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  • 26-01-2021 4:02pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    I use DeGiro and Trading 212 at present.
    Recently DeGiro had issues with their platform stability and their delayed US prices is annoying. Yesterday I was unable to access my Trading 212 account for a period of 45 minutes immediately after the US open.

    Such experiences can be costly, hence I'm considering moving to IB.

    I'd love to hear opinions on their service before taking the plunge.

    TIA.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,700 ✭✭✭ cronos


    outonawing wrote: »
    I use DeGiro and Trading 212 at present.
    Recently DeGiro had issues with their platform stability and their delayed US prices is annoying. Yesterday I was unable to access my Trading 212 account for a period of 45 minutes immediately after the US open.

    Such experiences can be costly, hence I'm considering moving to IB.

    I'd love to hear opinions on their service before taking the plunge.

    TIA.

    I'm curious about this myself. Hate the Degiro delay and would like them to have the latest SPAC's available immediately. Don't want to have to be requesting they add things, such a pain.

    I do like the fees though. What are the IB fees in comparison?


  • Registered Users Posts: 45 Rolling Stone


    Another query on IB to add to the list. Can you trade OTC stocks and do they allow after hours and pre-market trading?


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    My understanding of IBKR is as follows:

    Account monthly maintenance fee $10(is reduced or eliminated by commissions paid in that month).

    The client can choose either fixed or tiered transaction fees. Exchange fees are in addition to transaction fees. My overall impression is that IBKR is a low cost broker. OTC stocks can be traded. No out of hours trading.

    Fixed transaction fees:

    US, stocks $0.005 per share.
    Minimum $1 per trade, Max 1% trade value

    UK stocks £6 per trade up to 50,000 shares.

    Tiered transaction fees:

    US stocks value <= $300,000 per month
    $0.0035 per share Min $0.35, Max 1% trade value

    UK 0.050% per trade value, Min £1 per trade

    I am open to correction on any of the above.


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    IBKR accept joint accounts. According to Shedite27 their fees are similar to DeGiro.


  • Registered Users Posts: 47 slo007


    Would be nice to hear from current users of the service.

    I'm currently using Revolut which is nice, though a bit of a pain to use on the phone only. They are adding more features over time; though I wish I could download an electronic copy of all transactions to clarify my taxable income and CGT due to Revenue. Having to type everything is a pain.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 369 ✭✭ codrulz


    Another query on IB to add to the list. Can you trade OTC stocks and do they allow after hours and pre-market trading?


    yes to all of the above.


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    slo007 wrote: »
    Would be nice to hear from current users of the service.

    I'm currently using Revolut which is nice, though a bit of a pain to use on the phone only. They are adding more features over time; though I wish I could download an electronic copy of all transactions to clarify my taxable income and CGT due to Revenue. Having to type everything is a pain.

    TBH Revolut, while great for day to day spending and making transfers to friends, it does not appeal as a broker.

    I completed the application to IBKR for a joint account this afternoon, following another server issue with Trading 212 today.


  • Registered Users Posts: 369 ✭✭ codrulz


    IBKR lost my trust and respect today - will be moving my business elsewhere. https://twitter.com/IBKR/status/1354792600004386818?s=20

    https://twitter.com/IBKR/status/1354792848923701251?s=20


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    codrulz wrote: »
    IBKR lost my trust and respect today - will be moving my business elsewhere. https://twitter.com/IBKR/status/1354792600004386818?s=20

    https://twitter.com/IBKR/status/1354792848923701251?s=20

    I fully understand your frustrations, however their action is not as draconian as Trading 212 and Robinhood.


  • Registered Users Posts: 369 ✭✭ codrulz


    outonawing wrote: »
    I fully understand your frustrations, however their action is not as draconian as Trading 212 and Robinhood.

    true! exactly why I didn't opt for the likes of T212 though, always knew they'd be worse lol


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  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    codrulz wrote: »
    true! exactly why I didn't opt for the likes of T212 though, always knew they'd be worse lol

    It turned out that IBKR were just as bad as T212 and Robinhood in the end, back to the unreliable DeGiro platform I guess.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,832 ✭✭✭✭ neris


    I applied for an account earlier in the month and sent in the relevant paperwork & ID but couldnt access the platform properly to have a look around. Day or 2 later got an email off them asking me to clarify my net worth which I didnt bother replying to, then I got emails saying my application was under review and they approve accounts quicker if you deposit money so at that stage I just thought no thanks and havent done anything with it since


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    neris wrote: »
    I applied for an account earlier in the month and sent in the relevant paperwork & ID but couldnt access the platform properly to have a look around. Day or 2 later got an email off them asking me to clarify my net worth which I didnt bother replying to, then I got emails saying my application was under review and they approve accounts quicker if you deposit money so at that stage I just thought no thanks and havent done anything with it since
    I applied to open an account on Wednesday and funded it. Got approval by Thursday night.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,704 ✭✭✭ Mav11


    outonawing wrote: »
    I applied to open an account on Wednesday and funded it. Got approval by Thursday night.

    How's it working out? Looking to change from Degiro myself, getting sick of their platform glitches.


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    Mav11 wrote: »
    How's it working out? Looking to change from Degiro myself, getting sick of their platform glitches.

    I was disappointed by their restrictions on Gamestop and haven't actually used it yet. Admittedly they were one of the first brokers to row back on them.

    I'll probably get started this week on selling some of my T212 and DeGiro stocks and adding them on IB. Will update then.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 284 ✭✭ DraftDodger


    I was with Interactive for a while but got sick of the glitches the platform seemed to throw up especially at US open and sometimes at London open. Changed to IG Markets and all good so far thankfully.


