Special Dividends: "Due Bill" Process

In some cases, special dividends may have different rules than regular dividends concerning the ex-dividend date. If a special dividend is less than 25% of the stock price, standard rules apply regarding the ex-dividend date (ex-date is before the record and pay date). However, if a special dividend is greater than 25% of the stock price*, the ex-dividend date will be after the record date and pay date.

In the case of a regular dividend or a special dividend of less than 25% of the share price, one would need to own a stock by the record date in order to be entitled to the dividend. However, this is not the case for special dividends that are more than 25% of the stock price. If one were to sell a stock after the record date but before the ex-dividend date, they would no longer be entitled to the dividend. The shares would be tagged with something called a "due bill" which means that the seller is obligated to pay the dividend to the buyer. Likewise, if one were to buy a stock after the record date but before the ex-dividend date (and hold it through the ex-date), they would be entitled to the dividend from the seller.

*Please note, the 25% or more rule is a general rule and will not apply in all cases. Certain foreign stock dividends will not follow the rule and some domestic stocks are granted an exclusion. For information regarding regular dividends, please reference KB 47.
 

T+2结算概述

简介

从2017年9月5日起,在美国和加拿大交易所交易的证券的标准结算时间将从3个工作日(T+3)缩短至2个工作日(T+2)。下文介绍了有关本变化、其预期影响及常见问题的背景信息。
 
背景
结算是一种交易后流程,即,使证券的所有权从卖方转移至买方,同时由买方支付对价的过程。中央托管人和清算所会促进该过程完成——中央托管人会维护证券所有权的记录,清算所则处理资金往来,并向托管人发出指令,要求其转移证券所有权。对于美国证券,主要托管人是存款信托公司(DTC),清算所则是全国证券清算公司(NSCC)。加拿大证券存管处(CDS)为加拿大证券发挥此类功能。 目前美国和加拿大证券的结算周期都是交易日之后的3个工作日。
 
结算周期为何变化?
鉴于现在托管人能够以电子形式登记证券的所有权,客户能够通过电子化的形式以低成本方便地转移资金,运营效率得到了提升,这是促进结算周期缩短的关键因素。结算周期上一次缩短发生在1995年,当时周期从5个工作日缩短至了3个工作日,而涉及交付实体单证及通过支票付款的交易不断减少。
 
缩短结算周期将给行业和市场参与者带来以下好处:
 
  • 降低金融系统的风险 – 由于证券价格变动的可能性会随时间上升,缩短结算周期能降低由于未付款或未交付证券导致的信用风险敞口。 通过降低待结算义务的名义价值,能够提高金融系统抵御严重市场冲击带来的潜在系统性后果。 
  • 提高现金调用效率 – 对于持“现金”账户的客户,若资金结算未完成,则无法交易(即不得空买空卖——在不支付的情况下买卖证券)。 实施T+2制度后,销售证券所得的资金将比之前早一个工作日到账,因此客户将能更快地将资金用于后续交易。 
  • 提高全球结算一致性 - 当前欧洲和亚洲等市场实行T+2制度,向T+2结算周期的转变将使美国和加拿大市场更好地与其它主要国际市场接轨。
 
哪些产品将受此改变影响?
美国和加拿大股票、ETF、ADR、公司债券、市政债券、差价合约以及单位投资信托(UITs)
 
此次变化会如何影响我的账户?
股息和公司行动 – 证券必须在除息日之前买入方可享受股息或其它和证券相关的权利。   在当前T+3的结算周期下,除息日通常比登记日早2个工作日,在T+2制度下,除息日领先登记日的时间将缩短至1个工作日。
 
卖空交易 – 美国证监会(SEC)的204号法规要求经纪商在结算日无法借到股票进行交付的情况下平仓卖空单。目前,平仓必须在T+4个交易日常规交易时间开市前完成。结算周期缩短至T+2后,平仓也将提早一个工作日至T+3。
 
T+2定单目的地 – IB目前提供定单目的地(TPLUS2),允许持保看涨期权的卖方在期权被行权时买入并交付成本基础较有利的股票。该T+2定单能降低潜在的资本利得税,且将被改至T+1交付,以便提供相同的好处。 请知悉,该T+2定单目的地在2017年9月5日之前将被禁用,而T+1定单目的地在该日期后不久将被启用(即,有一个过渡期,期间新的结算定单目的地不会被提供)。
 
期权行权 – 股票交付周期及股票期权行权导致的现金支付周期将从3个工作日缩短至2个工作日。
 
向贷记余额支付的利息 – 利息计算基于已结算的现金余额。如您在购买股票时有足够的现金全额支付(即不动用保证金借贷),那么买入该股票所需的资金目前可获得直至T+3日被支付给清算所前的利息。 在T+2制度下计息时间将缩短1个工作日。然而,当证券被卖出时,T+2制度下资金将提早1个工作日被记入您的账户并获得利息。 
 
向借记余额收取的利息 – 利息计算基于已结算的现金余额。如您借入资金以购买股票(即动用保证金借贷),那么在资金于T+3日被交付给清算所之前您无需对该借款支付利息。 在T+2制度下贷款起始日期将提早1个工作日。然而,当证券被卖出时,T+2制度下资金也将提早1个工作日被记入您的账户,用于部分或全额支付贷款。   
 
常见问题解答

买卖期权、期货或期货期权合约的结算规则是否会变化?

不要。此类产品当前在T+1日结算,结算周期不变。

 
买卖共同基金的结算规则是否会变化?
不要。IB当前提供的所有共同基金都在T+1日结算, 结算周期不变。
 
本次改变对发起定单所需的现金或资产是否会有影响?
不要。当前在所有定单提交前系统都会事先检查,以确保定单执行后账户的合规性。对于现金账户中的现金而言,这意味着不论是T+3还是T+2结算制度,账户都必须有足够的现金以满足结算需求。同样地,对于保证金账户,账户必须有足够的超额净资产以满足保证金要求。该保护机制在T+2制度下不会变化。
 
本次变化对通过ACATS或ATON转移证券的时间周期有无影响?
不要。T+3至T+2的变化对转账流程没有影响。

Overview of T+2 Settlement

Introduction

Effective September 5, 2017, the standard settlement period for securities traded on U.S. and Canadian exchanges will be reduced from 3 business days (T+3) to 2 business days (T+2). Background information regarding this change, its projected impact and a list of FAQs are outlined below.
 
Background
Settlement is a post-trade process whereby legal ownership of securities is transferred from the seller to the purchaser in exchange for payment.  This process is facilitated via a central depository which maintains security ownership records and a clearinghouse which processes the exchange of funds and instructs the depository to transfer ownership of the securities. For U.S. securities, the Depository Trust Company (DTC) operates as the primary depository and the National Securities Clearing Corporation (NSCC), the clearinghouse. The Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS) performs these functions for Canadian securities. The current settlement cycle for both U.S. and Canadian securities is 3 business days following the trade date.
 
