How to update the US Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) on your account

Background: 

If you have been informed or believe that your account profile contains an incorrect US SSN/ITIN, you may simply log into your Account Management to update this information. Depending on your taxpayer status, you can update your US SSN/ITIN by modifying one of the following documents:

1) IRS Form W9 (if you are a US tax resident and/or US citizen holding a US SSN/ITIN)

2) IRS Form W-8BEN (if you are a Non-US tax resident holding a US SSN/ITIN)

Please note, if your SSN/ITIN has already been verified with the IRS you will be unable to update the information. If however the IRS has not yet verified the ID, you will have the ability to update through Account Management. 

 

How to Modify Your W9/W8

1) To submit this information change request, first login to Account Management

2) Click on the Settings section followed by Account Settings

 

3) Find the Profile(s) section. Locate the User you wish to update and click on the Info button (the "i" icon) to the left of the User's name

 

4) Scroll down to the bottom where you will see the words Tax Forms. Next to it will be a link with the current tax form we have for the account. Click on this tax form to open it

 

5) Review the form. If your US SSN/ITIN is incorrect, click on the UPDATE button at the bottom of the page

 

6) Make the requisite changes and click the CONTINUE button to submit your request.

 

7) If supporting documentation is required to approve your information change request, you will receive a message.  Otherwise, your information change request should be approved within 24-48 hours.

Changing Market Data Subscriber Status from Pro to Non-Pro

Overview: 

For purposes of determining available quote subscriptions and fees, IB is obligated to determine whether account holders fall under the exchange classifications as a Professional or Non-Professional subscriber (See KB2369 for definitions). In most instances, account holders are allowed to self-declare their subscriber status at the point of application or update via Account Management thereafter, although these declarations are subject to review and account holders electing Non-Professional status are subject to having their status amended to Professional based upon the account information they've submitted.

 

Account holders who no longer meet the definition of a Professional may request a change in their status to Non-Professional by following the steps below:

 

Individual and Joint Accounts

  1. Log into Account Management and select the Manage Account, Trade Configuration, and then Subscriber Status menu options. You will be presented with a page through which you can select the option titled Non-Professional and agree to the permitted use and notification of future change in status requirements.
  2. Your request will then be subject to a review by IB to determine whether it can be accepted or denied based upon the account information of record or whether completion of the Non Professional Questionnaire is required. You will be notified via the Message Center if accepted or denied.
  3. If completion of the questionnaire is required, you will receive an email advising you to log into Account Management at which point you will be prompted with the form. Once completed, the responses will be reviewed by IB and you will be notified as to whether or not your change request has been accepted. Please allow between 1 - 2 business days for this review process to complete.
  4. If your request to change status is approved, your Professional Subscriptions will be canceled immediately and, as exchanges do not provide for prorated subscriptions, you will be charged for the subscription as if you had use of it the entire month.  If you wish to subscribe to replacement quote services as a Non-Professional, you may do so through Account Management.  Again, please note that mid-month subscriptions are charged at the full monthly rate.  Accordingly, depending upon your decision to request a change of status and elect replacement subscriptions, you may be subject to both Professional and Non-Professional fees for a given month.

 

Family & Friends Advisor Accounts

  1. Submit your request to complete the Non-Professional Questionnaire via the Message Center located in Account Management.
  2. Your request will then be subject to a review by IB to determine whether it can be accepted or denied based upon the account information of record or whether you are eligible to complete the Non Professional Questionnaire. You will be notified via the Message Center as to the decision.
  3. If eligible to complete the Non Professional Questionnaire, you will receive an email advising you to log into Account Management at which point you will be prompted with the form. Once completed, the responses will be reviewed by IB and you will be notified as to whether or not your change request has been accepted. Please allow between 1 - 2 business days for this review process to complete.
  4. Friends & Family Advisor accounts that are reclassified from Professional to Non-Professional are subject to the same market data cancellation, replacement and billing considerations as noted above for Individual accounts.

 

Organizations, Professional Advisor Accounts & Professional Trusts

  1. These types of accounts are classified as Professional by default per exchange rules and will not be considered for reclassification to Non Professional.

Cuestionario para datos de mercado no profesionales

Overview: 

Información para completar el nuevo cuestionario no-profesional.

