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.

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。

 

Allocation of Partial Fills

Title:

How are executions allocated when an order receives a partial fill because an insufficient quantity is available to complete the allocation of shares/contracts to sub-accounts?

 

Overview:

From time-to-time, one may experience an allocation order which is partially executed and is canceled prior to being completed (i.e. market closes, contract expires, halts due to news, prices move in an unfavorable direction, etc.). In such cases, IB determines which customers (who were originally included in the order group and/or profile) will receive the executed shares/contracts. The methodology used by IB to impartially determine who receives the shares/contacts in the event of a partial fill is described in this article.

 

Background:

Before placing an order CTAs and FAs are given the ability to predetermine the method by which an execution is to be allocated amongst client accounts. They can do so by first creating a group (i.e. ratio/percentage) or profile (i.e. specific amount) wherein a distinct number of shares/contracts are specified per client account (i.e. pre-trade allocation). These amounts can be prearranged based on certain account values including the clients’ Net Liquidation Total, Available Equity, etc., or indicated prior to the order execution using Ratios, Percentages, etc. Each group and/or profile is generally created with the assumption that the order will be executed in full. However, as we will see, this is not always the case. Therefore, we are providing examples that describe and demonstrate the process used to allocate partial executions with pre-defined groups and/or profiles and how the allocations are determined.

Here is the list of allocation methods with brief descriptions about how they work.

·         AvailableEquity
Use sub account’ available equality value as ratio. 

·         NetLiq
Use subaccount’ net liquidation value as ratio

·         EqualQuantity
Same ratio for each account

·         PctChange1:Portion of the allocation logic is in Trader Workstation (the initial calculation of the desired quantities per account).

·         Profile

The ratio is prescribed by the user

·         Inline Profile

The ratio is prescribed by the user.

·         Model1:
Roughly speaking, we use each account NLV in the model as the desired ratio. It is possible to dynamically add (invest) or remove (divest) accounts to/from a model, which can change allocation of the existing orders.

 

 

 

Basic Examples:

Details:

CTA/FA has 3-clients with a predefined profile titled “XYZ commodities” for orders of 50 contracts which (upon execution) are allocated as follows:

Account (A) = 25 contracts

Account (B) = 15 contracts

Account (C) = 10 contracts

 

Example #1:

CTA/FA creates a DAY order to buy 50 Sept 2016 XYZ future contracts and specifies “XYZ commodities” as the predefined allocation profile. Upon transmission at 10 am (ET) the order begins to execute2but in very small portions and over a very long period of time. At 2 pm (ET) the order is canceled prior to being executed in full. As a result, only a portion of the order is filled (i.e., 7 of the 50 contracts are filled or 14%). For each account the system initially allocates by rounding fractional amounts down to whole numbers:

 

Account (A) = 14% of 25 = 3.5 rounded down to 3

Account (B) = 14% of 15 = 2.1 rounded down to 2

Account (C) = 14% of 10 = 1.4 rounded down to 1

 

To Summarize:

A: initially receives 3 contracts, which is 3/25 of desired (fill ratio = 0.12)

B: initially receives 2 contracts, which is 2/15 of desired (fill ratio = 0.134)

C: initially receives 1 contract, which is 1/10 of desired (fill ratio = 0.10)

 

The system then allocates the next (and final) contract to an account with the smallest ratio (i.e. Account C which currently has a ratio of 0.10).

A: final allocation of 3 contracts, which is 3/25 of desired (fill ratio = 0.12)

B: final allocation of 2 contracts, which is 2/15 of desired (fill ratio = 0.134)

C: final allocation of 2 contract, which is 2/10 of desired (fill ratio = 0.20)

The execution(s) received have now been allocated in full.

 

Example #2:

CTA/FA creates a DAY order to buy 50 Sept 2016 XYZ future contracts and specifies “XYZ commodities” as the predefined allocation profile. Upon transmission at 11 am (ET) the order begins to be filled3 but in very small portions and over a very long period of time. At 1 pm (ET) the order is canceled prior being executed in full. As a result, only a portion of the order is executed (i.e., 5 of the 50 contracts are filled or 10%).For each account, the system initially allocates by rounding fractional amounts down to whole numbers:

 

Account (A) = 10% of 25 = 2.5 rounded down to 2

Account (B) = 10% of 15 = 1.5 rounded down to 1

Account (C) = 10% of 10 = 1 (no rounding necessary)

 

To Summarize:

A: initially receives 2 contracts, which is 2/25 of desired (fill ratio = 0.08)

B: initially receives 1 contract, which is 1/15 of desired (fill ratio = 0.067)

C: initially receives 1 contract, which is 1/10 of desired (fill ratio = 0.10)

The system then allocates the next (and final) contract to an account with the smallest ratio (i.e. to Account B which currently has a ratio of 0.067).

A: final allocation of 2 contracts, which is 2/25 of desired (fill ratio = 0.08)

B: final allocation of 2 contracts, which is 2/15 of desired (fill ratio = 0.134)

C: final allocation of 1 contract, which is 1/10 of desired (fill ratio = 0.10)

 

The execution(s) received have now been allocated in full.

