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Top general questions

  • Why did Covestor change its name?

    Covestor was acquired by the Interactive Brokers Group in May 2015. In 2017, the company began using a new business name to reflect that it is part of the Interactive Brokers Group family.

  • Why can't I login using IBKRAM credentials any longer?

    From July 17 2018, all clients will be able to login using only their Interactive Brokers credentials. With IBKR as well as IBKR Asset Management having the same, single login across the two sites, we aim to help simplify and streamline your experience with us.

  • Why does IBKR Asset Management no longer offer trial accounts?

    We discontinued the trial account feature in October 2017. We believe trying IBKR Asset Management with an actual funded account provides a more realistic user experience. Many of our portfolios require a minimum investment amount of only $5,000.

Top managing a portfolio questions

  • Do I have to be a Registered Investment Adviser to become a Portfolio Manager on IBKR Asset Management’s marketplace?

    Yes. You need to be a Registered Investment Adviser (“RIA”) in order to manage a portfolio on our marketplace.

  • How much can I earn?

    We do not impose limits on the amount of compensation you may earn on our platform but your compensation depends on the amount of assets our clients decide to invest in your portfolio. Portfolio Managers determine the annual management fee for the portfolios they offer on our marketplace after consulting with us. Management fees range from 0.25 to 1.5%. We retain just 0.25% of the management fee and pass the rest to the Portfolio Managers.

  • Does IBKR Asset Management support currency, futures or options trading?

    IBKR Asset Management supports stock and options trading. We do not currently offer currency or futures trading.

  • I am not a US citizen. Can I manage a portfolio?

    Yes. Non-US citizens can manage portfolios as long as they can open a US-dollar-denominated brokerage account with Interactive Brokers LLC, and they are registered as an investment adviser in the US with either the Securities and Exchange Commission or one or more US state securities regulators and their jurisdiction does not prohibit us from opening an account for them. You will be able to establish positions only in US listed equities (including ADRs), options and ETFs.

  • Can I provide my performance history?

    Portfolio Managers may submit fact sheets or other information about their strategy that do not contain performance information, which we will analyze and consider displaying on the portfolio page with appropriate disclaimers. Due to the difficulties associated with meaningfully presenting and explaining historical performance information for portfolios on our platform, we no longer accept or display such information on our website.

  • Can I use my existing brokerage account?

    To enable us to replicate trades in your brokerage account you must open a managed account with Interactive Brokers LLC and authorize us to trade in it on your behalf. Once you sign up for an account with us, we send you all information needed to open an Interactive Brokers LLC account linked to IBKR Asset Management.

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Top client account questions

  • Who can open accounts?

    Currently only US residents can open IBKR Asset Management accounts. Your country of legal residence is the country where you maintain your permanent home or the country you plan to return to if you live abroad for a short period of time. Advisers registered with the US Securities Commission or a state regulator can establish accounts for clients that are US residents.

  • What are the fees?

    IBKR Asset Management only charges fees on investments you make in your account. There are no fees on uninvested cash in your account or fees to redeem your investments. In addition to our management fees, you will be charged commissions by our affiliated broker-dealer Interactive Brokers LLC. Many of the portfolios on our platform invest in ETFs. For these portfolios, in addition to the management fees (IBKR Asset Management charges you) and the commissions (our affiliated broker-dealer Interactive Brokers LLC charges you), the issuer or sponsor of the ETF will also charge you fees and expenses (expense ratio). You will thus pay more when investing in ETFs through us than if you purchased the ETFs directly. Neither we nor our affiliated broker-dealer benefit from the fees and expenses charged by the ETF issuer, and for the in-house IBKR Asset Management portfolios that we select the ETFs for we try to invest in ETFs with lower fees. Information on ETF fees are disclosed in the prospectus for each ETF. Learn more about IBKR Asset Management fees.

  • What is the minimum deposit required?

    To open an Interactive Brokers LLC brokerage account for your IBKR Asset Management investments, you need to fund it with a minimum of $5,000. If you plan to invest in a number of portfolios, or in portfolios that trade heavily, we recommend that you fund the account with a minimum of $25,000 to prevent your account being locked under SEC pattern day trading rules. Qualified Clients wishing to invest in a performance fee portfolio must invest $1,000,000 with IBKR Asset Management unless they satisfy minimum net worth requirements.

  • Can I invest in more than one portfolio?

    Yes. You can invest in as many portfolios as you want in a single account. When you sign in to IBKR Asset Management you can see your positions, both in aggregate and broken out by investment.

  • Why is there a difference between the Portfolio Manager's performance and my own?

    We call this drift. There are a number of causes of drift including risk score, stock exclusions, and cashflow behavior. Drift is typically caused by Portfolio Managers trading outside of the trading rules, or in securities that are not replicated for clients due to stock restrictions specified by clients. Learn more about performance drift.

  • Will I be able to invest in all portfolios?

    The subset of portfolios you can invest in is determined by your risk score as well as the type of account you have opened with your broker. Some Portfolio Managers have opted for accounts with extended trading capabilities (e.g., immediate settlement of trades, ability to use leverage, etc.). If your account does not possess the same abilities, IBKR Asset Management would not be able to replicate the Portfolio Manager's trades in your account. This is why some portfolios could be unavailable to you. For further details on account types, please contact us.

Top Smart Beta questions

  • How are IBKR Asset Management Smart Beta portfolios different from other portfolios on IBKR Asset Management?

    The IBKR Asset Management Investment Management team, under the leadership of Chief Investment Officer Sanjoy Ghosh, manages IBKR Asset Management’s Smart Beta portfolios. The team is responsible for undertaking a systematic process to select stocks, construct the portfolios, continually monitor for any relevant events and periodically (at least quarterly) rebalance the portfolios.

    The other portfolios on the IBKR Asset Management platform are managed by third-party investment advisers or hedge fund managers. These portfolio managers fund and trade a proprietary manager-owned brokerage account. In contrast, for each IBKR Asset Management Smart Beta portfolio, IBKR Asset Management funds and trades a proprietary IBKR Asset Management-owned brokerage account. In both cases, each trade made by the portfolio manager (or IBKR Asset Management) is automatically replicated in clients’ brokerage accounts based on which portfolios the clients have selected to invest in.

  • Can fractional shares be traded on public exchanges?

    Stocks cannot be traded in fractions on public exchanges, which means that you need a counterparty willing to transact with you in fractional shares.

  • What is the ‘lockout period’ and how does it apply to my IBKR Asset Management account?

    A lockout period starts 3 business days before each Smart Beta portfolio rebalance and ends right after each rebalance. During each lockout period, we will not allow clients to make any initial, additional or recurring investments in any Smart Beta portfolios. If you request such a transaction during a lockout period, IBKR Asset Management will send your transaction request for execution on the first trading day following a rebalance.