Background: 

El NYSE y la mayoría de los mercados estadounidenses requieren que los proveedores confirmen el estado de datos de mercado de cada cliente antes de permitirles recibir datos de mercado. En adelante, el Cuestionario No-Profesional se utilizará para identificar y confirmar el estado de datos de mercado de todos los clientes suscriptores. Según los requisitos de los mercados, sin una identificación de los clientes como no-profesionales, el estado de datos de mercado predeterminado será profesional. El proceso protegerá y mantendrá el estado de datos de mercado correcto para todos los nuevos suscriptores.  Para ver una breve guía sobre las definiciones no-profesionales, consulte el artículo ibkb.interactivebrokers.com/article/2369.

Para obtener la designación de no-profesional, deben responderse todas las preguntas del cuestionario. Como los mercados requieren confirmaciones positivas de pruebas de designaciones no-profesionales, un Cuestionario No-Profesional incompleto o dudoso tendrá como resultado la designación de Profesional hasta que el estado pueda confirmarse. 

Si el estado debe cambiarse, contacte con Atención al Cliente.

Explicación de las preguntas:

1)    Propósitos comerciales y de negocios

a)    ¿Recibe información financiera (incluidos precios de datos o novedades relacionados con valores, materias primas y otros instrumentos financieros) para su empresa u otra entidad comercial?

Explicación: ¿Recibe y utiliza los datos de mercado para uso en nombre de una empresa u otra organización, además de utilizarlos en esta cuenta para uso personal?

b)    ¿Está realizando negociaciones de valores, materias primas o fórex para beneficios de una corporación, asociación, fideicomiso profesional, club de inversiones profesionales u otro tipo de entidad?

Explicación: ¿Negocia solo para usted o realiza operaciones en nombre de una organización (S.A., S.L., Ltd, LLC, GmbH, Co., LLP, Corp.)?

c)    ¿Tiene algún acuerdo para (a) compartir los beneficios de sus actividades de negociación o (b) recibir compensación por sus actividades de negociación?

Explicación: ¿Se le compensa por operar o comparte los beneficios de sus actividades operativas con un individual o entidad terceros?

d)    ¿Recibe espacio y equipo de oficina u otros beneficios a cambio de su negociación o trabaja como consultor financiero para cualquier persona, empresa o entidad comercial?

Explicación: ¿Una tercera parte le compensa por su actividad operativa, no necesariamente de forma económica?

2)    Actuar en capacidad

a)    ¿Está actuando actualmente en alguna capacidad como asesor de inversiones o bróker-díler?

Explicación: ¿Se le compensa por gestionar activos de terceros o se le compensa por aconsejar a otros cómo gestionar sus activos?

b)    ¿Actúa como gestor de activos para valores, materias primas o fórex?         
 

Explicación: ¿Se le compensa por gestionar valores, materias primas o fórex?

c)     ¿Utiliza actualmente esta información financiera en una capacidad comercial o para gestionar los activos de su empresa o de su empleador?

Explicación: ¿Utiliza datos con propósitos comerciales, específicamente para gestionar los activos de su empresa/empleador?

d)    ¿Utiliza el capital de cualquier persona física o jurídica en la realización de su negociación?

Explicación: ¿Hay activos en su cuenta de cualquier otra entidad, además de los suyos propios?

3)    Distribuir, republicar o proporcionar datos a cualquier otra parte

a)    ¿Está distribuyendo, redistribuyendo, publicando, haciendo disponible o proporcionando en cualquier forma información financiera del servicio a terceros?

Explicación: ¿Está enviando datos recibidos de nosotros a terceros de cualquier forma y manera?

4)    Operador cualificado profesional de futuros/valores

a)    ¿Está actualmente registrado o cualificado como operador de valores profesional con cualquier agencia de valores, o con cualquier mercado de contratos de futuros o materias primas o es un asesor de inversiones registrado con cualquier mercado estatal o nacional, autoridad reguladora, asociación profesional u organismo profesional reconocido? i, ii
SÍ☐             NO☐

i) Ejemplos de organizaciones reguladoras incluyen, pero sin limitarse:

  • US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • UK Financial Service Authority (FSA)
  • Japanese Financial Service Agency (JFSA)

ii) Los ejemplos de organizaciones autoreguladas (SROs) incluyen, pero sin limitarse:

  • US NYSE
  • US FINRA
  • Swiss VQF 

Le damos la bienvenida a Interactive Brokers

Overview: 

Ahora que su cuenta ya ha sido aprobada y ha recibido fondos, puede empezar a negociar. La información siguiente le ayudará a empezar como nuevo cliente de Interactive Brokers.

