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2014 Articles


The Best Online Brokers of 2014

Interactive Brokers was awarded top honors in Barron's 19th annual ranking of the Best Online Brokers, securing the #1 spot for the third year in a row. In addition to taking the top spot overall, IB was named "Best for Frequent Traders," "Best for International Traders" and "Best for Options Traders" in this year's review. Barron's columnist and operator of the Best Online Brokers annual ranking, Theresa W. Carey, noted that IB offers "extremely competitive pricing, and the lowest margin fees of any broker in our survey."

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Interactive Brokers: The API of Many Flavours

Pete Spiro, Senior Programmer at Interactive Brokers, spoke with Automated Trader Magazine’s founder, Andy Webb, about the API and its users in an article first published in Automated Trader Magazine Issue 32 Q1 2014. The Q&A traverses a range of topics, highlighting that IB, “was at the forefront of API development in the earliest days of automated trading and now has thousands of individual and institutional clients using the various flavours of its API.”

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Interactive Brokers Offers New Tools for Options Traders

In her Electronic Investor column published Saturday, March 1, 2014, Barron’s columnist Theresa Carey weighs in on new software for active traders, highlighting two new trading tools available to Interactive Brokers customers: The Strategy Builder and the Option Strategy Lab. Particularly of interest to options traders, notes Carey, the Strategy Builder helps, “analyze the potential profitability before actually making the trade”, while the Option Strategy Lab looks at, “potential profit and loss based on your forecast for a stock’s price or volatility.”

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2013 Articles


5 Best Online Broker Platforms For Options Traders

Reporter Vincent Mao points to key offerings of online brokers rated highest in IBD’s Special Report: 2013 Best Online Brokers, in the Options Trading Platform category. In the article, 5 Best Online Broker Platforms For Options Traders, Mao writes of Interactive Brokers offering, “The company offers a much more advanced tool for options traders […] within its Trader Workstation platform” that allows users to “view options chains, including key statistics such as implied volatilities and greeks.” Interactive Brokers has optimized its platform for options traders and active investors seeking to trade across asset classes and global markets at the lowest possible cost.

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IBD’s Top-Rated Online Brokers For Low-Cost ETF Trades

IBD reporter Trang Ho details what investors look for in an online broker when it comes to trading ETFs for the publication’s special report, 2013 Best Online Brokers. In IBD’s Top-Rated Online Brokers For Low-Cost ETF Trades, Ho notes that ETF providers have partnered with “brokerages to offer commission-free trading in hopes of attracting inflow.” Interactive Brokers offers trading of 42 commission-free ETFs.

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Research, Stock Trading Tools Sharpen At Top Brokers

IBD reporters Ken Hoover and Donald H. Gold highlight the diverse products and trading tools brokerage firms offer their customers in Research, Stock Trading Tools Sharpen At Top Brokers, an article included in IBD’s Special Report: 2013 Best Online Brokers report. The article notes that, “At Interactive Brokers, which caters to a more sophisticated investor audience, the newest tool is the Probability Lab, which helps customers translate their basic view on a stock into a menu of options trades.”

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Best Online Brokers: Which Fits Your Investing Style?

IBD’s Ken Shreve reports the results of the newspaper’s 2013 Best Online Brokers survey in an article entitled, Best Online Brokers: Which Fits Your Investing Style? Shreve summarizes the survey’s methodology and prime categories across which brokerages were measured. The article notes that if low costs and options trading are primary concerns, Interactive Brokers is among the highest ranked in those areas.

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Top 50 Brokers of 2013

Interactive Brokers was ranked number 14 in Futures Magazine’s annual list of the top 50 brokers. In Top 50 Brokers of 2013: Bruised and battered, but coming back strong, Futures Magazine’s Ginger Szala and Michael McFarlin question top futures commission merchants (FCMs) about regulatory and compliance issues, past, present and future, shrinking volumes and where the industry is headed.

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Peterffy's Latest Creation

Trading Pioneer Thomas Peterffy is sharing some of his most profitable ideas through an online "Probability Lab."

Barron's columnist Steven M. Sears highlighted a new tool for traders in his weekly column The Striking Price, introducing his readers to the latest offering from Interactive Brokers founder, Thomas Peterffy. The Probability Lab, rolled out earlier this month along with essays composed by Peterffy, assists traders in the use of probabilistic thinking to identify potential outcomes for their trades. "This is a fact, "Stated Sears, "Anyone who studies the lab will improve their trading."

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Exclusive: Q3 2013 US Retail Forex Broker Profitability Report, IB #1

Interactive Brokers maintains its position for a fourth consecutive quarter as the leading forex broker by percentage of profitable customer forex accounts, according to a composite comparison produced by the Forex Magnates website. The comparison comprises data from the largest forex broker performance reports as submitted individually to the regulator, the National Futures Association (NFA). Additionally, for the first time since Forex Magnates began collecting these reports, Interactive Brokersalso led all brokers in active clients, showing 7.3% growth to 23,759 total accounts, the largest increase in new accounts among brokers included in the report. Ron Finberg of Forex Magnates noted that IB’s ”numbers contrasted the entire US retail forex industry where brokers all reported customer contraction.”

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3 Reasons to Choose a Discount Broker

In an article published in the My Money section of the U.S. News & World Report website, NerdWallet analyst Neda Jafarzadeh, outlines three reasons investors should keep an open mind about opening an account with a discount brokerage firm. Among the top reasons cited by Jafarzadeh to consider using a discount broker are the quality of trade execution provided and the potential cost savings of lower trading fees.

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Are You a Quant Star?

Barron's reporter Mike Hogan describes Quantopian, an online, do-it-yourself quantitative algorithm builder that has attracted users interested in building and testing their own trading algorithms. The algorithmic trading platform also fosters a social aspect of its offering through Quantopian Community, allowing its diverse user base to share algorithms and communicate with one another. Quantopian encourages users to back-test their algorithms across 11 years of available historical market data; the user is then provided with various performance results and risk/return metrics to evaluate the model. Quantopian plans to do an initial limited test of live algorithmic trading by a few of its more active subscribers, trailed by a more extensive 100-person test. Both, Hogan adds, “will be executed through an exclusive arrangement with Interactive Brokers […], Barron’s top rated online broker in 2013[…] and in 2012[…]”

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The world of electronic options trade, according to Peterffy

Interactive Brokers chairman, founder and CEO, Thomas Peterffy's views on electronic options trading were highlighted in a Q&A segment of Automated Trader's Q3 2013 magazine. Peterffy discusses the shift from open outcry trading of options to computerized trading, current regulations for options market makers and the evolution of options trading.

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Of pits and puts: the case for options algos

Automated Trader reporter Eva Szalay explores the use of execution algos for options in Of pits and puts: the case for options algos, an article included in Automated Trader's Q3 2013 magazine. Szalay describes the explosion in screen-traded options in recent years, highlighting the impact low-cost offerings from brokers, centralized clearing and substantial liquidity have had on the growth of electronic options trading in the United States. Ms. Szalay details the increasing use of algorithms to execute options trades as well, highlighting the "options-friendly" Accumulate/Distribute algorithm from Interactive Brokers, “which slices an order into smaller randomly sized orders”.

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For Faster Cash, Buyers Live on the Margin

Wall Street Journal reporter Anya Martin outlines the rise in the use of margin loans for short-term financing by potential home buyers in For Faster Cash, Buyers Live on the Margin. The article, which appeared in the Mansion section of the WSJ on Friday, July 19th, 2013, describes who is using margin debt as short-term financing and some of the reasons why. Martin goes on to highlight pricing advantages of margin loans over other types of loans and potential tax benefits, but notes the risks involved in using short-term financing to fund long-term purchases.

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Interactive Brokers’ Magic Moment

Barron’s columnist, Steven M. Sears, highlights the ever-evolving financial markets and Interactive Brokers’ chairman, founder and CEO, Thomas Peterffy’s ability to successfully navigate the changing landscape. In correspondence with Sears, Peterffy noted, “I am focused on brokerage. The global exchange space, the rules and interfaces to over 100 venues, is continuously evolving, and in order to be able to provide best executions we must be on top of that technology at all times.” Sears notes that, with Peterffy at the helm, IB is well positioned to take advantage of financial markets in flux.

