Market Report: WallStreetBets Creates Havoc
By Todd Horwitz on Feb 7, 2021 at 2:09:44 PM

 Market Report: WallStreetBets Creates Havoc   



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist

Be Prepared not Surprised.

Just when you thought the bubble was bursting, markets make new all-time highs. For those trying to time the market, once again they walk away with their tail between their legs.

WallStreetBets continues to crate havoc in the markets. They started with GME and AMC squeezing GME from 50 to 483 and now back to 64. AMC from 5 to 20 and back to 7. They were attempting to do the same in Silver, when it didn’t work, they claimed it was fake news.

Short squeezes are a part of markets which is why Bear Market rallies are the most vicious. However, everything points to the rally to continue. Whether it’s the chase for yield, additions to the money or there simple is no place to go. When trading its always best to follow the path of least resistance.

Option buying remains strong which continues to support the VIX near the 20 level. Although we have seen some big spikes it appears the new levels for the VIX are around 20 which is almost 100% higher than a year ago. Call buyers are firmly in charge.

The top options strategies for last week were split, bullish/bearish. Tech remains the leader on the Bullish side with TSLA, AAPL, QQQ, SQ leading the way. If we consider online gambling as tech you can add to the bullish list, DKNG and PENN. The Bearish leaders were SPY, XLF, GME, DIA and JWN.

Trading is best when we remember to know our exits, stay away from news items. You must keep emotions and opinions out as we are witnessing right now. There is no reason for these markets to continue higher except that they are.  

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz

10 Reasons Why Traders Prefer TradeHawk Over Robinhood
By - Dan Raju, Tradier CEO on Feb 4, 2021 at 10:21:33 AM


Advanced traders know that a basic platform just won’t cut it when it comes to serious trading. RobinHood has some important features, but it’s not a comprehensive trading tool. As a brokerage that offers a wide range of integrated platforms, Tradier’s platform TradeHawk has all the information and features you need. From stock and options trading to digital robo-advisors, TradeHawk offers a wide variety of options for advanced traders. 

TH has real-time data.

Tradier streams real-time market data to TradeHawk. On the other hand, Robinhood users have stated in reviews of the app that the auto executions for buying and selling consistently have failures. Timing is key, and TradeHawk stays up-to-date.

TH offers advanced trade simulation.

 Need to analyze risk and reward? TradeHawk offers a risk analysis tool for options, spreads, strategies, and entire positions. Add other trades to simulations to check the potential risk of these trades.

TH has volatility workshops for trade idea generation.

TradeHawk allows you to create volatility curves to price options across different expirations. The color-coded display of both undervalued and overvalued options based on your custom curves can help you make the right decisions. Robinhood doesn’t offer this tool.

TH can manage complex strategies seamlessly.

 With the monthly $25 mobile-only plan, traders can explore multi-leg option strategies. Utilizing TradeHawk’s options and stock charting tools can help traders manage complex strategies over time.

TH can stage orders for execution in the future.

In the Hawk Command Center, traders can access all execution, alerts, analysis tools, and intuitive order tickets that offer one-click stock options and order entry. 

TH has advanced orders to manage exit strategies.

It’s easy to schedule future order executions, and there’s an equally intuitive process for managing exit strategies as well. With TradeHawk’s advanced simulations, you can decide and schedule your exits with confidence.

TH has trigger orders used for sending orders based on user-defined conditions.

TradeHawk offers advanced functionalities that Robinhood’s platform lacks. With the option to set user-defined conditions that trigger orders, you can rely on the automaticity of the TradeHawk platform.

TH uses Room Chat so communities of traders can share trading ideas.

TradeHawk offers Room Chat so that you have the opportunity to discuss trading ideas with other traders. You can learn from others’ expertise, share your own knowledge, and make the best decision with new information.

TH has both desktop and mobile versions.

While Robinhood also offers both a desktop and mobile version, the functionality can’t compare. Tradehawk’s desktop platform is loaded with everything you need to make the best decisions, while Robinhood offers just the basics. 

TH has a multi-ticket to trade your “hot” stocks and options using hotkeys.

Using the desktop app, you can choose your own hotkeys. The increased efficiency can help you make the trades that you’ve planned for quickly, as well as those last-second decisions.

