针对大麻类证券的清算所限制

斯图加特交易所(Boerse Stuttgart)和明讯银行(Clearstream Banking)宣布其将不再对主营业务与大麻及其它毒品直接或间接相关的证券提供服务。因此,该等证券将不会再于斯图加特(SWB)或法兰克福(FWB)证券交易所交易。自2018年9月19日收盘开始,IBKR将采取以下行动:

  1. 对于客户未采取行动平仓,但也不能转至美国挂牌市场的受影响头寸,进行强制平仓;
  2. 对于客户未采取行动平仓,但能够转至美国挂牌市场的受影响头寸,将股票转至其美国挂牌市场。

下方表格列出了斯图加特交易所和明讯银行截至2018年8月7日公布的受影响证券。该表格还标记了受影响证券是否能够转至美国挂牌市场。注意,清算所已声明该列表可能尚不完整,建议客户检查其各自网站了解最新信息。

ISIN 名称 交易所 是否可转至美国? 美国代码
CA00258G1037

ABATTIS BIOCEUTICALS CORP

FWB2

ATTBF

CA05156X1087

AURORA CANNABIS INC

FWB2, SWB2

ACBFF

CA37956B1013

GLOBAL CANNABIS APPLICATIONS

FWB2

FUAPF

US3988451072

GROOVE BOTANICALS INC

FWB

GRVE

US45408X3089

INDIA GLOBALIZATION CAPITAL

FWB2, SWB2

ICG

CA4576371062

INMED PHARMACEUTICALS INC

FWB2

IMLFF

CA53224Y1043

LIFESTYLE DELIVERY SYSTEMS I

FWB2, SWB2

LDSYF

CA56575M1086

MARAPHARM VENTURES INC

FWB2, SWB2

MRPHF

CA5768081096

MATICA ENTERPRISES INC

FWB2, SWB2

MQPXF

CA62987D1087

NAMASTE TECHNOLOGIES INC

FWB2, SWB2

NXTTF

CA63902L1004

NATURALLY SPLENDID ENT LTD

FWB2, SWB2

NSPDF

CA88166Y1007

TETRA BIO-PHARMA INC

FWB2

TBPMF

CA92347A1066

VERITAS PHARMA INC

FWB2

VRTHF

CA1377991023

CANNTAB THERAPEUTICS LTD

FWB2  
CA74737N1042

QUADRON CANNATECH CORP

FWB2  
CA84730M1023

SPEAKEASY CANNABIS CLUB LTD

FWB2, SWB2  
CA86860J1066

SUPREME CANNABIS CO INC/THE

FWB2  
CA92858L2021

VODIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC

FWB2  

 重要注意事项:

  • 请注意,美国挂牌证券通常为场外交易(PINK),且以美元(而非欧元)计价,因此,除市场风险外,您还将面对汇率风险。
  • 持有粉单(PINK Sheet)证券的账户持有人需要有美国(仙股)交易许可才能下达开仓定单。
  • 拥有美国(仙股)交易许可之账户的所有使用者均须使用双因素验证登录账户。

ESMA差价合约新规推行概述 - 仅限零售客户

Overview: 

欧洲证券与市场管理局(ESMA)颁布了适用于交易差价合约(CFD)的零售客户的新法规,自2018年8月1日起生效。专业客户不受影响。

法规包含:1) 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。

大多数客户(受监管的实体除外)一开始都会被分类为零售客户。IBKR在某些情况下
可同意将零售客户重新分类为专业客户或将专业客户重新分类为
零售客户。更多详细信息,请参见MiFID分类

以下板块详细说明了IBKR(英国)是如何贯彻ESMA规定的。

1 杠杆限制

1.1 ESMA保证金
ESMA针对不同的底层证券设置了不同的杠杆限制:

  • 货币对为3.33%;主要货币对为美元、加元、欧元、英镑、瑞郎、日圆间的任意组合
  • 非主要货币对及主要指数为5%;
    • 非主要货币对为包括上方未列出的货币的任意组合,如美元/离岸人民币
    • 主要指数为IBUS500、IBUS30、IBUST100、IBGB100、IBDE30、IBEU50、IBFR40、IBJP225、IBAU200
  • 非主要股票指数为10%,包括IBES35、IBCH20、IBNL25、IBHK50
  • 个股为20%

 1.2应用的保证金 - 标准保证金要求

除ESMA的保证金要求外,IBKR(英国)还基于底层证券的历史波动率及其它因素实施其自有的保证金要求(IB保证金) 如果IB的保证金率高于ESMA规定的比例,则应用IB的保证金率。