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Q1 US Broker Profitability Report Showing Signs of Optimism

Interactive Brokers maintains its position for a second consecutive quarter as the leading forex broker by percentage of profitable customer forex accounts, according to a composite comparison produced by the Forex Magnates website. The comparison comprises data from 10 of the largest forex broker performance reports as submitted individually to the regulator, the National Futures Association (NFA). Additionally, Interactive Brokers’ new account increase of 17.7% to 19,666 accounts during the quarter is the largest increase in new accounts among brokers included in the report.

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Back Online!

Interactive Brokers was awarded top honors in Barron’s 18th annual ranking of the Best Online Brokers, securing the #1 spot for the second year in a row. In addition to taking top honors overall, IB was named “Best for Frequent Traders”, “Best for International Traders” and “Best for Options Traders” in this year’s review. Barron’s columnist and operator of the Best Online Brokers annual ranking, Theresa W. Carey, noted IB “offers superb trading technology, improved portfolio analysis, and enhanced educational offerings,” adding “the firm’s mobile application, Trading Assistant, alerts you to market opportunities around the world, in real time.”

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Wall Street Letter 2013 Institutional Trading Awards

Interactive Brokers was awarded Best broker dealer – options and Best broker dealer – futures at the Wall Street Letter 2013 Institutional Trading Awards. The Awards recognize excellence among providers to the institutional trading industry. The Wall Street Letter appoints a panel of independent judges to determine winners, “based on the level of innovation and client satisfaction applicants illustrate.”

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Electronic Options Trading on the Rise

In an OpenMarkets Magazine article entitled, Electronic Options Trading on the Rise, reporter Karen Epper-Hoffman describes the shift toward “greater electronification” of a traditionally pit-traded product. Ms. Epper-Hoffman spoke with Interactive Brokers founder and CEO, Thomas Peterffy, about the transition to electronic options trading. An early proponent of improving trading efficiency through the use of automation, Peterffy believes electronically executed trades have a lower error rate versus those that are pit-traded, and help make markets more transparent.

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Best Online Brokers

Interactive Brokers ranked highly across a number of critical factors in Investor’s Business Daily’s (IBD) special report: Best Online Brokers. According to IBD, “the study was designed to measure the customer experience and satisfaction of investors with their primary online brokers.” IBD asked thousands of investors to rate their online broker across 12 key categories. Results of the study highlight Interactive Brokers’ strength across the following six categories: Low Commissions & Fees, Options Trading Platform, ETF Choices, Trade Reliability, Equity Trading Tools and Mobile Platform/Trading.

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Options Investors Crave Education, High-Tech Tools

Reporter Donald H. Gold points to critical offerings of online brokers rated highest in IBD’s Special Report: Best Online Brokers, in the Options Trading Platformcategory. In the article, Options Investors Crave Education, High-Tech Tools, Gold writes, “the demands of an online options broker will be different than those of a straight stock-trading platform.” Interactive Brokers has optimized its platform for options traders and active investors seeking to trade across asset classes and global markets at the lowest possible cost.

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Today’s Battle Of The Brokers Is Being Waged In Your Hand

Many active traders and investors require the ability to trade anywhere, anytime. IBD reporter Ken Hoover discusses the technology that allows investors to trade on-the-go in Today’s Battle Of The Brokers Is Being Waged In Your Hand, an article included in IBD’s Special Report: Best Online Brokers.Interactive Brokers provides customers with a suite of mobile trading solutions across operating systems, and, highlights Hoover, “goes way beyond tools for successful investing in stocks on a mobile device,” adding, “[Interactive] offers access to global markets, bonds, options, option chains, forex and futures with real-time news and sophisticated tools.”

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Trading Costs, Menu of ETFs Differentiate Online Brokers

IBD reporter Trang Ho details what investors look for in an online broker when it comes to trading ETFs for the publication’s special report on the Best Online Brokers. In an article entitled, Trading Costs, Menu of ETFs Differentiate Online Brokers, Ho writes, “leading online brokerages offer free ETF trades or dirt-cheap rates.” Interactive Brokers provides free trading of 36 commission-free ETFs and charges half a cent per share per trade, with a minimum of $1.00 and a maximum of 0.5% of trade value.

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Q4 2012 Forex Traders Profitability Report

Interactive Brokers was ranked leading forex broker by percentage of profitable customer forex accounts, according to a composite Forex Broker Comparison produced by the website Forex Magnates. The comparison was comprised of data from 11 of the largest forex broker performance reports as submitted individually to the regulator, the National Futures Association (NFA), for the fourth quarter of 2012.

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2012 Articles


Top 50 Brokers of 2012

Interactive Brokers jumped three spots to number 14 in Futures Magazine’s annual list of the top 50 brokers. In Top 50 Brokers of 2012: The good, bad and ugly of a post-MF Global world, Futures Magazine’s Daniel P. Collins and Ginger Szala present comments from six leaders in the FCM community. The discussion touches on challenges facing the industry in the wake of crises at MF Global and Peregrine Financial Group, high-frequency trading, regulatory changes and the future of the industry.

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Father of Algorithmic Trading Seeks Speed Controls

Traders Magazine reporter, Gregory Bresiger, spoke with Interactive Brokers founder and computerized-trading pioneer, Thomas Peterffy, about his contributions to algorithmic trading, the history and evolution of the industry, and Peterffy’s proposed solutions to prevent damaging out-of-control algos. In a Q&A session with Traders Magazine, Peterffy calls on brokers, regulators and exchanges to implement various layers of protection, in addition to those that already exist, to insulate markets from costly disruptions without drying up liquidity in the process.

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Traders Burst Silos

One “here-to-stay reality,” writes Markets Media reporter, Terry Flanagan, CFA, in an article entitled Traders Burst Silos, “is the need to be involved in more asset classes, over a broader swathe of geography.” The article highlights the rise in demand for multi-asset trading over the past decade and points to the challenges inherent in providing streamlined trading platforms that are both functional and easy to use. Steve Sanders, SVP of product development at Interactive Brokers, describes the benefits of trading across asset classes, geographies and currencies using IB’s Universal Account. Sanders notes that substantial infrastructure was built into the Universal Account to accommodate the requirements of two separate U.S. regulatory agencies, while still providing end-users the ability to trade both securities and commodities in one seamless account from a single screen.

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Smallest Stock Trading Firms Hardest Hit as Commissions Collapse

Years of below average equity volume, shrinking commissions and the shift toward computerized trading are forcing change in the crowded brokerage space. Bloomberg reporter Zeke Faux notes that overcapacity in an industry with too few commission dollars to go around is forcing some small stock traders to shut their doors, while other firms merge to remain competitive. The trend toward computerized trading has left brokers who rely on more traditional and costly methods behind. Faux reports that Interactive Brokers “has benefited from the trend,” and IB’s Senior Vice President of Business Development Steve Sanders notes that IB is “gaining business as institutional clients pay more attention to costs.”

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High-Speed Trading No Longer Hurtling Forward

The challenges of “speed-focused” firms facing increasing technological costs and regulatory scrutiny amid declining volumes on stock markets around the world are among the issues discussed in an article by New York Times reporter, Nathaniel Popper. Timber Hill, the market-making unit of Interactive Brokers Group (IBG), is highlighted as one of few firms that release financial results publicly. IBG’s chairman, Thomas Peterffy, comments on headwinds faced by Timber Hill and other market participants in the article, but adds that the company he founded more than thirty-five years ago is prepared for such challenges given the strength and growth of the brokerage business, Interactive Brokers.

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High-Speed Pioneer

Amanda Lang, anchor of the Lang & O’Leary Exchange, discusses trading and technology with Interactive Brokers founder, Thomas Peterffy, in an interview that covers the benefits and risks of automation. Peterffy points out that, “automation allows [IB] to charge $2.65 for the average trade […], which in an un-automated world would be completely unheard of.” Reduced trading costs, lower bid/offer differentials and the ability to trade global markets and move portfolios across continents, currencies or asset classes in seconds are some of the automation benefits highlighted by Mr. Peterffy. But he also notes that automation has created an environment where some market participants are now competing on time intervals within hundredths of a second, and that, according to Peterffy, is a “completely useless activity.” Recent events from the Flash Crash to the crisis at Knight Capital are clear indications that work needs to be done to prevent future problems. Peterffy puts forth several suggestions, including multiple safety shields in addition to existing circuit breakers to stop runaway markets.

