Schwab Trading Products

Because trading at Schwab is powered by Ameritrade, you'll still have access to all the investment products you have now—including equities, options, futures, and forex—plus new trading products and capabilities.

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There's a lot to look forward to when you start trading at Schwab. Like extensive investment choices and potential opportunities to seize. Read on for details.

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Stocks and ETFs

Access a wide selection of stocks and ETFs, including:

  • All stocks listed on U.S. exchanges, plus over-the-counter stocks (OTCs) and more.
  • A broad range of international stocks, including American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), Canadian stocks, and foreign ordinaries.
  • All ETFs listed on U.S. exchanges—more than 2,000 different ETFs.
     

Plus discover a new investing choice for you: Schwab Stock Slices®. Now you can own fractional shares of any company in the S&P 500® for as little as $5. Fractional shares aren't traded via the trade ticket or Snapticket on Schwab.com. Instead, you'll go to Schwab.com > Trade > Schwab Stock Slices to place an order. Watch our "How to buy Schwab Stock Slices" video for details.


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Options

Great news—the options trading level you're approved for at the time of your scheduled move will transition to Schwab with you, in addition to your current service teams. And, of course, you can expect the same low-cost pricing you're used to. Read on for details about options trading at Schwab.  

Note: You will be subject to a new options trading agreement. Please take a moment to review the new options trading agreement at your leisure.

Compare options levels at TD Ameritrade and Schwab.

Your options trading capabilities will be similar to what you experience today, with a few differences. Take a look at the table below to see the strategies that will be allowed at Schwab for each options level at TD Ameritrade:

Options level at TD Ameritrade Options level at Schwab Strategies allowed
1 0 – Covered
  • Long stock/short calls (covered calls)
  • Cash-secured equity put writing
  • Long stock/long puts (protective puts)
  • Short stock/short puts (covered puts) (margin is required)
  • Short stock/long calls (protective calls) (margin is required)
  • Collar (long stock/short calls/long puts)
2 – Cash

1 – Long
  • Any strategies from previous levels
  • Long puts and calls
  • Long straddles
  • Long combos
  • Long strangles
2 – Margin
2 – Spreads
  • Any strategies from previous levels
  • Credit and debit spreads
  • Diagonal call and put spreads
  • Ratio spreads (long side heavy)
Margin or Limited Margin (IRA) is required
3 3 – Short Uncovered
  • Any strategies from previous levels
  • Uncovered calls and puts
  • Short straddles
  • Short strangles
  • Short combos
Margin is required

Spread trading in IRAs

If you're currently approved to trade options spreads in your IRA at TD Ameritrade, you'll retain that approval once your account moves to Schwab. However, your IRA will be subject to a minimum account balance of $5,000 to trade options spreads. This is different from your current experience, as TD Ameritrade doesn't have a minimum account balance to trade options spreads in IRAs.

You will be subject to a new spread trading agreement, which can be found in the spread trading application for your reference. We want to stress that you do not need to complete or return the application to us. Simply review the agreement language at your leisure.

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Options symbols

  • thinkorswim® will continue to use the same options symbols that you see today.
  • The options symbols used on Schwab.com and the Schwab Mobile app are very similar to how they appear on tdameritrade.com. 
  • Here's how the same call on AAPL appears on thinkorswim, tdameritrade.com, and Schwab.com:
    • thinkorswim: .AAPL220520C135 
    • tdameritrade.com: AAPL May 20 2022 135 Call
    • Schwab.com: AAPL 05/20/2022 135.00 C
This is an example of a Charles Schwab option call showing how the security name, expiration date, and strike price are displayed.

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Options expiration

  • The Schwab cutoff time to submit a "do not exercise" request will be 5:00 p.m. ET (currently set at 5:30 p.m. ET at TD Ameritrade).
  • Instead of sending real-time notices about assignments, Schwab will send a trade confirmation noting that the transaction is the result of an assignment.