TradeHawk offers a fully customizable and comprehensive platform. It is intuitive while still offering a wide range of charting functions. Schedule your free TradeHawk demo today!

Market Report: Is the Bubble Bursting?
By Todd Horwitz on Jan 31, 2021 at 7:34:40 AM

Market Report: Is the Bubble Bursting?   



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist

Be Prepared not Surprised.

The biggest question in today’s markets: Is the Wall Street Bubble bursting? No one knows that answer for sure however we do know there are warning signs pointing in that direction.

Traders are always looking for an edge in markets when they trade trying to create the highest probability. Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen Wall Street Bets by Reddit as the new Ponzi Scheme. This has created one of the most unbelievable short squeezes in history in Gamestop (GME).

GME is an antiquated business with a greater chance of going out of business then continuing this crazy short squeeze taking the stock from 20.00 to a high of 483.00. Before the squeeze began the stock was worthless on its way out of business. What makes GME now worth 483 with a minus PE of 69. The short float is over 100% which may propel the stock higher.

Other than the new Ponzi Scheme being created the markets themselves appear to be in major trouble indicating the possible top of the markets. The heavy selling with rising volatility gives indications the tops are in and the selling has just begun.

Although we recognize that the bubble may be bursting the options markets are still leaning to the bull side with buying calls still the number one strategy.  However, the next 5 strategies are bearish advising us that a trend change is near.

The bullish stocks remain AAPL, FB, DKNG, NIO and SPCE. The bearish symbols are changing with the new leaders being QQQ, IWM, DIA, GME and XRT. The next few days should tell the story but the trend is changing.

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz

StockCharts Sees Meteoric Rise In Daily Active Users on Heels of Retail Options Trading Platform Launch, Showing Power of Embedded Finance
By Tradier Inc. on Jan 27, 2021 at 12:44:19 PM

Integrated with Tradier Brokerage to Offer Commission-Free Options Trading, StockChartsACP Equips Investors with Advanced Technical Charting and Trading Tools to Analyze and Execute Trades

Charlotte, NC, January 27, 2021: StockCharts, the web's leading technical analysis and financial charting platform for online retail investors, today announced that they have eclipsed 1.6 million users on the heels of launching StockCharts Advanced Charting Platform (StockChartsACP), a groundbreaking integration with Tradier Brokerage, that offers commission-free option trading and equips investors with advanced technical charting and trading tools to analyze and execute trades.

“The challenge in retail trading is there’s a strong need for visualization and meaningful research that can be at odds with the ability of retail traders to seamlessly execute trades” said Dan Raju, co-founder and CEO of Tradier. “StockChartsACP overcomes this hurdle with a visual-first model, allowing traders to uncover hidden value, keep a pulse on the market, and time with professional precision. The success of StockChartsACP truly demonstrates the power of embedded finance.”

StockChartsACP users can trade directly from the Advanced Charting Platform, making this offering a one-stop shop for traders. The flat-rate service allows users to trade options freely for $25/month, standing in stark comparison to traditional per-contract pricing.

“The meteoric increase in users shows the pent-up demand for tools, commentary and education coupled with active trading,” said Chip Anderson, President and Founder of StockCharts. “The innovative capabilities provided within StockChartsACP are redefining online retail investing, helping our users improve their trading outcomes, identify trends, and derive important insights that other platforms might not have allowed them to spot. No other platform allows retail traders to process trades with this degree of information.”

Using Tradier’s distinctive plug-in model and reliable API, StockChartsACP gives traders a wide array of technical indicators and overlays, customizable multi-chart layouts, additional data views, and more. Users can create their own custom traders experience to unlock value in unparalleled ways.

The StockChartsACP tool is available now on Users can easily explore the extensive charting features of the platform for free simply by visiting from their desktop, laptop or tablet. More information about the platform's capabilities and features can also be found at


About Tradier, Inc.

Tradier, Inc. is a cloud-based financial services provider and brokerage API company that offers a groundbreaking platform to serve platform providers, advisors, developers, and individual investors. Tradier delivers an innovative set of fully hosted API's, modules, and "out of the box" tools that are leveraged by a growing list of providers seeking to create innovative trading and investing experiences.

