Professional Traders and Investors Choose Interactive Brokers

We are the largest US electronic broker based on daily average revenue trades executing 655,000 trades per day 1

Unique Technology and Flexible Account Solutions for Traders and Investors

Awarded a 4.5 star rating by Barron's magazine in Best for Frequent Traders category 2, we build electronic access trading technology that delivers real advantages to traders worldwide.

  • Our advanced technology and automation allows us to provide transparent, low commissions and financing rates, and best executions to help you maximize your results.
  • Trade on over 100 market centers in 24 countries. Direct market access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds, ETFs and CFDs from a single IB Universal AccountTM.
  • Trading technology designed by and for professional traders and investors gives you access to a host of sophisticated trading tools, advanced algorithms and order types, extensive risk management controls, and comprehensive reporting.
  • Choose the account solution that's right for you, including individual, joint, trust, IRA and UGMA/UTMA accounts, and easily connect multiple accounts using our account linking.
  • Join the Investors' Marketplace to search for and conduct business with a variety of third-party services or advertise your own third-party services to other Interactive Brokers clients.
  • Visit Traders' University for easy access to all of our education offerings, including an impressive selection of live and recorded webinars.
  1. October 2015 Results.
  2. According to Barron's "How Secure Is Your Securities Portfolio" - March 9, 2015, Interactive Brokers was awarded the highest 4.5 star rating for Best for International Traders, and 4.5 stars for Best for Frequent Traders.

Rated Best Online Broker Again,
for the Fourth Consecutive Year!*

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* Interactive Brokers was ranked with the highest total score for the fourth year in a row, according to Barron's "How Secure Is Your Securities Portfolio" - March 9, 2015. Criteria included Trading Experience and Technology, Usability, Mobile, Range of Offerings, Research Amenities, Portfolio Analysis & Report, Customer Service & Education, and Costs. Barron's is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Lower Your Costs to Maximize Your Return

Our transparent, low commissions and financing rates, and best price executions minimize your costs to help you maximize your returns.

Generate Higher Returns

Lower commissions, no ticket charges; no minimums; and no technology, software, platform, or reporting fees. Low financing rates, and higher loan values on portfolio margin accounts over $100K.

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Best Price Execution

Most brokers trade against your orders or sell them to others to execute who will trade against them. The resulting poor execution probably costs you more than the commission you pay. IB SmartRoutingSM continuously searches and reroutes to the best available prices for stocks, options and combinations.

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Frequent Trader's 1 Monthly Costs

Barron's estimated a customer's monthly costs at each of the 18 brokers in this year's "Best Online Broker" ranking. Interactive Brokers was the best deal for both the occasional and frequent trader.

Interactive Brokers $839
eOption $875
Lightspeed Trading $1,200
Livevol $1,339
Merrill Edge 2 $1,633
E*Trade $2,947
Scottrade $2,831
Charles Schwab $2,758
Fidelity $2,529
Average (18 brokers) $2,122

All costs assume customer has a minimum of $100,000 in assets with broker.

  1. Frequent Trader: 100 stocks and 100 options trades plus $30,000 in margin debt.
  2. Assumes customer qualifies for 100 free stocks trades per month.

Trade on over 100 market centers in 24 countries.

Direct market access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds, ETFs and CFDs
from a single IB Universal Account™.

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Access market data 24 hours a day and six days a week to stay connected to all global markets.

Convert currencies at market determined rates as low as 1/10 of a basis point, or create a position collateralized by a non-native currency.

Fund your account in multiple currencies. Trade assets denominated in multiple currencies from a single account.

Innovative Technology

We’ve been building trading technology that provides competitive pricing, speed, size, diversity of global products, advanced trading tools to our clients for 38 years. Year after year, our robust technology supports record numbers of Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs).4

Trading Platforms

Our trading platforms have been designed with the professional trader in mind:

  • Optimize your trading speed and efficiency with our market maker-designed Trader Workstation (TWS).
  • Trade your IB account on-the-go from just about any mobile device with IB TWS.
  • Use our HTML-based WebTrader, a clean and simple interface that works from behind a firewall.

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Advanced Trading Tools

Our suite of Option Labs and advanced trading tools offer support to help you discover and implement optimal trading strategies. For example, our Probability Lab offers a practical way to think about options without the complicated mathematics, and the Option Strategy Lab lets you create simple and complex multi-leg option orders based on your own price and volatility forecast.

