Interactive Brokers launches cryptocurrency trading

Other brokers, including Robinhood Markets Inc and TradeStation also provide cryptocurrency trading


Reuters September 14, 2021
Cryptocurrency price declines last week were sparked by Musk’s reversal on Tesla accepting bitcoin. PHOTO: REUTERS

Interactive Brokers Group on Monday said it launched low-fee cryptocurrency trading on its platform, making it the latest online retail brokerage to add digital assets to its offerings.

US clients of the brokerage will now be able to trade and custody bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and bitcoin cash alongside stocks, options, futures, bonds, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, the company said.

“As financial markets evolve, sophisticated individual and institutional investors are increasingly seeking out allocations to digital currencies as a means of achieving their financial objectives,” said Chief Executive Officer Milan Galik.

PayPal launches its cryptocurrency service in the UK

Chairman Thomas Peterffy said in June that Interactive Brokers, which caters to active traders and sophisticated investors, would launch trading in cryptocurrencies by the end of the summer as the nascent asset class becomes more mainstream.

Other brokers, including Robinhood Markets Inc and TradeStation also provide cryptocurrency trading, while Charles Schwab Corp and Fidelity currently offer access to bitcoin futures.

Crypto-trading commissions at Interactive Brokers will be 0.12% to 0.18% of trade value, depending on monthly volume, with no added spreads, markups, or custody fees, the New York-based company said.

Interactive Brokers said it partnered with Paxos Trust Company, a regulated provider of cryptocurrency services that also works with companies like PayPal on digital asset trading, to enable the new service.

COMMENTS

Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read