Created by developers, Tradier is a technology linchpin that works with organizations that want to democratize access to data, trade execution, low-cost trading, and market connectivity through cloud access. In addition, Tradier's APIs empower third-party developers to build applications such as algorithmic and robotic trading systems.

About Tradier Brokerage Inc.:

Tradier Brokerage, Inc. member FINRA, SIPC is an independent subsidiary of Tradier Inc . Tradier Brokerage offers a robust API for Trading Platforms, Advisors and Developers to create and offer the next generation of investment experiences. Platforms powered by Tradier Brokerage powers some of the most engaging and active trading platforms in the retail markets.

About StockCharts

StockCharts is the web's leading technical analysis and financial charting platform for online retail investors. Founded in 1999 by early Microsoft developer Chip Anderson, the company has been an industry leader in the financial technology space for nearly two decades, providing innovative, award-winning charting and analysis tools to a global audience.

By using technology to help investors visualize financial data, allows users to better analyze the markets, monitor and manage their portfolios, find promising new stocks and funds to buy, and ultimately make smart, well-timed investment decisions. With over 1.5 million active monthly users and counting around the world, the company serves an ever-growing, ever-changing array of active traders and investors.

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Market Report: New Highs Continue
By Todd Horwitz on Jan 24, 2021 at 12:15:13 PM

 Market Report: New Highs Continue   



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist

Be Prepared not Surprised.

New highs were the story of the week. For the last few weeks, we have watched a Monday sell off followed by new highs. With low interest rates and free money coupled with the trend the rally should continue. Those who try and predict the top usually end up walking away will their tail between their legs wondering what happened.

Markets are always interesting, the natural move for markets is higher averaging an 8% gain year over year. There are bear markets and bull markets and till proven otherwise this is still a bull market. Its always easier to trade in the path of least resistance. When trading and investing the slow and steady win the race.

The options markets are in full support of the bull market, for the 6th week in a row call buying is the number one strategy. However, some bear strategies are closing the gap with put buyers and bear call spreads being heavily used. Rounding out the top 5 strategies from last week are bull put spreads and the selling of calls which could be a covered call strategy.

Technology stacks dominate the bullish trades with AAPL, NFLX, NIO, AMZN and FSLY leading. AAPL and AMZN could be a little misleading with earnings do out this week. The bears are focusing on the SPY and TSLA (wick also has earnings this week.

This week starts the real guts of earnings with FB, AAPL and TSLA followed by next weeks earnings in AMZN, GOOGL and more. Watch the spiking implied volatility as they typically rise into earnings. Be patient, disciplined and remember that the business is a grind and not a casino.

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz

Gold at key Resistance
By Todd Horwitz on Jan 21, 2021 at 6:40:39 AM

Gold at key Resistance



Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist

Be Prepared not Surprised 

As we sit with our short positions in Gold and Silver both have now reached a key resistance level. On Wednesday Gold reached major resistance, failed, and then came all the way back to make new highs on the day. This type of action could lead to a reversal to the long side.

Gold would reverse to the long side on a close over 1900 April futures today at the close today. The levels change everyday but when short they can only come down. Today’s 1900 could be tomorrows 1895 depending on today’s action.

Silver is in a similar position with a close over 26.20 March futures. Today will go a long way determining the next big move. Until proven other wise we are short and will stay there. However, we will be less aggressive in adding based on the current price action.

We know that markets never announce their intentions which is why the price action is the most important part of managing positions. Although we remain short Gold and Silver we are still long Platinum which looks ready to make new near term highs. Patience, discipline and caution are the words of the day.

Here is the recording of Options Training Session 2 – The Next Step. We have also included a registration link for session 3 on Saturday January 23rd at noon est.


2021-01-16 Recording: Options Training Session 2

2021-01-16 Options Training Session 3 Register here

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz

Market Report: Congestion and Decision time
By Todd Horwitz on Jan 19, 2021 at 4:32:14 PM

Todd Horwitz Chief Strategist


Markets fell slightly last week except for the Russell; all indexes are near all-time highs. The trend is higher, and the stimulus should continue to keep a floor under these markets. Eventually the trend will change but one thing traders and investors learn is to never fight the tape.

