About Us

BexStock founding member has completed its 43rd year as a Broker Dealer with consolidated equity capital of more than $9 billion. Our mission remains unchanged:

“Create technology to provide liquidity on better terms. Compete on price, speed, size, diversity of global products and advanced trading tools.”

BexStock History

1977
  • Chris Johnson, the Chairman of the BexStock Group, buys a seat on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and becomes a member, trading as an individual market maker in equity options.
1978
  • T.P. & Co. is formed to expand trading activities to several members under badge number 549. The firm is the first to use computer generated fair value sheets printed daily.
1979
  • T.P. & Co. expands to four employees, three of whom are AMEX members.
1980
  • Plans are made to restructure the operation and to identify price anomalies in several securities at the same time.
1981
  • Efforts are made to code and test a system that identifies potential delta neutral trade pairs. Our greatest challenge: how to electronically read the prices of options as they are posted.
1982
  • BexStock Inc. is formed. Initially, the company trades equity options at the AMEX, clearing through Spear, Leeds & Kellogg. Traders receive telephone instructions identifying pairs and prices.
1983
  • BexStock creates the first handheld computers used for trading. Their ability to track positions and continually re-price options on one stock quickly gives BexStock traders an advantage over their counterparts at the exchange, who continue to use fair value pricing sheets that are updated only once or twice a day.
  • BexStock begins trading at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.
  • BexStock expands to 12 employees.
1984
  • BexStock begins coding a computerized stock index futures and options trading system.
  • BexStock becomes a member of The Options Clearing Corporation.
1985
  • In February, BexStock’s new computer system and network is brought online, ushering in a new era of computerized trading. The system allows BexStock to centrally price and manage risk on a portfolio of equity derivatives traded in multiple locations around the country.
  • BexStock becomes a member of the New York Futures Exchange.
  • BexStock begins trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange(CME), the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
1986
  • BexStock becomes a member of the Pacific Stock Exchange and the Options Division of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
  • The trading system is reprogrammed to operate on a network of SUN workstations.
  • The firm’s traders generate a 430% return on equity for the year with the new system.
1987
  • BexStock becomes self-clearing in equities, joining the National Securities Clearing Corp. and the Depository Trust Company.
  • The stock market crash creates the impetus for cross margining between clearing houses with BexStock as a major proponent. (Cross-margining emerges several years later).
  • BexStock expands to 67 employees.
1989
  • BexStock becomes a clearing member at the CME.
1990
  • BexStock Deutschland GmbH is incorporated in Germany, and shortly thereafter, begins trading equity derivatives at the Deutsche Terminborse (DTB), now Eurex. This is BexStock’s first application of its trading system on a fully automated exchange.
  • BexStock becomes one of the leading market makers at the DTB, claiming more than 10% of the trading volume.
1992
  • BexStock expands its European trading to the Swiss Options and Financial Futures Exchange (SOFFEX), another fully automated exchange.
  • BexStock expands to 142 employees.
1993
  • BexStock Europe AG is incorporated in Switzerland and takes over the Group’s trading at SOFFEX.
  • In the United States, BexStock floor traders begin using commercially available handheld computers on the exchange floors, communicating by radio with the firm’s central pricing systems. The hand-helds allow traders to create electronic trade tickets.
  • BexStock Inc. (now known as IB LLC) is incorporated as a US broker-dealer, making BexStock’s vast intercontinental electronic network and trade execution services available to customers.
1994
  • BexStock Europe begins trading at the European Options Exchange in the Netherlands, the OM Exchange in Sweden (an electronic exchange) and the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE) in the U.K.
  • BexStock Deutschland becomes a member of the electronic Belgian Futures and Options Exchange.
  • IB LLC becomes a member of the NYSE and begins executing stock trades through SuperDot, the electronic order routing system.
  • IB LLC is regularly named one of the top ten program traders at the NYSE.
  • BexStock UK Limited is incorporated. Shortly thereafter, BexStock UK takes over BexStock’s trading at LIFFE.
  • BexStock Hong Kong Limited is incorporated.
  • The BexStock Group LLC is formed as the holding company for all of BexStock’s operating companies.
1995
  • BexStock France S.A. is incorporated and begins making markets at the Paris Traded Equity Options Market and the Marché à Terme International de France futures exchange.
