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Successful traders and investors understand that superior technology and lower trading costs can result in greater returns. For 32 years the IB Group has been building electronic access trading technology that delivers real advantages.
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IB is the best broker for active traders. Period. They provide excellent commissions, excellent execution and excellent platform. There is some learning curve, but it will be well worth it.

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Interactive brokers is the one stop shop for all traders.
Interactive brokers is the one stop shop for all types of traders. I can trade anything I want, stocks, options and futures all on the same account. IB is really hard to beat with its very competitive commissions, execution and platform.

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Great for people who want to trade everything
After searching for a good futures broker I decided to move everything to IB because they will allow me to trade stocks, options and futures on the same account. Fees are very good, but the two things I would change are customer service (you get what you pay for) and data. You will need to get your own data feed and a 3rd party charting platform, but overall its great place for an experienced trader. I wouldn't recommend this for a NEW trader b/c the support just isn't there, but experienced traders will love the 'one stop shop'.

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CrudeTrader606 New York, NY

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Best stop for a retail trader
Interactive brokers is the one stop shop for a retail trader. They lack a little on the customer service side, but make up for it everywhere else. They have access to the largest amount of tradeable products (Futures, Options, Stocks on markets across the world). They also have some of the best commissions available. My only complaint with IB is their data feed, but that is the case with most brokers.

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Fast $ transfers and loads of trading vehicles avail.. but
Pros:

trade anything you want: stocks, options, futures

10000 minimum to open, but no minimum to keep it open

no monthly fees if you make a few trades

occasionally has borrows on runners, which are good for swings (unlikely to buy in)

Cons:

hidden fees if you don't add liquidy (good luck getting filled adding liquidity, especially in options)

charts suck really bad

platform bloated, and login too slow

tws platform is a bit complicated, takes time to get used to

order entry is way too slow, hard to get in, get out fast

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The best broker overall
IB is hard to beat in terms of commissions, execution and platform. Customer service is better than it used to be but still needs some improvement. If you are even semi active options trader, this is the broker for you.

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In IB we trust!
We are working with Interactive Brokers for more that 10 years. This broker in our opinion is retail leader in online trading and access to international markets as well as investment offerings. Wide range of Stock is what we specially love. We recommend IB to all over clients due to a very competitive commissions. Outstanding experience despite of fees charged for inactive accounts. We trust in company that works since 1993. Time is not only the money, but experience to.

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Overall a good solution for all types of traders
I've used these guys for pretty much everything and its all 'decent'. Having one broker over multiple asset classes is why I use them. I've traded equities, futures, and forex with them and the costs are relatively comparable to their competitors. The two things they need to improve would be customer service (bleh) and they try to stick you with filtered data for futures which is totally unacceptable IMO for a professional to use. You can get the data through a 3rd party provider for futures, so its not that big of a deal, it just bothers me that they nickel and dime their clients like that. They are also one of the best places for Canadian accounts since the rules changed earlier this year. I would recommend this to someone who wants to trade different asset classes because you WILL pay a small premium for that convenience.

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JulianSalma13 Las Vegas, NN

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Low cost. Good execution.
I've been using IB for over 6 months. It took me at least 5 months to get used to the platform. I tried the classic interface, booktrader and charttrader. Everybody knows IB customer service is not good. When I tried calling them, I usually have to be put on hold for quite a while. I didn't have to call the trade desk so my guess is that line should pick up a lot faster since that's more time sensitive but I don't have any experience with that. I emailed them 2x for support and 1st time I received a reply with the solution i was looking for. The 2nd time I asked about a problem I was having with booktrader and i never received a reply back. After a few months, I finally tried a 3rd party front end DOM instead of using booktrader.

I don't know why some people say IB is expensive because after trying other brokers, Scottrade, ETrade, TDA/TOS and Tradestation, IB is actually cheaper for me overall. I also compared IB with Tradestation side by side for a while and I thought IB execution was better at least with my limited experience.

Overall if you like TWS or find a way around it like me, I think IB is a good broker for us retail traders.

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Excellent for the pro trader
One of the best decisions I have made in my short trading career was to open an account with IB because it lets me trade everything without having multiple accounts. Yes, the pricing could be better, but you pay for this convenience to trade crude futures, penny stocks, and FOREX from one platform. I would recommend this for all traders, i hope this review helps.

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