Options Trading Provides Many Advantages

Options trading gives the active trader a variety of powerful and useful advantages:

  1. Opportunity to speculate using the power of leverage. This allows for strong potential returns, but can also result in significant losses.

  2. Hedge your position with potential to lock in a profit in the underlying security, or to help minimize potential downside risk.

Want to learn more? Discover more about options trading.

Three Reasons to Trade Options at    TD Ameritrade

  1. No Platform Fees or Trade Minimums - Get the kind of value you deserve with TD Ameritrade. Enjoy no subscription or access fees to use our trading platforms, plus there are no trade minimums. Explore our straightforward pricing.

  2. Opportunity-Seizing Trading Platforms - Quickly take advantage of opportunities with Trade Architect, and the advanced thinkorswim trading platform with elite tools.

  3. Get in the Know - With a TD Ameritrade account, you’ll have access to social and support tools like interactive chat with other traders, live audio feeds from futures pits, and live, in-platform Swim Lessons.

An Options Trading Power Duet: Technology and Idea Generation

With TD Ameritrade, you gain access to the sophisticated thinkorswim platform and a variety of research tools to help you generate options trading ideas and sharpen your strategies.

thinkorswim and independent research can help options traders find an pursue new ideas

Use the Platform from the Broker Named Among the "Best for Options Traders" by Barron's*

With thinkorswim's professional-level research, you can execute a wide range of options trading strategies with speed and ease, so you can act on potential opportunities fast. Quickly enter complex options trades, train yourself without risking funds with paperMoney®,view the implied volatility of an option chain with at-a-glance volatility graphs, and much more.

Idea-Generating Research Tools

thinkorswim’s premium trend tracking and data-mining tools empower you with relevant, timely information for identifying potential insights and trading opportunities. Stock Hacker, powerful charting packages and Forex Global Currency Map provides even more ammunition for new ideas.

Customizable Tools for Your Trading StrategyView All Tools and Platforms

Learn how to trade options with Trade Architect

Trade Architect helps new investors get comfortable with and learn about options strategies. Access customizable components for streaming, charting and more.

Complete complex trades with thinkorswim

The thinkorswim platform allows you to place complex multi-legged
options trades.

Trade options anywhere with our mobile apps

Use mobile trading tools to trade options on your mobile device.


RED Option Advisors, Inc. and TD Ameritrade, Inc. are separate but affiliated firms. Advisory services are provided exclusively by RED Options Advisors, Inc. and brokerage services are provided exclusively by TD Ameritrade, Inc. The Red Option subscription fee is $20 per month per trading strategy.

*Once your account has been upgraded, you can access the Autotrade service under the Trade tab. You only have to upgrade once. The upgrade takes effect the next business day during a weekday, and two business days later if you upgrade on a weekend or holiday.

Third-party research and tools are obtained from companies not affiliated with TD Ameritrade, and are provided for informational purposes only. While the information is deemed reliable, TD Ameritrade does not guarantee its accuracy, completeness, or suitability for any purpose, and makes no warranties with respect to the results to be obtained from its use.

Market volatility, volume and system availability may delay account access and trade executions.

Options involve risks and are not suitable for all investors as the special risks inherent to options trading may expose investors to potentially rapid and substantial losses. Options trading privileges subject to TD Ameritrade review and approval. Please read PDF ICON Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before investing in options before investing in options.

Spreads, Straddles, and other multiple-leg option strategies can entail substantial transaction costs, including multiple commissions, which may impact any potential return.  These are advanced option strategies and often involve greater risk, and more complex risk, than basic options trades.

Access to real-time market data is conditioned on acceptance of the exchange agreements. Professional access differs and subscription fees may apply. See our commission and brokerage fees for details.

TD Ameritrade does not charge platform, maintenance, or inactivity fees. Commissions, service fees, and exception fees still apply. Please review our commission schedule and rates and fees schedule for details.

Past performance of a security or strategy does not guarantee future results or success.

TD Ameritrade was evaluated against 19 others in the 2014 Barron's Online Broker Review, March 15, 2014, and was awarded 4.5 stars overall (along with 3 others).  The firm was ranked 1st in the categories “Best for Long-Term Investing” and “Best for Novices.” TD Ameritrade was also among those listed in the categories Best for Frequent Traders (ranked 4th), Best for Options Traders (ranked 2nd) and Best for In-Person Service (ranked 5th). Star ratings are out of a possible 5. Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones. L.P. All rights reserved.

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