What are the differences between those 2 types of accounts, I don't like the idea of having my money parked in Europe. I don't trust the regulators nor the politicians, they will find a way to trace everything and tax it, like they did for euro bonds. Also is the account protection really the same? IB says the clearing entities are different, what could be the consequences of this? Where would you rather have your money in case of a major financial collapse, in the U.S. or in the UK or Euroland ?