Why is the settlement period changing?
Operational efficiencies afforded by registering securities ownership in an electronic form and the ease and low cost by which clients may transfer funds electronically are critical factors enabling the shortening of the settlement cycle. The settlement cycle was last reduced from 5 business days to 3 in 1995 and transactions involving the delivery of physical certificates or payment via check continue to decline.
 
Shortening the settlement cycle is expected to yield the following benefits for the industry and its participants:
 
  • Lessens risk to the financial system – the likelihood that the price of a given security will change increases over time and reducing the settlement day lessens exposure to credit risk due to non-payment or non-delivery of that security. By reducing the notional value of outstanding obligations in the settlement pipeline, the financial sector is better protected from the potential systemic consequences of serious market disruptions. 
  • Cash deployment efficiencies – clients who maintain “Cash” type accounts are subject to restrictions which may preclude them from trading with unsettled funds (i.e., “Free-Riding” or buying and selling a security without paying for it). With T+2, funds from the sale of a security will now be available 1 business day earlier, thereby providing quicker access to funds and the ability to redeploy them sooner for subsequent purchases. 
  • Enhanced global settlement harmonization - the transition to a T+2 settlement cycle will align the U.S. and Canadian markets with other major international markets in Europe and Asia that currently operate in a T+2 environment.
 
What products are impacted by this change?
U.S. and Canadian stocks, ETFs, ADRs, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, CFDs, and unit investment trusts (UITs)
 
How will this change impact my account?
Dividends & corporate actions – securities must be purchased prior to the Ex-Date for entitlement to dividends or other rights associated with the security.    Under the current T+3 settlement cycle, the Ex-Date is typically 2 business days prior to the Record Date and this relationship will be reduced to 1 business day under T+2.
 
Short sale transactions – brokers are required under SEC Rule 204 to close out short sales if unable to borrow securities and make delivery at settlement. Currently, close out must take place by no later than the beginning of regular trading hours on T+4.  With the shortening of the settlement cycle to T+2, close out will be moved up 1 business day to T+3.
 
T+2 Order Destination – IB currently offers an order destination (TPLUS2) which allows covered call writers to purchase and deliver, upon assignment, shares having a more favorable cost basis. This T+2 order, which reduces the possibility of triggering an unwanted capital gains tax, will be amended to T+1 delivery in order to provide the same benefits.  Note that this T+2 order destination will be disabled prior to September 5, 2017 and the T+1 order destination enabled shortly after that date (i.e., there will be a transition period during which this accelerated settlement order destination will not be offered).
 
Option Exercise – The delivery period for stock and payment of cash resulting from the exercise of stock options will be reduced from 3 business days to 2.
 
Interest paid on credit balances – interest computations are based upon settled cash balances. If you purchase stock and have sufficient cash to pay for the purchase in full (i.e., no margin loan), the proceeds necessary to pay for that stock are currently eligible to earn interest up until T+3 at which point they are remitted to the clearinghouse. That interest earning period will be reduced by 1 business day under T+2. Note, however, that when that security is sold the funds settle to your account 1 business day earlier under T+2 and are then eligible to earn interest. 
 
Interest charged on debit balances – interest computations are based upon settled cash balances. If you purchase stock and borrow funds to pay for the purchase (i.e., a margin loan), interest is not charged on the loan until payment is remitted to the clearinghouse on T+3. That loan date will start 1 business day earlier under T+2. Note, however, that when that security is sold, the proceeds are credited to your account and will partially or fully pay of the loan 1 business day earlier under T+2.   
 
FAQs

Will the settlement for purchases and sales of options, futures or futures options contracts change?

No. These products currently settle on T+1 and that settlement cycle will not change.

 
Will the settlement for purchases and sales of mutual funds change?
No. All mutual funds offered by IB currently settle on T+1 and that settlement cycle will not change.
 
Will this change have any impact upon the cash or assets required to initiate an order?
No. All orders are currently pre-checked prior to submission to ensure that the account will be compliant were the order to execute. In the cash of cash accounts, that means that the account must have the necessary settled cash on hand to meet the settlement regardless of T+3 or T+2.  Similarly, in the case of margin accounts, the account must have the necessary Excess Equity to remain margin compliant. This safeguard will not change under T+2.
 
Will this change have any impact upon the timeframe by which securities are transferred via ACATS or ATON?
No. Transfer processes will not be impacted by the move from T+3 to T+2.

股息等值支付预征税款 - 常见问题

背景

自2017年1月1日起,根据新的国税局(IRS)规定,美国将对持有美国股票衍生品头寸的非美人士就股息等值支付预征税款。之前,美国未对此类收入征税。法规要求我们这样的中介机构充当扣税代理人,代表IRS征税。以下内容涵盖所涉税种概况、税额确定方式以及受影响的产品。
 
概述
新法规的目的?
新规定源于国内税收法第871(m)章节,旨在协调非美人士获得的美国股票股息及(很大程度上)使持有人等同于持有美国股票的衍生品合约的股息等值支付之税收处理办法。
 
比如以IBM为底层证券的总回报互换。持有IBM股票头寸的非美人士需就股息收入缴纳30%的美国预扣税(根据税收优惠协定可减少)。而在第871(m)章节实施前,在互换上持有IBM多头敞口的非美人士若收到等同于股息的收入,则无需缴纳美国预扣税。之前,尽管因互换收到的股息与直接持有股票的情况相同,但互换持有人免于纳税。现在,第871(m)章节规定此类“股息等值支付”也需缴纳美国预扣税。
 
什么是股息等值支付?
股息等值支付指参照美国股票股息支付的净额,用于计算转移至多头方或从多头方转移的净额,即使是多头方向空头方支付一定净额或净支付额为零。相应地,此等支付不仅包括代替股息进行的实际支付,还包括在计算交易的一项或多项条款(包括利率、名义金额或买价)时考虑的预估股息支付额。
 
以某美股的上市看涨期权为例,若期权持有人在除息日之前未行权,则持有人无权获得股息。然而,持有人在买入期权时支付的权利金隐含了期权有效期内的预估股息现值。[1]由于该因素降低了期权买方向卖方支付的金额,它被视为股息等值支付,需遵守相关税收法规。
 
谁需缴纳股息等值预扣税?
该税收适用于非美国纳税人账户中持有的符合要求的头寸。它不适用于美国纳税人。非美国纳税人的账户通常以提交IRS表格W-8为证,可包括以下账户类型:个人账户、联名账户、机构账户和信托账户。
 
哪些衍生产品可能面临股息等值预扣税征缴?
法规采用两步走检验法来确定某衍生产品是否需缴纳该预扣税。首先,衍生产品必须参照美国权益证券的股息。举例:
-          股票期权
-          受监管的个股期货
-          受监管的指数期货和指数期货期权
-          结构化、交易所交易的票据
-          差价合约
-          可转债
-          证券借贷交易
-          自定义篮子的衍生品以及
-          权证
 
如果底层头寸为美国股票。该产品所在的交易所以及交易对手方的身份不影响法规的适用。换言之,不论衍生品是在交易所上市,还是在场外市场交易,也不论它是在美国还是海外交易,都可能需适用该法规。
 
