How to Read ThinkorSwim Trade Alerts
Video Guide with Taylor Horton on Trade Alerts
How to Read Trade Alerts
Reading ThinkorSwim trade alerts can become confusing especially if you are new to trading.
Once an alert is sent out it can look something like this. (If you’re looking for how to buy a call option, please go here!)
You will find that the posted trade alerts are in the same format as the trades in the Thinkorswim platform.
- BUY – The order has been placed as a limit order and has not yet been filled
- BOT – Order has been placed and filled
- SELL – The order has been placed as a limit order and has not yet been filled
- SOLD – Order has been placed and filled
Number Of Contracts
- +10 in this example
- HD in this example is the ticker for Home Depot.
- 100 in this example (100 is the standard option size meaning one option controls 100 shares of stock. For minis the number would be 10. This will almost never change and currently neither John nor Henry trade minis).
Expiration Month (and week if applicable)
- In this example SEP 14 which means the September 2014 Monthly contracts. If this was a weekly contract you would see it the week after SEP.
- In this example the 85 strikes for the SEP 14 Monthly Option.
- In this example a CALL option. Could also be PUT or VERTICAL or other options strategies.
- Price at which the option order was placed. In this example .95 cents.
- The exchange where the order was filled. This does not matter at all.
To Open or To Close
- TO OPEN – This is a new order.
- TO CLOSE – This order is closing out an order which was opened previously.
- Status of the order.
Multiple position alert
There may be an alert where there may be more than one position listed.
For example, an Iron condor for Apple may read 317.5/335/317.5/300 call/put.
In this case, the alerts list “call/put”, meaning the call is the first set of numbers “317.5/335” and the put is the second set “317.5/300”.
As an example, for the following alert
SOLD -1 IRON CONDOR PINS 100 (Weeklys) 30 APR 21 77/87/77/67 CALL/PUT @6.57
The order structure is the 77 call and put are sold the 87 and 67 are bought as protection. 87 call, 67 put.
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These alerts are not solicitations to buy or sell any option or stock. Everyone is responsible for their own trades. Trade alerts that are sent out may never receive any follow-up. Please be responsible for your own trades. This means you should know what and why you’re getting into a position, understand your own risk level, and manage your own trades. This is a part of learning how to be a responsible trader and not blindly follow any other trader.