点此可查看适用的IB和ESMA保证金要求详情。

1.2.1应用的保证金 - 最低集中保证金要求

如果您的投资组合包含一小部分CFD头寸,或者如果最大的两种头寸占据了绝大多数份额,则您的账户将应用集中保证金。我们会通过对最大的两种头寸假设30%的跌幅、对其余头寸假设5%的跌幅来对您的投资组合进行压力测试。如果总亏损额高于标准要求,则将用总亏损额作为维持保证金要求。

对于零售客户,初始保证金原则上是最低集中维持保证金的两倍(如上所述)。但是为了避免对相对较小的头寸应用过高的初始保证金要求,我们会针对零售客户将初始集中保证金减少10万美元(最终结果不能为负);

应用的集中保证金要求 = 取最大值(计算所得的集中保证金要求 – 100k,0)。

减少10万美元的作用在于消除对低于25万美元等值的集中头寸收取集中保证金。之后的保证金则会逐步增加,如50万美元的集中头寸其初始保证金是40%,100万美元的集中头寸其初始保证金则是50%。以上例子均假设客户最多只有两种头寸;如果还有其它头寸,总的保证金会降低。

具体范例请见此处(零售客户投资组合)。

1.3可用于初始保证金的资金

您只可使用现金作为初始保证金开立差价合约头寸。已实现的差价合约盈利将包括在现金中且立即可用;现金无需先结算。然而,未实现的盈利不得用于满足初始保证金要求。

1.4自动转移资金以满足初始保证金要求(账户F板块)

IBKR(英国)会自动将您主账户中的资金转移至账户的F板块,用于满足差价合约的初始保证金要求。

然而,需注意的是,系统不会转移资金用于满足差价合约维持保证金要求。因此,如符合条件的资产(参照下方定义)不足以满足保证金要求,则即使您的主账户中有足够的资金,账户仍会被清算。如您想避免被清算,您必须在账户管理中将多余的资金转移至账户的F板块。

2 保证金平仓规则

2.1维持保证金计算与清算

如果符合条件的资产跌至开仓初始保证金的50%以下,ESMA要求IBKR清算差价合约头寸。 符合条件的资产包括F板块下的现金(不包括账户任何其它板块下的现金)及未实现的差价合约盈亏(盈利及亏损)。

计算的基础为开立差价合约头寸时存入的初始保证金。 换言之,当差价合约头寸的价值发生变动时,初始保证金的金额不会变化,这与非差价合约头寸适用的保证金计算方式不同。

2.1.1举例

您的差价合约账户中有2000欧元现金。您想以100欧元的限价买入100份XYZ的差价合约。首先成交了50份合约,然后再成交其余的50份。随着您的交易成交,您的可用现金如下减少:

  现金 净资产* 头寸 价格 价值 未实现盈亏 初始保证金 维持保证金 可用现金 维持保证金不足
交易前 2000 2000             2000  
第一次交易后 2000 2000 50 100 5000 0 1000 500 1000
第二次交易后 2000 2000 100 100 10000 0 2000 1000 0

*净资产等于现金加未实现盈亏

价格上涨至110。您的净资产现为3000,但由于您的可用现金仍为0,且在ESMA规则下初始保证金和维持保证金不变,您不得开立新的头寸:

  现金 股票 头寸 价格 价值 未实现盈亏 初始保证金 维持保证金 可用现金 维持保证金不足
变化 2000 3000 100 110 11000 1000 2000 1000 0

 然后价格下跌至95。您的净资产跌至1500,但鉴于净资产仍大于1000,无需追加保证金:

  现金 股票 头寸 价格 价值 未实现盈亏 初始保证金 维持保证金 可用现金 维持保证金不足
变化 2000 1500 100 95 9500 (500) 2000 1000 0

价格进一步跌至85,导致保证金不足并触发清算:

  现金 股票 头寸 价格 价值 未实现盈亏 初始保证金 维持保证金 可用现金 维持保证金不足
变化 2000 500 100 85 8500 (1500) 2000 1000 0

 

3 负资产保护

ESMA规则规定,您交易差价合约的损失以划拨的专项资金为上限。不得清算其它金融产品(如股票或期货)来填补差价合约的保证金缺口。*

因此,您主账户证券和大宗商品板块的资产,以及F板块中持有的非差价合约资产不列入差价合约交易的风险资本。但是,F账户段中的所有现金都可用以弥补差价合约交易产生的亏损。

由于负资产保护对IBKR来说意味着要承担额外风险,对于隔夜持有的差价合约头寸我们会向零售客户额外收取1%的融资息差。您可在此处查看详细的差价合约融资利率。

*我们无法清算非差价合约头寸来弥补差价合约不足,但可以清算差价合约头寸来弥补非差价合约不足。

4 交易差价合约的激励措施

ESMA规定对与差价合约交易相关的金钱及某些非金钱激励均予以禁止。IBKR不对交易差价合约提供任何奖金或其它激励。

5 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。

 