  1. Su dinero
  2. Configurar su cuenta para operar
  3. Cómo operar
  4. Operar en todo el mundo
  5. Cinco puntos para enriquecer su experiencia IB

 

1. Su dinero
Información general sobre depósitos y retiradas. Todas las transacciones se administran a través de Gestión de Cuenta
Depósitos
Primero, cree una notificación de depósito a través de Gestión de Cuenta > Financiación > Transferencias de fondos > Tipo de transacción: “Depósito” Cómo crear una notificación de depósito. El segundo paso es indicar a su banco que realice la transferencia con los datos bancarios proporcionados en su notificación de depósito.
Retiradas
Cree una instrucción de retirada a través de Gestión de Cuenta > Financiación > Transferencias de fondos > Tipo de transacción: "Retiradas" Cómo crear una instrucción de retirada
Si indica una retirada que esté por encima de los límites de retirada, se considerará una retirada excepcional y, por lo tanto, tendremos que comprobar al titular de la cuenta bancaria con la cuenta IB. Si la cuenta bancaria de destino se ha utilizado para un depósito, la retirada se procesará; de lo contrario, deberá contactar con atención al cliente y proporcionar los documentos necesarios.
Solución de problemas
Depósitos: Mi banco envió el dinero, pero no lo veo acreditado en mi cuenta IB. Razones posibles:
a) Una transferencia de fondos lleva entre 1 y 4 días hábiles.
b) Falta una notificación de depósito. Debe crearla en Gestión de Cuenta y enviar un tique a Atención al Cliente.
c) Corregir los detalles que faltan. En los detalles de transferencia falta su nombre o su número de cuenta IB. Debe contactar con su banco y pedir los detalles de corrección completos.
d) Una ACH iniciada por IB está limitada a 100k USD durante un período de 7 días hábiles. Si abrió una cuenta Margen de Cartera en la que el requisito inicial fuera 110k, un depósito por giro puede ser la mejor opción de depósito para reducir el tiempo de espera para su primera operación. Si selecciona ACH, un tiempo de espera de casi 2 semanas o una reducción temporal a cuenta RegT podrían ser soluciones posibles.
Retiradas: He solicitado una retirada, pero no veo mi dinero acreditado en mi cuenta bancaria. Posibles razones:
a) Una transferencia de fondos lleva 1-4 días hábiles.
b) Rechazada. Por encima del máximo que puede retirarse. Por favor, compruebe el saldo de su cuenta bancaria. Tenga en cuenta que, debido a requisitos normativos, cuando los fondos se depositan hay un período de retención de 3 días antes de que puedan retirarse.
c) Su banco ha devuelto los fondos. Posiblemente porque los nombres de la cuenta bancaria receptora y la cuenta bancaria remitente no coinciden.

 

2. Configurar su cuenta para operar
Diferencia entre cuentas de Efectivo y de Margen: si ha elegido la solicitud FastTrack, de forma predeterminada su tipo de cuenta será una cuenta de efectivo con permisos para acciones estadounidenses. Si quiere apalancamiento y operar con margen, aquí puede ver cómo convertirse a una cuenta Margen RegT.
Permisos de negociación
Para poder operar en una clase de activos concreta en un país concreto, necesita obtener los permisos de negociación para ello a través de Gestión de Cuenta. Tenga en cuenta que los permisos de negociación son gratuitos; sin embargo, es posible que se le pida que firme declaraciones de riesgo requeridas por las autoridades normativas locales. Cómo solicitar permisos de negociación
Datos de mercado
Si quiere datos de mercado en tiempo real para un mercado/producto concreto, deberá suscribirse a un paquete de datos de mercado cobrado por el mercado. Cómo suscribirse a datos de mercado

El asistente a datos de mercado le ayudará a elegir el paquete adecuado. Puede ver este vídeo que explica cómo funciona.
Los clientes tienen la opción de recibir datos de mercado diferidos de forma gratuita si hacen clic en el botón datos de mercado gratuitos desde una fila de ticker no suscrito.
Cuentas de asesor
Eche un vistazo a la guía de usuario Cómo empezar como asesor. Aquí verá cómo crear usuarios adicionales para su cuenta de asesor y otorgarles acceso y mucho más.