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Calling All Middle Market Correspondents Recently Shown the Door

Interactive Brokers managing director, Bill McGowan, discusses the rise in middle market clients seeking “no-frills, basic clearing and custody” services with Gregory Bresiger, a reporter with Traders Magazine. Bresiger’s article “Calling All Middle Market Correspondents Recently Shown the Door” states that a number of middle market clients are being pushed out by their clearing broker as the largest clearers increase deposit requirements, capital requirements or required number of ticket charges. IB is pleased to be able to provide these clients with a low cost solution, argues McGowan; IB has no required security deposit or minimum capital requirements. Clearing clients at IB pay one rate that includes clearing and custody.

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Seeking Alpha Contributor Saves by Switching to Interactive Brokers

J.D. Welch, a self-described do-it-yourself investor and contributor on Seeking Alpha, highlights low commissions realized by switching to Interactive Brokers from another brokerage firm in an article entitled, My Mad Method: Q3 2012 Recap. The article summarizes Welch’s third-quarter trading activities in an IRA account held at IB. Welch states that “While any trade will incur some commissions, I can assure you that the amounts I paid in commissions during Q2 and Q3 2012 pale in comparison to the commissions I was paying at my former brokerage house. To put things in perspective, I paid less in total commissions in Q3 2012 with Interactive Brokers than I would have on just two trades (one sell and one buy) at my former brokerage firm.”

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Meet the Father of High-Frequency Trading

In an interview with Rick Santelli on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, Interactive Brokers Group founder, Chairman and CEO, Thomas Peterffy, highlights the benefits automation has brought to both individual and institutional customers, stating that “investing and trading [is] a great deal less expensive and easier to do”, noting that Interactive Brokers charges $2.65 in commission on the average trade excluding exchange and regulatory fees; an amount that would be unheard of in an un-automated market. Peterffy adds that today customers “can see the world’s markets on their desktop or mobile device and can move their entire portfolio across asset classes or continents or currencies.” Peterffy goes on to address the negatives associated with high-frequency trading and the damage “runaway” algorithms can cause to the markets and investor confidence. Potential solutions, according to Mr. Peterffy, include multiple software shields and more robust circuit breakers.

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Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

Interactive Brokers Group’s founder, Chairman and CEO Thomas Peterffy’s contributions to computerized trading are detailed in Christopher Steiner’s book, Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World. Steiner points to computer programming skills, the ability to innovate and unflagging persistence to computerize trading as some of the driving forces behind Mr. Peterffy’s success. Learn more about Peterffy’s years as a trader on the floor of the American Stock Exchange and the triumphs and setbacks experienced on the path to revolutionizing an industry in Automate This.



A Father of High-Speed Trading Thinks We Should Slow Down

NPR’s Planet Money, a multimedia team that produces twice-weekly podcasts covering the global economy, devoted a recent episode to the story of Interactive Brokers Group founder, Chairman and CEO, Thomas Peterffy. The episode describes Peterffy’s upbringing in war-torn communist-controlled Hungary, highlighting Peterffy’s early experiences as an arbitrageur of Juicy Fruit gum at the age of 12. In this fascinating podcast about the history and future of automation in the markets, Mr. Peterffy details his drive to bring electronic trading to traditional open-outcry exchanges.

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With Knight Wounded, Traders Ask if Speed Kills

WSJ reporters Tom Lauricella and Scott Patterson cover the computer-trading malfunction that roiled equity markets and pushed Knight Capital Group to the brink in an article entitled, With Knight Wounded, Traders Ask if Speed Kills. IB’s founder, Chairman and CEO, Thomas Peterffy, weighs in on the risks rogue computer algorithms and ever-faster trading speeds pose to the marketplace, warning “problems will continue if we don’t slow things down.”

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The Striking Price – A Gift From Interactive Brokers

Barron’s senior editor and columnist Steven M. Sears ponders the potential outlook for Interactive Brokers’ investors, in light of continually “too low” stock prices coupled with disappointing second-quarter earnings. While talk of paying a special dividend and taking the company private remain unsubstantiated rumors, the worst-case scenario for investors, according to Sears, would be that they "end up owning a well-run, out-of-favor stock that pays a decent regular dividend and has good management."

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Breakdown: A Glimpse Inside the ‘Flash Crash’

In this adaptation from his 2012 book “Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System,” author Scott Patterson takes a look inside the “Flash Crash” of May 6, 2010, which Patterson calls “The root of retail investors’ end of the love affair with the stock market.” He considers how the move from a floor-based trading paradigm to one that is “digitized and decimalized” has resulted in the vexing of ordinary investors, and concludes that investors, who still have no answer on the mystery of the flash crash, have been left in the dark.

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Interview with Interactive Brokers’ CEO, Thomas Peterffy

Thomas Peterffy, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Interactive Brokers Group, Inc., comments on Interactive Brokers Group’s historical roots, competitive advantage, opportunities for growth and strategic goals in an interview conducted by The Wall Street Transcript. IB’s brokerage platform “differs from that of our competitors,” says Peterffy. “It was built for the professional floor trader who trades for a living and for whom low trading costs are vitally important.”

“What attracts them [Financial Professionals] to our platform,” Mr. Peterffy explains, “Is that we charge approximately 75% less for our services and margin loans than other brokers do and we place a huge emphasis on executing their trades at the most favorable prices possible. This, in addition to the fact that they can trade stocks, options, futures, bonds and foreign exchange on approximately 100 exchanges in 20 different currencies all from one account.”

The electronic platform today serves proprietary trading groups, hedge funds, financial advisors and individuals attracted by IB’s low costs, cutting-edge technology and breadth of product.

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Cut the Cord In Barron’s 17th annual ranking of online brokers, Interactive Brokers gets the highest marks

Interactive Brokers out-performed 26 other brokers in multiple categories to come out on top in Barron’s 17th annual Best Online Brokers review published March 10, 2012. IB received 4.5 out of 5 stars overall, and was awarded 5 stars in the Portfolio Analysis and Reports category with our PortfolioAnalyst online analysis and reporting tool leading the way. IB also received 4.5 stars in the Best for Frequent Trading and Best for International Traders categories and 4.6 stars for our Research Amenities and Trading Experience and Technology. Along with our low commissions and fees, the review also made special mention of the Mosaic, our new intuitive and customizable trading interface; the Tax Optimizer, our new lot matching tool with real-time P&L “what-if” scenarios; and mobileTWS, our mobile app for the iPad that “takes full advantage of the device's expansive real estate."

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FOW 30 Year Anniversary: Top 30 most influential people of the past 30 years

Thomas Peterffy, founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Brokers Group, was recognized in FOW’s 30 Year Anniversary Issue for his impact on the industry over the past three decades. FOW’s Top 30 most influential people of the past 30 years, honors “those whose effect on the industry has been the deepest and longest lasting.” Some of Peterffy’s contributions to the industry, including the development of handheld computers to aid floor trading and the use of computer models to value stock options, are highlighted in the article.

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Trading Technology 30: Masters of Market Magic

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc.’s founder, Chairman and CEO, Thomas Peterffy, ranked 15th out of the 30 “leading system designers, managers and innovators” highlighted by Institutional Investor in their inaugural Trading Technology 30. According to Jay Kutler, author of Trading Technology 30: Masters of Market Magic, criteria for inclusion in the Trading Tech 30 consists of: career accomplishments and contributions made at both individual companies and to the industry at large; scope and complexity of executive responsibilities; and pure technological innovation. Many of the individuals profiled are executives of exchange operators, buy- and sell-side firms and other ventures whose technological innovations help to shape modern financial markets. The article describes IB’s Chairman as “one of the fathers of electronic trade,” spotlighting Mr. Peterffy’s unique history and significant impact on trading technology.

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TRADING PACES: Interactive Brokers Segregating Customer Funds Daily

Securities Technology Monitor Editor-in-Chief Tom Steinert-Threlkeld highlights one of the many reasons Interactive Brokers is among the safest brokers in TRADING PACES: Interactive Brokers Segregating Customer Funds Daily. To further enhance protection of customers’ assets, Interactive Brokers sought and received approval from FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) to perform and report reserve computation on a daily basis, rather than the once per week reconciliation of customer monies and securities required under current SEC regulations. Reconciling accounts and customer reserves daily instead of weekly is just another way that IB provides state-of-the-art protection for customers. Steinert-Threlkeld, drawing from IB’s January 19th earnings call, quotes Interactive Brokers Chairman and CEO Thomas Peterffy on the matter, this “should give our customers additional comfort and allows us to demonstrate to the industry that the firms who are well-automated do not need the extra time over the weekend to figure out their segregation requirements.”