其次,衍生品产品在发行时必须基本复制底层美国股票的风险收益因素。法规通过delta(对于简单的合约)以及等效性检验(对于复杂的合约)来确定衍生品是否符合该要求。
 
Delta是一项关联度指标,计算衍生品公允市值变动和该衍生品参照的美国股票公允市值变动之比。通常,就本法规而言,delta仅在衍生品“发行”时被计算一次。底层证券的公允市值变动或衍生品在二级市场被重新销售后,该值不会重新计算。
 
对于大多数合约,规则如下:
·         2017年之前 – 2017年1月1日以前发行的衍生品(即客户于2016年12月31日在我司持有的任意衍生品)不适用新的扣税规则。
·         2017年当年 - 对于2017年发行的衍生品,若其发行时的delta为1.0,则可能需按新规则纳税。
·         2017年以后 – 对于2017年12月31日以后发行的衍生品,若其发行时的delta大于等于0.8,则可能需按新规则纳税。
如衍生品被归为“复杂”产品,则不适用delta规则,而适用实质等效性检验。 
 
如何确定衍生品发行的时间?
确定衍生品的发行时间非常重要。这将决定该产品是否适用新规(2017年以前发行的产品无需按新规纳税),以及计算delta的时间。一般来说,产品的“发行”时间为自其存在、诞生日期或最初的发行时间。在二级市场上再次销售不算作发行。
 
因此,上市期权、期货、其他交易所交易产品及场外市场产品的发行规则不同。比如,在美国交易所交易的期权在其首次被交易所列为可交易时一般尚未发行。相反,当客户买入期权时该期权才算发行(可确定delta)。另一方面,交易所交易票据、可转债和权证等可转让衍生品仅在它们首次被出售时才视作发行。发行时的delta值在其被出售给之后的买方时将沿用。
 
有无特例?
新规的确有少数几个特例。包括:
•        参照“合格指数”的衍生品 - 其中“合格指数”一般指标普500、纳斯达克100或Russell 2000等被市场广泛应用的美国股票被动宽基指数。
•        参照基本不由美国股票构成的指数的衍生品 – 比如参照恒生指数的产品。
•        如果非美国人士直接拥有底层证券,则股息等值支付(或其部分)无需缴纳美国预扣税的情况。 这在底层证券为支付“股息”的美国共同基金、房地产投资基金(REIT)及交易所交易基金的衍生品中最常见(其中“股息”被重新定义为资本利得或资本回报)。
 
是否能举例说明新规何时适用、何时不适用?
•        客户于2017年1月2日买入IBM的个股期货。该期权的delta为1.0。需适用新规。
•        客户于2016年12月28日买入IBM在OCC上市的深度价内期权。该期权的delta为1.0。由于该期权于2017年以前发行,因此不适用新规。
•        客户于2017年1月15日买入窄基指数期货。假设指数不是“合格指数”。该期货应适用新规。
•        客户于2017年1月2日买入追踪美国股票的交易所交易票据,delta为1.0。该票据于2016年7月1日发行。由于票据的发行日早于2017年,因此不适用新规。
 
股息等值预扣额是如何计算的?
如果衍生品适用新的871(m)规则,则该衍生品的股息等值支付等于底层美股每股股息乘以该衍生品对应的底层股票数,再乘以delta(如一份对应100股、支付1.00美元股息、delta为.80的期权合约需为80美元股息等值支付纳税)。
 
对于复杂的衍生品合约,股息等值支付等于底层证券每股股息乘以合约发行时合约对底层证券的对冲数量。
 
如何合并计算合约的delta?
自2018年起,客户若在2天内买入delta小于.80的多头看涨期权并卖出相同数量、相同底层证券看跌期权,则此类头寸在计算delta时将被合并计算(如买入delta为0.60的多头看涨期权,卖出delta为.40的看跌期权将导致多头delta为1.0)。
 
2017年,只有场外产品可能被合并计算并导致产品的delta达到1.0。 
 
我们会向客户提供什么信息,告知他们受影响的头寸?
为尽量降低税赋,当非美国人士创建可能产生税收的定单时,我们会通过TWS发出警示信息。这将给客户机会取消定单,以防产生潜在税赋;客户也可选择提交定单,在产生股息时支付税款。客户可通过在税务预扣日期(通常为股息登记日)不持有衍生品来避税。
 
 

重要提示: 我方不提供税务、法律或财务建议。客户应咨询其自有顾问,以确定法规871(m)对其交易活动的影响。


[1] 尽管看涨期权持有人不会收到股息,持有人为期权支付的权利金隐含了预期股息(因为除息日股价预期会下跌,跌幅等于股息额,因此现金股息会降低看涨期权的权利金)。

Withholding Tax on Dividend Equivalent Payments - FAQs

Background

Beginning January 1, 2017, new IRS regulations will impose U.S. withholding taxes on US dividend equivalent payments to non-US persons holding derivative positions on US equities. Previously, US withholding tax was not imposed on these payments. The regulations require intermediaries, such as us, to act as withholding agents and collect US tax on behalf of the IRS. An overview of the tax, how it’s determined and the products impacted is provided below.
 
Overview
What is the purpose of the regulation?
The regulation derives from Section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code and is intended to harmonize the US tax treatment imposed on non-U.S. persons with respect to dividends on U.S. stock and dividend equivalent payments paid on derivative contracts that replicate (to a high degree) ownership of such stock.
 
An example of this would be a total return swap having IBM as its underlying.  A non-U.S. person holding an IBM stock position would be subject to a 30% US withholding tax (reduced by treaty) on dividend payments. On the other hand prior to the implementation of Section 871(m), a non-U.S. person holding long exposure to IBM on the swap could receive payments equivalent to the dividends without imposition of U.S. withholding tax. This was the case even though the payments replicated similar economic exposure. Section 871(m) now considers those ‘dividend equivalent payments’ subject to US withholding tax.
 
What is a dividend equivalent payment?
A dividend equivalent payment is any gross amount that references the payment of a dividend on a U.S. equity and that is used to compute any net amount transferred to or from the long party, even if the long party make a net payment to the short party or the net payment is zero. Accordingly, such payments would include not only an actual payment in lieu of a dividend but also an estimated dividend payment that is implicitly taken into account in computing one or more of the terms of the transaction, including interest rate, notional amount or purchase price.
 
In the case of a listed call option on a U.S. stock, for example, the holder of the call is not entitled to receive a dividend unless the option is exercised prior to the dividend ex-date. Nonetheless, the premium paid by the holder to purchase the option implicitly takes into account the present value of the expected dividends over the option term.[1] Since this factor serves to lower the payment from the option buyer to the seller, it is viewed as a dividend equivalent payment potentially subject to the rules.
 
Who is subject to the dividend equivalent withholding tax?
The tax applies to qualifying positions held in an account of a non-U.S. taxpayer. It does not apply to U.S. taxpayers. Accounts of non-U.S. taxpayers generally are evidenced by the submission of an IRS Form W-8 and can include the following account types: individual, joint, organization and trust.
 