Example #3:

CTA/FA creates a DAY order to buy 50 Sept 2016 XYZ future contracts and specifies “XYZ commodities” as the predefined allocation profile. Upon transmission at 11 am (ET) the order begins to be executed2  but in very small portions and over a very long period of time. At 12 pm (ET) the order is canceled prior to being executed in full. As a result, only a portion of the order is filled (i.e., 3 of the 50 contracts are filled or 6%). Normally the system initially allocates by rounding fractional amounts down to whole numbers, however for a fill size of less than 4 shares/contracts, IB first allocates based on the following random allocation methodology.

 

In this case, since the fill size is 3, we skip the rounding fractional amounts down.

 

For the first share/contract, all A, B and C have the same initial fill ratio and fill quantity, so we randomly pick an account and allocate this share/contract. The system randomly chose account A for allocation of the first share/contract.

 

To Summarize3:

A: initially receives 1 contract, which is 1/25 of desired (fill ratio = 0.04)

B: initially receives 0 contracts, which is 0/15 of desired (fill ratio = 0.00)

C: initially receives 0 contracts, which is 0/10 of desired (fill ratio = 0.00)

 

Next, the system will perform a random allocation amongst the remaining accounts (in this case accounts B & C, each with an equal probability) to determine who will receive the next share/contract.

 

The system randomly chose account B for allocation of the second share/contract.

A: 1 contract, which is 1/25 of desired (fill ratio = 0.04)

B: 1 contract, which is 1/15 of desired (fill ratio = 0.067)

C: 0 contracts, which is 0/10 of desired (fill ratio = 0.00)

 

The system then allocates the final [3] share/contract to an account(s) with the smallest ratio (i.e. Account C which currently has a ratio of 0.00).

A: final allocation of 1 contract, which is 1/25 of desired (fill ratio = 0.04)

B: final allocation of 1 contract, which is 1/15 of desired (fill ratio = 0.067)

C: final allocation of 1 contract, which is 1/10 of desired (fill ratio = 0.10)

 

The execution(s) received have now been allocated in full.

 

Available allocation Flags

Besides the allocation methods above, user can choose the following flags, which also influence the allocation:

·         Strict per-account allocation.
For the initially submitted order if one or more subaccounts are rejected by the credit checking, we reject the whole order.

·         “Close positions first”1.This is the default handling mode for all orders which close a position (whether or not they are also opening position on the other side or not). The calculation are slightly different and ensure that we do not start opening position for one account if another account still has a position to close, except in few more complex cases.


Other factor affects allocations:

1)      Mutual Fund: the allocation has two steps. The first execution report is received before market open. We allocate based onMonetaryValue for buy order and MonetaryValueShares for sell order. Later, when second execution report which has the NetAssetValue comes, we do the final allocation based on first allocation report.

2)      Allocate in Lot Size: if a user chooses (thru account config) to prefer whole-lot allocations for stocks, the calculations are more complex and will be described in the next version of this document.

3)      Combo allocation1: we allocate combo trades as a unit, resulting in slightly different calculations.

4)      Long/short split1: applied to orders for stocks, warrants or structured products. When allocating long sell orders, we only allocate to accounts which have long position: resulting in calculations being more complex.

5)      For non-guaranteed smart combo: we do allocation by each leg instead of combo.

6)      In case of trade bust or correction1: the allocations are adjusted using more complex logic.

7)      Account exclusion1: Some subaccounts could be excluded from allocation for the following reasons, no trading permission, employee restriction, broker restriction, RejectIfOpening, prop account restrictions, dynamic size violation, MoneyMarketRules restriction for mutual fund. We do not allocate to excluded accountsand we cancel the order after other accounts are filled. In case of partial restriction (e.g. account is permitted to close but not to open, or account has enough excess liquidity only for a portion of the desired position).

 

 

Footnotes:

1.        Details of these calculations will be included in the next revision of this document.

2.        To continue observing margin in each account on a real-time basis, IB allocates each trade immediately (behind the scenes) however from the CTA and/or FA (or client’s) point of view, the final distribution of the execution at an average price typically occurs when the trade is executed in full, is canceled or at the end of day (whichever happens first).

3.       If no account has a ratio greater than 1.0 or multiple accounts are tied in the final step (i.e. ratio = 0.00), the first step is skipped and allocation of the first share/contract is decided via step two (i.e. random allocation).

 

Overview of IBKR issued Share CFDs

The following article is intended to provide a general introduction to share-based Contracts for Differences (CFDs) issued by IBKR.

For Information on IBKR Index CFDs click here. For Forex CFDs click here.

Topics covered are as follows:

I.    CFD Definition
II.   Comparison Between CFDs and Underlying Shares
III.  Cost and Margin Considerations
IV.  Worked Example
V.   CFD Resources
VI.  Frequently Asked Questions

 

Risk Warning

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.

ESMA Rules for CFDs (Retail Clients only)

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has enacted new CFD rules effective 1st August 2018.

The rules include: 1) leverage limits on the opening of a CFD position; 2) a margin close out rule on a per account basis; and 3) negative balance protection on a per account basis.

The ESMA Decision is only applicable to retail clients. Professional clients are unaffected.

Please refer to ESMA CFD Rules Implementation at IBKR for more detail.

I.  Share  CFD Definition

IBKR CFDs are OTC contracts which deliver the return of the underlying stock, including dividends and corporate actions (read more about CFD corporate actions).

