Three reasons to trade options at TD Ameritrade
Access to U.S. marketsTrading options on the U.S. markets allows you to access the most liquid options market in the world. With thousands more optionable stocks and indices available than on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, you'll have access to more trading opportunities and the potential for additional diversification.
Unlike warrants, CBBC, or equity-linked investments (ELI), for which the price and terms are determined by the issuers, the price and terms of U.S. options are determined by market factors. The contract size for most U.S. equity options contracts is 100 shares of the underlying stock, whereas contract size of Hong Kong options can vary greatly from underlying stock to stock. Choose your strike price and expiration (weekly or monthly) based on your risk appetite and trading objectives.
Low commissions and no hidden feesGet the kind of value you deserve with TD Ameritrade. Enjoy low commissions, no subscription or access fees to use our trading platforms, and no trade minimums. Explore our straightforward pricing.
Technology built by traders for traders
With thinkorswim's professional-level trading tools, you can execute a wide range of options trading strategies with speed and ease, so you can act on potential opportunities fast.
thinkorswim's premium trend tracking and data-mining tools empower you with relevant, timely information for identifying potential insights and trading opportunities. Option Hacker and powerful charting packages provide even more ammunition for new ideas.
It's one thing to know what might happen to your trade when you're right on the direction. But what about when you're wrong? When you want to take a closer look under the hood of a potential trade, the Analyse tab lets you "see" your trade and all of its potential outcomes before you place your order.
Refine your options strategy with our Options Statistics tool. Look at the put-call ratio to identify the potential direction of the underlying security. Assess the IV% to determine a buying or selling strategy. And use our Sizzle Index to help identify if option activity is unusually high or low.
Web-based options trading
thinkorswim Web lets you trade options on your browser, from anywhere you can access the internet—no software download necessary. From single-legged trades to iron condors, use preconfigured strategies to set up options orders in one click.
Mobile options trading
With features like Options Statistics, Options Probabilities, and Analyse, thinkorswim Mobile, offers professional tools to help you trade options right from your mobile device. You can also paper trade with paperMoney®, access customised charts, and get live market news from CNBC.
Whether you're a seasoned option trader or aspiring to get there, you'll enjoy the great educational resources in our Education Centre. Explore articles and videos from options basics to complex strategies, and learn how to use thinkorswim so you can be up and running quickly once you open your account (note: option trading is only available in a margin account).