What derivative instruments potentially are subject to the dividend equivalent withholding tax?
The regulations adopt a two-part test to determine if a derivative instrument is subject to the rules. First, the derivative instruments must reference the dividend on a U.S. equity security. Examples include:
-          equity options
-          regulated single stock futures
-          regulated index futures and options on index futures
-          structured and exchange traded notes
-          CFD contracts
-          convertible bonds
-          securities lending transactions
-          derivatives on custom baskets and
-          warrants
 
If the underlying position is a U.S. equity. The exchange upon which the instrument is traded and the identity of the counterparty do not affect the application of the rules. That is, a derivative can be subject to the rules, whether it is exchange listed or over the counter or trades in the United States or overseas.
 
Second, the derivative instrument must substantially replicate the economics of the underlying U.S. equity at the time of issuance. The rules look to delta (for simple contracts) and a substantially equivalency test (for complex contracts) to make this determination.
 
Delta is a correlation measurement that computes the ratio of the change in the fair market value of the derivative instrument to a change in the fair market value of the U.S. equity referenced by the derivative.  In general, for purposes of this regulation, delta is only determined once over the life of the derivative instrument – at the time it is ‘issued’. It is not recomputed as the fair market value of the underlying security changes or when the derivative instrument is re-sold in the secondary market.
 
For most contracts, the rules are as follows:
·         Pre-2017 – a derivative instrument issued prior to January 1, 2017 (i.e., anything held by a customer with us on December 31, 2016) is not subject to the new withholding tax rules.
·         2017 - a derivative instrument issued in 2017 is potentially subject to the new withholding tax regime if the delta at the time of issuance is 1.0.
·         After 2017 – a derivative instrument issued after December 31, 2017 is potentially subject to the new withholding tax rules if the delta at the time of issuance is 0.8 or greater.
If the derivative is classified as “complex,” the delta test does not apply and instead the substantial equivalency test applies. 
 
So When Is a Derivative Instrument Issued?
Identified when a derivative instrument is issued is very important. It determines if the instrument is subject to the rules (pre-2017 issued instruments are not) and when the delta computation is made. In general, an instrument is ‘issued’ when it comes into existence, its inception date or date of original issuance. Instruments are not issued when re-sold in the secondary market.
 
As a result, there are differences in the issuance rules for listed options, futures, other exchange traded products and over-the-counter products. For example, a listed option traded on a US exchange, generally, is not issued when first listed by an exchange as available for trading. Instead, the listed option is issued (delta determined) when the option is entered into by the customer. On the other hand, for transferable derivatives, such as exchange traded notes, convertible bonds and warrants, they would be issued only when first sold. The delta determined at that time would carryover when sold to a subsequent purchaser. 
 
Are There Any Exceptions?
The rules do provide limited exceptions to withholding. These include:
•        a derivative instrument that references a “qualified index” - generally, a passive broad publicly available index on U.S. equities such as the S&P 500, NASDAQ 100 or Russell 2000.
•        a derivative instrument that references an index with little or no U.S. equity composition – such as the Hang Seng Index.
•        if the dividend equivalent payment (or portion thereof) would not be subject to U.S. withholding tax if the non-US person owned the underlying security directly. This most often will occur for derivative instruments on U.S. mutual funds, REITs and exchange traded funds that pay ‘dividends’ which are re-characterized as capital gain distributions or returns of capital.
 
Can you provide some examples of when the rules will or will not apply?
•        Customer purchases single stock futures on IBM on January 2, 2017. The delta of the future is 1.0. The future is subject to the rule.
•        Customer purchases a deep in the money OCC listed option on IBM on December 28, 2016. The delta of the future is 1.0. The option is not subject to the rule as it was issued prior to 2017.
•        Customer purchases index future on a narrow based index on January 15, 2017. Assume the index is not a ‘qualified index.’ The future is subject to the rule.
•        Customer purchases an exchange trade note that tracks U.S. equities on January 2, 2017 with a delta of 1.0. The note was issued on July 1, 2016. The option is not subject to the rule as it was issued prior to 2017
 
How is the dividend equivalent withholding computed?
If the derivative instrument is subject to the new Section 871(m), a dividend equivalent payment with respect to such instrument equals the per share dividend on the underlying U.S. equity, multiplied by the number of underlying shares referenced by the instrument, multiplied by the delta (e.g., an option contract delivering 100 shares of a stock paying $1.00 dividend and having a delta of .80 would be subject to a tax based upon $80.00 dividend equivalent payment).
 
In the case of a complex derivative contract, the dividend equivalent will be equal to the per share dividend on the underlying, multiplied by the contract’s hedge equivalent to the underlying as calculated when the contract was issued.
 
How are contracts combined for purposes of determining delta?
Starting in 2018, customers who purchase derivative instrument such as a long call having a delta below the .80 threshold and selling a put on the same underlying and same share quantity within 2 days of one another will have those positions combined for the purpose of determining whether the threshold has been exceeded (e.g., the purchase of a long call with a delta of 0.60 coupled with the sale of a put with a delta of .40 would result in a long delta of 1.0).
 
In 2017, only over-the-counter instruments are potentially subject to combination to create a delta 1.0 instrument. 
 
What information do we provide to inform clients about impacted positions?
To minimize exposure to the withholding tax, we intend to provide a TWS warning message will be provided when non-U.S. persons create an order that could generate the tax. This will give customers the option of canceling the order to avoid potential withholding or submitting the order and possibly paying the tax when a dividend occurs. Customers may avoid the potential withholding tax by not owning the derivative on the applicable withholding date (i.e., generally the dividend Record Date).
 
 

IMPORTANT NOTE: We do not provide tax, legal or financial advice. Each customer must speak with the customer’s own advisors to determine the impact that the Section 871(m) rules may have on the customer’s trading activity.


[1] While the holder of the call option does not receive a dividend, the premium paid by the holder for the option implicitly takes expected dividends into account (i.e., because the stock price is expected to drop by the amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date, cash dividends imply lower call premiums).

IBKR股票差价合约概述

下方文章对IBKR发行的股票差价合约(CFD)进行了总体介绍。

有关IBKR指数差价合约的信息,请点击此处。有关外汇差价合约的信息,请点击此处

涵盖主题如下:

I.   差价合约定义
II.   差价合约与底层股票之比较
III. 成本与保证金
IV. 范例
V.   差价合约的相关资源
VI. 常见问题

 

风险警告

差价合约属于复杂金融产品,其交易存在高风险,由于杠杆的作用,可能会出现迅速亏损。

在通过IBKR(UK)交易差价合约时,有67%的零售投资者账户出现了亏损。

您应考虑自己是否理解差价合约的运作机制以及自己是否能够承受亏损风险。

ESMA差价合约规定(仅限零售客户)

欧洲证券与市场管理局(ESMA)颁布了新的差价合约规定,自2018年8月1日起生效。

新规包括:1) 开仓差价合约头寸的杠杆限制;2) 以单个账户为单位的保证金平仓规则;以及3) 以单个账户为单位的负余额保护规则;