Said differently, it is an agreement between the buyer (you) and IBKR to exchange the difference in the current value of a share, and its value at a future time. If you hold a long position and the difference is positive, IBKR pays you. If it is negative, you pay IBKR.

IBKR Share CFDs are traded through your margin account, and you can therefore enter long as well as short leveraged positions. The price of the CFD is the exchange-quoted price of the underlying share. In fact, IBKR CFD quotes are identical to the Smart-routed quotes for shares that you can observe in the Trader Workstation and IBKR offers Direct Market Access (DMA). Similar to shares, your non-marketable (i.e., limit) orders have the underlying hedge directly represented on the deep book of those exchanges at which it trades.  This also means that you can place orders to buy the CFD at the underlying bid and sell at the offer.

To compare IBKR’s transparent CFD model to others available in the market please see our Overview of CFD Market Models.

IBKR currently offers approximately 7100 Share CFDs covering the principal markets in the US, Europe and Asia. The constituents of the major indexes listed below are currently available as IBKR Share CFDs. In many countries IBKR also offers trading in liquid small cap shares. These are shares with free float adjusted market capitalization of at least USD 500 million and median daily trading value of at least USD 600 thousand.  Please see CFD Product Listings for more detail. More countries will be added in the near future.

United States S&P 500, DJA, Nasdaq 100, S&P 400 (Mid Cap), Liquid Small Cap
United Kingdom FTSE 350 + Liquid Small Cap (incl. IOB)
Germany Dax, MDax, TecDax + Liquid Small Cap
Switzerland Swiss portion of STOXX Europe 600 (48 shares) + Liquid Small Cap
France CAC Large Cap, CAC Mid Cap + Liquid Small Cap
Netherlands AEX, AMS Mid Cap + Liquid Small Cap
Belgium BEL 20, BEL Mid Cap + Liquid Small Cap
Spain IBEX 35 + Liquid Small Cap
Portugal PSI 20
Sweden OMX Stockholm 30 + Liquid Small Cap
Finland OMX Helsinki 25 + Liquid Small Cap
Denmark OMX Copenhagen 30 + Liquid Small Cap
Norway OBX
Czech PX
Japan Nikkei 225 + Liquid Small Cap
Hong Kong HSI + Liquid Small Cap
Australia ASX 200 + Liquid Small Cap
Singapore* STI + Liquid Small Cap
South Africa Top 40 + Liquid Small Cap

 *not available to Singapore residents

II.   Comparison Between CFDs and Underlying Shares

Depending on your trading objectives and trading style, CFDs offer a number of advantages compared to stocks, but also some disadvantages:
 
BENEFITS of IBKR CFDs DRAWBACKS of IBKR CFDs
No stamp duty or financial transaction tax (UK, France, Belgium) No ownership rights
Generally lower commission and margin rates than shares Complex corporate actions may not always be exactly replicable
Tax treaty rates for dividends without need for reclaim Taxation of gains may differ from shares (please consult your tax advisor)
Exemption from day trading rules  

III.  Cost and Margin Considerations

IBKR CFDs can be an even more efficient way to trade the European stock markets than IBKR’s highly competitive stock offering.

Firstly, IBKR CFDs have low commissions compared to stocks, and the same low financing spreads:

EUROPE   CFD STOCK
Commission GBP 0.05% GBP 6.00 + 0.05%*
EUR 0.05% 0.10%
Financing** Benchmark +/- 1.50% 1.50%

*per order + 0.05% of excess over GBP 50,000
**CFD financing on total position value, stock financing on borrowed amount

When you trade more, CFD commissions become even lower, as low as 0.02%. Financing rates are reduced for larger positions, to as low as 0.5%.  Please see CFD Commissions and CFD Financing Rates for more details.

Secondly, CFDs have lower margin requirements than stocks. Retail clients are subject to additional margin requirements mandated by ESMA, the European regulator. Please see ESMA CFD Rules Implementation at IBKR for details.

  CFD STOCK
  All Standard Portfolio Margin
Maintenance Margin Requirement*

10%

25% - 50% 15%

*Typical margin for blue-chips. Retail Clients are subject to a minimum Initial Margin of 20%. Standard 25% intraday maintenance margin for stocks, 50% overnight.  Portfolio Margin shown is maintenance margin (incl. overnight). More volatile issues are subject to higher requirements

Please refer to CFD Margin Requirements and for more detail.


IV.  Worked Example (Professional Client)

Let’s look at an example. Unilever’s Amsterdam listing has returned 3.2% in the past month (20 trading days to May 14th, 2012) and you believe it will continue to perform well. You want to build a EUR 200,000 exposure and hold it for 5 days. You do 10 trades to build up and 10 trades to unwind. Your direct costs would be as follows:

STOCK

  CFD STOCK
EUR 200,000 Position   Standard Portfolio Margin
Margin Requirement 20,000 100,000 30,000
Commission (round trip) 200.00 400.00 400.00
Interest Rate (Simplified) 1.50% 1.50% 1.50%
Amount Financed 200,000 100,000 170,000
Days Financed  5 5 5
Interest Expense (1.5% Simplified Rate) 41.67 20.83 35.42
Total Direct Cost (Commission + Interest) 241.67 420.83 435.42
Cost Difference   74% Higher 80% Higher

Note: Interest expense for CFDs is calculated on the entire contract position, for shares interest is calculated on the borrowed amount. The applicable rates are the same for both shares and CFDs.

