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What is paper trading?

The term 'Paper Trading' refers to IB's demo solutions. With a Paper Trading Account, a user starts with 1,000,000 USD of paper trading equity, that allows the user to experiment with IB's trading platform without any real exposure.

 

Opening a Paper Trading Account on Interactive Brokers

 

1. Login to your Client Portal, and click on the top right icon. Proceed to 'Manage Account'.

How to use Interactive Brokers for Paper Trading - Client portal

2. Scroll down on the next page, and you will see a menu item called 'Paper Trading Account' with a gear icon. Click on the gear icon.

How to use Interactive Brokers for Paper Trading - Paper Trading Account menu item

3. Follow the steps on the next page to create a Paper Trading Account. You will have to create a username, and a password. After saving the details, you will receive your Paper Trading Account access.

 

How a paper trading account on Interactive Brokers works

 

Basically, you'll gain access to IB's services and functionalities with virtual capital. You can try out strategies, tactics on the platforms with real data. You can switch between Real and Paper Trading accounts anytime.

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Bence András Rózsa

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Bence’s purpose is to help you to understand the logic behind financial services. In his master’s studies, he specialised in business economy and finance to be able to give you a clear picture of the brokerage world. Having reviewed multiple brokers and robo-advisor services, his goal will always be to guide you in the world of investing as it is.

Bence András Rózsa

Broker Analyst

Bence’s purpose is to help you to understand the logic behind financial services. In his master’s studies, he specialised in business economy and finance to be able to give you a clear picture of the brokerage world. Having reviewed multiple brokers and robo-advisor services, his goal will always be to guide you in the world of investing as it is.

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