Securities Financing

Securities Financing

Securities Financing

From trade date to settlement date, our securities financing services are backed by our dedication to providing automated trading solutions to our clients.



Our depth of availability not only helps to locate hard-to-borrow securities but also gives you protection against buy-ins and recalls.

View available securities for shorting in real time by:

  • Adding the Shortable Shares and Fee Rate columns in Trader Workstation (TWS) to view the number of available shares for shorting and the current interest rate charged on borrowed shares.
  • Using our fully electronic, self-service Shortable Instruments (SLB) Search tool in Client Portal to search for real-time availability of shortable securities and setup notifications for when a borrow becomes available.

Transparent Rates

Our securities financing services bring transparency, reliability and efficiency to the stock loan and borrow markets using automated price discovery and improved credit-worthiness. We use a combination of sources to develop indicative rates, which are displayed along with security availability in our automated securities financing tools.

We also display charted daily rate history and intraday time and sales of stock loan fees in the SLB Rates window, which is accessible in Trader Workstation's Mosaic workspace.

Global Reach

Connectivity to multiple counterparties around the globe enables our clients to execute short sale strategies. For example, in the United States alone we have access to more than 60 counterparties, including agent lenders and broker dealers.

We maintain dedicated, professionally-staffed SLB desks in the United States, Europe and Asia who are ready to help you with all of your securities financing needs, including stock loan and borrow questions.

Additional Tools

IBKR has always provided sophisticated, automated technology to our clients, and our securities lending services are no exception. We offer a variety of stock loan and borrow tools:

Short-Securities Availability

Search for real-time availability of shortable stocks and bonds with our online, self-service tool.

Stock Yield Enhancement Program

Earn income on the fully-paid shares of stock held in your account.

Securities Lending Dashboard

Use daily short sale data on thousands of securities worldwide to generate trade ideas, gauge short sentiment and evaluate your portfolio from a different angle.

Short Sale Cost Calculator

Calculate the cost of borrowing stock.

FYI Notifications

Sign up to be notified when a borrow becomes available in shares that you were unable to short in the last week.

Pre-Borrow Program

Borrow stocks in anticipation of a short sale.

Interactive Brokers Canada Inc. is a member of the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) and Member - Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Know Your Advisor: View the CIRO AdvisorReport. Trading of securities and derivatives may involve a high degree of risk and investors should be prepared for the risk of losing their entire investment and losing further amounts. Using borrowed money to finance the purchase of securities involves greater risk than using cash resources only. If you borrow money to purchase securities, your responsibility to repay the loan and pay interest as required by its terms remains the same even if the value of the securities purchased declines. Interactive Brokers Canada Inc. is an order execution-only dealer and does not provide investment advice or recommendations regarding the purchase or sale of any securities or derivatives. Our registered office is located at 1800 McGill College Avenue, Suite 2106, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3J6, Canada.

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