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Electronic Investor

In her January 23rd article, Barron’s columnist Theresa W. Carey highlights several of IB’s latest product offerings, including the Interactive Brokers Information System (IBIS) and the PortfolioAnalyst with the new Attribution Report. Carey describes the range of powerful research tools available to active traders in IBIS and notes the Research Platform’s low cost of “$39 a month for the basic bundle of services.” IBIS users can access the platform from within TWS or purchase the stand-alone system, and will receive real-time quotes, stock scanners, risk analytics and charts and alerts, along with a suite of news, data feeds and third-party analyst research subscriptions from which to choose. Traders can use IB’s PortfolioAnalyst to analyze portfolio risk factors and assess net performance over a specified period, while the Attribution Report makes it easy to compare portfolio return to a selected benchmark index. Carey notes that the new customizable “reporting capabilities are extremely powerful, and very informative,” a particularly useful feature for advisors and brokers looking for a way to easily distribute performance reports to their clients. Full article titled E*Trade Expands E*Arsenal, published in Barron’s, January 23, 2012.

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2011 Articles


The ABCs of Re-hypothecation in Gold and Securities Markets: What You Need to Know

Kevin Brekke of Casey Research, LLC, discusses hypothecation and the recent rise in airtime it has been given by various media outlets following the bankruptcy of MF Global. Brekke’s article, The ABCs of Re-hypothecation in Gold and Securities Markets: What Your Need to Know, clearly defines hypothecation and its role in the brokerage industry. The report also singles out an article carried by Reuters that claimed a number of prime brokers, including Interactive Brokers (IB), engaged in hyper-hypothecation. Brekke points out that IB’s publicly available first-half 2011 financial reports quote figures that “appear to refute the […] accusation, suggesting that [the author] did not do sufficient due diligence when researching the article.” In contrasting the stark differences between MF Global and IB near the conclusion of the report, Brekke states that IB “is a well-established company with a long history of growth, headed by a respected leader in the brokerage and market making industry for 34 years, [with] no liquidity, oversight, or compliance issues.”

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Top 50 Brokers of 2011: This One Is On Us

Interactive Brokers jumped three spots to number 17 in Futures Magazine’s annual list of the top 50 brokers. In the article accompanying this year’s rankings, Top 50 Brokers of 2011: This One Is On Us, author Dan Collins of Futures Magazine describes “a strange year for the futures industry,” highlighting the good, the bad and the ugly events that shaped the futures industry in 2011. Thomas Peterffy, chairman and CEO of Interactive Brokers, spoke with Futures Magazine to discuss the state of the industry in a year marked by regulatory uncertainty and market volatility. A leader in the futures industry, Peterffy highlights the need for transparency in the market, recommending that trades should take place on exchange platforms and be reported to clearinghouses.

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Options for Growth

According to new research sponsored by the Options Industry Council (OIC), financial advisors who use options tend to have larger books of business and are more experienced than those who do not use options. Interactive Brokers makes it easy for wealth managers to harness the unique benefits of options with its new product offering. Using IB's wealth managers' portal, FAs can review options managers they do not currently employ before selecting and allocating funds to each options manager as desired. The whole process is streamlined; a single login allows financial advisors to tap options managers and allocate funds to them in real time. IB's product offering is tailored to suit the needs of the growing community of advisors interested in adding options to their repertoire.

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Interactive Brokers Debuts Low-Cost Terminal

Max Bowie, the editor of Inside Market Data, a weekly newsletter that provides breaking news on how buy-side and sell-side firms are using data services, highlighted the launch of Interactive Brokers Information System, or IBIS, a “data display terminal for equities traders and other consumers of US equities data that provides prices, charts, news and research, as well as portfolio and risk analytics at a lower price point that premium vendor terminals.” The introduction of IBIS as a stand-alone product for non-brokerage customers follows years of feedback from financial services industry participants frustrated by the monthly bill associated with their market data services. IBIS is an attractive alternative to more costly data services, particularly for small or new firms seeking to access market data sourced directly from exchanges, plus a range of real-time news, calendars of upcoming earnings reports and economic events, all wrapped into one easy-to-use platform.

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'Cap Intro' Enters the Electronic Age

Interactive Brokers' new Hedge Fund Capital Introduction Program is a boon for hedge funds seeking a cost-effective way to meet potential investors. IB's automated capital-introduction service connects hedge funds with wealthy investors through a secure website, and is offered free-of-charge to qualified fund operators. Investors review information provided by participating funds and may choose to subscribe to one or more of those available. IB handles the transfer of funds from the investor's account to the manager's account. Hedge funds may bypass costly conferences and time-consuming meet-and-greets traditionally held to woo wealthy investors, and cut right to the chase using IB's new electronic cap intro program.

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Trader Workstation for the iPad

In taking full advantage of the available real-estate of Apple's revolutionary iPad, Interactive Brokers has made available to its customers the iTWS mobile version of its Trader Workstation platform (TWS). The mobile platform might suit the security-conscious client as either only the iPad or only the desktop version can be accessed at any time, while a 10-minute period of inactivity will also log customers offline. The mobile application contains many of the technological capabilities that its customers might use in their desktop version including Market Scanners covering major overseas markets. Users face dozens of order-types for investing while the device also delivers executed orders possibly originated from desktop or other mobile devices. The iPad also provides users with access to IB's 'paper-trading' account in which they can test order-types, strategies or enter markets they have never traded before without losing an arm-and-a-leg. Regular users will also recognize usual features including streaming quotes, charts and account monitoring capabilities.

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Interactive Brokers Sees Active Trader Base Powering Volumes

Rapid account growth at Interactive Brokers means that its active customer-base which includes hedge funds and semi-professional traders have boosted a commonly-watched industry measure of activity close to those of its bigger rivals. Interactive Brokers reported record account openings during March lifting its number of clients to 168,000, adding that its customers performed 426,000 daily average revenue trades (DARTs). Its larger rivals with as many as 10 million accounts see DARTs of 478,000 according to latest company data. CEO and founder Thomas Peterffy says that traders flock to his low-commission house on account of the quality of execution for client orders that always go to an exchange. The secret to better execution according to Mr. Peterffy is solid order-routing capabilities that seek out the lowest overall cost for the customer's order.

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Le trading ultrasophistiqué

Switzerland's L'Agefi' financial newspaper peers inside Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation to find not only a wealth of cutting-edge technology, but an array of satisfied clients and partners in the domestic market. One long-time customer noted, "Interactive Brokers is the only major U.S. broker not to be supported in the crisis. I'm more confident about them than about the large banks." Local asset and investment managers have been attracted by the wide range of asset classes made available for trading through Interactive Brokers including its proprietary forex platform.

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Barron's Annual Online Broker Survey 2011

Interactive Brokers retained its crown as best venue for International Traders according to Barron's 2011 Annual Online Broker Survey. Overall the online broker was awarded four-and-a-half stars and was also awarded four-and-a-half stars for its low-cost for the seventh consecutive year and commended for its range of offerings, trading technology and low costs. Not content with its already low fees, during 2010 the company lowered stock commissions in several international markets and made a serious dent in its futures commissions. Barron's found the cost of trading with Interactive Brokers to be less than half the average across this year's 24 entrants saying also that, "Margin costs are the lowest of the entire group." Barron's notes that independent auditing firm Transaction Auditing Group (TAG) found IB's execution delivers quite a bit of price improvement on their trades. During the year Interactive Brokers provided customers with the ability to buy and sell U.S. corporate bonds while boosting its analytical offering with its PortfolioAnalyst tool to help customers analyze performance against a variety of global indices.

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Going for the Gold

Through its affiliate in the United Kingdom Interactive Brokers recently offered two new products. Investors can now access London's bullion market through IB Spot Gold while they can now better use margin and possibly benefit from prevailing tax laws to trade contracts for difference, commonly known as CFDs offered through IBUK. Contracts for difference are available on shares in commonly traded companies and allow investors to take a bull or bear position to possibly benefit from differences between current and future prices.