 

Clearinghouse Restrictions on Cannabis Securities

Boerse Stuttgart and Clearstream Banking have announced that they will no longer provide services for issues whose main business is connected directly or indirectly to cannabis and other narcotics products.  Consequently, those securities will no longer trade on the Stuttgart (SWB) or Frankfurt (FWB) stock exchanges. Effective as of the 19 September 2018 close, IBKR will take the following actions:

  1. Force close any impacted positions which clients have not acted to close and that are not eligible for transfer to a U.S. listing; and
  2. Force transfer to a U.S. listing any impacted positions which clients have not acted to close and that are eligible for such transfer.

Outlined in the table below are impacted issues as announced by the Boerse Stuttgart and Clearstream Banking  as of 7 August 2018. This table includes a notation as to whether the impacted issue is eligible for transfer to a U.S. listing. Note that the clearinghouses have indicated that this list may not yet be complete and clients are advised to review their respective websites for the most current information.

ISIN NAME EXCHANGE U.S. TRANSFER ELIGIBLE? U.S. SYMBOL
CA00258G1037

ABATTIS BIOCEUTICALS CORP

FWB2 YES

ATTBF

CA05156X1087

AURORA CANNABIS INC

FWB2, SWB2 YES

ACBFF

CA37956B1013

GLOBAL CANNABIS APPLICATIONS

FWB2 YES

FUAPF

US3988451072

GROOVE BOTANICALS INC

FWB YES

GRVE

US45408X3089

INDIA GLOBALIZATION CAPITAL

FWB2, SWB2 YES

ICG

CA4576371062

INMED PHARMACEUTICALS INC

FWB2 YES

IMLFF

CA53224Y1043

LIFESTYLE DELIVERY SYSTEMS I

FWB2, SWB2 YES

LDSYF

CA56575M1086

MARAPHARM VENTURES INC

FWB2, SWB2 YES

MRPHF

CA5768081096

MATICA ENTERPRISES INC

FWB2, SWB2 YES

MQPXF

CA62987D1087

NAMASTE TECHNOLOGIES INC

FWB2, SWB2 YES

NXTTF

CA63902L1004

NATURALLY SPLENDID ENT LTD

FWB2, SWB2 YES

NSPDF

CA88166Y1007

TETRA BIO-PHARMA INC

FWB2 YES

TBPMF

CA92347A1066

VERITAS PHARMA INC

FWB2 YES

VRTHF

CA1377991023

CANNTAB THERAPEUTICS LTD

FWB2 NO  
CA74737N1042

QUADRON CANNATECH CORP

FWB2 NO  
CA84730M1023

SPEAKEASY CANNABIS CLUB LTD

FWB2, SWB2 NO  
CA86860J1066

SUPREME CANNABIS CO INC/THE

FWB2 NO  
CA92858L2021

VODIS PHARMACEUTICALS INC

FWB2 NO  

 IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Note that the U.S. listings generally trade over-the-counter (PINK) and are denominated in USD not EUR thereby exposing you to exchange rate risk in addition to market risk.
  • Account holders maintaining PINK Sheet securities require United States (Penny Stocks) trading permissions in order to enter opening orders.
  • All users on accounts maintaining United States (Penny Stocks) trading permissions are required use 2 Factor login protection when logging into the account.

Overview of ESMA CFD Rules Implementation at IBKR - Retail Investors Only

Overview: 


CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

69% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with IBKR (UK).

You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

 

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) enacted new rules applicable to retail clients trading CFDs, effective 1st August 2018. Professional clients are unaffected.

The rules consist of: 1) leverage limits; 2) a margin close out rule on a per account basis; 3) negative balance protection on a per account basis; 4) a restriction on the incentives offered to trade CFDs; and 5) a standardized risk warning.

Most clients (excepting regulated entities) are initially categorised as Retail Clients. IBKR may in certain circumstances agree to reclassify a Retail Client as a Professional Client, or a Professional Client as a Retail Client. Please see MiFID Categorisation for further detail.

The following sections detail how IBKR (UK) has implemented the ESMA Decision.

