Schwab Trading Products

Access all the investment products you have now, including equities, options, futures, and forex. Plus enjoy new 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.
  • Schwab Stock Slices® (fractional shares­)—you can invest in any company in the S&P 500® for as little as $5.

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Options

Great news—the options trading level you're assigned at the time of your scheduled move will transition to Schwab with you. Read on for details about options trading at Schwab. Note: You will be subject to a new options trading agreement, which can be found in the options 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.

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. The image displayed to the right is a sample symbol with descriptions of each component. It is for illustrative purposes only and is not a recommendation.
  • 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 what an options call looks like at Schwab, demonstrating 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 by end of day noting that the trade is a 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.

Options symbol conversion in watchlists

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.


Futures

As a futures-approved client, you can expect a familiar futures trading experience when your account transitions to Schwab.

  • What's staying the same

    • You can continue to use thinkorswim to trade futures and get futures quotes just like you do today.
    • The same futures service team that you work with today is moving to Schwab with you.
    • Third-party futures research providers will remain the same.
    • You'll still have the same access to robust futures educational resources.
    • Futures commissions will remain the same.
    • Futures and futures options will continue to be traded through Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC.
  • What's changing

    • Access statements and tax forms on Schwab.com under Accounts > Statements.
    • 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.)
    • When funding futures trading via wire transfer, ACH, or check, funds will be deposited to your new securities account at Schwab.

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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

    • There won't be any changes to the forex products you currently have at TD Ameritrade.
    • 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.
    • The same forex service team that you work with today is moving to Schwab with you.
    • Forex products will continue to be traded through Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC.
  • What's changing

    • To fund your forex account, you'll initiate a standard funds transfer on Schwab.com.
    • Access statements and tax forms on Schwab.com under Accounts > Statements.

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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 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.
  • What's changing

    • You'll be able to view margin requirements from the trade ticket on Schwab.com.
    • Visit schwab.com/margin-updates to check on certain securities with special margin requirements.
    • Margin interest is accrued daily and posted to your account monthly.
    • You'll be able to view your margin rates in your Schwab statements.
    • All margin clients are eligible to short hard-to-borrow securities at Schwab without a special agreement.
    • 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 portfolio margin service team that you work with today is moving to Schwab with you.
  • What's changing


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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.

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Fully paid

Fully 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 the fully paid securities lending dashboard, including security name, quantity, interest rate, cash collateral, and next steps.

Short sales

Short sales

Get ready for a short sales process that's more automated, more transparent, and more advanced than at TD Ameritrade. Schwab gives you the rate up front and lets you know if shares are available at order entry. The image displayed is an example of what a short sale order looks like at Schwab.

Once you move to Schwab, you'll see some differences in billing practices:

  • Charges will be based on the trade date rather than settlement date.
  • You will be charged for reserved hard-to-borrow shares rather than being charged based on execution.
  • Instead of charging you based on collateral, which is higher, you'll be charged based on market value.

Here's what else you should know:

  • All margin clients will be eligible to short hard-to-borrow securities without having to sign an agreement to do so.
  • Schwab will not close out short positions if you are assigned or exercised on hard-to-borrow underlying securities. Schwab will allow you to maintain the short position and charge borrow fees (subject to availability).
  • At Schwab, the hard-to-borrow rate and availability will be presented on watchlists on thinkorswim. 
  • Good-till-canceled (GTC) orders on hard-to-borrow stock will not be accepted.
This example of a Schwab short sale order shows the fees, commission, and annualized rate the client will pay when selling shares.

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

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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 the premium received and limit upside potential to the strike price plus premium received.

Uncovered options strategies involve potential for unlimited risk, and must be done in margin accounts.

Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC (NFA Member) and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Member FINRA/SIPC) are separate but affiliated companies and subsidiaries of The Charles Schwab Corporation.

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). 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.

Investing involves risk including loss of principal.

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