Exchange routing for options trades

You'll still be able to select the exchange to which your options orders are routed at Schwab when using thinkorswim platforms. This functionality will not be available on Schwab.com or the Schwab Mobile app.

In addition, you'll also be able to call a broker to request the exchange you'd like the order routed to.

Options symbol conversion in watchlists

Some options symbols held in TD Ameritrade watch lists may appear with formatting errors when converted to Schwab watchlists. If that happens, simply deleting and adding back the symbols should correct the issue.

Cash-secured equity puts

You'll now be able to hold Treasuries that mature in less than a year and Schwab money market funds as collateral for your cash-secured puts without having to liquidate those securities, giving you more flexibility.


Futures

If you're already approved to trade futures, that approval will move with your account. See how your futures trading experience will remain largely unchanged at Schwab.

  • What's staying the same

    • You'll continue to use thinkorswim to trade futures and get futures quotes just like you do today.
    • Futures commissions will remain the same.
    • The same futures service team that you work with today is moving to Schwab with you, and you'll still have the same 24-hour support you're used to, Sunday evening through Friday afternoon.
    • You'll still have the same access to robust futures educational resources.
    • Futures and futures options will continue to be traded through Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC.
    • If you're currently approved to trade futures in your IRA at TD Ameritrade, you'll retain that approval once your account moves to Schwab, and you’ll be subject to a new Futures in IRA agreement.
    • The same futures products will still be available.
    • Futures accounts will continue to be funded through an automated sweep process between the futures account and the linked brokerage account.
  • What's changing

    • Access statements and tax forms on Schwab.com under Accounts > Statements & Tax Forms. You can also access them on Schwab Mobile.
    • Futures balances will be reflected in overall balances on Schwab.com and on the Schwab.com Balances page.
    • Futures positions will not appear on Schwab.com or the Schwab Mobile app. (They will still appear on thinkorswim.)
    • The futures sweep process will generally be the same. However, if you liquidate a futures position, excess funds will stay in your futures account overnight and will be automatically transferred back to the linked brokerage account the next business day. Funds from the closed futures position will be available for option buying power and immediately available for withdrawal. The funds will be reflected in the day trade buying power the day after the funds post to your brokerage account.

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Forex

You can also expect a familiar forex trading experience once your account transitions to Schwab.

  • What's staying the same

    • You'll continue to use thinkorswim to trade forex like you do today. All forex trading, quotes, balances, and positions will be exclusive to thinkorswim, so your positions and balances won't be visible on Schwab.com or Schwab Mobile.
    • Your forex trade pricing will remain the same. Forex currency pairs are traded in increments of 10,000 units and there is no commission. The cost of the trade is reflected in the bid/ask spread.
    • The same forex service team that you work with today is moving to Schwab with you, and you'll still have the same 24-hour support you're used to, Sunday evening through Friday afternoon.
    • There won't be any changes to the forex products you currently have available at TD Ameritrade.
    • Forex products will continue to be traded through Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC.
  • What's changing

    • Access statements on Schwab.com under Accounts > Statements & Tax Forms.

Forex Move Money

Take a closer look at how the forex move money feature works at Schwab.

  • What's staying the same

    • To move funds into or out of your forex account, you'll need to manually initiate a funds transfer request on Schwab.com.
    • Forex move money transactions are only available on the same day—no future-dated transactions are permitted. Transactions can be entered at any time but will only post during specific hours. See What's changing for more details on times.
    • Funds transfer requests submitted outside of business hours will still be processed the next business day.
  • What's changing

    • At Schwab, you'll have access to extended hours compared to what's currently available at TD Ameritrade, a net enhancement for forex traders.
      • Same-day transfers FROM forex accounts can be initiated Monday–Friday, from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Settled funds require two to three hours to transfer.
      • Same-day transfers TO forex accounts can be initiated Monday–Thursday, from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, and on Friday from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Transfers typically take place immediately when funds are available during business hours.
    • When transferring FROM a forex account, instead of seeing a "transfer all funds upon settlement" option, you must now specify the amount of money you want to move.
    • When transferring FROM a forex account, you'll see a warning message at Schwab that wasn't shown at TD Ameritrade.