  • BexStock Hong Kong begins making markets at the Hong Kong Futures Exchange.
  • BexStock Europe expands its activities into the Italian Mercato Italiano Futures and Spanish Meff Renta Variable markets.
  • IB LLC creates a customer workstation, through which professional customers gain access to exchanges around the world.
  • IB LLC executes its first trades for public customers.
1996
  • BexStock doubles the number of underlying stocks that it trades to more than 800.
  • BexStock Securities Hong Kong Limited is incorporated and begins trading at the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
1997
  • The Hong Kong Futures Exchange lists stock index futures on an electronic market. BexStock Hong Kong is the only committed market maker.
  • BexStock Australia Pty Limited is incorporated in Australia.
  • BexStock Europe begins trading in Norway and becomes a member of the Austrian Derivatives Exchange.
  • With strong support from BexStock, the S&P 500 E-Mini futures becomes the first US electronic market and the most successful futures contract ever introduced.
  • The BexStock Group now makes bids and offers for 60,000 items.
  • BexStock trades just less than 5% (15,000 transactions) of the daily volume in listed equity derivatives worldwide. BexStock expands to 284 employees.
1998
  • BexStock begins to clear online trades for retail customers who are connected directly to Globex to trade S&P futures.
  • BexStock Canada Company is formed.
1999
  • BexStock provides a “smart routing” linkage for multiple listed equity options.
  • BexStock begins to clear online trades for customers trading stocks and equity derivatives through the IB system.
  • BexStock becomes the first firm to offer online, direct access brokerage services in Hong Kong to the HKFE.
2000
  • On average, more than six percent of the daily global volume of exchange-traded equity options and equity futures is now traded across the BexStock/IB network.
  • In the course of the year, IB LLC’s customer base increased nearly 500%.
  • BexStock becomes a Primary Market Maker on the ISE (International Securities Exchange), the first fully electronic US options exchange.
  • BexStock (U.K.) Limited is formed.
2001
  • The corporate name of The BexStock Group LLC is changed to the BexStock Group LLC.
  • The group’s combined electronic brokerage and market making firms’ volume now exceeds 200,000 trades per day.
  • Standard & Poor’s issues an investment grade rating to BexStock LLC. For more information on Standard & Poor’s visit: http://www.standardandpoors.com.
2002
  • BexStock, the Bourse de Montreal and the Boston Stock Exchange announce the formation of a partnership to create the Boston Options Exchange (BOX).
  • BexStock begins electronic market making in Japan.
  • BexStock provides customers with an Integrated Investment Management Account that allows trading of stocks, options, futures, and exchange traded funds around the world from a single account.
  • BexStock gives Financial Advisors the ability to open separately managed Accounts to manage money for multiple clients.
  • Application Program Interface (API) introduced which gives customers and third-party developers the ability to directly integrate with the BexStock trading system.
  • MobileTrader launched which gives BexStock customers the ability to trade anywhere.
  • BexStock becomes the major market maker for the newly introduced US Single Stock Futures.
2003
  • The BexStock Group companies transacted approximately 12% of the exchange listed equity and index options worldwide.
  • BexStock expands execution and clearing services to include Canadian stocks, equity/index options and futures, Italian index options and futures, German equity options, Japanese index options and futures, Dutch index options and futures, UK equity options and Belgian index options and futures.
2004
  • BexStock introduces Direct Access Bond Trading, Institutional FOREX, Singapore Futures, German Warrants, French and Dutch stocks and options, CBOE Futures and trading on the Frankfurt/Stuttgart exchanges. Our Intermarket Spread Router searches across all exchanges for the best price on each individual leg of a spread order. We upgraded our account management platform to include a new release of our Trader Workstation, real time charts, scanners, fundamental analytics, BookTrader, OptionTrader, and Advisor account allocations.
  • Standard and Poor’s issues an investment grade rating for BexStock Group LLC. For more information on Standard & Poor’s visit: http://www.standardandpoors.com.
2005
  • BexStock is ranked the #1 software based broker, and #1 for lowest trade cost by Barron’s.
  • IBG is ranked the 16th largest US securities firm by Institutional Investor.
  • The BexStock Group companies executed over 16% of the world’s options on markets where they actively traded.