U.S. and Canadian residents must visit account management and turn in a survey to find out if they qualify for trading either spot gold or CFDs.

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2010 Articles


10 Top CIOs on Wall Street

Slim Margins, Slim Lead?

STM names Interactive Brokers CIO Thomas Frank among the top 10 information technology officers on Wall Street and with good reason. Technology enables Interactive Brokers to venture where other brokers simply can't go allowing it to reduce commissions and offer low-cost access to overseas markets. At the same time Thomas Frank must ensure that its leadership in technology doesn't erode as others play catch-up. The firm's technological developments span market-making and brokerage divisions providing a boon for investor clients. According to third-party analysis IB's SmartRoutingTM technology delivers price improvements for stocks worth $0.26 cents per 100 shares compared to an industry that on average worsens execution by $0.05 per 100 shares. Analysis of options execution for customer orders reveals that IB's technology far outstrips the competition with a $0.73 cent per contract improvement compared to a $0.21 cent per contract improvement. The company also turns its back on the industry practice of padding margin rates to profit from customers borrowing to finance trades. IB margin rates are a quarter or less of those charged by its competitors.

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What Are Your Options for Options?

Activity in the equity options market can often tip-off investors ahead of time to unexpected good or bad developments that tend to influence a company's share price. And no matter how smart your money is, options offer the flexibility of providing an investment tool that fits bull and bear markets alike. One of the several good websites geared to options traders explaining unusual options activity can be found at the IB Options Briefs page at www.interactivebrokers.com. The free interactive reference includes a handy table of tickers displaying top option volumes, various measures of volatility readings and changes in put and call option open interest. The IB Options Brief provides timely and straightforward interpretations. Barron's has singled out Interactive Brokers for its unusually low option commissions and margin-loan rates.

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Further Market Turbulence Likely

The May 2010 Flash Crash could happen all over again according to Thomas Peterffy CEO at Interactive Brokers because little has been done to address fragmented and illiquid financial markets around the world. A wave of sell orders from individual investors to their brokers was unleashed onto exchanges when they realized that they were no longer able to act as counterparty to a rising number of sell orders that they typically "internalize." Customers' orders that don't reach the exchange fail to execute at the best price available when the order was placed. Interactive Brokers is winning professional accounts in Europe precisely because it finds better prices for its customers' orders at lower commissions said Mr. Peterffy. Other banks and brokers take advantage of the lax rules at many exchanges.

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CBOE Recruits Banks, Brokers For October Launch Of C2

Interactive Brokers is one of a dozen firms recruited by the CBOE in its long-planned launch of a new all-electronic options exchange named C2 due to launch in October. The planned C2 platform aims to capture more business in heavily traded options contracts priced in penny increments, with a pricing model geared toward high-speed electronic traders. The CBOE hopes that C2 will ultimately house all options trading in one-cent increments making up 80% of overall volume.

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Interactive Brokers

CNBC junkies might recognize the ad: Central bank buildings sitting on top of piles of money continuously spitting out an endless supply as the voice asks you to consider its tight forex spreads and low margin rates. If the ad doesn't strike a chord, you're probably not Interactive Brokers' target audience. For more than 30 years, Interactive Brokers' founder, CEO and 90%-owner Thomas Peterffy has used cutting-edge technology and focused on strict risk-management to build a finely tuned market-making and brokerage machine. The company permits its customers the capability of trading from a single account stocks, options, currencies and derivatives on more than 100 venues worldwide. Global and multi-product access makes IB the first stop for the highly active professional traders that brokerage businesses covet most. With trades per account higher than most of its competitors its trading volumes compare to those of its biggest rivals.

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Here Come the Third-Party Apps.

Online companies including Interactive Brokers are encouraging the development community to build applications linking directly to their trading platforms for investors wishing to automate investing decisions. Application Interface Programming (API) is hardly a new technology but has recently grown significantly as IT programmers find ways to develop tools that can be purchased, downloaded and plugged directly into the users brokerage account. The benefit is that a trading or investment decision can then automate a trade via the account directly onto an exchange without the customer having to ever lift a finger. Such API initiatives permit more flexibility over the look or functionality of broker platforms. Interactive Brokers has a list of third-party firms that utilize its Trader Workstation.

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Thomas Peterffy - Innovator of derivative trading

Tenacity and perseverance while he automated derivatives trading led the Hungarian-born Thomas Peterffy to earn the title of one of the most influential pioneers on Wall Street while creating a company with trading assets of $1.4 billion. From his humble beginning as a computer programmer and talented in mathematics, Peterffy was soon embraced as an advisor to German-born Mocatta Metals chief and legendary bullion trader, Henry Jarecki. He later stunned traders at the American Stock Exchange when he revealed the world's first handheld computer used to calculate fair prices of options. Today Interactive Brokers headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut is an 800-strong company worth in excess of $6 billion spearheaded by programmers and mathematicians and derives one-third of its business overseas outside of its Greenwich headquarters. Yet Mr. Peterffy insists there is still much work to do in the years ahead. His brokerage and market-making company differentiates itself by providing professional traders around-the-clock access to markets around the world.

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More Brokers Join Price Cutting

When a customer's chat-room complaint landed on the desk of Interactive Brokers' CEO Thomas Peterffy the result was a shake-up in the pricing menu offered to customers trading North American futures and futures options products. Savvy traders knowledgeable about details of the products they are trading can save money by choosing the broker's unbundled plan. This plan strips out exchange and regulatory fees, which vary according to who trades where and when as well as the membership status of the trader. Interactive Brokers bundled futures pricing plan simply adds the basic transaction fee in with these exchange and regulatory fees to give a significantly reduced 85 cents per contract commission in comparison to a previously stated range of between $1.24 and $3.75 per contract, used during the Barron's 2010 Online Broker review. The volume-tiered unbundled plan for those willing to compute fees on their own now ranges between 25 cents and 85 cents per contract. IB clients can trade equity, foreign exchange, fixed income, energy, metals and other commodities futures and futures options worldwide from a single account. Full details can be found here and click on the "US Exchanges" tab.

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Online investors are getting smarter

Although mobile trading applications will never be able to replace a professional investor's four or even six-screen trading workstation, they sure are handy for price alerts and setting stop-loss orders. In a world where investors are ever-reliant on information on the go, technologists have developed around 200,000 applications alone for Apple's iPhone. It's estimated that more than four billion applications have been downloaded globally so far. Many of Interactive Brokers Canadian active-trading community have already turned to the downloadable apps it makes available on its website for iPhone and Blackberry users enabling them to trade their account and keep abreast of market prices. With security being less of an issue now that smart phone technology providers have migrated to an industry-wide standard of encryption account holders don't have to worry about someone cracking into their account.

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Interactive Brokers aims for Brazil debut in 2011

Famous for its cutting-edge technology platform, Interactive Brokers has spurned the notion of buying a Brazilian broker and has begun the process of establishing itself on the Bolsa Stock Exchange. Instead of buying a domestic brokerage, Interactive Brokers is discussing plans with regulators and aims to offer its trading platform as soon as the second quarter of 2011. Its Trader Workstation was awarded by Barron's magazine as lowest cost online broker for five-years in a row.

Typical of the company, its first brokerage customer will be its market-making owner and leading overseas business house Interactive Brokers Group LLC. The options-specialist aims to establish itself with a capital base of $50 million and offer its trading platform to professional and active traders who seek the benefits of electronic quotations and the addition of liquidity that the all-electronic broker brings.

"Brazil is a strong country, with rising volumes. We believe our customers would like to trade on the Brazilian market and the Brazilians wanted to trade in other countries," said director of investor relations at Interactive Brokers, Deborah Liston. "Our target clients are professional investors," the director recalled. The business model, which prioritizes low cost brokerage, strengthens their vocation. "Those who trade high volumes, often benefits most from our platform."

Interactive Brokers already claims 130 clients in Brazil who already make us of its trading platform from a single screen to transact on 80 exchanges in 19 countries and 16 currencies.

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Interactive Brokers Proves It Never Hurts To Ask

Behold the power of Internet message boards: Interactive Brokers (IBKR) says it'll cut fees charged for trading US futures and options, after CEO Thomas Peterffy saw a post on IBKR's website from a customer wondering why brokerage's commissions for derivatives outpaced competitors. New fixed-rate plan charges 85c per contract, while volume-tiered plan ranges from 25c to 85c per contract based on monthly trading activity, plus exchange and regulatory fees.

