Interactive Brokers Reports November Trading Metrics, Customer Equity up 3% to $44.6 Billion

The Global broker that executes and processes trades in securities, futures and foreign exchange instruments on more than 100 electronic


Interactive Brokers Group reported November trading metrics that showed a slight increase across most of the reported segments over October with some categories little changed or flat, according to the announcement, however year-over-year (YoY) gains were more significant as can be seen below.

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The total number of customer accounts reported was 237,000, up 1% MoM and 13% YoY.  Ending customer credit balances of $25.7 billion indicated a 25% increase YoY and 1% higher over October. Ending customer equity of $44.6 billion was 39% higher than prior year, and inched 3% higher over October, according to the release. Ending customer margin loan balances of $12.6 billion, 31% higher than prior year and flat with prior month.

Daily trading volumes over the prior month were at 510,000 daily average revenue trades (DARTs) and up 16% year-over-year (YoY). On an annualized basis, the number of average cleared DARTs per customer account would be 493 cleared trades, for the Connecticut headquartered automated global electronic broker.

A bar chart below compares the cleared DARTs with Customer Equity and the total number of customer account over the last 12 months (Total Accounts values are in the hundreds of thousands, and customer equity in billions of US dollars):

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Source: Monthly Brokerage Data, Interactive Brokers, Sept 2012- November 2013
Source: Monthly Brokerage Data, Interactive Brokers, Sept 2012- November 2013

Average commission per cleared customer order of $4.32 including exchange, clearing and regulatory fees.

Key products:

Stocks $2.43

Equity Options $6.00

Futures* $7.02

Interactive Brokers remains to be one of the most well-capitalized Retail Forex Exchange Dealers (RFEDs), according to the latest data from the CFTC for September 2013, which indicated that the firm held over $1.6 billion in excess net regulatory capital (the most of any reporting RFED).

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