IBKR extends US Treasury bond trading to 22 hours per day

Rick Steves

US Treasury bonds are highly sought after by investors seeking stability and security in their portfolios as these instruments are often considered one of the safest investment options. 

Interactive Brokers has expanded trading hours for US Treasury bonds to allow clients around the world to now trade US Treasury bonds for 22 hours each day.

The trading session closes daily at 5:00 pm Eastern Time (ET), reopens at 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and continues until 5:00 pm the following day, the global brokerage firm announced, adding that during Eastern Standard Time (EST), the market operates from 7:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Previously, IBKR clients were able to trade US Treasury bonds nine hours per day. Extending trading hours to 22 per day is a significant move that fundamentally alters the trading dynamics for IBKR’s users across the globe.

Now, clients can trade US Treasuries during their local trading hours and are able to respond swiftly to global market news and economic events as they occur, regardless of time or location.

“The most flexible and comprehensive trading environment possible”

Thomas Frank, Executive Vice President of Interactive Brokers, said: “The extension of trading hours for US Treasury bonds represents a significant enhancement to our offerings. It is part of an ongoing effort to expand our bond offering by adding new coverage, products, venues, and liquidity. We aim to provide our clients with the most flexible and comprehensive trading environment possible. With clients in over 200 countries and territories, it’s essential that we accommodate their needs and provide opportunities to trade on a schedule that suits them best, especially in a market as crucial as that of US Treasuries.”

US Treasury bonds are highly sought after by investors seeking stability and security in their portfolios as these instruments are often considered one of the safest investment options.

IBKR offers fixed income products without mark-ups or built-in spreads. Instead, the broker charges transparent commissions and offers free access to its IBKR Bond Marketplace search tool, which allows them to search and compare bonds by type, maturity, yield, and other criteria to tailor their investments to their specific needs and objectives.

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