1 Leverage Limits

1.1 ESMA Margins
Leverage limits were set by ESMA at different levels depending on the underlying:

  • 3.33% for major currency pairs; Major currency pairs are any combination of USD; CAD; EUR; GBP; CHF; JPY
  • 5% for non-major currency pairs and major indices;
    • Non-major currency pairs are any combination that includes a currency not listed above, e.g. USD.CNH
    • Major indices are IBUS500; IBUS30; IBUST100; IBGB100; IBDE30; IBEU50; IBFR40; IBJP225; IBAU200
  • 10% for non-major equity indices; IBES35; IBCH20; IBNL25; IBHK50
  • 20% for individual equities

 1.2 Applied Margins - Standard Requirement

In addition to the ESMA Margins, IBKR (UK) establishes its own margin requirements (IB Margins) based on the historical volatility of the underlying, and other factors. We will apply the IB Margins if they are higher than those prescribed by ESMA.

Details of applicable IB and ESMA margins can be found here.

1.2.1 Applied Margins - Concentration Minimum

A concentration charge is applied if your portfolio consists of a small number of CFD positions, or if the two largest positions have a dominant weight. We stress the portfolio by applying a 30% adverse move on the two largest positions and a 5% adverse move on the remaining positions. The total loss is applied as the maintenance margin requirement if it is greater than the standard requirement.

1.3 Funds Available for Initial Margin

You can only use cash to post initial margin to open a CFD position. Realized CFD profits are included in cash and are available immediately; the cash does not have to settle first. Unrealized profits however cannot be used to meet initial margin requirements.

1.4 Automatic Funding of Initial Margin Requirements (F-segments)

IBKR (UK) automatically transfers funds from your main account to the F-segment of your account to fund initial margin requirements for CFDs.

Note however that no transfers are made to satisfy CFD maintenance margin requirements. Therefore if qualifying equity (defined below) becomes insufficient to meet margin requirements, a liquidation will occur even if you have ample funds in your main account. If you wish to avoid a liquidation you must transfer additional funds to the F-segment in Account Management.

2 Margin Close Out Rule

2.1 Maintenance Margin Calculations & Liquidations

ESMA requires IBKR to liquidate CFD positions latest when qualifying equity falls below 50% of the initial margin posted to open the positions. IBKR may close out positions sooner if our risk view is more conservative. Qualifying equity for this purpose includes cash in the F-segment (excluding cash in any other account segment) and unrealized CFD P&L (positive and negative).

The basis for the calculation is the initial margin posted at the time of opening a CFD position. In other words, and unlike margin calculations applicable to non-CFD positions, the initial margin amount does not change when the value of the open position changes.

2.1.1 Example

You have EUR 2000 cash in your CFD account. You want to buy 100 CFDs of XYZ at a limit price of EUR 100. You are first filled 50 CFDs and then the remaining 50. Your available cash reduces as your trades are filled:

  Cash Equity* Position Price Value Unrealized P&L IM MM Available Cash MM Violation
Pre Trade 2000 2000             2000  
Post Trade 1 2000 2000 50 100 5000 0 1000 500 1000 No
Post Trade 2 2000 2000 100 100 10000 0 2000 1000 0 No

*Equity equals Cash plus Unrealized P&L

The price increases to 110. Your equity is now 3000, but you cannot open additional positions because your available cash is still 0, and under the ESMA rules IM and MM remain unchanged:

  Cash Equity Position Price Value Unrealized P&L IM MM Available Cash MM Violation
Change 2000 3000 100 110 11000 1000 2000 1000 0 No

 The price then drops to 95. Your equity declines to 1500 but there is no margin violation since it is still greater than the 1000 requirement:

  Cash Equity Position Price Value Unrealized P&L IM MM Available Cash MM Violation
Change 2000 1500 100 95 9500 (500) 2000 1000 0 No

The price falls further to 85, causing a margin violation and triggering a liquidation:

  Cash Equity Position Price Value Unrealized P&L IM MM Available Cash MM Violation
Change 2000 500 100 85 8500 (1500) 2000 1000 0 Yes

 

3 Negative Equity Protection

The ESMA Decision limits your CFD-related liability to the funds dedicated to CFD-trading. Other financial instruments (e.g. shares or futures) cannot be liquidated to satisfy a CFD margin-deficit.*

Therefore assets in the security and commodity segments of your main account, and non-CFD assets held in the F-segment, are not part of your capital at risk for CFD trading. However, all cash in the F-segment can be used to cover losses arising from CFD trading.

As Negative Equity Protection represents additional risk to IBKR, we will charge retail investors an additional financing spread of 1% for CFD positions held overnight. You can find detailed CFD financing rates here.

*Although we cannot liquidate non-CFD positions to cover a CFD deficit, we can liquidate CFD positions to cover a non-CFD deficit.

4 Incentives Offered to trade CFDs

The ESMA Decision imposes a ban on monetary and certain types of non-monetary benefits related to CFD trading. IBKR does not offer any bonus or other incentives to trade CFDs.

