No Market Data for Interactive Brokers Accounts with less than US$ 500


Well, I just wanted to start to Paper Trade and realized that there was no Market Data in my TWS (Interactive Brokers Trading Platform). So I logged into my Account and Check marked US Equity and Options Add-On Streaming Bundle and US Securities Snapshot and Futures Value Bundle. But then got the following Message: Your account has less than USD 500 in equity. Hence, you are not permitted to add market data.

Again, blowing up an Account is the worst thing that can happen. I can not even Paper Trade right now even though there is enough Cash in my Account to pay for Market Data. Whatever, just wired some money, so I can hopefully trade tomorrow.

I believe that Interactive Brokers is one of the best Brokers out there, but this requirement is just Nonsense.

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