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    I was with Interactive for a while but got sick of the glitches the platform seemed to throw up especially at US open and sometimes at London open. Changed to IG Markets and all good so far thankfully.

    Are you limited to spread betting and cfd's with Ig Markets? Their website is unclear.

    Also, I came across minimum charges of £10 and $15 per trade. IB minimum is £6 and $1.

    I made my first purchase with IB yesterday. My account has € as my base currency. To buy US or UK shares, I have to first make sure that I have converted sufficient funds to cover my purchase, not a big deal, just T212 and DeGiro do it automatically. The user interface takes a bit of getting used to too.

    Noticed Ig Markets are not allowing new positions on AMC and GME, hardly a recommendation.


  • Registered Users Posts: 81 ✭✭ rojito


    IB is the only decent broker I could find that is available to non-US residents that provides an API at no extra cost.

    I run my trading strategies 100% automated, but you could also just use it to pull any fundamental or technical data you wanted to play around with before executing manual trades.


  • Registered Users Posts: 310 ✭✭ feelings


    Do interactive brokers have access to CSE? degiro don't unfortunately.


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    feelings wrote: »
    Do interactive brokers have access to CSE? degiro don't unfortunately.

    If that is Calcutta Exchange, I can't see it on IB


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  • Registered Users Posts: 310 ✭✭ feelings


    Canadian Securities Exchange
    outonawing wrote: »
    If that is Calcutta Exchange, I can't see it on IB


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    feelings wrote: »
    Canadian Securities Exchange

    IB provide access to both
    Canadian Securities Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange.


  • Registered Users Posts: 310 ✭✭ feelings


    Awesome thanks for that. I'll have to figure out now how to transfer from DeGiro to IB. Thanks outonawing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,170 ✭✭✭ finbarrk


    I find IB complicated to use. But I'm an amateur at this game. Etorro seems easier in my opinion.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12 Jacobs_Stripe


    Hi all,

    I am new to IB and feeling very frustrated with it. I am in Ireland and it appears the only platforms which allow Irish people to trade HCMC is Trading 212, Degiro & IB.

    Trading 212 - Isn't opening new accounts at present. I have joined the waiting list.
    Degiro - I have provided all my docs but have been told it will be about 10days to open the a/c. Its been about that but there seems to be a backlog.
    IB - My a/c is set up and I have funded it with 200 EUR.

    When I went to trade on HCMC I was first told that I wasn't eligible and that I would need to set up a Margin a/c. I did this. Then I was told I needed to change my experience on trading to match the requirements for the Margin a/c and to select 'US Penny Stocks'. I did this also.
    Now I am been told that I am unable to place the trade as the amount is less than 2000 EUR.

    Has anyone else come across this when trading Penny Stocks on IB and do you know how I can overcome it? On another Forum someone told me to transfer my EUR to USD and leave 5EUR in my account and trade then in USD and it should work. But I don't want to go through the hassle of converting the money over if I still can't trade it. At this stage I am fed up and just thinking of pulling my money out, but on the other side I really want to trade on HCMC.

    Appreciate any advise :) TIA


  • Registered Users Posts: 135 ✭✭ MugsGame


    Hi all,
    Degiro - I have provided all my docs but have been told it will be about 10days to open the a/c. Its been about that but there seems to be a backlog.
    IB - My a/c is set up and I have funded it with 200 EUR.

    Strangely I had the opposite experience - submitted Degiro and IB applications on 2nd Feb and my De Giro account was open and funded the following day.

    IB on the other hand emailed me yesterday to say there is a backlog on IB IE applications and they can't say when my (funded) account will be approved. They said I could submit an application to IB Central Europe instead, which would be approved quicker.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,960 ✭✭✭ Diarmuid


    rojito wrote: »
    IB is the only decent broker I could find that is available to non-US residents that provides an API at no extra cost.

    I run my trading strategies 100% automated, but you could also just use it to pull any fundamental or technical data you wanted to play around with before executing manual trades.

    Hi, I am looking at this myself. Did you sign up for IB Central Europe or IB Ireland? I presume the latter but I'm struggling to find out the practical differences? Previously they were based in the UK but are moving due to Brexit


  • Registered Users Posts: 399 ✭✭ td2008


    Quick question guys - trying to fund my account and it's asking to do a wire transfer

    So it has JP Morgan in Germany as an intermediate bank and their IBAN etc but then mentions the IB bank in Hungry just their address.

    Can i just do a normal SEPA transfer to JP Morgan with the reference or do i need to ring up the bank for a transfer like this?

    Cheers,


  • Registered Users Posts: 194 ✭✭ outonawing


    td2008 wrote: »
    Quick question guys - trying to fund my account and it's asking to do a wire transfer

    So it has JP Morgan in Germany as an intermediate bank and their IBAN etc but then mentions the IB bank in Hungry just their address.

    Can i just do a normal SEPA transfer to JP Morgan with the reference or do i need to ring up the bank for a transfer like this?

    Cheers,

    Looks like you've signed up for a central Europe account. My wire also goes to JPMorgan in Germany, but the account name is IB with a Dublin address. So a normal sepa payment and be sure to use the specified reference. Only takes a few hours to get credited to your IB account.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,853 ✭✭✭ Atlas_IRL


    Added 500e to my account i havnt used it before but wanted to use it to yolo into some pennies. Says I need permission for OTC. Tried to buy a regular stock and got the following

    "BUY 100 DSS AMEX" CASH AVAILABLE (SETTLED CASH): 0.00; CASH NEEDED FOR THIS ORDER AND OTHER PENDING ORDERS: 461.43

    Do I need to convert my account from a cash account??


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