 

But let’s assume you only have EUR 20,000 available to fund the margin. If Unilever continues to perform as it has in the past month, your potential profit would compare as follows:  

LEVERAGE REWARD CFD STOCK
Available Margin 20,000 20,000 20,000
Total Invested 200,000 40,000 133,333
Gross Return (5 Days) 1,600 320 1,066.66
Commission 200.00 80.00 266.67
Interest Expense (1.5% Simplified Rate) 41.67 4.17 23.61
Total Direct Cost (Commission + Interest) 241.67 84.17 290.28
Net Return (Gross Return less Direct Cost) 1,358.33 235.83 776.39
Return on Margin Investment Amount 0.07 0.01 0.04
Difference   83% Less Gain 43% Less Gain

 

LEVERAGE RISK CFD STOCK
Available Margin 20,000 20,000 20,000
Total Invested 200,000 40,000 133,333
Gross Return (5 Days) -1,600 -320 -1,066.66
Commission 200.00 80.00 266.67
Interest Expense (1.5% Simplified Rate) 41.67 4.17 23.61
Total Direct Cost (Commission + Interest) 241.67 84.17 290.28
Net Return (Gross Return less Direct Cost) -1,841.67 -404.17 -1,356.94
Difference   78% Less Loss 26% Less Loss

 

V.   CFD Resources

Below are some useful links with more detailed information on IBKR’s CFD offering:

CFD Contract Specifications

CFD Product Listings

CFD Commissions

CFD Financing Rates

CFD Margin Requirements

CFD Corporate Actions

The following video tutorial is also available:

How to Place a CFD Trade on the Trader Workstation

 

VI.  Frequently Asked Questions

What Stocks are available as CFDs?

Large and Mid-Cap stocks in the US, Western Europe, Nordic and Japan. Liquid Small Cap stocks are also available in many markets. Please see CFD Product Listings for more detail. More countries will be added in the near future.

 

Do you have CFDs on Stock Indices and Forex?

Yes. Please see IBKR Index CFDs - Facts and Q&A and Forex CFDs - Facts and Q&A.

 

How do you determine your Share CFD quotes?

IBKR CFD quotes are identical to the Smart routed quotes for the underlying share. IBKR does not widen the spread or hold positions against you. To learn more please go to Overview of CFD Market Models.

 

Can I see my limit orders reflected on the exchange?

Yes. IBKR offers Direct market Access (DMA) whereby your non-marketable (i.e., limit) orders have the underlying hedge directly represented on the deep book of those exchanges at which it trades. This also means that you can place orders to buy the CFD at the underlying bid and sell at the offer. In addition, you may also receive price improvement if another client's order crosses yours at a better price than is available on public markets.

 

How do you determine margins for Share CFDs?

IBKR establishes risk-based margin requirements based on the historical volatility of each underlying share. The minimum margin is 10%. Most IBKR CFDs are margined at this rate, making CFDs more margin-efficient than trading the underlying share in most cases.  Retail investors are subject to additional margin requirements mandated by ESMA, the European

regulator. Please see ESMA CFD Rules Implementation at IBKR for details. There are no portfolio off-sets between individual CFD positions or between CFDs and exposures to the underlying share. Concentrated positions and very large positions may be subject to additional margin. Please refer to CFD Margin Requirements for more detail.

 

Are short Share CFDs subject to forced buy-in?

Yes. In the event the underlying stock becomes difficult or impossible to borrow, the holder of the short CFD position will become subject to buy-in.

 

How do you handle dividends and corporate actions?

IBKR will generally reflect the economic effect of the corporate action for CFD holders as if they had been holding the underlying security. Dividends are reflected as cash adjustments, while other actions may be reflected through either cash or position adjustments, or both. For example, where the corporate action results in a change of the number of shares (e.g. stock-split, reverse stock split), the number of CFDs will be adjusted accordingly. Where the action results in a new entity with listed shares, and IBKR decides to offer these as CFDs, then new long or short positions will be created in the appropriate amount. For an overview please CFD Corporate Actions.

*Please note that in some cases it may not be possible to accurately adjust the CFD for a complex corporate action such as some mergers. In these cases IBKR may terminate the CFD prior to the ex-date.

 

Can anyone trade IBKR CFDs?

All clients can trade IBKR CFDs, except residents of the USA, Canada, and Hong Kong. Singapore residents can trade IBKR CFDs except those based on shares listed in Singapore. There are no exemptions based on investor type to the residency based exclusions.

 

What do I need to do to start trading CFDs with IBKR?

You need to set up trading permission for CFDs in Account Management, and agree to the relevant trading disclosures. If your account is with IBLLC, IBKR will then set up a new account segment (identified with your existing account number plus the suffix “F”). Once the set-up is confirmed you can begin to trade. You do not need to fund the F-account separately, funds will be automatically transferred to meet CFD margin requirements from your main account.  

Are there any market data requirements?

The market data for IBKR Share CFDs is the market data for the underlying shares. It is therefore necessary to have market data permissions for the relevant exchanges. If you already have set up market data permissions for an exchange for trading the shares, you do not need to do anything. If you want to trade CFDs on an exchange for which you do not currently have market data permissions, you can set up the permissions in the same way as you would if you planned to trade the underlying shares.

 

How are my CFD trades and positions reflected in my statements?