Trading forex over your conversion weekend.

Trading forex over your transition weekend.

There are a few important details you need to know about funds transfers and requests while your account is moving over to Schwab.

  • Fund transfers must be entered at TD Ameritrade no later than 4 p.m. ET on Friday, May 10 to be available for trading on Sunday, May 12. Please remember that money movement will not be available over the weekend.
  • Any forex transfer requests initiated after 4 p.m. ET on Friday, May 10 will be cancelled. You'll need to resubmit the request at Schwab starting Monday, May 13.

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Margin

If you have margin enabled at TD Ameritrade, your margin feature will move with your account to Schwab. Here's what you need to know to start using margin in your brokerage account at Schwab.

  • What's staying the same

    • You'll be able to utilize margin on all Schwab trading platforms, including thinkorswim.
    • The same margin service team that you work with today is moving to Schwab with you.
    • Enjoy competitive margin interest rates—in some cases lower than what you experience at TD Ameritrade.
    • You'll have the same ability to sign up for margin call alerts via text/SMS. Note that thinkorswim users will continue to receive call alerts through thinkorswim platforms.
    • If your IRA account has the limited margin feature, it will move to Schwab with your account—along with no minimum equity requirements to use it.
  • What's changing

    • You'll be able to view margin requirements from the trade ticket on Schwab.com.
    • Margin interest is accrued daily and posted to your account monthly. This may reduce your buying power and Total Available to Pay (TAP).
    • While you won't be able to view your margin rates on Schwab.com, you'll be able to view them in your Schwab statements if you had a margin loan.
    • All margin clients are eligible to short hard-to-borrow securities at Schwab.
    • If your IRA account is approved to trade options spreads, a minimum of $5,000 in account equity will be required to place new spread trades after moving to Schwab.
    • You'll only receive a single margin call notice on the issue date, instead of multiple notices.
    • New terms for margin will apply at Schwab. See your new Schwab account agreement for details.

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Portfolio Margin

If you have portfolio margin enabled at TD Ameritrade, your portfolio margin feature will move with your account to Schwab. Here's what you need to know to start using portfolio margin at Schwab.

  • What's staying the same

    • You'll be able to utilize portfolio margin on all Schwab trading platforms, including thinkorswim, Schwab.com, and the Schwab Mobile app.
    • All the tools you currently use will still be available on thinkorswim platforms, with most of the tools also available on Schwab.com and the Schwab Mobile app.
    • The same service and risk teams that you work with today are moving to Schwab with you. 
       
  • What's changing

    • There will be slightly higher requirements on Treasuries. Review the table below for more details.
    • New terms for portfolio margin will apply at Schwab. See your new Schwab account agreement for details.  

Portfolio Margin Maintenance Requirements for Treasuries

TD Ameritrade Maintenance requirement Schwab Maintenance requirement
Less than 1 year to maturity 1% Less than 2 years to maturity 4%
From 1 year to less than 3 years to maturity  2% From 2 years to less than 5 years to maturity 6%
From 3 years to less than 5 years to maturity  3% From 5 years to less than 10 years to maturity 8%
From 5 years to less than 10 years to maturity  4% From 10 years or longer to maturity 10%
From 10 years to less than 20 years to maturity 5%
From 20 years or longer to maturity  6%

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Securities lending

You'll continue to enjoy access to fully paid lending, plus you'll see significant short sale process improvements at Schwab.

Securities

Fully paid

filly paid

  • You'll have a dashboard for fully paid shares on Schwab.com, giving you up-to-date information on all borrowed securities. The image displayed is an example of what your dashboard will look like.

  • Your cash collateral amounts for borrowed securities will be updated and posted daily on the fully paid dashboard.