 

3. Cómo operar
La Academia para Operadores es el mejor lugar para aprender a utilizar nuestras plataformas. Aquí encontrará nuestros seminarios web, en directo y grabados en 10 idiomas, visitas rápidas y documentación sobre varias plataformas de negociación.
Trader Workstation (TWS)
Los operadores bursátiles que requieran herramientas de negociación más sofisticadas pueden utilizar nuestra Trader Workstation (TWS) con diseño de creador de mercado, que optimiza su velocidad y eficacia en la negociación con una interfaz tipo hoja de cálculo fácil de utilizar, ofreciendo más de 50 tipos de órdenes, herramientas de negociación específicas para todos los estilos de negociación, un saldo de cuenta en tiempo real y seguimiento de su actividad. Pruebe los dos modelos:
TWS Mosaico: para una usabilidad intuitiva, un acceso de negociación sencillo, gestión de órdenes, listas de seguimiento y gráficos desde una sola ventana o
TWS Clásica: la Gestión de Órdenes Avanzada para operadores que necesitan herramientas y algoritmos más avanzados.
Descripción general e Información / Guía de inicio rápido / Guía de usuario
Visitas interactivas: TWS Basics / Configuración de TWS / TWS Mosaico
Cómo introducir una operación:  Vídeo TWS Clásica / Vídeo Mosaico
Herramientas de negociación: Descripción general e informaciónGuía de usuario
Requisitos: Cómo instalar Java para Windows / Cómo instalar Java para MAC / Los puertos 4000 y 4001 deben estar abiertos
Conexión a TWSDescargar TWS
WebTrader
Los operadores que prefieran una interfaz sencilla pueden utilizar nuestra WebTrader, basada en HTML, que facilita el ver datos de mercado, enviar órdenes y monitorizar su cuenta y sus ejecuciones. Utilice el WebTrader más actual de cada navegador
Guía de inicio rápido / Guía de usuario de WebTrader
Introducción: Vídeo WebTrader
Cómo introducir una operación: Vídeo WebTrader
Conexión a WebTrader
MobileTrader
Nuestras soluciones móviles le permiten operar con su cuenta IB desde cualquier lugar. La mobileTWS para iOS y la mobileTWS para BlackBerry están diseñadas para estos populares modelos, mientras que la genérica MobileTrader es compatible con la mayoría de otros teléfonos inteligentes.
Descripción general e información
Tipos de órdenes Tipos de órdenes disponibles y descripción / Vídeos / Visitas / Guía de usuario
Negociación simulada Descripción general e información / Cómo obtener una cuenta de negociación simulada
Una vez creada su cuenta de negociación simulada, podrá compartir los datos de mercado de su cuenta real con su cuenta de negociación simulada: Gestión de Cuenta > Gestionar Cuenta > Ajustes > Negociación simulada

 
4. Operar en todo el mundo
Las cuentas de IB son cuentas en multidivisas. Su cuenta puede mantener varias divisas al mismo tiempo; esto le permite operar en múltiples productos de todo el mundo desde una sola cuenta.
Divisa base
Su divisa base determina la divisa de conversión de sus extractos y la divisa utilizada para determinar requisitos de margen. La divisa base se determina cuando usted abre una cuenta. Los clientes pueden cambiar su divisa base en cualquier momento desde Gestión de Cuenta.
No convertimos automáticamente las divisas a su divisa base
Las conversiones de divisas deben ser realizadas manualmente por el cliente. En este vídeo puede ver cómo realizar una conversión de divisas.
Para abrir una posición denominada en una divisa que no tiene en su cuenta, tiene dos posibilidades:
A) Conversión de divisas.
B) Préstamo de margen IB. (No disponible para cuentas en efectivo)
Consulte este curso, que explica el funcionamiento de una transacción extranjera.