 

Additional Information Regarding the Use of Stop Orders

U.S. equity markets occasionally experience periods of extraordinary volatility and price dislocation. Sometimes these occurrences are prolonged and at other times they are of very short duration. Stop orders may play a role in contributing to downward price pressure and market volatility and may result in executions at prices very far from the trigger price. 

Investors may use stop sell orders to help protect a profit position in the event the price of a stock declines or to limit a loss. In addition, investors with a short position may use stop buy orders to help limit losses in the event of price increases. However, because stop orders, once triggered, become market orders, investors immediately face the same risks inherent with market orders – particularly during volatile market conditions when orders may be executed at prices materially above or below expected prices.
 
While stop orders may be a useful tool for investors to help monitor the price of their positions, stop orders are not without potential risks.  If you choose to trade using stop orders, please keep the following information in mind:
 
·         Stop prices are not guaranteed execution prices. A “stop order” becomes a “market order” when the “stop price” is reached and the resulting order is required to be executed fully and promptly at the current market price. Therefore, the price at which a stop order ultimately is executed may be very different from the investor’s “stop price.” Accordingly, while a customer may receive a prompt execution of a stop order that becomes a market order, during volatile market conditions, the execution price may be significantly different from the stop price, if the market is moving rapidly.
 
·         Stop orders may be triggered by a short-lived, dramatic price change. During periods of volatile market conditions, the price of a stock can move significantly in a short period of time and trigger an execution of a stop order (and the stock may later resume trading at its prior price level). Investors should understand that if their stop order is triggered under these circumstances, their order may be filled at an undesirable price, and the price may subsequently stabilize during the same trading day.
 
·         Sell stop orders may exacerbate price declines during times of extreme volatility. The activation of sell stop orders may add downward price pressure on a security. If triggered during a precipitous price decline, a sell stop order also is more likely to result in an execution well below the stop price.
 
·         Placing a “limit price” on a stop order may help manage some of these risks. A stop order with a “limit price” (a “stop limit” order) becomes a “limit order” when the stock reaches or exceeds the “stop price.” A “limit order” is an order to buy or sell a security for an amount no worse than a specific price (i.e., the “limit price”). By using a stop limit order instead of a regular stop order, a customer will receive additional certainty with respect to the price the customer receives for the stock. However, investors also should be aware that, because a sell order cannot be filled at a price that is lower (or a buy order for a price that is higher) than the limit price selected, there is the possibility that the order will not be filled at all. Customers should consider using limit orders in cases where they prioritize achieving a desired target price more than receiving an immediate execution irrespective of price.
 
·         The risks inherent in stop orders may be higher during illiquid market hours or around the open and close when markets may be more volatile. This may be of heightened importance for illiquid stocks, which may become even harder to sell at the then current price level and may experience added price dislocation during times of extraordinary market volatility. Customers should consider restricting the time of day during which a stop order may be triggered to prevent stop orders from activating during illiquid market hours or around the open and close when markets may be more volatile, and consider using other order types during these periods.
 
·         In light of the risks inherent in using stop orders, customers should carefully consider using other order types that may also be consistent with their trading needs.

到期相关清算

Background: 

除了在实时保证金不足时强行清算客户头寸的政策外,IB还会根据某些到期相关事件(会导致不应有的风险及/或操作问题)清算头寸。下方列出了此类事件的一些范例。

期权行权

如果行权/转让会导致账户保证金不足,IB保留禁止股票期权行权及/或平仓空头头寸的权利。由于头寸已全额支付,因此购买期权通常不需要保证金,一旦行权,账户持有人便有义务全额支付后续的多头股票头寸(现金账户看涨期权行权或100%保证金股票)或支付多头/空头股票头寸(保证金账户看涨/看跌期权行权)。如果在交割时底层证券价格出现重大不利变化,行权之前不具备充足权益的账户会面临不必要的风险。这种无担保风险尤为明显,并且可能会超出多头期权所持有的任何价内价值,尤其是在到期时清算所以每股低达0.01美元的价内水平自动行使期权的时候。

例如,第一天,账户权益只包括20张行使价为50美元的XYZ多头看涨期权合约,这些合约在底层证券价格为51美元时以每张合约1美元的价格平仓。假设情境1中期权自动行权,且XYZ在第二天的开盘价达到51美元。假设情境2中期权自动行权,且XYZ在第二天的开盘价达到48美元。

账户余额 到期前

情境1 - XYZ开盘价@ $51

情境2 - XYZ开盘价@ $48
现金
$0.00 ($100,000.00) ($100,000.00)
多头股票 $0.00 $102,000.00 $96,000.00

