Originally independent and acquired by TD Ameritrade in , thinkorswim is a desktop application that offers access to research reports, real-time data streaming, stock scanners, charting, technical studies and more.
Often considered premium features by other online brokers, these tools — and the whole of thinkorswim — are available to all TD Ameritrade customers for free. Open a TD Ameritrade account. Thinkorswim also offers a chat room full of traders sharing strategies and tips, as well as virtual accounts called paperMoney that allow traders to test strategies and practice using the platform without risk.
TD Ameritrade offers mutual funds and bonds, but the thinkorswim platform does not support these securities. Thinkorswim offers virtually everything an advanced trader would want in a platform, including customization of the workspace and a new release, thinkorswim Sharing, allows traders to share their customizations with each other. Investors can also use scanners to filter stocks and options, view heat maps, use the company profile tool to analyze revenue and predict how it will affect returns, and access extensive third-party research.
The platform has an active trader community and forum that is used to share watch lists, charts and strategies, and streaming CNBC and Dow Jones News are included. The Company Profile tool lets investors project and dig deeper.
Click for more detail. The thinkorswim mobile app, available for Apple and Android, closely mimics the desktop platform.
Investors can fund their accounts, initiate trades, watch streaming news and view charts, all from their mobile devices. As mentioned above, thinkorswim is really for advanced traders. But even they have a lot to learn, and thinkorswim delivers the tools to help them do it: Market Monitor offers a real-time look at your portfolio.
TD Ameritrade offers over commission-free ETFs — many with low expense ratios — available to trade through thinkorswim. The list is independently curated by Morningstar. Investors can also closely monitor the market, strategize and trade within the program. Again, thinkorswim is for advanced traders. But even at the higher price point, the platform makes a very strong showing because of the wealth of free tools and research it offers. Those features make it a prime candidate for active traders.
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