If you have an account with IBLLC, your CFD positions are held in a separate account segment identified by your primary account number with the suffix “F”. You can choose to view Activity Statements for the F-segment either separately or consolidated with your main account. You can make the choice in the statement window in Account Management. For other accounts CFDs are shown normally in your account statement alongside other trading products.

 

Can I transfer in CFD positions from another broker?

IBKR does not facilitate the transfer of CFD positions at this time.

 

Are charts available for Share CFDs?

Yes.

 What account protections apply when trading CFDs with IBKR?

CFDs are contracts with IB UK as your counterparty, and are not traded on a regulated exchange and are not cleared on a central clearinghouse. Since IB UK is the counterparty to your CFD trades, you are exposed to the financial and business risks, including credit risk, associated with dealing with IB UK. Please note however that all client funds are always fully segregated, including for institutional clients. IB UK is a participant in the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme ("FSCS"). IB UK is not a member of the U.S. Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”).Please refer to the IB UK CFD Risk Disclosure for further detail on risks associated with trading CFDs.

 

In what type of IBKR accounts can I trade CFDs e.g., Individual, Friends and Family, Institutional, etc.? 

All margin accounts are eligible for CFD trading. Cash or SIPP accounts are not.

 

What are the maximum a positions I can have in a specific CFD?

There is no pre-set limit. Bear in mind however that very large positions may be subject to increased margin requirements. Please refer to CFD Margin Requirements for more detail.

 

Can I trade CFDs over the phone?

No. In exceptional cases we may agree to process closing orders over the phone, but never opening orders.

 

 

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

62% 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.

ESMA Ruling

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued temporary product intervention measures effective from 1st August 2018 (ESMA Decision).

The restrictions imposed by the ESMA Decision consist of: 1) leverage limits on the opening of a CFD position; 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.

The ESMA Decision is only applicable to retail clients. Professional clients are unaffected.


 

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

62% 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.
 

IBKR Stock Yield Enhancement Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Stock Yield Enhancement Program (SYEP) offers clients the opportunity to earn additional income on their full-paid shares by lending those shares to IBKR for on-lending to short sellers that are willing to pay to borrow them. 

Upon enrollment, Program activities are managed in their entirety by IBKR and require no actions on the part of participants.  These activities include the following:

- Identifying the shares in client accounts which borrowers are attempting to borrow;

- Establishing loans and returns;

- Paying interest (expressed as an interest accrual for activity statement reporting purposes) on cash collateral posted to a client’s account; and

- Reporting of loan activity, cash collateral transfers and income on the activity statements;

In contrast to the securities lending programs offered by others, IBKR provides complete transparency to the market rates, gross income earned from each transaction by IB and interest paid by to the client and IBKR. 

 

HOW IT WORKS

- Clients may enroll in the Program in Account Management (full details below). Activation generally takes place overnight. Eligible accounts include any IB LLC, IB Hong Kong, IB Canada, and IB-UK margin accounts, IB LLC, IB Canada, IB-UK or IB Hong Kong cash accounts with equity in excess of USD 50,000 are also eligible.

- Once activated, IBKR will review the inventory of eligible shares on a daily basis held by the client and use eligible shares to satisfy internal and external borrow demand. If the supply of eligible shares exceeds borrow demand, clients will be allocated loans on a pro rata basis (e.g. if aggregate supply is 20,000 shares and aggregate demand 10,000, each client will be eligible to have 50% of their shares loaned).

- At the end of each day that any loan is in place, IBKR will pay the client interest (presented as an interest accrual) on the cash collateral posted to the client’s account for the loan. IBKR will retain any amounts it earns from the loan in excess of the interest paid to the client. The details regarding the transaction, including the quantity of shares loaned, collateral amount, gross income earned by IBKR and interest accruing to the client are reflected on the daily activity statement. 

- Clients maintain full control of loaned shares with no impairment as to:

          * Market exposure ( i.e., will continue to recognize profit or loss consistent with stock price move);

          * The ability to sell at any time without prior notice;

          * Hedges (e.g., covered calls, protective puts);

          * The representation of holdings in statements and the trading platform; and

          * Cost basis 

 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

- Loaned shares may not be protected by SIPC, however, the cash collateral received for the loaned securities is segregated within the 15c3-3 Reserve Account and therefore subject to the same investment restrictions;

- The interest rate that IBKR pays for any given loan is subject to supply and demand considerations that are outside the control of IBKR and which are susceptible to change from one day to another without advance notice or limit as to the magnitude of change. The interest paid to participants will reflect such changes;

- Proxy voting rights on loaned shares are forfeited (rights go to borrower);

- Participants may not receive actual dividends on loaned shares but instead a cash payment equivalent to the full dividend to be paid on the same date as the dividend (referred to as a 'Payment in Lieu'). Payments in Lieu are treated differently than a dividend for U.S. tax reporting purposes, certain taxpayers may not receive the more favorable tax treatment afforded to dividend payments deemed 'qualified'. IBKR generally seeks to avoid this consequence for SYEP participants by recalling shares that provide at least a 10 day notice prior to record date, so the actual dividend is paid, but this is not guaranteed.

- Loaned shares are typically used to facilitate short sales and such transactions may affect the value of shares.