多头期权*

$2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
净清算权益/(不足) $2,000.00 $2,000.00 ($4,000.00)
保证金要求
$0.00 $25,500.00 $25,500.00
多余保证金/(不足) $0.00 ($23,500.00) ($29,500.00)

*多头期权无贷款价值。

为在到期日临近时防止发生这些情景,IB将假设接近实际的底层证券价格请求并评估股票交割账户风险来模拟到期影响。如果风险过高,IB保留以下权利:1)到期前清算期权;2)允许期权失效,以及/或3)允许交割并立即清算底层证券。 此外,账户不能开立新的头寸以防增加风险。

如果IB系统预测结算会导致保证金不足,那么IB也会保留在结算前的下午清算头寸的权利。为在到期日临近时防止发生这些情景,IB将假设接近实际的底层证券价格并评估结算后账户风险来模拟到期影响。例如,如果IB预测结算将导致头寸从账户中移除(如,期权将在价外到期,或现金结算期权在价内到期),那么IB系统将评估结算的保证金影响。

如果IB认为风险过高,那么IB可能会清算账户中的头寸以解决预测的保证金不足问题。账户持有人可通过TWS内的账户窗口监控与保证金风险相关的到期期权。预测超额保证金将显示在“到期后保证金”(见下方)一行,如果其为负数并以红色显示,则表明您的账户可能面临强制头寸清算。这一风险计算会在下一个到期日的前面三天进行并且每15分钟更新一次。请注意,某些分层结构账户类型(如独立交易限额账户)的这一信息只会在主账户层级显示并计算。

请注意,IB通常在收盘前2小时发起到期相关清算,但保留条件允许的情况下提前或推迟此类清算的权利。此外,清算会根据特定的账户条件(包括净清算价值、预测到期后保证金不足,以及期权行使价与底层证券价格之间的关系)进行优先排序。

实物交割期货

除了将货币作为其底层证券的某些期货合约外,IB通常不允许客户发起或接收实物结算期货或期货期权合约的底层交割。为避免交割即将到期的合约,客户必须延期合约或在合约指定的结算截止日期(我们网站中列有)前平仓头寸。

请注意,客户有义务了解结算截止日期并知晓未在指定指定时间段内结算的实物交割合约可能会在无事先通知的情况下被IB清算

Can I set a maximum dollar exposure for my account?

Unless an account holds solely long stock, bond, option or forex positions which have been paid for in full (i.e., no margin) and/or contains limited risk derivative positions such as option spreads, it is at risk of losing more than the original investment.

In the case of portfolios where the risk is indeterminable, there is no mechanism whereby the account holder can specify, at the portfolio level, a maximum dollar threshold of losses which, if reached, would limit their liability. IB does, however, provide a variety of tools and settings designed to assist account holders with managing and monitoring their exposure, including specialized order types, alerts and the Risk Navigator. A brief overview of each is provided below:

Order Types

Account holders may manage exposure on an individual trade level through several order types designed to limit risk. These order types include, but are not limited to: Stop, Adjustable Stop, Stop Limit, Trailing Stop and Trailing Stop Limit Orders. All of these order types allow you to specify an exit level for your individual positions based on your risk tolerance. For example, an account holder long 200 shares of hypothetical stock XYZ at an average price of $20.00 seeking to limit their loss to $500.00 could create a Stop Limit order having a Stop Price of $18.00 (the price at which a limit sell order is triggered) and a Limit Price of $17.50 (the lowest price at which the shares would be sold).  It's important to note, however, that while a Stop Limit eliminates the price risk associated with a Stop order where the execution price is not guaranteed, it exposes the account holder to the risk that the order may never be filled even if the Stop Price is reached.  For instructions on creating a Stop Limit order, click here.

 

Alerts

Alerts provide account holders the ability to specify events or conditions which, if met, trigger an action. The conditions can be based on time, trades that occur in the account, price levels, trade volume, or a margin cushion. For example, if the account holder wanted to be notified if their account was nearing a margin deficiency and forced liquidation, an alert could be set up to send an email if the margin cushion fell to some desired percentage, say 10% of equity. The action may consist of an email or text notification or the triggering of a risk reducing trade. For instructions on creating an Alert, click here.

Risk Navigator

The Risk Navigator is a real-time market risk management platform contained within the TraderWorkstation, which provides the account holder with the ability to create 'what-if' scenarios to measure exposure given user-defined changes to positions, prices, date and volatility variables which may impact their risk profile. For information on using an Risk Navigator, click here.

