The Stock Yield Enhancement Program (SYEP) provides you with the ability to lend your shares in exchange for an interest-based fee. Below, you will find the instructions explained step by step.

Please note:

If you unsubscribe from the Stock Yield Enhancement Program, you will have to wait 90 days before you can apply for the program again.


In the menu at the top right corner, select Welcome and then Settings.

Select Stock Yield Enhancement Program

Search the left section for the Trading Section and then click on Stock Yield Enhancement Program.

Confirm and subscribe

You can now select and continue to subscribe to the program. Then, you will be presented a risk disclosure and ask to confirm it. Please acknowledge the warnings and sign by typing in your name as shown. Herewith, you enroll to the SYEP. The program is turned on the next business day.


Follow the aforementioned steps to navigate to the Settings and then unsubscribe from within the settings section.

When the following conditions are met, accounts can participate:

  • Cash account with a minimum equity of $50,000 at the time of subscribing or an equivalent amount in another currency)
  • Margin account

The Stock Yield Enhancement Program does not guarantee that all eligible shares in a specific account will be lent. Certain securities may not have a market at an advantageous price, IB may not have access to a market with willing borrowers, or IB may choose not to lend your shares.

Of course, there are some aspects you should consider before deciding to participate in the Stock Yield Enhancement Program lending program. Lent shares are not protected by the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970. From the SEC, this requires the broker to be able to provide cash collateral of the same value as your shares for protection.

Lent shares are also commonly used to go short, or speculate in a drop in the price of the stock. This can potentially affect the value of your shares. Also, you no longer have voting rights over your loaned shares; these are held by the borrower of your shares.

As soon as you sell your shares, you lose the right to receive consideration for the previously loaned shares; after all, you no longer own your shares. This is also the case if you purchase additional shares (or repurchase funds) and, as a result, your shares are no longer fully funded.

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