1. Guide to TD Ameritrade's Thinkorswim - Introduction
  2. Guide to TD Ameritrade's Thinkorswim - Basic Navigation
  3. Guide to TD Ameritrade's Thinkorswim - Charts
  4. Guide to TD Ameritrade's Thinkorswim - Chart Analysis Tools
  5. Guide to TD Ameritrade's Thinkorswim - Trade Management
  6. Guide to TD Ameritrade's Thinkorswim - Help And Training Resources

Help and support is always close at hand when using thinkorswim. When there is a question, or more information is required on a certain function within thinkorswim, the best place to start is with the Help tab. If the answer cannot be found there, then the next option is to use the Support/Chat button. Traders should also be aware of the Message Center feature, which provides timely messages related to training events and thinkorswim information sessions. Help Tab: The Help tab provides answers to frequently asked questions, such as how to fund accounts and how to make withdrawals. The tab also provides access to User Manuals, release notes and information on Mobile Trading. Near the bottom of the Help tab traders will also find an archive of videos and "walkthroughs" of different thinkorswim features and functions.

Support/Chat Button: The Support/Chat button is located just below the Help Tab, as shown on the figure above. This button provides users with access to Live Chat Support, Chat Rooms and a list of Seminars. Live Chat Support is available 12 hours per day and can be activated by going to the Live Support tab and clicking "Create Support Request."

Figure 45. Live Support


Chat Rooms provide a way for users to interact with one another and the Seminars tab provides a list of current Seminars that are going on. Message Center: While using thinkorswim, messages will occasionally pop-up providing information or giving details of an upcoming trading seminar. To view current messages or prior ones, click on the Message Icon (an exclamation point) at the very top of the screen as shown in the figure below.

Figure 46. Message Center


Conclusion
Thinkorswim provides many features that allow analysis and trades to be completed in numerous ways. Some features are quite advanced and will take some time to get used to. It is also quite likely the user will continually find new ways of doing things as the platform is very customizable and has continual upgrades. Before making any trades, be comfortable with the platform; practice analyzing markets and executing trades on a paper money account before placing real orders, where a mistake could be costly. (For related reading, see What Type Of Forex Trader Are You?)


Related Articles
  1. Insights

    Twitter Launches Message Button for Websites (TWTR, FB)

    Consumers now have a way to send direct messages to companies without having to publicize what that message is about.
  2. Trading

    Top 4 Apps for Forex Traders

    Discover some of the most useful and popular smartphone applications available to assist forex traders in staying on top of the market and mobile trading.
  3. Financial Advisor

    What Is T-Mobile's Advanced-Messaging Service? (TMUS)

    Discover the latest information about T-Mobile's Advanced Messaging system and what it offers that is not available through other carriers.
  4. Investing

    Are Investing Seminars Worth It?

    A look at two types of seminars and what each has to offer.
  5. Financial Advisor

    Why Financial Planning Seminars Are Great for Referrals

    Financial advisors can hold seminars to attract new clients. Learn about the types of seminars and how to make them more effective.
  6. Investing

    Needle In A Haystack: Investing Message Boards

    Message boards provide a great opportunity to read insightful information and opinions, but watch out for "trolls".
  7. Personal Finance

    Amazon Expands Dash Button Program (AMZN)

    Amazon adds 50 new brands to its Dash Button program.
  8. Investing

    Top 5 Apps for Traders

    Discover some of the best mobile apps to track the market news and manage your portfolio on the go.
  9. Financial Advisor

    Advisors: What to Know Before You Text

    Texting is becoming more popular between clients and financial professionals, but compliance can be tricky. Here's what to know before advisors text.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Depreciation Can Shield Taxes, Bolster Cash Flow

    Depreciation can be used as a tax-deductible expense to reduce tax costs, bolstering cash flow
  2. What schools did Warren Buffett attend on his way to getting his science and economics degrees?

    Learn how Warren Buffett became so successful through his attendance at multiple prestigious schools and his real-world experiences.
  3. How many attempts at each CFA exam is a candidate permitted?

    The CFA Institute allows an individual an unlimited amount of attempts at each examination.Although you can attempt the examination ...
  4. What's the average salary of a market research analyst?

    Learn about average stock market analyst salaries in the U.S. and different factors that affect salaries and overall levels ...
Trading Center