Interactive Brokers Account Statement Shows Certain Short Term Capital Gain Losses as a Positive value

Asked by: Adam Lewis

How do you read an Interactive Brokers activity statement?

Log in to your Master account via Account Management. Click Reports > Activity > Statements.
Activity Statements

  1. Activity Statements include these features:
  2. Expandable and contractible sections with click-down detail.
  3. Performances summary by asset class for a quick view of an account’s profitability.

How do you calculate profit and loss on Interactive Brokers?

You can see P&L on the trading screen and in the Account window. Position – shows your position in the instrument. Avg Price – the average price is calculated by dividing your cost (execution price + commission) by the quantity of your position. This value is then used to determine your unrealized P&L.

Does Interactive Brokers have negative balance protection?

While there are some firms without negative balance protection, most popular brokers, such as Interactive Brokers, eToro,, and XM offer the service. Generally, this applies to retail clients only and professional traders are not offered the same level of protection.

Is Interactive Brokers good for shorting?

Interactive Brokers is our top pick for veteran traders looking to short sell. IBKR clients will benefit from the lowest margin rates in the industry, as well as low commissions on stock, forex, futures, options and bonds. High-net-worth clients will increase profit from low margin interest rates of 50 bps on accounts.

How do you read a broker statement?

Your account number and the period covered by your statement appear on the top right. Your name and address, as well as your investment professional’s information, appear on the top left. Tis section provides you with a snapshot of the activity in your account and explains the changes in the value of your account.

What does it mean when your account is in read only mode?

Read-only is a file attribute which only allows a user to view a file, restricting any writing to the file. Setting a file to “read-only” will still allow that file to be opened and read; however, changes such as deletions, overwrites, edits or name changes cannot be made.

What is P price in Interactive Brokers?

Sale Condition (1-byte Representation)

Code Value
O Opening Prints
P Prior Reference Price
Q Market Center Official Open
R Seller

What does unrealized P l mean?

Unrealized P&L (Profit and Loss) is the current profit or loss on an open position. The unrealized P&L is a reflection of what profit or loss could be realized if the position were closed at that time. The P&L does not become realized until the position is closed.