The options markets continue to support the rally with call buying retaining the number one strategy for the week. The option buying is keeping the VIX higher and seems to have found a new level of support. When you add the FED put to the mix the rally should continue.

This is a short week with the Martin Luther King holiday Monday. Options continue to lead to the bullish side, but bearish strategies are closing the gap with some put buying. Bull puts and bull put spreads are in the top 5 indicating that traders still see strength.

Tech continues to lead the run higher however the SPY has slid into the top spot followed by AMZN, AAPL and TSLA which is no surprise as we begin earnings season. XLF leads the bear side followed by XLF and X. Should be an interesting week. Remember patience and discipline are always the best response to any market.

Todd “Bubba” Horwitz

The Right Balance Between Features and Usability for a Trading Platform
By - Dan Raju, Tradier CEO on Jan 15, 2021 at 11:00:08 AM

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Traders are often unaware of the numerous hidden costs that accompany options trades. These costs can overwhelm options, causing traders to not receive the full power of their investment. With a transparent, full-service trading platform, users can have a simple, seamless trading process. 


TradeHawk is the best platform for stock and options, providing users with a powerful, cost-effective way to trade and invest. Investing through TradeHawk is simple and fully customizable, creating the perfect balance between features and usability. Utilizing TradeHawk ensures a streamlined process that enables trading with ease and security. 


TradeHawk: The Perfect Balance Between Features and Usability


Built by industry experts who have made a living through the options market, TradeHawk is an accumulation of the experiences and desires of professionals. With firsthand knowledge of what is truly needed for easy, effective trading, professional traders designed a platform to meet those needs. 


In order to ensure ease of use and high-quality features, TradeHawk includes the most essential components for successful trading according to the experts. These features include a Strategy Tracker that is used to manage custom strategies from beginning to end, as well as every potential adjustment. 


Also included is Stager, used for compiling future stock, option, and spread orders, a What-If Risk Simulation in order to analyze the risk and reward of potential trades through the entire position in a ticket, a trading ticket that enables users to manage stocks and options in one view, as well as triggers and brackets for managing stops and profits. 


Along with essential, top-notch features, TradeHawk creators designed the platform to provide ease of usability. To this end, features work cohesively with an intuitive workflow, as well as simple order entry and management. The platform provides customized set up and analysis tools, numerous order types, advanced orders, and conditional orders for portfolio management. 


The usability of TradeHawk creates a perfect balance with the features, ensuring a platform that provides a seamless flow for ease of trading and investing. TradeHawk is simple to use, enabling users to build orders, enter them in the marketplace, and manage their portfolios with a mere click. 


The user can create automated entries and exits that are based on the user’s inputs. This automated feature also helps with accurate decision making.   


Another usability feature of TradeHawk are the abundance of “how-to” videos that are available online and private demos that are sent directly to customers. These videos provide all of the information needed to effectively use the TradeHawk platform for secure, powerful, and successful trading and investing. 


With TradeHawk, users are given a simple way to trade. There are no hidden costs and no unknown risks, such as those associated with other options trades. Each subscription option, from paper trading, to mobile only, to unlimited trading, provides a simple and effective way to trade that includes the perfect balance between features and usability.  


Get started with TradeHawk today!

Do You Really Know What You are Paying for Your Options Trades?
By - Dan Raju, Tradier CEO on Jan 13, 2021 at 10:04:28 AM


The goal of trading is of course: to build a strong financial portfolio while generating income. But, how much are you paying per trade? In most investing platforms, every trade requires a commission that can eat into your profits. Per-trade commissions can also make risk assessments more difficult. Let’s take a look at the true cost of options trading — and how you can improve your profits.

The Cost of Traditional Options Trading

For years, investors have relied on brokers to recommend trades and conduct their transactions. The brokers receive a commission in exchange for their expertise. In fully managed brokerage or for high-risk trades, the additional fee makes sense. While many trading platforms have removed commission fees for stock and ETF trading, most still charge fees on options trades. Because many options traders don’t work with separate brokers, they may not be noticing the fees stack up.


This is because traders and investors have been trained to pay per-contract fees and ticket charges by the legacy brokers, so they’re numb to the fees — or they think of commissions as a cost of doing business. However, if you do a lot of options trading, you could be sacrificing profits or even making poor trade decisions due to the costs.