 

5. Cinco puntos para enriquecer su experiencia IB
1. Búsqueda de contratos
Aquí encontrará todos nuestros productos, símbolos y especificaciones.
2. Fondos de Información IB
Los Fondos de Información de IB son un conjunto de elementos diseñados para ayudar a los clientes de IB a gestionar sus cuentas e incluyen glosarios, artículos explicativos, consejos de resolución de problemas y directrices generales. Simplemente introduzca en el campo de búsqueda lo que le interesa y encontrará su respuesta.
3. Gestión de Cuenta
Del mismo modo que nuestras plataformas de negociación le dan acceso a los mercados, Gestión de Cuenta le otorga acceso a su cuenta IB. Utilice Gestión de Cuenta para gestionar tareas relacionadas con su cuenta, como el depósito o la retirada de fondos, consultar extractos, modificar suscripciones a datos de mercado y noticias, cambiar sus permisos de negociación y verificar o cambiar su información personal.
Conexión a Gestión de Cuenta / Guía rápida de GC / Guía de Usuarios GC
4. Sistema de Acceso Seguro
Para proporcionarle el mayor nivel de seguridad en línea, Interactive Brokers ha implementado un Sistema de Acceso Seguro (SAS) a través del cual el acceso a su cuenta está sujeto a una autentificación en dos factores. Esta autentificación sirve para confirmar su identidad en el momento de conexión mediante dos factores de seguridad: 1) Algo que usted conoce (la combinación de su nombre de usuario y contraseña); y 2) Algo que usted posee (un dispositivo de seguridad enviado por IB que genera un código de seguridad aleatorio y de un solo uso). Como tanto el saber su combinación nombre de usuario/contraseña como la posesión física del dispositivo de seguridad son necesarios para conectarse a su cuenta, la participación en el Sistema de Acceso Seguro elimina virtualmente la posibilidad de que alguien que no sea usted acceda a su cuenta.
Cómo activar su dispositivo de seguridad / Cómo obtener una tarjeta de código de seguridad / Cómo devolver su dispositivo de seguridad
En caso de que haya olvidado su contraseña y haya perdido su tarjeta de código de seguridad, llámenos para le ayudemos de inmediato.
5. Extractos e informes
Fáciles de ver y de personalizar, nuestros extractos e informes cubren todos los aspectos de su cuenta Interactive Brokers. Cómo ver un extracto de actividad

 

Market Data Non-Professional Questionnaire

Overview: 

Insight into completing the new Non-Professional Questionnaire.

Background: 

The NYSE and most US exchanges require vendors to positively confirm the market data status of each customer before allowing them to receive market data. Going forward, the Non-Professional Questionnaire will be used to identify and positively confirm the market data status of all customer subscribers. As per exchange requirements, without positively identifying customers as non-professional, the default market data status will be professional. The process will protect and maintain the correct market data status for all new subscribers. For a short guide on non-professional definitions, please see ibkb.interactivebrokers.com/article/2369.

Each question on the questionnaire must be answered in order to have a non-professional designation. As exchanges require positive confirmations of proof for non-professional designations, an incomplete or unclear Non-Professional Questionnaire will result in a Professional designation until the status can be confirmed. 

If the status should change, please contact the helpdesk.

Explanation of questions:

1)    Commercial & Business purposes

a)    Do you receive financial information (including news or price data concerning securities, commodities and other financial instruments) for your business or any other commercial entity?

Explanation: Are you receiving and using the market data for use on behalf of a company or other organization aside from using the data on this account for personal use?

b)    Are you conducting trading of any securities, commodities or forex for the benefit of a corporation, partnership, professional trust, professional investment club or other entity?

Explanation: Are you trading for yourself only or are you trading on behalf of an organization (Ltd, LLC, GmbH, Co., LLP, Corp.)?

c)    Have you entered into any agreement to (a) share the profit of your trading activities or (b) receive compensation for your trading activities?

Explanation: Are you being compensated to trade or are you sharing profits from your trading activities with a third party entity or individual?

d)    Are you receiving office space, and equipment or other benefits in exchange for your trading or work as a financial consultant to any person, firm or business entity?

Explanation: Are you being compensated in any way for your trading activity by a third party, not necessarily by being paid in currency.

