Market Data Non-Professional Questionnaire

Overview: 

Insight into completing the new Non-Professional Questionnaire.

Background: 

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

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

If the status should change, please contact the helpdesk.

Explanation of questions:

1)    Commercial & Business purposes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2)    Act in a capacity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4)    Qualified professional securities / futures trader

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

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

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

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

  • US NYSE
  • US FINRA
  • Swiss VQF 

Definitions of Professional Users According to the NYSE and Most US Exchanges

Overview: 

Definitions of Professional Users According to the NYSE and Most US Exchanges

Background: 
Most investors consider their trading and investment activity to be non-professional when its purpose is not related to a compensated activity (e.g. job, consultant, investment advisor, etc.). The NYSE and many US exchanges have a far more encompassing definition of what it means to be "Professional" when it comes to accessing their real-time market data.
 
For these exchanges, the Pro vs Non-pro definition is tied to the person using the data more than the nature of the use itself, such that people who are employed in the financial industry -- even if not in a capacity relating to trading or other market oriented activity - are classified as professionals simply because their employer is, for example, a bank. Similarly, if a person is registered with any financial regulatory body (e.g. FINRA), even if that registration is for activities not related to exchange or market functions, they are deemed to be "Professional".
 
The fees charged by data vendors and exchanges for professional use are generally substantially more expensive than fees for non-professional use.
 
It's important to note that these classifications are established by the exchanges and, while IB has no input into their definition, as intermediaries between data vendors and end users we are obliged to ensure that they are enforced.
 
 

Criteria For Professional Users

The following list covers many of the criteria data vendors and exchanges consider when trying to determine if a user of their real-time market data is professional or can be qualified as non-professional. These definitions were compiled from a number of exchanges.

Please note, a client’s market data status is not exchange-specific. A client must meet the Non Professional criteria of all exchanges in order to be Non Professional.
 
For specific documents, please check the bottom of the page for links.
 
A user will be marked as a Professional if any of the following definitions apply to the account/user:
  • If the account is not in the name of a Natural Person
  • If the account is an ORG account
  • If the user is registered/qualified with any national or state exchange, regulatory authority, professional association or recognized professional body
  • If the user is engaged in financial services business or employed as a financial/investment adviser as that term is defined in Section 202(a)(11) of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940
  • If the user is employed by a bank or other organization exempt from registration under federal or state securities laws to perform functions that would require registration or qualification if such functions were performed for an organization not so exempt
  • If the user operates as a bank, financial services provider, or broker/dealer
  • If the user uses data for commercial purpose
  • If the user is acting on behalf of an institution that engages in brokerage, banking, investment or financial activities
  • If the user is charging client fees.
  • If the user or the account is an investment club that receives or does not receive compensation
  • If the user is a subcontractor or independent contractor
  • If the user uses data in any manner for benefit of third parties
  • If the user is in contract for, receives, or uses Information for the purpose of Private Use on behalf of any other person or any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust, association or other form of entity
  • If the user is in contract for, receives, or uses Information for the purpose of Private Use in any Service that is paid for by another person or any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust, association or other form of entity
  • If the user is accessing/using information in course of employment or in connection with any form of trade or business
  • If the account is a Trust and the Trustee is not a Natural Person. The Trustee must be a Natural Person and cannot be an ORG with a sole owner that is a Natural Person.
  • If the account is a Trust that has beneficiaries that are not immediate family members or if the beneficiaries are not Natural Persons
  • If the account is a Trust that is not a familial or family Trust.
To view the NYSE policy, go to www.nyxdata.com/Docs/Market-Data/Policies and click on Nonprofessional Subscriber Policy.
 
To view the NASDAQ policy, go to http://nasdaqtrader.com/Trader.aspx?id=AgreementsData and click on NASDAQ Global Subscriber Agreement and see pages 2-6.
 
To view the OPRA policy, go to www.opradata.com and hover over "Agreements" on the left side and click on Electronic Subscriber Agreement (Attachment B-1 to Vendor Agreement) (PDF) and see from the bottom of page 3 until the end of page 4 including the footnotes.
 
 

託管解決方案費用計畫

作為市場數據(如當前買/賣價、開盤&收盤價幅、高低價及收盤價)供應商,IB遵從指定并控制市場數據傳播方式的多個交易所協定。此外,有些交易所會對通過託管解決方案傳播的實時或延時數據徵收月費。這裡的託管解決方案通常用於描述某機構(如非披露介紹經紀商)客戶通過IB供應商協議(而非機構與交易所之間的供應商協議)獲取數據的方案。

在存在託管解決方案的情況下,IB允許介紹經紀商或機構選擇不支付費用,以限制其客戶訂閱底層數據訂閱項目;或者,由介紹經紀商或機構支付費用後,使其客戶可訂閱相關底層數據。下方列出了自2016年12月起生效的費用。我們建議您參考各交易所網站以獲取最新信息。

 

實時訂閱 月費
BATS EU Hosted Solutions(BATS歐盟託管解決方案) 950英鎊
NASDAQ OMX MFDS (美國共同基金) 150美元
NASDAQ OMX GIDS (納斯達克全球指數數據服務) 800美元
Nordic Equity Level 1 & Level 2 Non-Professional(北歐股票一級&二級,非專業) 800歐元
Nordic Equity Level 1 & Level 2 Professional(北歐股票一級&二級,專業)  2,140歐元

 

有關這些費用的任何疑問請撥打866-694-2757(美國與加拿大境內免費)或203-618-7791(直線)聯繫IB專業服務團隊。

Welcome to Interactive Brokers

Overview: 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

IBIS Statements

All IBIS subscribers, whether brokerage clients or not, receive a monthly statement detailing the subscriptions elected and their fees.  In the case of brokerage clients, this information is included within the activity statements with billing taking place generally within the first week following the month in which service was received.  In the case of non-brokerage clients, this information is provided on a monthly billing statement.

