IBLLC's excess SIPC policy with certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London for up to an additional $30 million (with a cash sublimit of $900,000) subject to an aggregate limit of $150 million. Futures, and options on futures are not covered. As with all securities firms, this coverage provides protection against failure of a broker-dealer, not against loss of market value of securities.

For the purpose of determining a customer account, accounts with like names and titles (e.g. John and Jane Smith and Jane and John Smith) are combined, but accounts with different titles are not (e.g. Individual/John Smith and IRA/John Smith).

SIPC is a non-profit, membership corporation funded by broker-dealers that are members of SIPC. For more information about SIPC and answers to frequently asked questions (such as how SIPC works, what is protected, how to file a claim, etc.), please refer to the following websites:


http://www.SIPC.org

http://www.finra.org/InvestorInformation/InvestorProtection/SIPCProtecti...

or contact SIPC at:

Securities Investor Protection Corporation
805 15th Street, N.W. - Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20005-2215
Telephone: (202) 371-8300
Facsimile: (202) 371-6728

 

Wie kann ich das IB Sicherheitsgerät an Interactive Brokers LLC zurückschicken?

Background: 

Falls Sie Ihr Sicherheitsgerät an IB zurückschicken müssen (durch Beschädigung, Kontokonsolidierung oder Kontoschliessung), folgen Sie bitte den unten aufgelisteten Instruktionen:

 

Falls Sie Ihr Sicherheitsgerät an IB zurückschicken müssen (durch Beschädigung, Kontokonsolidierung oder Kontoschliessung), folgen Sie bitte den unten aufgelisteten Instruktionen:

  1. Laden und drucken Sie das Sicherheitslogingerät Rücksendeformular.
  2. Füllen Sie das Formular aus und packen Sie es zusammen mit dem Sicherheitsgerät ein.
  3. Schicken Sie das Paket an eine der unten aufgeführten Adressen.

Zu Ihrem Schutz empfehlen wir Ihnen einen gepolsterten Umschlag und einen Kurierservice mit Verfolgungsnummer (z.B. UPS, FedEx, DHL oder Deutsche Post Express Post) zu benutzen, da Sie für die Rücksendung verantwortlich sind im Falle eines Verlusts auf dem Weg zu unseren Büros. Bitte erlauben Sie die Dauer von 3 Tagen für den Erhalt und die Entfernung des Sicherheitsgeräts von Ihrem Konto. Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Lieferungszeit je nach Kurier Verspätung haben kann.

Zusätzliche Aktionen für Ersatzgeräte
Falls dies eine Ersatzgeräterücksendung und keine Kontoschliessungsrücksendung ist, rufen Sie bitte unsere technische Hilfsdienstabteilung unter 00800-42-276537 Option 2, 3 und die 2 an, um uns über Ihr defektes Gerät zu informieren und, damit wir Ihnen einen temporären Token zum weiteren Einloggen in die Kontoverwaltung und Trader Workstation aktivieren und zur Verfügung stellen können, bis das neue Ersatzgerät bei Ihnen eingetroffen ist. IB stellt mehrere verschiedene Gerätetypen zur Verfügung und die Ersatzprozederen dafür sind unten aufgeführt:
 

Für Platinum User:
Falls Sie Ihr Platinum Sicherheitslogingerät zurückschicken (Bild 1) und ein Ersatzgerät benötigen, müssen Sie in der Kontoverwaltung ein neues Gerät beantragen. Dies ist nötig wegen der erhöhten Sicherheitsfunktionen dieses Geräts. Sie können nur ein neues Gerät beantragen sobald IB den Erhalt des zurückgesendeten Geräts bestätigt hat, weil nur ein Sicherheitsgerät an einen User des Kontos gelinked werden kann. Nach der Anfrage stellen Sie bitte sicher, dass Sie die Bestätigungsseite der Anfrage, welche Ihre zur Aktivierung benötigten PIN Nummer und Ihren einzigartigen Passsatz enthält, ausdrucken.

Exhibit 1

 

Für Alpine User:
Falls Sie ein Alpine Sicherheitslogingerät zurückschicken (Bild 2), wird IB ein Ersatzgerät basierend auf der positiven Eingabe 'Ja' auf die Frage 'Benötigen Sie ein Ersatzgerät?' des SLS Rücksendefomulars reagieren. Es benötigt keine weiteren Aktionen auf unserer Webseite.

Exhibit 2

 

Für Digitale Sicherheitskarten (DSC) User:
Falls Sie eine Digitale Sicherheitskarte zurückschicken und ein Ersatzgerät benötigen, loggen Sie sich in die Kontoverwaltung ein und bestellen eine neue Karte. Dies ist nötig wegen der PIN Funktion dieser Karte. Bitte merken Sie sich Ihren PIN für den Aktivierunsprozess der Karte.

 

Für Sichereitsloginkarten User:
Dieser Kartentyp muss nicht zurückgeschickt werden und kann zerstört werden.