2)    Act in a capacity

a)    Are you currently acting in any capacity as an investment adviser or broker dealer?

Explanation: Are you being compensated to manage third party assets or compensated to advise others on how to manage their assets?

b)    Are you engaged as an asset manager for securities, commodities or forex?         
 

Explanation: Are you being compensated to manage securities, commodities, or forex?

c)     Are you currently using this financial information in a business capacity or for managing your employer’s or company’s assets?

Explanation: Are you using data at all for a commercial purposes specifically to manage your employer and/or company assets?

d)    Are you using the capital of any other individual or entity in the conduct of your trading?

Explanation: Are there assets of any other entity in your account other than your own?

3)    Distribute, republish or provide data to any other party

a)    Are you distributing, redistributing, publishing, making available or otherwise providing any financial information from the service to any third party in any manner?

Explanation: Are you sending any data you receive from us to another party in any way, shape, or form?

4)    Qualified professional securities / futures trader

a)    Are you currently registered or qualified as a professional securities trader with any security agency, or with any commodities or futures contract market or investment adviser with any national or state exchange, regulatory authority, professional association or recognized professional body? i, ii
YES☐             NO☐

i) Examples of Regulatory bodies include, but are not limited to,

  • US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • UK Financial Service Authority (FSA)
  • Japanese Financial Service Agency (JFSA)

ii) Examples of Self-Regulatory Organization (SROs) include, but are not limited to:

  • US NYSE
  • US FINRA
  • Swiss VQF 

¿Qué significa el estado 'pendiente de autorización por el asesor' que figura junto con mi solicitud de retirada?

Overview: 

En la sección del historial de transacciones de Client Portal, se mostrará el estado 'pendiente de autorización por el asesor' cuando los clientes completen una solicitud de retirada.

Información:

En la estructura de asesor, las cuentas de clientes pueden solicitar retiradas al iniciar sesión en Client Portal. Cuando se introduce una solicitud de retirada desde una cuenta de cliente, el asesor deberá autorizar a la solicitud. Si el asesor no la acepta, la solicitud se realizará igualmente 3 días hábiles después.

 

Pasos a seguir para completar la solicitud:

Después de enviar la solicitud de retirada desde la cuenta del cliente, el asesor recibirá una notificación por correo electrónico en la que se le indicará que un cliente ha solicitado una retirada. El asesor deberá iniciar sesión  en Client Portal e ir a Gestionar clientes > Panel de información > Asuntos pendientes para autorizar la solicitud. Al hacer clic en el botón Autorizar, el asesor acelerará el proceso de retirada pendiente.

 

Nota sobre los periodos de retención:

Para garantizar un procesamiento rápido de las solicitudes de retirada realizadas por el cliente, se retendrán las solicitudes de retirada con una cantidad superior al 80 % de la cantidad disponible en la cuenta hasta que el asesor autorice la transacción o 3 días hábiles, lo que ocurra primero. Las cantidades que representen menos del 80 % se retendrán hasta que el asesor autorice la transacción o hasta el día hábil siguiente.

Estas retenciones se imponen para asegurar que su asesor está informado sobre su solicitud de retirada y se le da tiempo para que los fondos estén disponibles, si fuera necesario.

Financial Advisor How To: Linking Related Client Accounts

Overview: 

Account linkage provides account holders who maintain multiple accounts under a single advisor, the ability to group the accounts together under a single user name. The benefits of account linking include the following:

  • The ability to log into all accounts via a single user name and password;
  • Account accessed using a common security device;
  • Activity fee minimums, when applicable, are determined based on commissions consolidated across the linked accounts;
  • Consolidated reporting of accounts.

While linking may be performed by the client, this article outlines the steps by which an advisor may link accounts on behalf of the client

Steps:

1. Linkage begins by logging into Account Management at the master account level and selecting the Manage Clients, Accounts and then Link Client Accounts menu options.

 

 2. You will then be provided with a drop down list of client which are eligible to be linked. While multiple clients may be linked in a given session, the linkage steps must be completed for a given client before proceeding to another.

 

 

3. After selecting the client to be linked, a list of all of the client's accounts that are eligible to be linked will be presented.  Here, you will be prompted to specify which of the user names is to be retained for future account access. Once the linkage process has been completed, all other user names will be deactivated.