ESMA新规仅适用于零售客户。专业客户不受影响。

请参见ESMA差价合约新规推行了解更多详细信息。

I. 股票差价合约定义

IBKR差价合约是场外交易合约,提供底层股票的收益,包括股息与公司行动(了解更多有关差价合约公司行动的信息)。

换句话说,这是买家(您)与IBKR就交易一只股票当前价值与未来价值之差额而达成的协定。如果您持有多头头寸,且差额为正,则IBKR会付钱给您。而如果差额为负,则您应向IBKR付钱。

IBKR股票差价合约通过您的保证金账户进行交易,因此您可建立多头以及空头杠杆头寸。差价合约的价格即是底层股票的交易所报价。实际上,IBKR差价合约报价与股票的智能传递报价(可在TWS中查看)相同,且IBKR提供直接市场接入(DMA)。与股票类似,您的非适销(即限价)定单会使底层对冲直接呈现在其进行交易之交易所的深度定单册中。 这也意味着您可以下单以底层买价买入差价合约或以底层卖价卖出差价合约。

要将IBKR透明的差价合约模型与市场上其他差价合约进行比较,请参见我们的差价合约市场模型概述

IBKR目前提供约7100只股票差价合约,覆盖美国、欧洲和亚洲的主要市场。下表所列的主要指数其成分股目前都可做IBKR股票差价合约。在许多国家,IBKR还可供交易高流动性小盘股。这些股票自由流通量调整市值至少为5亿美元,每日交易量中间值至少为60万美元。 详情请见差价合约产品列表。不久将会增加更多国家。

美国 标普500、道琼斯股价平均指数、纳斯达克100、标普400中盘股、高流动性小盘股
英国 富时350 + 高流动性小盘股(包括IOB)
德国 Dax、MDax、TecDax + 高流动性小盘股
瑞士 斯托克欧洲600指数(48只股票)+ 高流动性小盘股
法国 CAC大盘股、CAC中盘股 + 高流动性小盘股
荷兰 AEX、AMS中盘股 + 高流动性小盘
比利时 BEL 20、BEL中盘股 + 高流动性小盘
西班牙 IBEX 35 + 高流动性小盘股
葡萄牙 PSI 20
瑞典 OMX斯德哥尔摩30指数 + 高流动性小盘股
芬兰 OMX赫尔辛基25指数 + 高流动性小盘股
丹麦 OMX哥本哈根30指数 + 高流动性小盘股
挪威 OBX
捷克 PX
日本 日经225指数 + 高流动性小盘股
香港 恒生指数 + 高流动性小盘股
澳大利亚 ASX 200指数 + 高流动性小盘股
新加坡* 海峡时报指数 + 高流动性小盘股
南非 Top 40 + 高流动性小盘股

 *对新加坡居民不可用

II.   差价合约与底层股票之比较

取决于您的交易目标和交易风格,差价合约相对于股票有着许多优势,但也存在一些不足之处:
 
IBKR差价合约的优势 IBKR差价合约的缺点
无印花税和金融交易税(英国、法国、比利时) 无股权
佣金和保证金利率通常比股票低 复杂公司行动并不总能完全复制
股息享受税务协定税率,无需重新申请 收益的征税可能与股票有所不同(请咨询您的税务顾问)
不受即日交易规则限制  

III. 成本与保证金

在欧洲股票市场,IBKR差价合约可以比IB极具竞争力的股票产品更加高效。

首先,IBKR差价合约佣金比股票低,且有着与股票一样低的融资点差:

欧洲   差价合约 股票
佣金 GBP 0.05% 英镑6.00 + 0.05%*
EUR 0.05% 0.10%
融资** 基准+/- 1.50% 1.50%

*每单 + 超出5万英镑部分的0.05%
**对于差价合约是总头寸价值的融资;对于股票是借用金额的融资

交易量更大时,差价合约佣金会变得更低,最低至0.02%。头寸更大时,融资利率也会降低,最低至0.5%。 详情请参见差价合约佣金差价合约融资利率

其次,差价合约的保证金要求比股票低。零售客户须满足欧洲监管机构ESMA规定的额外保证金要求。请参见ESMA差价合约新规推行了解详细信息。

  差价合约 股票
  所有 标准 投资组合保证金
维持保证金要求*

10%

25% - 50% 15%

*蓝筹股特有保证金。零售客户最低初始保证金要求为20%。股票标准的25%日内维持保证金,50%隔夜保证金。 显示的投资组合保证金为维持保证金(包括隔夜)。波动较大的股票保证金要求更高

请参见CFD保证金要求了解更多详细信息。


IV. 范例(专业客户)

让我们来看一下例子。联合利华在阿姆斯特丹的挂牌股票在过去一个月(2012年5月14日前20个交易日)回报率为3.2%,您认为其会继续有良好表现。您想建立20万欧元的仓位,并持仓5天。您以10笔交易建仓并以10笔交易平仓。您的直接成本如下:

股票

  差价合约 股票
200,000欧元头寸   标准 投资组合保证金
保证金要求 20,000 100,000 30,000
佣金(双向) 200.00 400.00 400.00
利率(简化) 1.50% 1.50% 1.50%
融资金额 200,000 100,000 170,000
融资天数  5 5 5
利息支出(1.5%的简化利率) 41.67 20.83 35.42
总计直接成本(佣金+利息) 241.67 420.83 435.42
成本差额   高74% 高80%

注意:差价合约的利息支出根据总的合约头寸进行计算,而股票的利息支出则是根据借用金额进行计算。股票和差价合约的适用利率相同。

 

但是,假设您只有2万欧元可用来做保证金。如果联合利华继续上月的表现,您的潜在盈利比较如下:  

杠杆回报 差价合约 股票
可用保证金 20,000 20,000 20,000
总投入 200,000 40,000 133,333
总收益(5天) 1,600 320 1,066.66
佣金 200.00 80.00 266.67
利息支出(1.5%的简化利率) 41.67 4.17 23.61
总计直接成本(佣金+利息) 241.67 84.17 290.28
净收益(总收益减去直接成本) 1,358.33 235.83 776.39
保证金投资金额回报 0.07 0.01 0.04
差额   收益少83% 收益少43%

 

杠杆风险 差价合约 股票
可用保证金 20,000 20,000 20,000
总投入 200,000 40,000 133,333
总收益(5天) -1,600 -320 -1,066.66
佣金 200.00 80.00 266.67
利息支出(1.5%的简化利率) 41.67 4.17 23.61
总计直接成本(佣金+利息) 241.67 84.17 290.28
净收益(总收益减去直接成本) -1,841.67 -404.17 -1,356.94
差额   损失少78% 损失少26%

 

V.   差价合约相关资源

下方链接可帮助您了解更多有关IBKR差价合约产品的详细信息:

差价合约参数

差价合约产品列表

差价合约佣金

差价合约融资利率

差价合约保证金要求

差价合约公司行动

还可参看以下视频教程:

如何在TWS中进行差价合约交易

 

VI. 常见问题

什么股票可进行差价合约交易?

美国、西欧、北欧与日本的大盘和中盘股股票。许多市场上的高流动性小盘股也可以。请参见差价合约产品列表了解更多详细信息。不久将会增加更多国家。

 

IB提供股票指数和外汇的差价合约吗?