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Order Types and Algos

Trader Workstation (TWS) supports over 60 order types, from the most basic limit order to advanced trading to the most complex algorithmic trading, to help you execute a wide variety of trading strategies.

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Sophisticated Risk Management

Real-time market-risk management and real-time monitoring provide a comprehensive measure of risk exposure across multiple asset classes around the globe and real-time data that gives you the edge you need to react quickly to the markets.

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Comprehensive Reporting

Our statements and reports include real-time trade confirmations, margin details, transaction cost analysis, sophisticated portfolio analysis, tax optimization and a variety of other supplemental reports.

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Securities Financing

From trade date to settlement date, our Securities Financing solutions provide depth of availability, transparent rates, global reach and automated lending and borrowing tools to professional traders.

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Strength and Security

Financial Strength and Stability

Our strong capital position, conservative balance sheet and automated risk controls protect IB and our clients from large trading losses.

Interactive Brokers Group (IBG LLC) equity capital exceeds $5 billion1. 14.5% of IBG LLC is owned by the publicly traded company, Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. and the remaining 85.5% is owned by our employees and affiliates.

Unlike other firms, where management owns a small share, we participate substantially in the downside just as much as in the upside which makes us run our business conservatively. We hold no material positions in OTC securities or derivatives. We hold no CDOs, MBS or CDS. The gross amount of our portfolio of debt securities, with the exception of US governments is less than 10% of our equity capital.

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  1. Includes Interactive Brokers Group and its affiliates.

Investors' Marketplace

Investors and clients can meet and interact with third-party service providers to connect and conduct business.

  • Individual traders and investors, financial advisors, fund managers and third-party service providers can meet and do business together.
  • Search the marketplace and connect to a variety of service providers, including advisors, hedge funds, research analysts, business developers and administrators.
  • Advertise your own third-party services to individual and institutional users worldwide.
  • Free to advertise and search, the Investors’ Marketplace is open to everyone.

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Investors Marketplace

On Demand Learning at Traders’ University

Even the most experienced traders need to keep learning to stay ahead. Traders’ University provides information about IB products and services in many different ways. Choose the method that fits your own learning style.


We offer an extensive program of free trader webinars. Watch, listen, and ask questions from your home or office computer as our webinar instructors clearly describe our technology, trading, and markets around the world. Our webinars are also recorded so if you can’t attend a live webinar, you can experience it on demand at your own convenience.

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Courses and Interactive Tours

Take one of our courses to explore stocks, options, futures and Forex trading, or get up to speed quickly on Trader Workstation and TWS trading tools with one of our interactive tours.

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IB Traders’ Insight

Traders’ Insight is a key resource for market participants seeking timely commentary directly from industry professionals on the front lines of today's fast-moving markets.

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And more...

Traders’ University gives you easy access to a variety of documentation, including all of our users’ guides, TWS Cheat Sheets, QuickStart guides, FAQs and more to help you learn how to use our platforms, tools and services.

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Open an Account

We offer many customer account structures that are designed to meet the specific needs of individual traders and investors, including Individual, Joint, Trust, IRA and UGMA/UTMA accounts.

Individual Accounts

Start Application

Click START APPLICATION and as soon as you enter your email address and choose a username and password, we give you access to free simulated trading and our trading tools, analytics, research, fundamentals and technicals in a paper trading account. You can take our trading platform for a spin before completing your account application.

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What You Need

Configuring Your Account

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Additional Account Information
Accounts are geared towards professional/active traders and investors; therefore we require the following from customers:
  • Good or extensive product knowledge for any product you wish to trade.
  • You must have executed at least 100 trades for any product type, or 100 simulated trades in our real-time demo.
  • A minimum equity deposit in cash or stock of USD 10,000 (or USD equivalent) or USD 5,000 for IRA Account (or USD equivalent).
Traders and Investors Account Structure Charts

Additional Information

A single account with a default single user.

Must be 21 or older to open a margin account, 18 or older to open a cash account.

Add up to five optional Power of Attorney users.

A UGMA/UTMA account is intended for a custodian of a minor who is a US resident, and is available as a Cash account only. Minimum deposit is 3000 USD or non-USD equivalent and the monthly activity fee for age 25 or younger applies. A UGMA/UTMA account is a single account with a default single user (the custodian), and up to five Power of Attorney users can be added. The minor for whom the account is opened must be a US legal resident and a US citizen.

For information on SIPC coverage on your account, visit or call SIPC at 1 (202) 371-8300.