 

4. Next you will be presented with the Account Information page where confirmation of the client's personal information will be performed. In the event the client maintains information which differs among accounts (e.g., residential address), you will be prompted to select that which is accurate and is to be retained following completion of linkage.

 

5. Next, select any or all of the standing banking instructions which will be retained.

 

6. Confirmation of the linkage request is then provided.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • You must select the client account with the highest level security device.
  • Once the accounts are linked, the unique usernames and passwords for the accounts to be linked with this account will no longer function. The surviving username and password associated with the account will function for all linked accounts.
  • Interactive Brokers will link these accounts on Fridays.
  • Once the accounts are linked, the security devices for the accounts to be linked with this account will no longer function and the device associated with this account will function for all linked accounts. Those device do not need to be returned to IB, as per KB975

Welcome to Interactive Brokers

Overview: 

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 

 

IRA: Required Minimum Distributions

Generally, regulations require traditional and rollover IRA owners to withdraw funds beginning at age 70 1/2, and every year thereafter.  Determining your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) is significant while retaining an IRA, considering both your life expectancy and the IRA's fair market value.

The required amount for each eligible person is based on the December 31 IRA account value of the previous year and the IRA owners date of birth.  Your spouse's date of birth may also be a factor if your spouse is at least 10 years younger than you.  Interactive Brokers LLC provides several information resources to understand and calculate your RMD, including access one an on-line RMD Calculator.

Custodian's Role

January RMD Notification

Beginning RMD Distributions

Requesting Your RMD Withdrawal

Determining Your RMD

Calculating Your RMD 

Custodian's Role

IB serves as trustee of your retirement plan, providing administration and compliance service.  In addition, the plan trustee is required to notify you about your RMD.

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January RMD Notification

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the plan custodian, IB, to notify IRA owners about the RMD requirements by January 31 each year.  If you turn 70 1/2 this year, you are required to begin taking RMDs before April 1 of the following year.

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Beginning RMD Distributions

Eligible IRA owners must begin receiving withdrawals by December 31 of the year they reach age 70 1/2.  The first RMD withdrawal, however, may be delayed until April 1 of the following year.  

If you elect to delay the withdrawal, then please observe the following considerations:   (1) Two RMD withdrawals will be required the following year, the undistributed initial RMD and the new RMD.  (2) The new RMD will be slightly larger due to the December 31 market value's inclusion of the undistributed initial RMD.

Subsequent RMD withdrawals from your IRA must be distributed by December 31 to avoid a penalty tax.

Note:  Roth IRAs are exempt from the RMD rules during the IRA owner's lifetime.

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Requesting Your RMD Withdrawal

Log in to your Interactive Brokers account through Account Management to request an IRA withdrawal of funds. 

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Determining Your RMD

The RMD is determined by dividing your account's prior year December 31 value by your life expectancy factor as taken from the IRS life expectancy tables.   This RMD must be calculated for each of your IRA accounts.  Worksheets for calculating one's RMD are available on the IRS website

Calculating Your RMD

The IRA Required Minimum Distribution Worksheetsassist with the calculation of your RMD.  See the Life Expectancy Tables in IRS Publication 590 for additional resources.  Your IRA beneficiary election may play an important role in determining your RMD, as well. 

Note: If you have multiple IRAs, then you may combine the total year end values and take the distribution from one, each, or any combination of your IRAs.

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Disclaimer:  IB does not provide tax advice. These statements are provided for information purposes only, are not intended to constitute tax advice which may be relied upon to avoid penalties under any international, federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, and do not resolve any tax issues in your favor. We recommend that you consult a qualified tax adviser or refer to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

IRA: Rollover Rules & Conditions

 

This information is for general educational purposes only.  Individuals should consult with their financial adviser or legal counsel to determine how rollover regulations affect their unique situations.

Generally, an IRA rollover is a tax-free distribution to you of cash or other assets from one retirement plan that you contribute to another retirement plan.  The contribution to the second retirement plan is called a rollover contribution.