是的。请参见IBKR指数差价合约 - 事实与常见问题以及外汇差价合约 - 事实与常见问题

 

IB如何确定股票差价合约报价?

IBKR差价合约报价与底层股票的智能传递报价相同。IBKR不会扩大价差或与您对赌。要了解更多信息,请参见差价合约市场模型概述

 

我能看到自己的限价定单反映在交易所中吗?

是的。IBKR提供直接市场接入(DMA),这样您的非适销(即限价)定单会使底层对冲直接呈现在其进行交易之交易所的深度定单册中。这也意味着您可以下单以底层买价买入差价合约或以底层卖价卖出差价合约。此外,如果其他客户的定单以优于公开市场的价格与您的定单交叉,您还可能会获得价格改善。

 

IB如何确定股票差价合约的保证金?

IBKR根据每只底层股票的历史波动率建立了基于风险的保证金要求机制。最低保证金为10%。 大多数IBKR差价合约都应用该保证金率,这使差价合约在大多数情况下都比底层股票交易更具效率。 零售客户须满足欧洲监管机构ESMA规定的额外保证金

要求。 请参见ESMA差价合约新规推行了解详细信息。单个差价合约头寸之间或差价合约与底层股票头寸之间没有投资组合抵消。集中头寸和超大头寸可能需要准备额外的保证金。请参见差价合约保证金要求了解更多详细信息。

 

空头股票差价合约会要强制补仓吗?

是的。如果底层股票很难或者根本不可能借到,则空头差价合约头寸的持有者将需要进行补仓。

 

IB如何处理股息和公司行动?

IBKR通常会为差价合约持有者反映公司行动的经济效应,就好像他们一直持有着底层证券一样。股息会表现为现金调整,而其他行动则会通过现金或头寸调整表现。例如,如果公司行动导致股票数量发生变化(如股票分隔和逆向股票分隔),差价合约的数量也会相应地进行调整。如果行动导致产生新的上市实体,且IBKR决定将其股票作为差价合约交易,则需要创建适当数量之新的多头或空头头寸。要了解概述信息,请参见差价合约公司行动

*请注意,某些情况下对于合并等复杂公司行动可能无法对差价合约进行准确调整。这时候,IBKR可能会在除息日前终止差价合约。

 

任何人都能交易IBKR差价合约吗?

除美国、加拿大和香港的居民,其他所有客户都能交易IBKR差价合约。新加坡居民可交易除新加坡上市之股票差价合约以外的其它IBKR差价合约。任何投资者类型都不能免于这一基于居住地的限制。

 

我需要做什么才可以开始在IBKR交易差价合约?

您需要在账户管理中设置差价合约交易许可,并同意相关交易披露。如果您的账户是在IB LLC开立,则IBKR将设置一个新的账户板块(即您当前的账户号码加上后缀“F”)。设置确认后您便可以开始交易了。您无需单独为F账户注资,资金会从您的主账户自动转入以满足差价合约保证金要求。  

有什么市场数据要求吗?

IBKR股票差价合约的市场数据便是底层股票的市场数据。因此需要具备相关交易所的市场数据许可。如果您已经为股票交易设置了交易所的市场数据许可,那么就无需再进行任何操作。如果您想在当前并无市场数据许可的交易所交易差价合约,您可以设置许可,操作与底层股票的市场数据许可设置相同。

 

差价合约交易与头寸在报表中如何反映?

如果您是在IB LLC持有账户,且您的差价合约头寸持有在单独的账户板块(主账户号码加后缀“F”)中。您可以选择单独查看F板块的活动报表,也可以选择与主账户合并查看。您可在账户管理的报表窗口进行选择。对于其他账户,差价合约通常会与其他交易产品一起在您的账户报表中显示。

 

我可以从其他经纪商处转入差价合约头寸吗?

IBKR当前不支持差价合约头寸转账。

 

股票差价合约可以使用图表功能吗?

是的。

 在IBKR交易差价合约有什么账户保护?

差价合约以IB英国作为您的交易对方,不是在受监管的交易所进行交易,也不是在中央结算所进行结算。因IB英国是您差价合约交易的对方,您会面临与IB英国交易相关的财务和商业风险,包括信用风险。但请注意,所有客户资金永远都是完全隔离的,包括对机构客户。IB英国是英国金融服务补偿计划(“FSCS”)参与者。IB英国不是美国证券投资者保护公司(“SIPC”)成员。请参见IB英国差价合约风险披露文件了解有关差价合约交易风险的详细信息。

 

在哪种类型(如个人、朋友和家庭、机构等)的IBKR账户中可交易差价合约? 

所有保证金账户均可进行差价合约交易。现金账户和SIPP账户不能。

 

在某一特定差价合约中我最多可持有多少头寸?

没有预设限制。但请注意,超大头寸可能会有更高保证金要求。请参见CFD保证金要求了解更多详细信息。

 

我能否通过电话交易差价合约?

不要。在极端情况下我们可能同意通过电话处理平仓定单,但绝不会通过电话处理开仓定单。

 

 

差价合约属于复杂金融产品,其交易存在高风险,由于杠杆的作用,可能会出现迅速亏损。

在通过IBKR(UK)交易差价合约时,有67%的零售投资者账户出现了亏损。

您应考虑自己是否理解差价合约的运作机制以及自己是否能够承受亏损风险。

ESMA规定

欧洲证券与市场管理局(ESMA)发布临时产品干涉措施,自2018年8月1日起生效。

ESMA决议实施的限制包括:1) 开仓差价合约头寸的杠杆限制;2) 以单个账户为单位的保证金平仓规则;3) 以单个账户为单位的负余额保护规则;4) 对交易差价合约激励措施的限制;以及5) 标准的风险警告。

ESMA新规仅适用于零售客户。 专业客户不受影响。

 

Dividend Accruals

If you are a shareholder of record as of the close of business on a dividend Record Date (see KB47), you are entitled to receive the dividend on its Payment Date.  While the actual dividend amount is not assured until the payment has been made by the issuer on the Payment Date, information deemed reliable is available such that IB will accrue the value of the dividend, net of any withholding taxes, on the Ex-Date.   This information can be confirmed via the Daily Activity Statement posted to Account Management. The details of the accrual will be reflected in the statement section titled "Change in Dividend Accruals" and the net amount in a line item titled "Dividend Accruals" under the "Net Asset Value" section. If you wish to see information regarding dividends that you held through the Ex Date but which have not yet been paid out, choose "Legacy Full" from the Statements drop down when launching your statement. This will include an additional section called "Open Dividend Accruals" which will give you information on any pending dividends.

Note that dividend accruals may be either a debit (if short and borrowing the stock on the Record Date) or a credit (if long the stock on the Record date). In terms of account valuation, the dividend accrual is included in Equity with Loan Value as well as equity for purposes of determining compliance with the Pattern day Trading rules. A dividend credit accrual does not increase Available Funds and can therefore not be withdrawn until paid. A dividend accrual which is a debit does reduce Available Funds to ensure that funds are available to meet the obligation when payment is due.

