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It's free and simple. I recently downloaded Thinkorswim and opened a TDAmeritrade account, but have not funded. They only granted me Tier 1, so I can't buy calls or puts with options. I heard a few people saying something about being able to use "thinkorswim" instead, to buy options? What does that mean? Ben, I've attached a link at the very end Learning Center where you can go to learn to use the thinkorswim platform.
If you are looking to do option spreads on futures you won't be able to do that with TD - at least not yet. Also, thinkorswim used to be their own company. A guy by the name of Tom Sosnoff started the company which created the thinkorswim platform. If you are new at trading you will learn much from these guys and its free.
Even if you think you knew everything there is to know about trading you will learn something you never even thought or heard of. These guys are real good at what they do, were floor traders and market makers a while back at the CME. Much success in your trading. The following user says Thank You to tlopez51 for this post: Hi Ben, I need to clarify one thing. I can buy or sell Future contracts outright but cannot do option spreads. Reason for the restriction on the naked CALL is that a stock can theoretically go up forever but can only go to zero.
In an IRA if you are naked anything, you must be able to secure the position which means you will need to tie up the equivalent of what would normally cost you to purchase shares of whatever stock you are naked on should the stock go to zero or you get put the stock. On the other hand, there's just no way to secure being naked on the CALL side. Unlike TD which has a ton of rules and regulations in place which puts people like me that trade in their IRA at a disadvantage.
However, I stick with TD because I can trade stocks and options on stocks. As far as the other reason for being with them is that when " thinkorswim " sold out to TD all accounts went the way of TD.
Plus I really think the TOS platform is the best that's out there for the retail investor and is free. Now if you are trading in either a cash or margin account the rules change. So please check first with TD for your situation before jumping ship. Last edited by tlopez51; December 19th, at Sorry I had missed that part of your question.
You do need to be Tier 2 to purchase options https: Search this Thread Advanced Search. Become an Elite Member.
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