 

HOW TO ENROLL IN THE STOCK YIELD ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

For enrollment in the latest Client Portal, please click on the below buttons in the order specified.

 

For enrollment via Classic Account Management, please click on the below buttons in the order specified.

 

For additional FAQs relating to the Yield Enhancement Program, click here.

 

Stock Yield Enhancement Program FAQs

What is the purpose of the Stock Yield Enhancement Program?
The Stock Yield Enhancement program provides customers with the opportunity to earn additional income on securities positions which would otherwise be segregated (i.e., fully-paid and excess margin securities) by permitting IBKR to lend out those securities to third parties. Customers who participate in the program will receive cash collateral to secure the return of the stock loan at its termination as well as interest on the cash collateral provided by the borrower for any day the loan exists.

 

What are fully-paid and excess margin securities?
Fully-paid securities are securities in a customer’s account that have been completely paid for. Excess margin securities are securities that have not been completely paid for, but whose market value exceeds 140% of the customer’s margin debit balance.

 

How is the income received by a customer on any given Stock Yield Enhancement Program loan transaction determined?
The income which a customer receives in exchange for shares lent depend upon loan rates established in the over-the-counter securities lending market. These rates can vary significantly not only by the particular security loaned but also by the loan date. In general, IBKR pays interest to participants on their cash collateral at a rate that approximates 50% of the amounts earned by IBKR for lending the shares. . For example, assume IBKR earns 15% annualized income from lending shares with a value of $10,000 and it posts $10,000 cash collateral to a participant’s account. The normal daily interest rate IB would pay to a participant on the cash collateral would be $2.08

 

How is the amount of cash collateral for a given loan determined?
The cash collateral underlying the security loan and used for determining interest payments is determined using standard industry convention whereby the closing price of the stock is multiplied by 102% and then rounded up to the nearest whole dollar. For example, a loan of 100 shares of a stock which closes at $59.24 would be equal to $6,100 ($59.24 * 1.02 = $60.4248; round to $61, multiply by 100).

 

How do long sales, transfers of securities lent via the IBKR Stock Yield Enhancement Program or un-enrollment affect interest?

Interest ceases to accrue on the next business day after the trade date (T+1). Interest also ceases to accrue on the next business day after the transfer input or un-enrollment date.

 

What are the eligibility requirements for participation in the IBKR Stock Yield Enhancement Program?
All IB LLC, IB UK, IB HK, and IB Canada margin accounts or IB LLC, IB UK (excluding SIPP accounts), IB HK and IB Canada cash accounts with equity over $50,000 at the time of application are eligible. IB Japan, IB Australia and IB India customers are not eligible. Japanese and Indian clients maintaining accounts with IB LLC are eligible.


In addition, Financial Advisor client accounts, fully disclosed IBroker clients and Omnibus Brokers who meet the above requirements can participate. In the case of Financial Advisors and fully disclosed IBrokers, the clients themselves must sign the agreements. For Omnibus Brokers, the broker signs the agreement.

 

Are IRA accounts eligible to participate in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program?
Yes.

 

Are partitions of IRA accounts managed by Interactive Brokers Asset Management eligible to participate in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program?
No.

 

Are UK SIPP accounts eligible to participate in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program?
No.

 

How do I enroll in the IBKR Stock Yield Enhancement Program?
Clients who are eligible and who wish to enroll in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program may do so by selecting Settings followed by Account Settings. Click the gear icon next to the words Trading Permissions. Check the box at the top of the page under Trading Programs that says Stock Yield Enhancement. Click CONTINUE and fill out any required agreements/disclosures.

 

What happens if equity in a participating cash account falls below the $50,000 qualifying threshold?
The cash account must meet this minimum equity requirement solely at the point of signing up for the program. If the equity falls below that level thereafter there is no impact upon existing loans or the ability to initiate new loans.

 

How does one terminate Stock Yield Enhancement Program participation?

Clients who wish to terminate participation in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program may do so by logging into Account Management and selecting Settings followed by Account Settings. Click the gear icon next to the words Trading Permissions. Remove the check from the box in the Trading Programs section titled Stock Yield Enhancement Program". Click CONTINUE and fill out any required agreements/disclosures. Requests to terminate are typically processed at the end of the day.

 

If an account signs up and un-enrolls at a later time, when can it be re-enrolled into the program?
After un-enrollment, the account may not re-enroll for 90 calendar days.

 

What types of securities positions are eligible to be lent?
Eligible securities include U.S. common stocks (exchange listed, PINK and OTCBB) and Canadian common stocks (exchange listed), ETFs, preferred stocks and corporate bonds. Municipal bonds, non-U.S. and non-Canadian securities are not eligible.

 

Is there any restriction on lending stocks which are trading in the secondary market following an IPO?
No, as long as IBKR is not part of the selling group.

 

How does IBKR determine the amount of shares which are eligible to be loaned?
The first step is to determine the value of securities, if any, which IBKR maintains a margin lien upon and can lend without client participation in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program. A broker who finances client purchases of securities via margin loan is allowed by regulation to loan or pledge as collateral that client’s securities in an amount up to 140% of the cash debit balance. For example, if a client maintaining a cash balance of $50,000 buys securities having a market value of $100,000, the debit or loan balance will be $50,000 and the broker holds a lien on 140% of that balance or $70,000 of securities. Any securities held by the client in excess of that amount are referred to as excess margin securities ($30,000 in this example) and are required to be segregated unless the client provides IB the authorization to lend through the Stock Yield Enhancement Program.