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Living on the margin, at a discount

Wall Street's lucrative margin-lending business is being shaken up by Interactive Brokers, which allows its customers large or small to take advantage of low margin rates typically reserved for institutions. The broker's published tiered borrowing rates as low as 0.5% are, "way below the published rates of such large online brokers as Schwab, Fidelity and TD Ameritrade," according to Barron's Magazine.

Customers at the brokerage firm have taken advantage of the ability to borrow up to 50% of the value of their portfolios at low borrowing costs. Through the 12-month period ending March 2010 Interactive Brokers' customers had almost tripled their outstanding borrowing from the company to $4.4 billion at a time when overall industry margin balances had grown by 35% to $234 billion. Thanks to real-time portfolio margin regulations, customers under some circumstances can borrow more than 50% of the value of their holdings. Unlike several online brokers and because of its automated real-time credit management system, customers won't have a three-day window to post additional collateral to their accounts if positions move against them.

Margin borrowing is often favored by wealthy investors instead of personal loans or home-equity credit lines due to low rates of interest and frequently more favorable terms. An abundance of collateral can delay repayment indefinitely according to Barron's. Other customers are posting collateral in order to buy high-dividend-paying stocks and ETFs to take advantage of the positive spread. Interactive Brokers has also highlighted its screening tool of more than 450 stocks paying dividends of 5% or more within the Wall Street Journal and Barron's Magazine.

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Shop Around Online

During the recent decade Australia has evolved into a nation of active online investors, who tend to sacrifice possible cost advantages of doing business for the convenience of sticking with their banking or mortgage provider. In fact 80% of Australian investors do their online trades with the big three financial providers according to a recent Investment Trends research survey of 1400 individual investors.

But the price of familiarity might be costing Australian investors a hefty slice when it comes to commissions paid to place a trade. CBA's Commsec customers pay A$30.00 in commission while ANZ's E*Trade charges A$32.50. And while some local discount providers might charge half of that amount, international discount broking powerhouse Interactive Brokers charges a mere A$6.00 for stock transactions. In addition to providing low-cost international access, Interactive Brokers also provides access to popular local CFD markets as well as derivative instruments and foreign currency trading.

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Trading Spaces

Social networking has found a new avenue with investors embracing social media technology in order to make investment decisions. The phenomenon is catching on and could have the same revolutionary impact within the investing community as did the emergence of online brokerages during the 1990's.

Covestor is on online website that allows users to immediately replicate the trades made by proven professional traders. The system provides such checks as which exchange the security trades on, its liquidity and market capitalization. Covestor provides a revolutionary platform for mimicking professionals' trades and splits the fee charged to the follower with the trader. Experienced investors can after a one year period apply to manage money through Covestor's investment advisory arm.

Subscribers can set up a brokerage account with any of numerous online discounters. However, Interactive Brokers, which specializes in serving professional investors, is the lowest cost provider by far, charging just $1.08 per trade—a fraction of the $8.95 charged by major discounters.

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Barron's Annual Online Broker Survey 2010

Interactive Brokers ranked highest in the Barron's 2010 Annual Online Broker Survey for its international offering. Barron's noted that IB still leads the pack in its cost-conscious access to global markets across five continents. The Survey also notes that IB customers enjoy quite a bit of price improvement -- a 31-cent advantage per 100 shares and 21-cent advantage per options contract -- compared with the industry average over the second half of 2009. Additions to its 2009 offering include Risk Management and Portfolio Analysis tools along with streaming news. Barron's calls IB's mobile applications offering streaming data "very usable" and refers to its educational efforts as wide-ranging and well-written.

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The Best Way to Buy Stocks

The Motley Fool advises online investors to keep an open mind when looking at broker rankings and notes that any listing is likely to be completely subjective. What's good for one investor might not be appropriate for the next. Certain differences between brokers can be compared including speed of execution, account fees, margin rates and commissions. But in certain areas investors won't necessarily agree on what comprises the best broker.

The Fool cites the Barron's 2010 Annual Broker Survey noting that the complexity of its trading software ensured Interactive Brokers software received a poor performance in this year's survey. Based on personal use, the author states "… in terms of functionality, once you climb the learning curve, you may well end up liking it better than the offerings of other brokers.

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Alarming Decrease in NYSE Average Trade Size

The average trade size on the NYSE continues to shrink according to a study by Mondo Visione. These days orders sent to the exchange average $6,400 compared to $19,400 five years ago. The average order size of 200 shares today compares to 1,600 shares 15 years ago with the likely culprit being the advent of high-frequency trading programs that generate trades in 100 or 200 lots. But for retail investors wanting to split trades into more manageable orders this can come at quite a cost if their broker charges on a per order basis rather than a per share basis.

George Spritzer explains how investors might face commissions eight-times as high with many retail brokers compared to executing through Interactive Brokers. Mr. Spritzer says, "Suppose you want to acquire 4,000 shares of a closed-end fund using Fidelity, and submit 20 limit orders of 200 shares each in order to compete with the high frequency trading programs. The commission is $8 an order, or $160 total commission for the 20 orders which is quite costly. The same problem occurs if you use Ameritrade, Schwab, Scottrade or E-Trade. Interactive Brokers charges commissions on a per share basis (0.5 cents a share), so the 20 orders of 200 shares each would have a total cost of only $20."

Online brokers will be under competitive pressure to offer per-share commissions in the event that the trend towards smaller trade size continues. Failure to do so will leave high-frequency trading algorithms picking off trades entered by larger accounts forcing them to incur higher costs because they have to continually pay the full bid/ask spread to complete their orders successfully. It's not just the outright commission that's important to busy investors. They must consider a "flat" versus "per share" fee structure and in addition to the bid/ask spread, the average order size is playing an increasingly important role in determining overall trading costs.

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China Clears Stock Index Futures Trading

In January 2010 China's State Council approved short selling and margin trading in China's stock market in a move that will usher in an exciting new era of stock index futures trading in mainland China. Although Chinese rules still exclude Wall Street names from its capital markets Time Weekly asked Steve Kelsey, Managing Director at Interactive Brokers Asia Pacific operations in Hong Kong, why IB was well-suited to help steer local markets through the launch of this new era. In an effort to prepare for an eventual connection with Chinese investors IB recently established a Shanghai office to enhance cooperation with several institutions.

"IB has clients in more than 100 countries who are currently trading Hong Kong products," said Mr. Kelsey, noting that IB's presence permitted investors to access global markets. Many domestic brokers fail to provide clients with the ability or the opportunity to play globally and access the international markets. Having been the only electronic market maker in Hong Kong at the time Hang Seng futures were launched in 1997, Interactive Brokers gained valuable experience in providing access to associated and complex derivatives including index options and index futures options.

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Stock Tax May Reduce Volume 90%, Interactive Brokers CEO Says

U.S. stock market volume might slump by 90 percent if plans to adopt an equity transaction tax proposed by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio ever comes to fruition. "The mother of all creators of havoc on Wall Street is this looming transaction tax," said Thomas Peterffy, CEO and president of Greenwich, Connecticut based Interactive Brokers. "Trading volumes would plunge by about 90 percent, markets would become illiquid and tens of thousands of people would lose their jobs."

DeFazio's proposal would put a tax of 0.25 percent on stock transactions and 0.02 percent on derivatives including futures, options, swaps and credit-default swaps. A transaction of 200 shares at $40 each would result in a $20 tax, compared with a commission of $1 for active traders at Interactive Brokers, Peterffy said. The bill's sponsors have "no understanding whatsoever" about its likely effect, Peterffy said.

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Some onlookers pointed to Charles Schwab’s recent reduction in its online stock and mutual fund trading fees for signs of increasing price competition in the online brokerage industry. The move may have been aimed at bringing trading costs for clients with less than $1 million in household assets to the same level as those exceeding the threshold. Others see ongoing pressure on costs as a way to remain competitive and to avoid a loss of market share.

Interactive Brokers SVP Steve Sanders believes that Schwab's new fees still make no sense for active traders or institutions. IB moved to a transparent unbundled-pricing structure a number of years ago whereby the firm explicitly charges (or rebates) exchange and clearing fees, and charges an IB fee based on monthly volume. "The more you trade the less you pay under IB's structure," Sanders says.

