GFM’s primary business is managing investment accounts for individual clients, many of which clients choose to hold at Interactive Brokers (IBKR) due to their low costs, excellent technology, and clear statements and reporting.
Interactive Brokers is a US-based brokerage firm founded in 1977 with offices in Hong Kong, China, Japan, India, Australia, and the UK.
GFM founder Tariq Dennison has personally held accounts at Interactive Brokers since 2000 (21 years and counting).
Information on Interactive Brokers account protection in the US and Hong Kong is posted here.
If you do not already have an account with IBKR, you can click here to open a Hong Kong account (for Hong Kong residents and companies) or here to open a US IRA account.
If you have multiple Interactive Brokers accounts under the same name and e-mail address, you can link them by following these instructions.
If you already have an account with IBKR, you can grant GFM trading authority over part or all of your account through the following steps:
Step 1: Sign a client service agreement with GFM – contact us for this
Step 2: In Interactive Brokers Account Management, go to Settings > Account Settings.
Step 3: After selecting an account (which might pop up on the right hand of the screen), look for and select the option “Create, Move, Link, or Partition an Account” which should appear center-right of your screen.
For reference, here’s what steps 2 and 3 looked like in the old interface, under Manage Account > Add or Configure Accounts > Move, Link or Partition an Account:
Step 4: On the next screen, you will be asked to either:
a. If you want to trade part of your account yourself and have us trade a separate partition, choose the first option “Divide my account into two partitions …”
b. If you want GFM to simply manage your whole Interactive Brokers account, please select “Move my entire account …”
c. We do not recommend the third option.
If your account is a US IRA account OR has an address outside of Hong Kong or Macau, please use Advisor Account ID “F8037272” and account title “GFM Asset Management LLC“.
If your account has a Hong Kong or Macau address AND is not a US IRA account, please use our Advisor Account ID “F8051020” and title “GFM Group Limited“.
For an account managed under our GFM Focus program, please use our Advisor Account ID “F8062782” and title “GFM Group Limited“.
Be sure to click the “Continue” button and any confirmations thereafter!
Step 5: After GFM approves your account, log into Account Management again to approve the fee arrangement (and if necessary, additional trading permissions). You will this as a “Pending Item” when you log in to account management, on which you can click “Confirm” and then electronically sign and accept the fee structure on screen.
In the new account management interface (November 2017 and later), the “Pending Items” appears as one of the notifications under the bell icon.
If you need to approve a fee change, you will see one of the pending items as “Confirm Fee Change”.
Review the details of the fee arrangement and click “confirm”.
Once you’ve confirmed it, you should see a confirmation screen similar to the one below.
As always, please contact me if you have any questions.
Until next time,
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