  • You'll have a supplemental account when you move to Schwab. As stocks are borrowed, they'll move between your primary and supplemental accounts. This can sometimes affect your buying power in the primary account when a security is moved to the supplemental account when it is borrowed.

  • Whenever there are borrows or returns, you'll get an email for each transaction. If multiple positions are borrowed, you'll receive multiple emails for each security borrowed and multiple emails for rate changes and returns on each security.

  • You'll receive any accrued interest payments from your borrowed fully paid shares at TD Ameritrade in your TD Ameritrade account, like normal, up until the transition weekend. Any accrued interest payments due to you after that weekend will be paid to your primary account at Schwab.

  • You'll be subject to a new fully paid agreement, which can be found in the fully paid application for your reference. We want to stress that you do not need to complete or return the application to us. Simply review the agreement language at your leisure.

This is an example of a Lending and Paying Securities Dashboard, including Security Name, Quantity, Interest Rate, Cash Collateral and Next Steps.

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Short sales

We want to make you aware of some changes to your short selling experience that we think you'll really like. With the added features and functionality that Schwab offers, short selling will be more streamlined and more transparent than before. The image displayed is an example of what a short sale order looks like at Schwab.

 

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Here's what else you should know:

  How it works at TD Ameritrade How it works at Schwab
Borrow rate and availability of hard-to-borrow securities Rate and availability information is not accessible online—clients can only see if the security is easy or hard to borrow. Rate and availability information is accessible during the order entry process on Schwab.com and Schwab Mobile app, and via watchlists on thinkorswim®.
How borrow fee charges are calculated Charged based on collateral.   Charged based on market value.
When you start being charged for borrow fees Charged on settlement date.   Charged on trade date.  
When you're charged to reserve hard-to-borrow shares Charged on execution date. Charged at order entry.
Eligibility to short hard-to-borrow securities Must sign Hard-to-Borrow program agreement to short these securities. All margin-enabled clients will automatically be eligible to short hard-to-borrow securities—no enrollment is required.
Hard-to-borrow eligible order types GTC and day orders. Day orders only.
Options positions on a hard-to-borrow underlying security Short positions are closed out if you're assigned or exercised on a hard-to-borrow underlying security but aren't enrolled in the program. As long as shares are available to borrow (and you have sufficient funds/buying power in your account), positions will not be closed out. You'll be able to maintain the short position and you'll be charged borrow fees.

Brokerage Products: Not FDIC Insured • No Bank Guarantee • May Lose Value

thinkorswim mobile and Schwab Mobile require a wireless signal or mobile connection. System availability and response times are subject to market conditions and your mobile connection limitations. Functionality may vary by operating system and/or device.

Equity and index options carry a high level of risk and are not suitable for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options through Schwab. Please read the options disclosure document titled "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options." Supporting documentation for any claims or statistical information is available upon request. 

Investing involves risks, including loss of principal. Hedging and protective strategies generally involve additional costs and do not assure a profit or guarantee against loss.

With long options, investors may lose 100% of funds invested.

Spread trading must be done in a margin account.

Multiple leg options strategies will involve multiple commissions.

Covered calls provide downside protection only to the extent of premiums received, and prevent any profitability above the strike price of the call.

Uncovered options strategies are only appropriate for traders with the highest risk tolerance, involve potential for unlimited risk, and are only allowed in margin accounts.

Futures and futures options trading involves substantial risk and is not suitable for all investors. Please read the Risk Disclosure Statement prior to trading futures products.

Forex trading involves leverage, carries a high level of risk and is not suitable for all investors. Please read the NFA Booklet Trading Forex: What Investors Need to Know prior to trading forex products.

Futures and forex accounts are not protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Forex accounts do not receive a preference in any bankruptcy proceeding pursuant to Part 190 of the CFTC's regulations.

Read additional CFTC and NFA futures and forex public disclosures for Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC.

Futures, futures options, and forex trading services provided by Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC. Trading privileges subject to review and approval. Not all clients will qualify. Forex accounts are not available to residents of Ohio or Arizona.

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