On a yearly basis, Interactive Broker's DART figure is worse, falling by 20 percent to 2.2 million. However, not all the figures are alarming.

A platform for advanced and professional traders, Interactive Brokers, finds it challenging to pump up its monthly volume. The broker has offered some trading attractions, such as commission-free trading and fractional shares, but they don't immediately attract customers.

The DART number for April 2021 was down 14 percent to 1.77 million transactions from 2.05 million transactions a month before. On a yearly basis, Interactive Broker's DART figure is worse, falling by 20 percent to 2.2 million. 

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However, not all of the figures in the monthly report of Interactive Brokers are disappointing. The equity balance in customers' accounts during April 2023 is up to 5 percent yearly. The figure totaled $342 billion. April's active accounts increased to 2.22 million, which is 1 percent higher than in March. The figure total is 28,700 new accounts.

The commission fee average is $3.18 per order, including exchange, clearing, and regulatory fees. Interactive Brokers charge differently between products. It is  $2.03 for stocks, $4.65 for equity options, and $4.25 for futures orders. The report is a bit worrying for growth in the second quarter. The first quarter of 2023 is still solid because of increasing account numbers. 


The Greenwich, Connecticut-based company said the profit is still large thanks to a favorable interest rate environment and an increasing user base. It seems that the broker should have more struggle to fix the volume in the next three months. Despite headwinds from a push to no-fee trading, Interactive Brokers' commission revenue increased 2 percent from the year-ago quarter to $357 million. 

Last year, Interactive Brokers launched IBKR GlobalTrader, a simple application to trade stock worldwide for its clients. It could be evidence that Interactive Broker continues to attract customers with trading features that make trading easier.