Expiration & Corporate Action Related Liquidations

Background: 

In addition to the policy of force liquidating client positions in the event of a real-time margin deficiency, IB will also liquidate positions based upon certain expiration or corporate action related events which, after giving effect to, would create undue risk and/or operational concerns.  Examples of such events are outlined below.

Option Exercise

IB reserves the right to prohibit the exercise of stock options and/or close short options if the effect of the exercise/assignment would be to place the account in margin deficit. While the purchase of an option generally requires no margin since the position is paid in full, once exercised the account holder is obligated to either pay for the ensuing long stock position in full (in the case of a call exercised in a cash account or stock subject to 100% margin) or finance the long/short stock position (in the case of a call/put exercised in a margin account).  Accounts which do not have sufficient equity on hand prior to exercise introduce undue risk should an adverse price change in the underlying occur upon delivery. This uncollateralized risk can be especially pronounced and may far exceed any in-the-money value the long option may have held, particularly at expiration when clearinghouses automatically exercise options at in-the-money levels as low as $0.01 per share.

Take, for example, an account whose equity on Day 1 consists solely of 20 long $50 strike call options in hypothetical stock XYZ which have closed at expiration at $1 per contract with the underlying at $51. Assume under Scenario 1 that the options are all auto-exercised and XYZ opens at $51 on Day 2. Assume under Scenario 2 that the options are all auto-exercised and XYZ opens at $48 on Day 2.

Account Balance Pre-Expiration

Scenario 1 - XYZ Opens @ $51

Scenario 2 - XYZ Opens @ $48
Cash
$0.00 ($100,000.00) ($100,000.00)
Long Stock   $0.00 $102,000.00 $96,000.00

Long Option*

$2,000.00 $0.00 $0.00
Net Liquidating Equity/(Deficit) $2,000.00 $2,000.00 ($4,000.00)
Margin Requirement
$0.00 $25,500.00 $25,500.00
Margin Excess/(Deficiency) $0.00 ($23,500.00) ($29,500.00)

*Long option has no loan value.
 

To protect against these scenarios as expiration nears, IB will simulate the effect of expiration assuming plausible underlying price scenarios and evaluating the exposure of each account assuming stock delivery. If the exposure is deemed excessive, IB reserves the right to either: 1) liquidate options prior to expiration; 2) allow the options to lapse; and/or 3) allow delivery and liquidate the underlying at any time.  In addition, the account may be restricted from opening new positions to prevent an increase in exposure. IB determines the number of contracts that will be lapsed by IB/auto-exercised shortly after the end of trading on the date of expiration. The effect of any after hours trading you conduct on that day may not be taken into account in this exposure calculation.

While IB reserves the right to take these actions, account holders are solely responsible for managing the exercise/assignment risks associated with the positions in their accounts. IB is under no obligation to manage such risks for you.

IB also reserves the right to liquidate positions on the afternoon before settlement if IB’s systems project that the effect of settlement would result in a margin deficit. To protect against these scenarios as expiration nears, IB will simulate the effect of expiration assuming plausible underlying price scenarios and evaluating the exposure of each account after settlement.  For instance, if IB projects that positions will be removed from the account as a result of settlement (e.g., if options will expire out of the money or cash-settled options will expire in the money), IB’s systems will evaluate the margin effect of those settlement events.

If IB determines the exposure is excessive, IB may liquidate positions in the account to resolve the projected margin deficiency.  Account holders may monitor this expiration related margin exposure via the Account window located within the TWS. The projected margin excess will be displayed on the line titled “Post-Expiry Margin” (see below) which, if negative and highlighted in red indicates that your account may be subject to forced position liquidations. This exposure calculation is performed 3 days prior to the next expiration and is updated approximately every 15 minutes.  Note that certain account types which employ a hierarchy structure (e.g., Separate Trading Limit account) will have this information presented only at the master account level where the computation is aggregated.

Note that IB generally initiates expiration related liquidations 2 hours prior to the close, but reserves the right to begin this process sooner or later should conditions warrant. In addition, liquidations are prioritized based upon a number of account-specific criteria including the Net Liquidating Value, projected post-expiration deficit, and the relationship between the option strike price and underlying.

 

Call Spreads in Advance of Ex-Dividend Date

In the event that you are holding a call spread (long and short calls having the same underlying) prior to an ex-dividend date in the underlying, and if you have not liquidated the spread or exercised the long call(s), IB reserves the right to: i) exercise some or all of the long call(s); and/or ii) liquidate (i.e., close out) some or all of the spreads - if IB, in its sole discretion, anticipates that: a) the short call(s) is (are) likely to be assigned; and b) your account would not ave sufficient equity to satisfy the liability to pay the dividend or to satisfy margin requirements generally.  In the event that IB exercises the long call(s) in this scenario and you are not assigned on the short call(s), you could suffer losses. Likewise, if IB liquidates some or all of your spread position, you may suffer losses or incur an investment result that was not your objective.