Why You Need to Lower Your Trading Costs

If you overpay commissions on options trades, you can make a profitable trade unprofitable just by the sheer nature of the expenses being too large. When you actually pay attention to standard costs, you realize how much you’re paying. You may be paying contract fees, per-trade commissions, or both. Other standards fees, such as exchange fees and regulatory fees, may be passed through to you by your broker.


Reducing your cost to trade directly increases the profit left in your pocket and allows you to make better risk decisions. You may not necessarily need to make more trades, but you’ll certainly be ready to take action on low-risk, high-reward opportunities. 


The New Way to Trade

With the debut of online investing platforms such as Robinhood and Tradier, more brokers are offering commission-free trading. There has been a major shift toward subscription pricing a la Netflix, in which you pay a single monthly fee and enjoy unlimited trades. Robinhood has inspired many established brokerage forms such as E*Trade to reduce or eliminate their commissions. However, it’s worth noting that most still charge per-contract fees for options, and Robinhood also does not offer mutual funds or bonds. 


If you’re a frequent trader, you’ll want to minimize your per-trade and per-contract fees as much as possible. This allows you more flexibility to make wise investment decisions and strike while the iron is hot. Even if you’re not a  frequent trader, you’ll probably find that subscription-based trading gives you that peace of mind — and more money in your pocket. Look for a platform where you can conduct all your investing, including stocks, bonds, and ETFs. 


Wrapping Up

If you’re not sure how much you’re currently paying for commissions, open up your monthly confirmations and take a look. You may find that these fees are cutting into your profits. If you’d like better flexibility and risk assessment for options trading, start investing like you watch Netflix — with a subscription-based brokerage solution like Tradier.

How to Build a Trading Platform on Tradier
By - Dan Raju, Tradier CEO on Jan 12, 2021 at 11:05:39 AM



If you have decided to create your trading platform and made the choice to allow Tradier to assist...Congratulations! You are one step closer to your ambition being realized! Now it’s time to get started! 

Before You Get Started

There are a few considerations that must be made before you begin. After the process has already started, it isn't easy to integrate some of these into the flow. Make sure you have plans in place in the appropriate order to maximize build efficiency. 

Picking which type of trading platform is vital before you begin. Another thing to think about is if you have a mobile app, what hot buttons will you feature? The key features will draw your users. More features that are easy to use make the customer feel safe and smart. Pick your additions so the developers can code them in while in the early stages.

Where to Begin

These five steps will get you on your way, and Tradier is ready to help:

Mobile site vs. mobile app

Do you intend to have this as an app store item or just a mobile accessible site? The best choice is both. Having a platform with universal connectivity across all operating systems is the best way to blanket the user base in options.


What operating system will your platform thrive on best? If you like Linex and want your platform programmed with Python, go for it. If you are an Apple user and prefer the smooth simplicity of their programming language, then that is fine, too. Pick the language that will easily interface with most systems without excessive plugins.


Will you concentrate your efforts just on the development for mobile use, or will you spread your focus to backend and frontend development as well? The best course is to cover all the bases. Make sure your developers do it all and leave nothing to chance.


What trading system design will you use that is easy to operate and understand? Look at some of the trading platforms supported and partnered with Tradier. What do they have in common? What makes them unique, popular, or worth their client’s time? Now take that and improve on it. If it is complicated, simplify it. If it is bland, make it pop. There is always some way to draw attention in a positive way.


Money attracts antagonists. What kind of safety protocols do you have in place for your clients or customers to ensure their investments will be secure? Your developer should program every firewall and anti-intrusion program Tradier recommends, and as a partner, they will have your back with their own security measures.

Anything Else We Should Know?

Don’t forget to add in the perks, such as streaming market data, utilizing the watch list, and complex option trades. For the trader who isn’t interested in penny stocks and tinkering with the day-trade concept but wants to invest some significant capital and sink their teeth into a prime cut of a top stock, the additional options will be very attractive.

Building Your Trading Platform

Know what you want to do, make it easy, make it unique, and make it better than the other guys. Tradier has all the tools you need to flesh out an impressive investing platform for large and small investors, and they are ready to help you through every step of the process. Make a new friend and manifest your investment platform destiny.

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