He notes that IB's pricing for 100 shares is $1 or lower, and that the average trade size these days is 200-400 shares, even for institutions, as nobody likes to expose their trading intentions. Sanders says, "200 shares still costs $8.95 at Schwab, which is OK for the occasional investor, but not for the active trader."

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Press Releases 2014

April 15, 2014 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 1Q2014 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.35 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.06 for the same period in 2013. more
April 3, 2014 Interactive Brokers Adds IEX as an Electronic Trading Venue

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) is the first online broker to offer direct access to IEX to its investors, traders and institutions. IEX is an ATS designed to focus on investor protection and performance. more
April 1, 2014 Interactive Brokers Group to Host First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its first quarter financial results on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
April 1, 2014 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for March 2014

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for March. more
March 19, 2014 Interactive Brokers Rated #1 Online Broker by Barron's for the Third Year in a Row

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) was awarded top honors in Barron's 19th annual ranking of Best Online Brokers, rated number one for the third year in a row. more
March 3, 2014 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for February 2014

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for February. more
February 7, 2014 Interactive Brokers Group to Attend Credit Suisse 15th Annual Financial Services Forum

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) announces that it will be attending the Credit Suisse 15th Annual Financial Services Forum on Tuesday, February 11th to meet with investors. more
February 3, 2014 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for January 2014

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for January. more
January 21, 2014 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 2013 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.67 for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $1.13 for 2012. more
January 7, 2014 Interactive Brokers Group to Host Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its fourth quarter financial results on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
January 2, 2014 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for December 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for December. more

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Press Releases 2013

December 2, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for November 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for November. more
November 1, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for October 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for October. more
October 15, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 3Q2013 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.39 for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.30 for the same period in 2012. more
October 1, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group to Host Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its third quarter financial results on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
October 1, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for September 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for September. more
September 3, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for August 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for August. more
August 1, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for July 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for July. more
July 16, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 2Q2013 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.14 for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.09 for the same period in 2012. more
July 9, 2013 Interactive Brokers Comment on NFA Settlement

Interactive Brokers LLC recently agreed with the National Futures Association ("NFA") to pay a fine of $300,000 in connection with two pending matters: more
July 2, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group to Host Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its second quarter financial results on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
July 1, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for June 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for June. more
June 25, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Goes Live with ISO 20022 Corporate Actions Announcement Messages

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) today announced that Interactive Brokers Group, Inc., a leading automated global electronic broker, has gone live with ISO 20022 corporate actions announcement messages. more
June 3, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for May 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for May. more
May 29, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group to Present at Sandler O’Neill Global Exchange & Brokerage Conference

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) announces that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Peterffy will speak at the Sandler O’Neill Global Exchange and Brokerage Conference on Thursday, June 6th at 9:00 a.m. EDT. more
May 1, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for April 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for April. more
April 16, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 1Q2013 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.06 for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.33 for the same period in 2012. more
April 2, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group to Host First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its first quarter financial results on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
April 1, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for March 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for March. more
March 13, 2013 Interactive Brokers Rated the #1 Online Broker by Barron’s for the Second Year in a Row

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) was awarded top honors in Barron’s 18th annual ranking of Best Online Brokers, rated number one for the second year in a row. more
March 1, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for February 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for February. more
February 28, 2013 Interactive Brokers: Announcement Regarding Method Of Releasing Monthly Brokerage Metrics

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) announces that in an effort to disseminate monthly brokerage data in the most efficient manner possible for investors, Interactive Brokers will post the information on its website (www.interactivebrokers.com/ir ) and submit it to the newswire services at the same time. more
February 6, 2013 Interactive Brokers Leads Industry in Percentage of Profitable Customer Forex Accounts

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) was recently ranked as the leading forex broker by percentage of profitable customer forex accounts according to a composite Forex Broker Comparison produced by the website Forex Magnates. more
February 1, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for January 2013

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for January. more
January 15, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 2012 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.92 for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $1.31 for 2011. more
January 3, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group to Host Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its fourth quarter 2012 financial results on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
January 2, 2013 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for December 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for December. more

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Press Releases 2012


December 13, 2012 Interactive Brokers Launches Electronic Marketplace for Advisors

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) is pleased to announce the launch of the IB Money Manager Marketplace, the first fully electronic forum designed to connect Wealth Managers and Money Managers. more
December 10, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Declares Common Stock Dividend

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share on the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock.  more
December 3, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for November 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for November. more
November 1, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for October 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for October. more
October 16, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 3Q2012 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.30 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.34 for the same period in 2011. more
October 2, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group to Host Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its third quarter 2012 financial results on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
October 1, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for September 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for September. more
September 4, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for August 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for August. more
August 17, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. Receives NASDAQ Notice of Non-Compliance with Listing Rules

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, announced that on August 16, 2012 it received a letter from the NASDAQ staff notifying the Company that it is non-compliant with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) because its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2012 was not filed on a timely basis with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and has not yet been filed. more
August 1, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for July 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for July. more
July 17, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 2Q2012 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.09 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.31 for the same period in 2011. more
July 5, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group to Host Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its second quarter 2012 financial results on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
July 2, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for June 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for June. more
June 1, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for May 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for May. more
May 31, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group to Present at Sandler O’Neill Global Exchange & Brokerage Conference

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) announces that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Peterffy will present at the Sandler O’Neill Global Exchange and Brokerage Conference on Thursday, June 7th at 10:30 a.m. EST. more
May 22, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. Receives NASDAQ Notice of Non-Compliance with Listing Rules

GREENWICH, CONN, May 22, 2012 - Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, announced that on May 17, 2012 it received a letter from the NASDAQ staff notifying the Company that it is non-compliant with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5250(c)(1) because its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2012 (“Form 10-Q”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on May 15, 2012, has not yet been reviewed in accordance with Statement on Auditing Standards No. 100 (“SAS 100”), as required by Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. more
May 1, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for April 2012

GREENWICH, CT, May 1, 2012 — Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for April. more
April 19, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 1Q2012 Results

GREENWICH, CONN, April 19, 2012 — Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.30 for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, compared to diluted earnings per share on a comprehensive basis of $0.41 for the same period in 2011. more
April 5, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group to Host First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

GREENWICH, CT, April 5, 2012 — Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its first quarter 2012 financial results on Thursday, April 19, 2012, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
April 2, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for March 2012

GREENWICH, CT, April 2, 2012 — Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for March. more
March 14, 2012 Interactive Brokers Rated Tops by Barron’s and Wall Street Letter

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR), the largest U.S. electronic broker as measured by number of Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs), was the recipient of top honors in Barron’s 2012 annual ranking of online brokers and the Wall Street Letter 2012 Institutional Trading Awards. more
March 1, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for February 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for February. more
February 1, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for January 2012

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for January. more
January 19, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 2011 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share of $1.40 for the year ended December 31, 2011, compared to diluted earnings per share of $(0.22) for 2010. more
January 5, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group to Host Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its fourth quarter 2011 financial results on Thursday, January 19, 2012, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
January 3, 2012 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for December 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for December. more

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Press Releases 2011


December 9, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group to Present at Gabelli’s Best Ideas Conference

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) announces that Deborah Liston, Director of Investor Relations will present at the Gabelli & Company’s 4th Annual Best Ideas Conference on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. EST. more
December 7, 2011 Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited Launches Ultra-Low Cost CFDs for Individual and Institutional Clients

IB UK announces the launch of Contracts for Difference (CFDs), initially available on UK equities (FTSE 350 constituents). more
December 1, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for November 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for November. more
November 28, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group to Present at KBW Securities Brokerage & Market Structure Conference

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) announces that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Peterffy will present at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Securities Brokerage & Market Structure Conference on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. EST. more
November 1, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for October 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for October. more
October 31, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.10 per Share

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per share on the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock. more
October 20, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 3Q2011 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.50 for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.26 for the same period in 2010. more
October 3, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group To Host Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its third quarter 2011 financial results on Thursday, October 20, 2011, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
October 3, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for September 2011 and New "GLOBAL" Composition

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for September and changes in the composition of its currency exposure management unit. more
September 1, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for August 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for August. more
August 10, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.10 per Share

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per share on the Company's outstanding shares of common stock. more
August 1, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for July 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for July. more
July 21, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 2Q 2011 Results

REPORTS INCOME BEFORE TAXES OF $149 MILLION ON $297 MILLION IN NET REVENUES, EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $0.22 AND EARNINGS PER SHARE ON COMPREHENSIVE INCOME OF $0.31.