The debit balance is determined by first converting all non-USD denominated cash balances to USD and then backing out any short stock sale proceeds (converted to USD as necessary). If the result is negative then we free up 140% of that negative number. In addition, cash balances maintained in the commodities segment or for spot metals and CFDs are not considered.

EXAMPLE 1: Customer is long EUR 100,000 in a USD Base Currency account with a EUR.USD rate of 1.40. Customer purchases USD denominated stock valued at $112,000 (EUR 80,000 equivalent). All securities are deemed fully-paid as cash balance as converted to USD is a credit.

Component EUR USD Base (USD)
Cash 100,000 (112,000) $28,000
Long Stock   $112,000 $112,000
NLV     $140,000

EXAMPLE 2: Customer holds long USD of 80,000, long USD denominated stock of $100,000 and short USD denominated stock of $100,000. Long securities totaling $28,000 are deemed margin securities and the remainder of $72,000 excess margin securities. This is determined by subtracting the short stock proceeds from the cash balance ($80,000 - $100,000) and multiplying the resultant debit by 140% ($20,000 * 1.4 = $28,000)

Component Base (USD)
Cash $80,000
Long Stock $100,000
Short Stock ($100,000)
NLV $80,000

 

Will IBKR lend out all eligible shares?
There is no guarantee that all eligible shares in a given account will be loaned through the Stock Yield Enhancement Program as there may not be a market at an advantageous rate for certain securities, IBKR may not have access to a market with willing borrowers or IBKR may not want to loan your shares.

 

Are Stock Yield Enhancement Program loans made only in increments of 100?
No. Loans can be made in any whole share amount although externally we only lend in multiples of 100 shares. Thus the possibility exists that we would lend 75 shares from one client and 25 from another should there be external demand to borrow 100 shares.

 

How are loans allocated among clients when the supply of shares available to lend exceeds the borrow demand?
In the event that the demand for borrowing a given security is less than the supply of shares available to lend from participants in our Yield Enhancement Program, loans will be allocated on a pro rata basis (e.g. if aggregate supply is 20,000 and demand is 10,000, each client will be eligible to have 50% of his/her shares lent)

 

Are shares loaned only to other IBKR clients or to other third parties?
Shares may be loaned to any counterparty and is not limited solely to other IBKR clients.

 

Can the Stock Yield Enhancement Program participant determine which shares IBKR can lend?
No. The program is entirely managed by IBKR who, after determining those securities, if any, which IBKR is authorized to lend by virtue of a margin loan lien, has the discretion to determine whether any of the fully-paid or excess margin securities can be loaned out and to initiate the loans.

 

Are there any restrictions placed upon the sale of securities which have been lent through the Stock Yield Enhancement Program?
Loaned shares may be sold at any time, without restriction. The shares do not need to be returned in time to settle your sale of the share and proceeds from the sale are credited to the client’s account on the normal settlement date. In addition, the loan will be terminated on the open of the business day following the security sale date.

 

Can a client write covered calls against stock which has been loaned out through the Stock Yield Enhancement Program and receive the covered call margin treatment?
Yes. A loan of stock has no impact upon its margin requirement on an uncovered or hedged basis since the lender retains exposure to any gains or losses associated with the loaned position.

 

What happens to stock which is the subject of a loan and which is subsequently delivered against a call assignment or put exercise?
The loan will be terminated on T+1 of the action (trade, assignment, exercise) which closed or decreased the position.

 

What happens to stock which is the subject of a loan and which is subsequently halted from trading?
A halt has no direct impact upon the ability to lend the stock and as long as IBKR can continue to loan the stock, such loan will remain in place regardless of whether the stock is halted.

 

Can the cash collateral from a loan be swept to the commodities segment to cover margin and/or variation?
No. The cash collateral securing the loan never impacts margin or financing.

 

What happens if a program participant initiates a margin loan or increases an existing loan balance?
If a client maintains fully-paid securities which have been loaned through the Stock Yield Enhancement Program and subsequently initiates a margin loan, the loan will be terminated to the extent that the securities do not qualify as excess margin securities. Similarly, if a client maintaining excess margin securities which have been loaned through the program increases the existing margin loan, the loan may again be terminated to the extent that the securities no longer qualify as excess margin securities.

 

Under what circumstances will a given stock loan be terminated?
In the event of any of the following, a stock loan will be automatically terminated:

- If the client elects to terminate program participation
- Transfer of shares
- Borrowing of a certain amount against the shares
- Sale of shares
- Call assignment/put exercise
- Account closure

 

Do participants in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program receive dividends on shares loaned?
While the lender of the securities is entitled to receive the amount of all dividends and distributions made on loaned securities, they may receive cash payments in lieu of dividends, commonly referred to PIL. Depending upon one’s holding period for the shares loaned, the receipt of a PIL may have an adverse tax impact for certain U.S. taxpayers as such payments are taxed as ordinary income rather than at the reduced rate associated with qualified dividends. IBKR will attempt to mitigate the payment of PILs by recalling loaned shares prior to a dividend, however, IBKR cannot guarantee that the borrower will be able to return the shares within the necessary time frame to avoid receipt of PIL.