Overview of IBKR's Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP)

IBKR offers a dividend reinvestment program whereby accountholders may elect to reinvest qualifying cash dividends to purchase shares in the issuing company. Outlined below are a series of FAQs which describe the program and its operation.

1. How can I participate in the program?
Requests to participate are initiated online via Client Portal or Account Management. The menu options vary by account type and are outlined below:
 

• Individual, Joint, Trust, IRA, Small Business Accounts – select Settings followed by Account Settings. In the Configuration panel, click the Configure (gear) icon for Dividend Reinvestment. Read the agreement, type your signature in the field provided and click Subscribe.


• Proprietary Trading Group STL Master User - select the Manage Traders, Traders and then View menu options. Enable automatic reinvestment for an individual trading sub account by clicking the blue pen icon in the Dividend Reinvestment column.


• Advisor and Broker Master Users - select the Manage Clients and then Dashboard menu options. On the Dashboard, click the account row for the desired client account to open the Client Account Details page. Enable dividend reinvestment by clicking the Edit link in the Account Configuration section.
Once enabled, you’ll be provided with an acknowledgement requiring entry of your electronic signature in order to click the Continue button. Automatic dividend reinvestment will be effective the next business day.

 

2. What accounts are eligible to participate in IBKR's Dividend Reinvestment Program?
Dividend Reinvestment is available to IB LLC, IB CAN and IB UK clients only.


3. Which securities are eligible for dividend reinvestment?
Only U.S. and Canada-listed common and preferred stocks paying cash dividends are eligible for reinvestment.


4. When does reinvestment occur?
If you are a shareholder of record as of the close of the dividend record date (see KB47) and enrolled in the dividend reinvestment program prior to the dividend payment date, IBKR will use the dividend payment to purchase additional shares of that stock on the morning of the trading day which follows confirmation of our receipt of the dividend. If a customer's credit-check fails on the day dividend was paid, the system continues to check for the next 30 days and may include it in the DRIP file when the credit-check passes. In this case the system may book a delayed DRIP trade (i.e. trade date after paydate). IBKR will also look back 30 days from the date of enrollment and will reinvest any dividends paid to the account within that 30 day time period.  Note that shares are not purchased via an issuer-sponsored reinvestment plan but rather in the open market.


5. At what price does reinvestment take place?
As shares are purchased in the open market, generally at or near the opening of trading and subject to market conditions, the price cannot determined until the total number of shares for all program participants have been purchased using combined funds. In the event that the purchase is executed in multiple smaller trades at varying prices, participants will receive the weighted-average price of such shares (i.e., each participant receives the same price). In the event IBKR is unable to reinvest the combined proceeds, each participant will receive shares on a pro rata basis (based on the dividend amount to which each participating client is entitled).

 

6. Are the full proceeds of the cash dividend available for reinvestment?
No. Only the proceeds net of commissions and taxes (if the account is subject to withholding) is reinvested.

 

7. Are dividends from shares purchased on margin and loaned by IBKR eligible for reinvestment?
Yes. If IBKR maintains a lien on shares as a result of a margin loan, the account holder will receive a cash payment in lieu of and equal to the dividend payment. This payment in lieu will be used to purchase additional shares of that stock.

 

8. Are dividends from shares loaned through IBKR’s Yield Enhancement Program eligible for reinvestment?
Yes. While IBKR makes every effort to recall shares loaned through this program prior to the dividend record date, if such shares are not recalled the account holder will receive a cash payment in lieu of and equal to the dividend payment. This payment in lieu will be used to purchase additional shares of that stock.

 

9. Is the dividend reinvestment subject to a commission charge?
Yes, standard commissions as listed on the IBKR website are applied for the purchase. Please note that the minimum commission charge is the lesser of the stated minimums (USD 1 for the Fixed structure and USD 0.35 for the Tiered structure) or 0.1% of the trade value. 

 

10. What happens if my account is subject to a margin deficiency when reinvestment occurs?
If your account is in a margin deficit and can’t initiate new positions, dividends will not be reinvested, even if you have dividend reinvestment enabled. Please note that dividend reinvestment orders are credit-checked at the time of entry—should an account go into margin deficiency at any time after that, including as a result of the end-of-day SMA check and the end of Soft Edge Margin, the account will become subject to automated liquidation.


11. Can account holders elect which securities are eligible for reinvestment?
No. Dividend reinvestment can be turned on or off for the account in its entirety and cannot be elected for a subset of securities held in the account.

 

12. What happens to cash from dividends that is insufficient to purchase a whole share?
Only in limited instances does IBKR facilitate the holding of fractional shares in an account. Any account not eligible to hold fractional shares will have the portion of the cash dividend insufficient to purchase a whole share credited to the account in the form of cash.



13. Does dividend reinvestment cover solely regular cash dividends or are special cash dividends reinvestment as well?

All cash dividends are reinvested.

 

14. What are the tax considerations associated with dividend reinvestment?

The purchase of a shares via DRIP is similar to that of any other share purchase for purposes of tax reporting. In the case of U.S. taxpayers:


- When the shares purchased via DRIP are sold they will be reported on the Form 1099B for US taxpayers in the year in which they are sold. The gain or loss will be calculated based on the FIFO method unless the account holder has selected a different method. The cost basis will be that price at which the shares were purchased and the acquisition date the date of reinvestment or purchase (not the day the dividend is paid).

- Shares purchased via dividend reinvestment are subject to wash sale calculations (i.e., if you sold a security for a loss within 30 days before or after the purchase, a wash sale will occur and that loss deferred).

- Dividend payments are subject to reporting on the Form 1099DIV as current year income even when reinvested.

In the case of non-U.S. taxpayers:

- The cash dividend is subject to U.S. tax withholding prior to reinvestment. Withholding is performed at the statutory rate or at the treaty rate, where available. All income and withholding will be reported on the Form 1042-S for the year in which the dividend payment was received.

 

Overview of Dividend Payments in Lieu ("PIL")

Payment In Lieu of a Dividend (“payment in lieu” or “PIL”) is a term commonly used to describe a cash payment to an account in an amount equivalent to the ordinary dividend. Generally, the amount paid is per share owned. In addition, the dividend in most cases is paid quarterly (i.e., four times per year). The dividend payment is classified as follows: (1) ordinary dividend; and/or (2) payment in lieu of dividend. The former designation is for a payment received directly from the issuer or its paying agent. The latter designation is used when a cash payment is received from other than the issuer or the issuer’s agent.

Payment in lieu of an ordinary dividend may be received when the shares have been bought on margin, or when the account has a subsequent margin loan due to borrowing money to facilitate the payment for additional purchases of shares or as the result of a withdrawal from the margin account. Payment in lieu of a dividend may also be received when shares are owed to the brokerage firm and have not been received by the dividend record date.

To better understand the difference between an ordinary dividend and a payment in lieu, we will explain the steps taken by IB to comply with US regulations. Each business day, the Firm analyzes the positions in each customer account, every borrow, every loan, every pledge of shares for each security held by its customers to determine how many shares are held on margin and the associated margin loan balances. For each security that is fully paid, we are required to segregate those shares in a good control location (for example, a depository or a US bank. See KB1964).  For shares that are held as collateral for a margin loan we are allowed to hypothecate and re-hypothecate shares valued up to 140 percent of the total debit balance in the customer account (See KB1967).

