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Auto-Trade with thinkorswim®
- How much does it cost?
# of Portfolios Monthly Fee 1 $49.98 2 $69.98 3 or more $89.98
One of the great features is that the cost of the program does not come out of your invested capital as it does with so many other investments.
- How do I sign up for Auto-Trade?
First you would sign up for our Premium membership and select the portfolio(s) you?d like to follow. Then you would open and fund an account with a participating broker, select Terry's Tips as your newsletter provider, and select the number of units of each portfolio you would like to trade. Full instructions are provided for our members.
- What brokers offer Auto-Trade?
The Auto-Trade program is available through thinkorswim, Inc. by TD Ameritrade — www.thinkorswim.com (or any other broker of your choice who is willing to place trades on your behalf following our Trade Alerts).
- Does my Auto-Trade account have to be separate from other accounts?
It is recommended that you set up a separate account for Auto-Trade although it is not necessary.
- Can I get out of the Auto-Trade program at any time?
Yes, you may cancel at any time. You must cancel with Terry's Tips as well as with the broker. You are responsible for removing any current positions from your account when you cancel.
- Do you have access to my Auto-Trading account?
No. We have no access to your personal accounts. We have no idea how much money you have invested or what other holdings you have.
- How do I change to a different level of Premium service?
If you are already a Premium member, you may simply send an email to autotradeREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@terrystips.com to let us know how many portfolios you will be following (real time alerts and/or Auto-Trade).
- What should I do if I decide to add (or remove) other portfolios through Auto-Trade?
Please email autotradeREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@terrystips.com with the name of the portfolio you will be adding (or removing). Your billing will be adjusted accordingly.
- Can I still join a portfolio even if I missed the start date?
Yes, a member may join any current portfolio. The only thing to note is that the unit amount is no longer the flat starting value. Once the portfolio starts trading, the unit value becomes a variable and is based on the actual account value. If you are not an Insider of Terry's Tips, please inquire about the most recent unit values for our various portfolios at autotradeREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@terrystips.com.
Current Terry's Tips Insiders can learn the approximate amount required to join any of the current strategy portfolios by reviewing the Summary of Strategy Portfolios chart in our Saturday Report.
- Is there a limit to how much I can invest?
No. There is no limit to how much money you can invest. In fact, we know nothing about your account or how much investment capital you have devoted to mirroring our portfolios.
- Is there a limit to how many people or how much total capital this program can handle?
At the present time, we are not worried that the collective trades of Terry's Tips subscribers who have signed up for Auto-Trade with their brokers will affect the market. In fact, our experience has been that the larger the number of options your broker places as a single order, the better the price that can be negotiated.
When option positions are put on, the person on the other side of the trade is usually a market maker (Terry used to be one, so he has a solid understanding of how they work). The market maker earns his living by buying at the bid price and selling at the asked price - the more action for him, the better. He usually seeks a delta neutral position, so that he does not care which way the market moves.
There are dozens of other spread strategies a market maker employs - including buying or selling the stock, use of both puts and calls - back spreads, butterflys, trading against the box, ratio spreads, vertical spreads, diagonal spreads, straddles, and even strangles. Whenever a market maker is faced with a large demand for one particular option, he will use that demand as part of a larger strategy he is following. The bottom line is that large numbers of any single option can be traded without affecting its price (this does not hold true for less-actively traded options in individual companies, however).
Customer Service/Account Management
- How can I access the Insiders page and my user control panel?
You can access the Insiders page and your user control panel by clicking here. You can also access this page from our homepage - terrystips.com. There is a link to log in as a member in the upper right corner.
- How can I update my credit card information?
Credit card information can be updated securely from your user control panel; choose "Payment Information" from the menu on the left.
- How can I update my personal information?
Personal information can be updated from the user control panel. Choose "Edit My Account" from the menu on the left.
- How can I cancel?
You may cancel by logging into your user control panel, choosing "Membership Level" from the menu on the left, and clicking "Cancel Membership" on the Membership Level page. Your membership will continue through the end of the paid period.
- How can I contact you?
You may contact us by email at terryREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@terrystips.com or by phone at 800-803-4595. There is also an email form provided inside your user control panel.
- What is the difference between the Basic and Premium membership?
Subscribers to our Basic service have access to the Insiders page where we post all Trade Alerts, weekly reports and any special reports. Basic members receive an email at the end of the day containing any trades made in any of our current portfolios. Premium members receive the same, but in addition may opt to receive real time Trade Alerts and are eligible to participate in any Auto-Trade program offered by their broker.
- How are your membership materials delivered?
All materials are emailed to you at the email address you provide when joining. You will receive your copy of the White Paper immediately after you join. The first Options Tutorial is emailed to you 24-48 hours after you join, and will continue, one tutorial per day for 14 days.
- Do you have a free trial?
Following the initial payment for the White Paper, you will receive up to 2 months of access for free. During this time you will have access to our Insiders page, where we post all Trade Alerts, weekly reports and any special reports.