If the account would not be tax disadvantaged by receiving a PIL (for example, an IRA account), Interactive Brokers may intentionally keep your shares out on loan over Dividend Record Date in order to continue revenue generation for your account. 

 

Do participants in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program retain voting rights for shares loaned?

No. The borrower of the securities has the right to vote or provide any consent with respect to the securities if the Record Date or deadline for voting, providing consent or taking other action falls within the loan term.

 

Do participants in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program receive rights, warrants and spin-off shares on shares loaned?

Yes. The lender of the securities will receive any rights, warrants, spin-off shares and distributions made on loaned securities.

 

How are loans reflected on the activity statement?

Loan collateral, shares outstanding, activity and income is reflected in the following 6 statement sections:


1. Cash Detail – details starting cash collateral balance, net change resulting from loan activity (positive if new loans initiated; negative if net returns) and ending cash collateral balance.

 

2. Net Stock Position Summary – for each stock details total Shares at IBKR, the number of Shares Borrowed, the number of Shares Lent and the Net Shares (=Shares at IBKR + Shares Borrowed - Shares Lent). 

 

3. IB Managed Securities Lent – lists for each stock loaned through the Stock Yield Enhancement Program the Quantity of shares loaned, the Interest Rate (%). 

 

4. IB Managed Securities Lent Activity – details the loan activity for each security including Loan Return Allocations (i.e., terminated loans); New Loan Allocations (i.e., initiated loans); the share Quantity; the Net Interest Rate (%); Interest Rate on Customer Collateral (%) and the Collateral Amount. 

 

5. IB Managed Securities Lent Activity Interest Details – details on an individual loan basis including the Interest Rate Earned by IBKR (%); the Income Earned by IBKR (represents the total income IBKR earns from the loan which is equal to {Collateral Amount * Interest Rate}/360); the Interest Rate on Customer Collateral (represents about half of the income IB earns on the loan) and Interest Paid to Customer (represents the interest income earned on a client’s collateral)

Note: This section will only be displayed if the interest accrual earned by the client exceeds USD 1 for the statement period.   

 

6. Interest Accruals – the interest income is accounted for here as an interest accrual and is treated as any other interest accrual (aggregated but only displayed as an accrual when exceeding $1 and posted to cash monthly). For year-end reporting purposes, this interest income will be reported on Form 1099 issued to U.S. taxpayers.

 

India Intra-Day Shorting Risk Disclosure

Interactive Brokers currently offers the ability to short sell stocks before taking delivery on an intra-day basis. In accordance with IB’s intra-day shorting rules, traders are required to deliver shares sold or close short stock positions prior to the end of the trading session. 

Should traders establish a short stock position intra-day and still hold the position ten minutes prior to the end of the trading session at 15:20 IST, Interactive Brokers may, on a best efforts basis, close the position on your behalf. If the position is not closed by the end of the day and the shares are not delivered by the customer before settlement, the loss on account of auction will be borne by the customer. Please note that prices in the auction market are highly variable and typically not favorable compared to the normal market.

It is important to note, IB will not take into consideration any closing orders for short stock positions placed by the customer which may still be working. If your account holds a short position ten minutes prior to the end of the trading session and you have placed working orders to close those positions, there is the possibility your closing order will execute and that IB will act to close out your short position.  In this situation you will be responsible for both executions and will need to manage your long position accordingly.

A fee of INR 2,000 will be charged for this manual processing in addition to any external penalties in the case of short stock positions resulting in auction trades.  As such, we strongly urge customers to monitor their positions and take appropriate action themselves in order to avoid this.

When I short a stock, when will the hard to borrow interest begin accruing?

Short positions will have a borrow interest/fee associated with them.

Borrow interest will begin being charged on a short position from short settlement date to buy-to-cover settlement date.

For example, you sell XYZ on Monday, and you close the position on Tuesday. Borrow interest would start to be charged upon Wednesday's settlement date (T+2). Interest would cease to be charged on Thursday, the settlement date (T+2) of the buy-to-cover order.

 

Why do I receive a notice of a potential buy-in of my short position when your Short Stock Availability List is showing shares available to borrow?

As background, the short stock availability list represents the inventory of shares which IBKR has available to lend and which other brokers have indicated that they have available to lend. While it is updated on a near real-time basis throughout the day for changes to IBKR's inventory and periodically throughout the day to reflect updates to the availability lists of other brokers, many brokers provide updates only once per day.


It should be noted that the purpose of the short stock availability list is to meet the broker's regulatory obligation that they have made a reasonable determination that a security can be borrowed in time for settlement three business days later. There is no regulatory requirement, in most instances, that the broker pre-borrow shares to effect delivery on a short sale prior to settlement and the requirement which this list serves to address is completely separate from the SEC rules which require that the broker force-close any short position having a delivery obligation subject to fail with the clearinghouse on any given day.


It is these rules which we are adhering to when we review your short positions relative to our settlement obligations with the clearinghouse each day. While the shares necessary to cover your short sale may have been available as of the date your trade took place and subsequently thereafter, there can be no assurance that those shares can be borrowed indefinitely. The inventory of available shares to borrow is dynamic and subject to change throughout a given day. When we believe that there is a reasonable chance that we will not be able to maintain your borrow position on a particular day, we will make every effort to provide you with a notice of those short positions which are likely to be bought in absent preemptive action on your part.

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