While the guidelines noted above for segregation of securities are clear, there are exceptions that are outside of the Firm's control. For instance, through no fault of its own, IB may have a deficit in segregated shares due to customer activity that changes the Firm’s overall segregation requirement for a security. This may be for a variety of reasons including a delay in receiving shares that have been loaned out to a counterparty after segregation requirements are recalculated and the Firm has issued a stock loan recall, sales of securities by one or more customers that reduce or eliminate margin loans, the deposit of cash by customers that similarly reduce or eliminate margin loans, or a failure of a counterparty to deliver shares for a trade settlement.

Upon issuing a recall of shares loaned, rules permit the borrower of the shares up to 3 business days to return them. The borrower of the shares is required to return them to us when we issue a recall, but if by business day 3 the shares have not been returned, IB may then issue a buy-in notice to begin the process of regaining possession of the shares. An additional 3 business days is generally needed for the purchased shares to settle and be delivered to the firm. Similarly if a counterparty fails to deliver by settlement date, shares to IB to settle a customer purchase, IB can issue a buy-in notice but the purchase of such shares are also subject to trade settlement in 3 days.

To summarize, if by the record date of a dividend certain shares have not been delivered to IB, the Firm will be paid an amount of cash that is equivalent to the dividend amount, but IB will not receive a qualified dividend payment directly from the issuer. In such cases, the Firm will receive PIL and will have no choice but to allocate such payment in lieu to customer accounts. The firm first allocates PIL to those accounts who hold the shares as collateral for a margin loan. If, after PIL is allocated to all shareholders whose accounts are not fully paid, any portion of PIL remains to be paid, it is allocated on a pro-rata basis to each remaining client account.

Account holders should be aware that a PIL may have different tax consequences than an ordinary dividend and should consult a tax advisor to understand such differences and whether they apply to their particular situation.

到期前行使看涨期权的注意事项

简介

到期前行使股票看涨期权通常不会带来收益,因为:

  • 这会导致剩余期权时间价值的丢失;
  • 需要更大的资金投入以支付股票交割;并且
  • 会给期权持有人带来更大的损失风险。

尽管如此,对于有能力满足更大资金或借款要求并能承受更大下行市场风险的账户持有人来说,提前行权行使美式看涨期权可获取即将分配的股息。

背景

看涨期权持有者无权获取底层股票的股息,因为该股息属于股息登记日前的股票持有人所有。 其他条件相同,股价应该下降,降幅与除息日的股息保持一致。期权定价理论提出看涨期权价格將反映预期股息的折扣价格,看涨期权价格也可能在除息日下跌。最可能促成该情境与提前行权决定的条件如下:

1. 期权为深度价内期权且delta值为100;

2. 期权几乎没有时间价值;

3. 股息相对较高且除息日在期权到期日之前。

举例

为阐述这些条件对提前行权决定的影响,假设账户的多头现金余额为$9,000美元,且持有行使价为$90.00美元的ABC多头看涨头寸,10天后到期。 ABC当前的成交价为$100.00美元,每股股息为$2.00美元,明天是除息日。再假设期权价格与股票价格动向相同,且在除息日下跌的幅度均为股息金额。

这里,我们将检查行权决定,目的是维持100股delta头寸并使用两种期权价格假设(假设一个为平价,一个高于平价)最大化总资产。

情境1:期权价格为平价 - $10.00美元
如果期权以平价交易,提前行权可维持delta头寸并可避免股票除息交易时多头期权价值遭受损失,从而保护资产。在这里现金收入被全数用于以行使价购买股票,期权权利金就此丧失并且股票(扣除股息)与应收股息会记入账户。如果您想通过在除息日前卖出期权并买入股票来达到同样的效果,请记得考虑佣金/价差:

情境1
账户组成部分 起始余额 提前行权 无行动

卖期权&

买股票

现金 $9,000 $0 $9,000 $0
期权 $1,000 $0 $800 $0
股票 $0 $9,800 $0 $9,800
应收股息 $0 $200 $0 $200
总资产 $10,000 $10,000 $9,800 $10,000减去佣金/价差

情境2:期权价格高于平价 - $11.00美元
如果期权以高于平价的价格交易,提前行权获取股息则可能并不会带来收益。在此情景中,提前行权可能会导致期权时间价值损失$100美元,而卖出期权买入股票在扣除佣金之后收益情况也可能不如不采取行动。在这里,可取的行动为无行动。

情境2
账户组成部分 起始余额 提前行权 无行动

卖期权&

买股票

现金 $9,000 $0 $9,000 $100
期权 $1,100 $0 $1,100 $0
股票 $0 $9,800 $0 $9,800
应收股息 $0 $200 $0 $200
总资产 $10,100 $10,000 $10,100 $10,100减去佣金/价差

  

请注意:考虑到空头期权边被行权的可能性,持有作为价差组成部分之多头看涨头寸的账户持有人应格外注意不行使多头期权边的风险。请注意,空头看涨期权的被行权会导致空头股票头寸,且在股息登记日前持有空头股票头寸的持有人有义务向股票的借出者支付股息。此外,清算所行权通知处理周期不支持提交响应被行权的行权通知。

例如,假设SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY)的信用看涨(熊市)价差包括100张13年3月到期行使价为$146美元的空头合约,以及100张13年3月到期行使价为$147美元的多头合约。在13年3月14日,SPY Trust宣布每股股息为$0.69372美元,并且会在13年4月30日向13年3月19日前登记的股东支付。因为美国股票的结算周期为3个工作日,想要获取股息,交易者需要在13年1月14日之前买入股票或行使看涨期权,因为该日期一过,股票便开始除息交易。

 

13年3月14日,距离期权到期只剩一个交易日,平价成交的两张期权合约每张合约的最大风险为$100美元,100张合约则为$10,000美元。但是,未能行使多头合约以获取股息以及未能避免空头合约被其他想要获取股息的交易者行权会使每张合约产生额外$67.372美元的风险,如果所有空头看涨合约都被行权,则所有头寸总风险为$6,737.20美元。如下表所示,如果空头期权边没有被行权,则13年3月15日确定最终的合约结算价格时,最大风险仍为每张合约$100美元。

日期 SPY收盘价 13年3月行使价为$146的看涨期权 13年3月行使价为$147的看涨期权
2013年3月14日 $156.73 $10.73 $9.83
2013年3月15日 $155.83   $9.73 $8.83

请注意,如果您的账户符合美国871(m)预扣税要求,则除息日前平仓头多期权头寸并在除息日后重新建仓可能会带来收益。

有关如何提交提前行权通知的信息,请查看网站

 

上述内容仅作信息参考,不构成任何推荐、交易建议,也不代表提前行权会成功或适合所有客户或交易。账户持有人应咨询税务专家以确定提前行权可能带来的税务影响,并应格外注意以多头股票头寸替换多头期权头寸的潜在风险。

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