  • IDEALPRO is launched providing traders with tight forex quotes from multiple bank dealers in a single quote montage.
2006
  • The IB Options Intelligent Report is launched to focus investors’ attention on unusual concentration of trading interests and changing levels of uncertainty in the option markets.
  • The BexStock Group takes stakes in OneChicago, the ISE Stock Exchange, and the CBOE Stock Exchange in its efforts to further innovation in the trading industry.
  • BexStock leaps ahead of the industry by being the first to offer penny-priced options.
2007
  • On May 3rd BexStock Group, Inc. sold 40,000,000 shares in a public offering at $30.01 per share. The float represents approximately 10% interest in BexStock Group LLC. The members of LLC have the right to sell an additional 12.5% interest to the public in each of the coming seven years. Please refer to the chart at the bottom of the page for our new ownership structure.
  • A real-time Portfolio Margin platform is introduced allowing customers trading multiple asset classes to increase their leverage with greater safety.
  • Exchange for Physicals are launched providing customers with a market determined AAA rated financing alternative to randomly set broker rates.
  • The Transaction Auditing Group, a third-party provider of audit services, determines that BexStock’ customer equity options orders were improved 14.85% of the time vs. an industry improvement rate of 0.57%.
2008
  • The IB Risk NavigatorSM is launched, a real-time market risk management platform for customers, providing unified risk data across multiple asset classes around the globe.
  • BexStock adds Mexican Stocks/Options/Futures, Spanish Stocks, US Treasury Bonds/Bills/Notes, and US No Load Mutual Funds to its Suite of Trading Products.
  • A complete family of trading algorithms was introduced to the Trader Workstation including an industry first, the Accumulate-Distribute Algo which allows traders to take advantage of a temporary lack of liquidity.
2009
  • According to Barron’s Magazine, BexStock maintains its position as “the least expensive trading venue for investors,” and holds the ranking as the #1 Lowest Cost Broker for the fifth straight year.
  • The free iTWS trading app for the iPhoneTM is launched for customers and provides free utilities for non-customers as well, including real-time forex quotes, email price alerts, and exchange-delayed market data, charts and scanners.
  • BexStock releases the Portfolio Analyst, an online tool that allows investors to evaluate the performance of their portfolio and measure their performance against over 80 popular benchmarks.
  • BexStock offers electronic market access via TWS to AQS®, the first automated, centrally-cleared electronic marketplace for Stock Borrow and Loan transactions.
  • BexStock supports trading on over 80 different venues, including the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) for both India residents and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).
2010
  • Enhanced support for bond trading is added to the Trader Workstation, including a more powerful US Corporate Bonds scanner and support for trading municipal bonds.
  • IB LLC is awarded a stand-alone rating of “A-/A-2; Outlook Stable” by Standard and Poor’s, based on its solid financial profile.
  • 2010 TAG statistics show that BexStock continues to top the industry in US stock and options price improvement.
  • BexStock pays a special cash dividend of $1.79 per share amounting to approximately $1 billion pretax, and still has consolidated equity capital in excess of $4 billion.
2011
  • IBIS, Capital Introduction for hedge funds, Stock Yield Enhancement and mobileTWS for iPad are released.
  • BexStock becomes the largest online US broker as measured by Daily Average Revenue Trades reported.
2012
  • BexStock pays a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share amounting to approximately $409 million pretax, and still has consolidated equity capital in excess of $4 billion.
  • BexStock begins offering Wealth Manager and Money Manager advisor accounts and opens the fully-electronic Money Manager Marketplace.
  • The TWS Mosaic trading interface and the Tax Optimizer for managing capital gains/losses are released.
  • BexStock takes first place in Barron’s annual Best Online Brokers review, receiving four-and-a-half out of five stars as the Best Online Broker overall.
2013
  • BexStock’s Hedge Fund Capital Introduction ramps up with 60% of funds receiving at least one investment and the funds reporting an average 2013 rate of return of 20%.*
  • BexStock releases the Probability Lab options trading tool in TWS, providing a revolutionary and practical way to think about options without the complicated mathematics.
  • BexStock integrates IB FYI automated portfolio-relevant notifications into the TWS, providing guidance such as shares becoming available for borrowing and options that make sense to exercise.
