The Internet has fundamentally changed the way people invest. The days of telephone calls, paper stock certificates, and high commissions are all but gone. Now, thanks to new technologies and regulatory environments, billions of trades are executed electronically every day from the comfort of desk chairs, in many cases at virtually zero cost.
With origins going back almost half a century, Interactive Brokers has been at the forefront of the automated trading revolution. The proliferation of electronic exchanges and market centers since the early 1990s has allowed it to integrate its software with an increasing number of trading venues, creating one automatically functioning, computerized platform that requires minimal human intervention.
Today it continues to be one of the premier securities firms, with over $10 billion in equity capital and close to $300 billion in client equity, conducting its broker and dealer business on over 150 market destinations worldwide. The company provides direct access, online trade execution, and clearing services to institutional and professional traders for a wide variety of electronically traded products including stocks, options, futures, currencies, bonds, commodities, cryptocurrencies, and funds worldwide, executing over three million trades per day.
Since the launch of its electronic brokerage business in 1993, IB has grown to over two million institutional and individual brokerage customers by providing one of the most effective and efficient platforms in the industry with high-speed trade execution at low commission rates due to its proprietary automation technology. As a result of the high-performance platform, the company attracts both sophisticated and active investors. It is now the largest electronic brokerage firm in the U.S. by the number of daily average revenue trades and is the leading forex broker.
Increased interest in the financial markets and the interconnectedness of investors worldwide have also propelled IB’s growth in recent years. Furthermore, with ongoing innovation and new products added to the company’s portfolio, it continues to deliver industry-leading profits and growth.