In order to avoid this scenario, you should carefully review your option positions and your account equity prior to any ex-dividend date of the underlying and you should manage your risk and your account accordingly.

 

Physically Delivered Futures

With the exception of certain futures contracts having currencies as their underlying, IB generally does not allow clients to make or receive delivery of the underlying for physically settled futures or futures option contracts. To avoid deliveries in an expiring contract, clients must either roll the contract forward or close the position prior to the Close-Out Deadline specific to that contract (a list of which is provided on the website). 

Note that it is the client’s responsibility to be aware of the Close-Out Deadline and physically delivered contracts which are not closed out within the specified time frame may be liquidated by IB without prior notification.

Equity & Index Option Position Limits

Overview: 

Equity option exchanges define position limits for designated equity options classes.  These limits define position quantity limitations in terms of the equivalent number of underlying shares (described below) which cannot be exceeded at any time on either the bullish or bearish side of the market.  Account positions in excess of defined position limits may be subject to trade restriction or liquidation at any time without prior notification.

Background: 

Position limits are defined on regulatory websites and may change periodically.  Some contracts also have near-term limit requirements (near-term position limits are applied to the side of the market for those contracts that are in the closest expiring month issued).  Traders are responsible for monitoring their positions as well as the defined limit quantities to ensure compliance.  The following information defines how position limits are calculated;

 

Option position limits are determined as follows:

  • Bullish market direction -- long call & short put positions are aggregated and quantified in terms of equivalent shares of stock.
  • Bearish market direction -- long put & short call positions are aggregated and quantified in terms of equivalent shares of stock.

The following examples, using the 25,000 option contract limit, illustrate the operation of position limits:

  • Customer A, who is long 25,000 XYZ calls, may at the same time be short 25,000 XYZ calls, since long and short positions in the same class of options (i.e., in calls only or in puts only) are on opposite sides of the market and are not aggregated
  • Customer B, who is long 25,000 XYZ calls, may at the same time be long 25,000 XYZ puts. Rule 4.11 does not require the aggregation of long call and long put (or short call and short put) positions, since they are on opposite sides of the market.
  • Customer C, who is long 20,000 XYZ calls, may not at the same time be short more than 5,000 XYZ puts, since the 25,000 contract limit applies to the aggregate position of long calls and short puts in options covering the same underlying security. Similarly, if Customer C is also short 20,000 XYZ calls, he may not at the same time have a long position of more than 5,000 XYZ puts, since the 25,000 contract limit applies separately to the aggregation of short call and long put positions in options covering the same underlying security.

 

Notifications and restrictions:

 

IB will send notifications to customers regarding the option position limits at the following times:

  • When a client exceeds 85% of the allowed limit IB will send a notification indicating this threshold has been exceeded
  • When a client exceeds 95% of the allowed limit IB will place the account in closing only. This state will be maintained until the account falls below 85% of the allowed limit. New orders placed that would increase the position will be rejected.

 

Notes:

Position limits are set on the long and short side of the market separately (and not netted out).
Traders can use an underlying stock position as a "hedge" if they are over the limit on the long or short side (index options are reviewed on a case by case basis for purposes of determining which securities constitute a hedge).
Position information is aggregated across related accounts and accounts under common control.

 

Definition of related accounts:

IB considers related accounts to be any account in which an individual may be viewed as having influence over trading decisions. This includes, but is not limited to, aggregating an advisor sub-account with the advisor's account (and accounts under common control), joint accounts with individual accounts for the joint parties and organization accounts (where an individual is listed as an officer or trader) with other accounts for that individual.

 

Position limit exceptions:

Regulations permit clients to exceed a position limit if the positions under common control are hedged positions as specified by the relevant exchange. In general the hedges permitted by the US regulators that are recognized in the IB system include outright stock position hedges, conversions, reverse conversions and box spreads. Currently collar and reverse collar strategies are not supported hedges in the IB system. For more detail about the permissible hedge exemptions refer to the rules of the self regulatory organization for the relevant product.

OCC posts position limits defined by the option exchanges.   They can be found here.
http://www.optionsclearing.com/webapps/position-limits

Do liquidation trades executed by IBKR count as day trades?

Overview: 

Yes, if a position that is opened is subsequently closed in the same trading session (day), it is defined as a Pattern Day Trade. If an IBKR liquidation results in the closing of a position that was opened in that same session/day, it would be counted towards the Pattern Day Trade total. This could also result in the account being flagged as a Pattern Day Trade account.

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