This article outlines the types of IRA rollover transactions, rules and conditions, IB's Rollover Certification form, and rollover transaction details.  Select from list below for details:

Rules & Conditions

Rollover Certification

Eligible Rollover Transactions

Ineligible Transactions

  

Rules & Conditions

Prior to completing an IRA Rollover transaction, we recommend that you review the rules and conditions surrounding eligibility.  Interactive Brokers can accept as a tax-free transaction an eligible rollover distribution as defined under the Internal Revenue Code.  Included in this article is information about eligible transactions, as well as the Interactive Brokers  IRA Rollover Certification form.

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IRA Rollover Certification

Before accepting an IRA rollover transaction into an Interactive Brokers LLC IRA, we require that you review your eligibility for the rollover and certify your understanding of the rollover rules and conditions.  The IRA Rollover Form includes the IRA Rollover Certification

The Fund Transfers page within the Account Management lets you notify IB of an IRA Rollover deposit of funds into your account.  Select the Funding tab in the header link and choose Deposit Funds in the Transaction list.   In the Method list, select Direct Rollover.  Complete, sign, and return both forms to the Interactive Brokers address listed on the form.

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Rollover Transactions

Two types of IRA rollover transactions exist with different guidelines and delivery methods:

  1. Direct Rollover - a transfer of assets from an employer-sponsored retirement plan directly to an eligible IRA.  If you choose to receive the distribution first, then you may roll over the funds to the IRA within 60 days.
  2. Indirect Rollover - a distribution from an IRA paid to you, followed by a rollover into another IRA within 60 days.  The IRS allows an indirect rollover of each IRA's funds once during a twelve-month period.

(Note:  A distributions directly from one IRA trustee to another IRA trustee is a Trustee-to-Trustee transfer.  It is not affected by the twelve-month waiting period.)

For additional information about rollovers, visit Understanding Rollovers.  See also IRS Publication 590-A, Contributions to Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) for more specific guidelines on moving retirement plan assets.

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Eligible Rollover Transactions

Almost any distribution from a qualified plan can be rolled over to an IRA.  Your retirement account may be eligible for one of the following eligible rollover transactions.

Traditional IRA or SIMPLE IRA to Traditional IRA Rollover

  • Funds or property deposited less than 60 days of receipt by the IRA owner from the previous IRA
  • During the preceding 12 months, no other distributions from the distributing IRA were rolled over
  • The assets involved in the transaction have not been rolled over in the past 12 months
  • Required Minimum Distribution satisfied (if over 70 1/2)
  • For SIMPLE IRAs, after two years from the first contribution

Roth IRA to Roth IRA Rollover

  • Funds or property deposited less than 60 days of receipt by the IRA owner from the previous IRA
  • During the preceding 12 months, no other distributions from the distributing IRA were rolled over
  • The assets involved in the transaction have not been rolled over in the past 12 months

Rollover or Direct Rollover from Qualified Plan into a Traditional IRA

  • Eligible participant (participant, spouse beneficiary, or former spouse due to divorce)
  • Funds or property deposited less than 60 days of receipt by the participant from the previous plan
  • Funds received from an eligible qualified retirement plan
  • Required Minimum Distribution satisfied (if over 70 1/2)
  • Consists of funds, property, or proceeds from the sale of property distributed from the qualified plan
  • All of the funds are eligible to be rolled over

Roth IRA to Roth IRA Rollover

  • Funds or property deposited less than 60 days of receipt by the IRA owner from the previous IRA
  • Required Minimum Distribution satisfied (if over 70 1/2)

Ineligible Rollover Transactions

Some funds distributed from a retirement plan are not eligible for rollover into an IRA.  The following transactions are not eligible rollover transactions.

  • Any portion of a distribution from a retirement plan not rolled over
  • Required Minimum Distributions
  • Distribution of excess contributions and related earnings
  • Retirement plan loan treated as a distribution
  • Hardship distributions
  • Distributions part of substantially equal payments (72-t)
  • Dividends on employer securities
  • Non-spousal death benefit distributions
  • The cost of life insurance coverage

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Disclaimer:  IB does not provide tax advice. These statements are provided for information purposes only, are not intended to constitute tax advice which may be relied upon to avoid penalties under any international, federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, and do not resolve any tax issues in your favor. We recommend that you consult a qualified tax adviser or refer to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

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