Postadresse für US & Kanadische Kunden: Postadresse für EU & Asiatische Kunden: Postadresse für  Australische Kunden:
Interactive Brokers, LLC.
Attn: Token Return Department
2 Pickwick Plaza
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 618-4006

Interactive Brokers (U.K.) LTD.
Attn: Token Return Department
Gotthardstrasse 3
CH-6301 Zug
Switzerland
+41-41-726-9500

Interactive Brokers, LLC.
Attn: Token Return Department
Grosvenor Place, Level 42
225 George Street
Sydney, 2000
+61 (2) 8093-7300

Kontoschliessung
Nach Schliessung des Kontos und Rücksendung des Sicherheitsgeräts können Sie sich weiterhin in die Kontoverwaltung einloggen um Kontoauszüge oder Steuerformulare anzuschauen und/oder zu drucken. Nach der Schliessung können Sie sich ohne das Sicherheitsgerät mithilfe von Usernamen und Passwort in die Kontoverwaltung einloggen.

 
Für weitere Fragen oder Unklarheiten wenden Sie sich bitte an unsere erfahrenen Sicherheitsspezialisten unter 00800-42-276537 Option 2, 3 und die 2, oder schicken Sie eine Email an tac@interactivebrokers.com
 
Für Informationen zur Ersatzgerätegebühr für verlorene, gestohlene, zerstörte oder nicht zurückgeschickte Sicherheitsgeräte schauen Sie sich KB1861 an.

 

How to send documents to IB using your smartphone

Übersicht: 

Interactive Brokers allows you to send us a copy of a document even if you do not currently have access to a scanner. You can take a picture of the requested document with your smartphone.

Below you will find the instructions on how to take a picture and send it to IB per email with the fllowing smartphone operating systems:

iOS (iPhone)

Android (i.e. Samsung Galaxy, HTC One X, Sony Xperia, Motorola Droid)

Windows Phone (i.e. Nokia Lumia, HTC Titan, Samsung Focus)

 If you already know how to do so, please consult the instructions about the information you will need to send us aside from the document picture. Click HERE - Where to send the email to and what to include in the subject.

iOS
1. Press the power button to turn your iPhone screen on. Tap, hold and slide upwards the
Camera icon on the bottom right of your screen then drag it upwards to access the Camera.

slide up from the lock screen to take a picture

- If you do not have the Camera icon, you may access the Camera app from the home screen
of your iPhone.
2. Place your iPhone above the document and take the desired portion or page of the document
and tap on the Camera button (designated with 1 on the below illustration - Fig. 3) to take a
photo. Then you need to access the picture - tap the image in the lower left-hand corner (number 2 in the
illustration)

Tap here to take a picture

3. Exit to the home screen by pressing the round Home button on the face of the iPhone.
4. Open the Photos app
5. Next, tap the album ‘Camera Roll’. Make sure that the picture is clear and the document
is well legible, if it isn’t, please repeat the previous two steps.
6. Touch once the picture to make the menus appear and tap the share icon
designated with 1 in the illustration below.

Share button iOS

5. Select the first option - Email Photo. Please consult the following instructions for the next step - what address you should send the picture to and what else to include aside from the document, HERE.
Note: to send emails your phone has to be configured for that. Please contact your email
provider if you are not familiar with this procedure.


Android
1. Open your applications list and start the camera app. Depending on your phone model, make or setup it might be called differently.
2. Place your phone over the document and take the desired portion or page of the document and
tap the icon for the camera. (The generic button will look like the one shown below.)

Tap to take a picture
3. Press the Home key to go back to the idle screen. Go back to the apps list and start the Gallery
application. On some phones it may be called Pictures or Photos.
4. Open the album called Camera or All pictures. The last image in either of those should be the
document you just took a picture of. Tap the screen once to bring up the buttons and tap the share
icon, which generically should look as shown below.

Share on Android
5. In the sharing menu that will be displayed now tap on Email. Please consult the following instructions for the next step - what address you should send the picture to and what else to include aside from the document, HERE.
Note: to send emails your phone has to be configured for that. Please contact your email
provider if you are not familiar with this procedure.

Send per email

 

Windows Phone
1. Press the camera button in the Desktop menu of Windows phone. (If you do
not see the camera in the desktop menu, please scroll to the right and choose
camera in the listed applications)
2. Take a picture by pressing the trigger button on the side of the phone.
3. Open the picture by scrolling to the left and press the ‘...’ menu item
at the bottom task bar to see the available options.
4. Please choose send and the configured Email account you would like to use.
5. In the upcoming email, please add the destination email address, the
subject and the text you would like to send and press the ‘Send email’ button in
the bottom menu. Please consult the following instructions for the next step - what address you should send the picture to and what else to include aside from the document, HERE.
Note: to send emails your phone has to be configured for that. Please contact your email
provider if you are not familiar with this procedure.


WHERE TO SEND THE EMAIL AND WHAT TO INCLUDE IN THE SUBJECT
The email has to be created observing the below instructions:
1. In the ‘To:’ field type...
a. newaccounts@interactivebrokers.com if your you are a resident of a non-European country
b. newaccounts.uk@interactivebrokers.co.uk if you are a European resident
2. The subject field must contain all of the below:
a. Your account number (it usually has the format Uxxxxxxx, where x are numbers) or your
username
b. The purpose of sending the document. Please use the below convention:
i. PoRes for a proof of residential address
ii. PID for a proof of identity

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