GREENWICH, CONN, July 21, 2011 — Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.22 for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.09 for the same period in 2010. more
July 7, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group To Host Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its second quarter 2011 financial results on Thursday, July 21, 2011, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
July 1, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for June 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for June. more
June 2, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group to Present at Sandler O'Neill 2011 Global Exchange and Brokerage Conference

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBKR) announces that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Peterffy will present at the Sandler O'Neill 2011 Global Exchange and Brokerage Conference on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. EST. more
June 1, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for May 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for May. more
May 4, 2011 Interactive Brokers Announces Commission-Free Trading Of Global X ETFs

Interactive Brokers announces commission-free trading in 29 available exchange traded funds provided by Global X Management to clients using its award-winning Trader Workstation platform. more
May 2, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for April 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic broker and market maker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for April. more
April 21, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 1Q 2011 Results

REPORTS INCOME BEFORE TAXES OF $222 MILLION ON $368 MILLION IN NET REVENUES, GAAP EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $0.38 AND, ON A NON-GAAP BASIS, INCOME BEFORE TAXES OF $241 MILLION ON $387 MILLION IN NET REVENUES, EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $0.41. DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF $0.10 PER SHARE.

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.38 for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.09 for the same period in 2010. more
April 13, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Announces Timing Change for First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its first quarter 2011 financial results on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in a release that will be issued at approximately 8:30 AM (ET). more
April 7, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group to Host First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its first quarter 2011 financial results on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
April 1, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for March 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for March. more
March 2, 2011 Interactive Brokers Announces Commission-Free Trading Of FactorShares ETFs

Interactive Brokers announces commission-free trading ofthe first five exchange traded funds launched by Factor Advisors LLC to clients using its award-winning Trader Workstation platform. more
March 1, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for February 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for February. more
February 1, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for January 2011

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for January. more
January 25, 2011 Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited Now Offers Contracts for Difference (CFD) Trading

LONDON - (BUSINESS WIRE)-- IB UK announces the launch of Contract For Difference (CFDs) products. more
January 20, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 2010 Results

REPORTS INCOME BEFORE TAXES OF $341 MILLION ON $922 MILLION IN NET REVENUES, GAAP LOSS PER SHARE OF $(0.22) AND, ON A NON-GAAP BASIS, INCOME BEFORE TAXES OF $499 MILLION ON $1,070 MILLION IN NET REVENUES, EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $0.73

GREENWICH, CONN, January 20, 2011 — Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported a diluted loss per share of $(0.22) for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.87 in 2009.more
January 6, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group To Host Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its fourth quarter 2010 financial results on Thursday, January 20, 2011, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
January 3, 2011 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for December 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for December. more

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Press Releases 2010


December 1, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for November 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for November. more
November 29, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Declares Common Stock Dividend

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $1.79 per share on the Company's outstanding shares of common stock. more
November 1, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for October 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for October. more
October 21, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 3Q10 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.26 for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.20 for the same period in 2009. more
October 7, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group to Host Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its third quarter 2010 financial results on Thursday, October 21, 2010, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
October 1, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for September 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for September. more
September 27, 2010 Interactive Brokers (U.K.) Limited, Offers Low-Cost SIPP Services to Administrators and Dealing Accounts for Their Beneficiaries

IBUK announces the launch of its SIPP Administrators service. more
September 1, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for August 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for August. more
August 2, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for July 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for July. more
July 22, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 2Q10 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.09 for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.31 for the same period in 2009. more
July 8, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group To Host Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its second quarter 2010 financial results on Thursday, July 22, 2010, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
July 2, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Estimated Currency Translation Effects for Second Quarter 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported the estimated effect of currency rate fluctuations during the second quarter of 2010. more
July 1, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for June 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for June. more
June 28, 2010 Interactive Brokers Announces Launch of Pair Trading Algorithm

Interactive Brokers announces the enhancement of its ScaleTrader algorithm to encompass Pairs Trading enabling clients to trade the spread between any two securities. more
June 10, 2010 Interactive Brokers Offers The Student Trading Lab to High Schools and Universities for 2010-2011 Academic Year

Interactive Brokers (IB) is pleased to announce that we will offer our IB Student Trading Lab to colleges and universities for the 2010 – 2011 academic year. The IB Student Trading Lab delivers the power of the IB Trader Workstation (TWS) to users and provides a working partnership between Interactive Brokers and high school and college educators. more
June 1, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for May 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for May. more
May 28, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group to Present at Sandler O'Neill 2010 Global Exchange and Brokerage Conference

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) announces that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Peterffy will present at the Sandler O'Neill 2010 Global Exchange and Brokerage Conference on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. EST. more
May 3, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for April 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for April. more
April 22, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 1Q10 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.09 for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.30 for the same period in 2009. more
April 14, 2010 Interactive Brokers Announces Italian Stock Trading

Interactive Brokers is pleased to announce the addition of trading in stocks on Borsa Italiana for its clients. Interactive Brokers connects electronically to more than 80 market centers worldwide more
April 12, 2010 Interactive Brokers Announces Drop in U.S. Futures & Futures Options Fees

Interactive Brokers announces a reduction in fees charged to customers for trading U.S. Futures and Futures Options. In keeping with its tradition of being the low cost industry leader, Interactive Brokers is lowering and simplifying its U.S. Futures and Futures Options commission structure. Customers can now choose from two low cost pricing plan more
April 8, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group To Host First Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its first quarter 2010 financial results on Thursday, April 22, 2010, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). more
April 1, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for March 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for March. more
March 1, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for February 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for February. Highlights for the month included: more
February 1, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics for January 2010

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for January. more
January 21, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Announces 2009 Results

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported diluted earnings per share of $0.87 for the year ended December 31, 2009, compared to diluted earnings per share of $2.24 in 2008. more
January 7, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group To Host Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) plans to announce its fourth quarter 2009 financial results on Thursday, January 21, 2010, in a release that will be issued at approximately 4:00 pm (ET). The press release will also be available on the company's web site, www.interactivebrokers.com/ir. more
January 4, 2010 Interactive Brokers Group Reports Brokerage Metrics For December 2009

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) an automated global electronic market maker and broker, today reported its Electronic Brokerage monthly performance metrics for December. more

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IB Fact Sheet

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is an automated global electronic broker that caters to financial professionals by offering state-of-the-art trading technology, superior execution capabilities, worldwide electronic access, and sophisticated risk management tools at exceptionally low costs. The brokerage trading platform uses the same innovative technology as the Company’s market making business, which executes and processes trades in securities, futures and foreign exchange instruments on more than 100 electronic exchanges and trading venues around the world. As a market maker, we provide liquidity at these marketplaces and, as a broker, we provide professional traders and investors with electronic access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds and mutual funds from a single IB Universal AccountSM. Employing proprietary software on a global communications network, Interactive Brokers Group continuously integrates its software with a growing number of exchanges and trading venues into one automatically functioning, computerized platform that requires minimal human intervention.

  • Interactive Brokers Group, LLC was founded by its Chairman and CEO, Thomas Peterffy. Over the last 37 years, it has grown internally to become one of the premier securities firms exceeding $5 billion in equity capital.
  • Interactive Brokers' headquarters are in Greenwich Connecticut, and it has about 880 employees in its offices in the USA, Switzerland, Canada, Hong Kong, UK, Australia, Japan, Hungary, Russia, India, China and Estonia. IB is regulated by the SEC, FINRA, NYSE, SFA and other regulatory agencies around the world.
  • IB is the largest electronic broker based on daily average revenue trades executing 499,000 trades per day*.
  • Interactive Brokers Group** has always been at the forefront of trading innovation, starting with the invention of the first floor-based handheld computer in 1983.
  • Standard & Poor's issues investment grade ratings to both IBG LLC and IB LLC.
  • Interactive Brokers LLC was awarded the highest star ratings from Barron’s: 4.5 stars for lowest cost and 4.5 stars overall.

* Fourth Quarter 2013 results.

** Interactive Brokers Group and predecessor companies.


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