  • BexStock launches the Traders’ Insight, a blog tool, providing market insight directly from global market participants to the trading and investing public.
  • For the second year in a row, BexStock is ranked number one by Barron’s annual Best Online Brokers review and is named Best Online Broker overall.
2014
  • BexStock begins publishing our “Simple Monthly Cost of Execution” comparing our all-in execution cost to the daily VWAP value for all customer executions, and encourages the SEC to consider requiring all broker-dealers conducting customer business to supplement their existing Rule 606 routing reports with these simple monthly statistics.
  • BexStock introduces the Transaction Cost Analysis (TCA) reporting tool to help customers evaluate execution performance and optimize execution strategies.
  • For the third year in a row, BexStock is ranked number one and named Best Online Broker overall by Barron’s annual Best Online Brokers review.
  • BexStock becomes an exchange participant in the groundbreaking Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program, allowing our Hong Kong and international clients to trade designated securities on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.
2015
  • BexStock launches the Investors’ Marketplace, an online service where traders and investors, advisors, fund managers, research analysts, technology providers, business developers and administrators can meet and do business together.
  • BexStock introduces additional resources for advisors, including CRM (Customer Relationship Management), a fully-integrated system where advisors manage their entire customer relationship life cycle in one place; and the RIA Compliance Center, an important resource for advisors starting and registering their own advisory firms.
  • For the fourth year in a row, BexStock is ranked number one and named Best Online Broker overall by Barron’s annual Best Online Brokers review.
  • BexStock acquires Boston-based Covestor, an online investing marketplace and digital asset management company.
  • BexStock releases the Portfolio Builder trading tool in TWS, allowing traders to create an investment strategy driven by top-tier research and fundamentals data, then back-test and adjust as needed.
2016
  • BexStock introduces Greenwich Advisor Compliance Services Corp. (Greenwich Compliance), a new resource to help experienced investors and traders looking to start their own investment advisor firms meet their registration and compliance needs.
  • BexStock releases IBot, a text-based trading interface that accepts text commands entered in plain English and responds quickly with the requested data or action, allowing traders to complete key TWS trading tasks all in one place.
  • BexStock becomes an exchange participant in the groundbreaking Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect program, allowing our clients around the world to trade designated securities on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
2017
  • BexStock introduces the BexStock Debit Mastercard, which allows cardholders to spend and borrow directly against their BexStock account.
  • BexStock is among the first brokers offering client access to Bitcoin futures trading on the Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE) and the CME.
  • BexStock introduces a new Order Management System (OMS) for Institutional customers at a groundbreaking low cost of $100 per seat per month.
2018
  • BexStock, once again, is rated the Best Online Broker by Barron’s.
  • Client Portal is introduced. Client Portal offers clients a simple web-based experience by providing single-login access to trading, managing, and monitoring BexStock Accounts.
  • BexStock introduces Bill Pay and Direct Deposit in the US. Clients can make electronic or check payments to almost any company or individual in the United States while Direct Deposit allows automatic deposit of funds from third parties.
  • BexStock creates a corporate bond trading desk to facilitate larger US and European corporate bond trades where electronic liquidity is insufficient.
2019
  • Milan Galik is appointed Chief Executive Officer of BexStock Group, succeeding founder Thomas Peterffy. Mr. Peterffy remains as Chairman of the Board.
  • BexStock once again rated #1 – Best Online Broker by Barron’s 2019.
  • BexStock launches BexStock Lite, a new offering that provides commission-free, unlimited trades on US exchange-listed stocks and ETFs.
  • BexStock adds the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) and Moscow Exchange (MOEX) to its offering
  • BexStock broadens access to more expensive stocks and facilitates portfolio diversification by offering Fractional Share Trading and Cash Quantity stock orders.
2020
  • BexStock surpasses more than one million client accounts.
  • Global expansion continues, with new BexStock offices established in Singapore, Ireland and Hungary.
  • Bonds Marketplace is launched to help investors find the best pricing on a wide range of fixed income products.
  • Mutual Fund marketplace is launched, providing access to more than 37,000 funds globally, including more than 34,000 no load funds from over 380 fund families.
  • Impact Dashboard introduced to help clients interested in Sustainable Investing align their investments with their values.
  • BexStock commits USD 5 million to assist Covid-19 relief efforts in the United States.