Regardless of client type, all statements (current and historic) are accessible via log in to Account Management.

Free Trial Considerations

IB currently offers a free 30 trial of each of the IBIS Basic Platform (regularly $69 per month), Research Bundle (regularly $39 per month) and various premium newswire and analyst report subscriptions (priced ala carte from $10 - $325 per month).  This free trial is made available to both brokerage and non-brokerage clients, although brokerage clients receive the Basic Platform at no cost.

While there is no charge for subscriptions during the free trial period, if you do not cancel your subscription prior to the trial end you will automatically receive and be billed for the subscriptions originally selected each month thereafter.  If you do not wish to be billed for these subscriptions, you would need to log into your account at any time prior to the end of the free trial and cancel the subscription.

Should you require any assistance logging into your account or managing your subscriptions, please contact your local Customer Service Center or the IBIS hotline at 1-203-618-7709.

Terminating Service (non-brokerage clients)

Overview: 

IBIS subscriptions renew monthly on a continuous basis until terminated either by client election or for non-payment.  Clients may cancel the service by logging into Account Management and selecting the 'Cancel' menu option. As long as service is canceled prior to the billing date, no service fees will be incurred for the following month.  If service is canceled on or after the billing date, no refund or proration of fees is provided.  Regardless of whether cancellation takes place before or after the billing date, access to billed services will continue until the end of the month for which they have been paid.

Service will also be terminated if the billing charge is not honored by the credit card issuer due to invalid instructions, insufficient credit limit or an expired card. In each of these situations, IB will attempt to send an email notification of the matter prior to the initiation of the upcoming service period in an attempt to ensure continuity of service.

IBIS Billing Considerations

Overview: 

IBIS subscribers who are brokerage customers will have any monthly IBIS fees deducted directly from their account in a manner similar to and simultaneous with the fees assessed for any other (non-IBIS) market data subscriptions.  For these accounts, subscriptions are offered on a monthly calendar basis, will billings performed in arrears and generally within the first week of the month following that in which the services were provided. In addition, fees for any IBIS subscriptions initiated mid-month will be prorated based upon the actual term of service provided.

IBIS subscribers who are not brokerage customers are billed on a monthly basis in advance of the month in which services are provided.  Payment is made via the credit card provided at the point of registration or as updated via Account Management thereafter with the subscription cycle beginning on the same day each month as that at which service was initiated. Accepted credit cards include: Visa, Master Card, Discover & JCB

IBIS Overview

Overview: 

IB Information Service (IBIS) is a subscription based service providing quotes, charts, news and fundamental data via a multi-window workspace whereby each window can be detached and operate independently or linked to provide information on an integrated symbol basis. The service is designed as a comprehensive, cost-effective alternative to traditional vendor packages and consists of a Basic Platform offering real-time U.S. stock quotes, charting, analyst ratings, market scanners, news headlines and portfolio Value-at-Risk calculations.  The Basic Platform may be used as a stand-alone tool for those without an IB brokerage account or an integrated tool for IB brokerage clients trading via the Mosaic platform.

This Basic Platform may be further enhanced through subscription to the Research Bundle which offers select Dow Jones and Reuters content (e.g., newswires, fundamentals and event calendars) at a discounted price.  Additional subscriptions to individual premium news and analytical feeds from vendors including Dow Jones. Briefing.com, theflyonthewall.com, Zachs and Morningstar are also available.

 

 

Hosted Solutions Fee Schedule

As a vendor of market data (e.g., current bid/ask prices, opening & closing ranges, high-low and last sales), IB is subject to various exchange agreements which specify and control the manner in which such data may be disseminated. In addition, certain of these exchanges impose a monthly fee where real-time or delayed data is distributed through what is commonly referred to as a Hosted Solution. Here, the term Hosted Solution is generally used to describe an arrangement whereby the clients of an organization, such as a non-disclosed introducing broker, obtain market data through IB’s vendor agreement rather than through a vendor agreement between the organization and the exchange. 

In situations where a Hosted Solution exists, IB will allow the introducing broker or organization the ability to opt out of the fee to restrict their clients from subscribing to the underlying subscriptions or enable the fee to allow their customers to subscribe to the related underlying subscriptions. Outlined below is a list of these fees in effect as of December 2016. We recommend that you refer to the website of each of the individual exchanges for updates.

 

Real-Time Subscription
Monthly Fee
BATS EU Hosted Solutions
GBP 950
NASDAQ OMX MFDS (US Mutual Funds)
USD 150
NASDAQ OMX GIDS (NASDAQ Global Index Data Service)
USD 800
Nordic Equity Level 1 & Level 2 Non-Professional
EUR 800
Nordic Equity Level 1 & Level 2 Professional
EUR 2,140

 

Questions regarding these fees may be directed to the IB Professional Services Team at 866-694-2757 (toll free within the U.S. and Canada) or 203-618-7791 (direct).

Syndicate content