- Can your strategies be used by people outside the United States?
Yes. International members may open an account with a participating broker to trade the strategies on the U.S. market.
- How easy is it to get started?
All it takes is a brokerage account (at a brokerage which offers Auto-Trade for Terry’s Tips Trade Alerts if that is the subscriber’s aim) with at least $5000 in it (or $10,000 for most of our portfolios), and signing up for a Terry’s Tips subscription.
- What type of option knowledge do I have to have to use your program?
We recommend that subscribers become as knowledgeable as possible about stock options, particularly the risks involved and how the Greek measures help quantify that risk. However, once a subscriber becomes familiar with the underlying premise of our strategies, he or she might mirror our trades (or sign up for Auto-Trade with their broker) without understanding all the nuances of option trading.
- Could a "newbie" follow your program?
Many of our subscribers are new to options. The program is designed to provide information about the strategies in a clear, easy to understand manner. In addition, their broker may offer Auto-Trade in case they do not have the time to fully learn the strategies.
- What portfolios do you offer?
Information about each portfolio may be found on our Track Record page.
- What type of membership do I need in order to participate in Auto-Trade?
In order to participate in Auto-Trade you need to sign up for our Premium membership (because real-time delivery of Trade Alerts to your broker is necessary for Auto-Trade). You can do so by selecting the Premium Service with Auto-Trade on our order page. If you are already a Basic member, you can easily upgrade to the Premium membership directly from your user control panel.
- What kind of support do you offer your members?
We are available by email or phone to answer your questions about options and the specific strategies. Since we are an investment newsletter rather than licensed investment advisors, we are not allowed to make any personal recommendations or provide individualized investment advice. You can reach us by email at terryREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@terrystips.com or by phone at 800-803-4595.
- Why should I choose your service over the others?
For the past few years, our portfolios have gained an average of over 40% a year, and several portfolios have earned over 100% a year. Each portfolio is an actual brokerage account, and our results include all commissions on all trades. We provide a level of disclosure that very few other newsletters offer – every trade we make in every portfolio is available to every subscriber. We don’t hide our losers under the carpet like most newsletters do.
- What if I have a question that hasn't been answered here?
Please feel free to email us at infoREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@terrystips.com or call us at 800-803-4595 with any other questions.
- Can your strategies be used in an IRA account?
Yes, all the portfolios we maintain may be traded in an IRA account through many brokers.
- Do your portfolios trade on margin?
No. The portfolios we maintain do not require the use of margin.
- What is the minimum amount required to trade?
If you plan to mirror one of our portfolios (or sign up for Auto-Trade with thinkorswim), the minimum amount varies between $2000 and $10,000 depending on which portfolio you choose and its current value.
- Under what type of market conditions do your strategies work?
The majority of our portfolios are designed to make a profit in a flat or up market.
- Do your strategies make money in down markets?
One of our portfolios, the 10K Bear, was set up to provide protection in case of a lower market. It is designed to make money in a flat or down market. The other portfolios are designed to make money when the market stays flat or moves up slightly.
- Do you have a strategy that allows for monthly profit-taking?
Cash withdrawals will be made from most portfolios in increments of 3% of starting portfolio value. For example, for a portfolio with a starting value of $10,000, on the Monday following each monthly expiration, $300 will be taken out of the account if the account balance is over $10,300. If a gain of over $600 is made in a month and the portfolio balance is over $10,600, $600 will be removed that month. The goal is to remove $3600 from the account over the course of a year and continue to maintain the $10,000 starting value.
- Where can I find a listing of your current positions?
The latest positions for each portfolio are reported each week in the Saturday Report, which may be found on our Insiders page.
- Will I receive notifications when you place trades in your portfolios?
Our Basic and Premium members receive notification of all trades made in any of our current portfolios at the end of the day. Premium members also may opt to receive real time alerts for the portfolio(s) of their choice.
- How many trade do you place each week/month?
This varies based on the portfolio, the movement of the underlying stock/index, and the time of the month. Most trades are made during expiration week, though trades are also placed whenever they are called for by our trading and adjustment rules.
- Do you use puts or calls in your portfolios?
We use both puts and calls in our portfolios. Some portfolios are set up to use either puts or calls exclusively, while others involve the use of both puts and calls.
- How risky are your strategies?
Options are leveraged investments and involve a higher degree of risk than most conventional investments (otherwise, the high returns that we have enjoyed would not be possible). However, since all of our strategies involve being both long and short options concurrently, we have some protection against the market moving in either direction, and since our long positions always have a longer life span than our short options, there will always be a residual value in our portfolios no matter what the market does (i.e., it is not possible to lose the entire amount invested as long as you are mirroring one of the Terry's Tips portfolios).
- How do you manage risk?
We have a well-defined set of Trading Rules to manage risk. In addition, each week in the Saturday Report, we publish a graph that shows the loss or gain that will result in each portfolio at the next expiration at a large range of possible underlying stock prices so that subscribers can visually see the risk profile of each portfolio on an ongoing basis.