Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [sipc]

The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (US)

2
votes
2answers
214 views

Does SIPC protection apply if a brokerage doesn't actually purchase securities?

Suppose there is a brokerage (not like Madoff case), where investors buy ordinary stocks/ETFs (qqq, brk-b orcl or any stock traded on NASDAQ/NYSE, not pink sheet or unlisted) at a time (and never sell)...
3
votes
1answer
332 views

Is SIPC a scam or does it protect investors from fraud?

I was trying to understand if SIPC is going to protect me. Despite the higher limit, even for small investors, it can be a problem if I consider https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/why-brokerage-...
10
votes
3answers
654 views

Is my cash safe with Robinhood banking?

Just today Robinhood released its own banking with 3% annual yield. The money will be SIPC insured. While I understand that SIPC wont cover my investments losing their value, however the cash in the ...
5
votes
4answers
5k views

FDIC vs SIPC: Are they the same?

Before posting this question I did read Is SIPC coverage on cash as strong as FDIC?, but the answer did not seem to make much sense/lacked many answers to help clarify for me. I was doing some ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

What happens to my stocks when broker goes bankrupt?

Let's say I have bought many stocks, ETFs and other products through Degiro. If degiro closes, do I have "access" to my financial products? How? Can I sell them aftewards through another broker?
10
votes
3answers
2k views

What happens to investors' money in SPY ETF if State Street becomes bankrupt?

SPY is one of the most popular ETF tracking S&P500 index. If the ETF issuer State Street Global Advisors becomes bankrupt in a black swan event, what happens to investors' money? Is the money 100% ...
2
votes
2answers
227 views

Diversify across multiple brokers?

Right now my brokerage account has a non-trivial fraction of my total assets. It's all in a single account with Interactive Brokers. I know in theory customer funds and assets are ring-fenced, but ...
0
votes
0answers
62 views

What is Deposit Insurance for Trading?

I was reading a news article for a particular stock and saw an advertisement boldly proclaiming "Lost Your Money? We will pay you back!" Suspicious as to what this could possibly mean, I followed ...
0
votes
2answers
560 views

Should I have more than one brokerage account?

I have my brokerage business with one particular well-known US brokerage house. I find being able to access my retirement accounts and personal investment accounts through the one interface useful. ...
1
vote
3answers
514 views

Are mutual funds safe from defaults?

Mutual funds are great way to diversify your investments (e.g compared to individual stocks). I am investing a significant part of my savings in a mutual fund, and understand that investment has risks ...
8
votes
1answer
4k views

Is SIPC coverage on cash as strong as FDIC?

I'm considering opening a brokerage account with a broker that is requesting $10,000 minimum funding. That money will not go to an FDIC covered bank account. But the broker does have an SIPC insurance....
3
votes
1answer
57 views

What is the typical time taken for SIPC to return money and stocks to brokerage clients when the broker goes under?

SIPC's job is safeguard the money and securities of brokerage clients when broker goes bankrupt. One of the tasks is to speed up the return of these possessions to the clients. Going by past ...
5
votes
2answers
371 views

Can the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) itself go bankrupt?

The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) insures investor accounts up to $500K: Terms of SIPC help. Customers of a failed brokerage firm get back all securities (such as stocks and ...
5
votes
2answers
574 views

Does SIPC protect securities purchased in foreign exchanges?

Suppose I open an account at an SIPC-protected broker (say Interactive Brokers) and buy 500,000$ worth of BP stocks on the LSE (London Stock Exchange). Now suppose Interactive Brokers goes bankrupt, ...
9
votes
4answers
1k views

Sanity check on recommendations from a financial advisor

Recently my wife and I have decided that we make enough money to go see a financial advisor and see how we can be smarter with our money. The most important topic we discussed with the advisor was ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

Is there any real risk in having all mutual funds with the same brokerage?

My retirement accounts (Roth IRA and traditional 401k) are with Fidelity. In the unlikely even that Fidelity goes under, what happens to my money - is it gone? If so, does it make sense from a risk ...
6
votes
3answers
418 views

Can stock brokerage firms fail?

Can brokerage firms like Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, or Vanguard fail? They seem pretty unshakable, but the recent financial crisis made it clear that even very large financial companies can fall. And ...
2
votes
2answers
160 views

How expensive is it to keep minimal cash at a brokerage?

With the recent events at MF Global, I am reluctant to keep any more than a minimum of cash at any brokerage; it seems that in the cases of fraud, you either don't get your money back or it may take ...
6
votes
1answer
167 views

If a brokerage commits fraud (by not separating customer funds), is there any SIPC protection?

Recent news on MF Global suggests the possibility that the brokerage firm did not segregate customer accounts. Suppose I have an account at MF Global and suppose they have failed to segregate my ...
5
votes
4answers
319 views

Simple and safe way to manage a lot of cash

I have an older relative that I am going to help in managing their money. His income is fine to live on. In terms of assets, he has about $250k in a variety of separate CDs, stocks, checking ...
9
votes
3answers
484 views

Stability of a Broker: What if your broker goes bankrupt? Could you lose equity in your account?

What exactly happens if a broker runs out of funds? Could you actually lose equity in your account? If so, what should you be examining when looking at the financial report of your broker?