How to Send Money to Your Interactive Broker's account for free

You pay custody fees (0.025% quarterly, min CHF 15, max CHF 50 - excl. VAT) that means a minimum of about 65 CHF year

As a proxy account to transfer money to IB, it’s probably better to take Swissquite Savings account:

Maintainance is free and outgoing payments cost CHF 2.

I’m sending money to a Citibank’s postal account that according to PostFinance corresponds to Citibank’s BC-number 89095, with a note please credit it to this final beneficiary account. This is a domestic transfer, so there should be no charges from PostFinance here.

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You pay custody fees (0.025% quarterly, min CHF 15, max CHF 50 - excl. VAT) that means a minimum of about 65 CHF year[/quote]
They only charge custody fees when you hold any securities with them. An empty or cash-only trading account is free


Where did you get the swiss IBAN displayed in your previous post (CH29 0900 …) ?

By searching for that BC number in PostFinance UI:

It’s also published on SIC website:

If I screwed up and money goes to a wrong recipient, it’s not a very big deal - within Switzerland I can claim it back from the recipient as unjustified enrichment (Art. 62 OR, Art. 137 StGB).


Hmm, so it didn’t work so far as I can see so far, or takes longer than usual. I’ll talk to Citi later unless they would automatically bounce the payment in the next few days

Another idea to try out is transferring to IBAN slapped together by hand from BC code (89095) and IB’s account number (10569674) at Citi: CH20 8909 5000 0105 6967 4

Schwab’s wire instructions here use a similar IBAN for the same Citibank, so I’m more confident it’d work


Yay, it went through at the end of the business day! Full amount arrived, no charges. I’ll try IBAN thing next


Woohoo! That’s awesome news @hedgehog. Thanks for letting us know.

Now I don’t need the Swissquote account for wiring to IB. I already have 3rd pillar at LUKB, personal at PostFinance + two Polish accounts, investment at CT and now I’m pending for approval of IB account. That’s already insane.

Transfer via IBAN (CH20…) also worked as i expected and was much faster, credit same morning


That’s fantastic news. By the way, what information you had to provide in the form to ask Citi to transfer the money to your IB account?

I posted above the form for the transfer through postal account - just the final recipient IBAN is needed. For transfer through CH IBAN nothing besides your IB account and name in the message, just substitute GB35 IBAN


would any of you (who seem to be well in the matter) make a new thread that summarizes all the relevant information from this thread? for all those ppl that will arrive at this forum in future :slight_smile:

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tldr summary is use this IBAN: CH20 8909 5000 0105 6967 4 instead of GB35 CITI 1850 0810 5696 74 when transferring CHF to IB, it’ll go through swiss interbank clearing instead of SWIFT and is free of charge with any swiss bank as a domestic transfer


Hi @nugget! I haven’t tested that method yet - still waiting for the IB account. I think though it’s perfect material for a @_MP 's blog post, but he seems to not be a user of his own forum. :stuck_out_tongue:

Despite the fact my original idea wasn’t too good, we’ve got a much better one :slight_smile: So there’s nothing like bad idea, just something that ignites a better one :slight_smile:


Short message about my participation to the forum: I created it to let you (the readers) space to talk between each others, as I already occupy all the space on the blog :wink:
Less philosophically, I started to read/reply to every thread when launching it but couldn’t keep up with the huge amount of discussions that happen here. So I made the choice to not participate actively, in order to keep up the pace with blogposts’ writing. Obviously I read the forum a lot to leverage all the smart infos shared here, as well as to get topic ideas :wink:

MP, who gets back into silence-mode :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


Glad to hear (or actually read) that. Looking forward to your new blog posts. :smiley:

By the way, It would be nice to also have an opportunity to meet you on Swiss FI Meetup - either in Zurich or in Yverdon-les-Bains. Let us know if you’re planning anything. :slight_smile:

Good to know, I’ll try this with my next transfer ! Thanks @hedgehog for discovering this trick ! I’d appoint you “mustachian of the month” ! :mortar_board: :smile:


I can confirm that my CHF 1000 that I transferred yesterday evening using @hedgehog’s method, arrived safely to IB today afternoon. Once again - huge thanks @hedgehog! I owe you a beer!

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I strongly suggest to delete your username from this post.

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