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Tastytrade (formerly Tastyworks) review 2023: Deep discounts for active and options traders

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Updated: October 18, 2020

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One of the biggest complaints we hear from active traders is the amount of money that it costs to place trades. After all, pesky brokerage fees can eat up a big chunk of your profits over time. If you’re an active investor or options trader looking for a way to save money on trades, you may want to check out discount broker Tastyworks, which rebranded itself as Tastytrade. The online service has some of the lowest prices around, but is Tastytrade a good platform to use?

3.5

Wise Reviews™

Commissions and fees - 4.5

Customer service - 4

Ease-of-use - 3.8

Tools and resources - 2

Investment options - 2

Account options - 3

We love the low prices of Tastytrade but it's not a good fit for everyone. It's a match only for options and active traders, rather than casual investors, who might find its selections of investments and accounts lacking.

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We took Tastytrade for a spin, and here’s what we found.

Tastytrade may sound like it should be an ice cream parlor or candy store, but in reality, it’s anything but.

This trading platform was developed by the online financial video channel, Tastytrade, home of popular shows such as Tastytrade Live, Splash Into Futures and Everyday Trader.

Tastytrade features

Features
Details
Minimum investment
$0
Stock/ETF trades
$5
Options trades
$1
Mutual funds
N/A
Investment types
 Stocks, OTC/penny stocks, ETFs, options, futures
Accounts types
Taxable, joint, Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, Sep IRA, trusts, limited partnerships, partnerships
Broker Assisted trade
N/A
Virtual trades
Customer service
Phone: M-F 7A-5P CT; Live Chat: M-F 7A-5P CT; Email

What is Tastytrade?

Tastytrade is an online discount brokerage offering trades solely in the stock and options markets. It offers a unique fee structure on all trades that makes Tastytrade' pricing lower than that of many of the large discount brokerages. It is designed for active traders, particularly those who are fans of the Tastytrade online video service.

Tastytrade offers only four types of trades:

  1. 1.

    Options on stock

  2. 2.

    Stock

  3. 3.

    Options on futures

  4. 4.

    Futures trading

If you want to trade mutual funds or bonds, you’ll need to go elsewhere. But as mutual funds and bonds are typically for longer-term investors, active traders shouldn’t be too turned off by the limited investment types.

Tastytrade offers multiple account types, but the premier account is called “The Works.” This is an individual margin account with access to stock and options trades. You can make covered and uncovered trades for options and option spreads with this account, as well as stock and futures trades.

Tastytrade also offers an individual cash account, traditional and Roth IRAs, corporate investment accounts, trusts and accounts for international customers. You can also get a "tenants in common" (TIC) jount account in which two owners divide the account's assets by a percentage. Finally, there is a joint account with rights of survivorship meaning two owners share the assets equally and when one passes away, the other has full rights to the assets. 

How does Tastytrade work?

Tastytrade accounts are primarily online and work through a web browser, downloadable desktop application or mobile app. All of these interfaces offer similar access to pricing, trading and account information.

The desktop and browser versions are nearly identical. The dashboard should feel comfortable to any experienced trader who has used a live trading platform. The software also includes an integration to watch Tastytrade live without leaving Tastyworks.

You can quickly view options and get quotes to enter trades on the platform, create watchlists and portfolios and follow Tastyworks traders in real time as they enter trades on the platform. Users can access multiple accounts through the platform, which makes trading easier for those with more complex needs. Clicking through gives you charts and tables packed with the data you need to make a trade decision.

The web-based version runs through most any modern browser. The desktop version is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The mobile app is available for iPhone 6 or later and modern Android phones.

Customer service is available by email, live chat or phone, with specific email addresses easily available for various specific needs.

Highlights TradeStation FIRSTRADE Tastytrade
Rating 3.25/5 4/5 3.5/5
Min. investment $0 $0 $0
Stock trades $0/trade $0/trade $5/trade
Options trades $0.60 per contract $0 $1
Crypto trades
Mutual funds
Virtual trading
Reviews TradeStation review Firstrade review Tastytrade review

Tastytrade pricing

Tastyworks has a unique pricing model that I have never seen anywhere else. For stock, options on stocks and options on futures, there is no closing fee for the second trade. You pay when you open or buy, but you don’t pay when you sell or close.

Stock and ETF trades are $0 and you can trade an unlimited amount of shares.

Options on stock are $1 per contract to open and $0 commission to close. All trades incur a $0.10 per contract clearing fee, and equity commissions are capped at $10 per leg. Options on futures are $2.50 per contract to open, $0 to close, and incur a clearing fee of $0.30 per contract plus exchange fees.

Futures are $1.25 to open and close, and all trades incur a $0.30 per contract clearing fee plus exchange fees.

For margin accounts, rates start at 8% for up to $24,999 and go down to 5% for $1 million and higher.

Tastytrade charges various bank fees and trade-related fees for certain activity as well.

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Summary

For active stock, options and futures traders, Tastytrade offers a discount brokerage that is certainly worth considering. For fans of Tastytrade who want an integrated experience, Tastytrade definitely delivers. But for the average investor, the low fees don’t make up for limited account and investment options. Tastytrade is great for some, but it isn’t perfect for everyone. (If you're not an active trader but are curious, you may want to read up on our take.)

About our author

Eric Rosenberg
Eric Rosenberg, Freelance Contributor

Eric Rosenberg is a finance, travel and technology writer in Ventura, California. He is a former bank manager and corporate finance and accounting professional who left his day job in 2016 to take his online side hustle full time. He has in-depth experience writing about banking, credit cards, investing and other financial topics and is an avid travel hacker. When away from the keyboard, Eric enjoys exploring the world, flying small airplanes, discovering new craft beers and spending time with his wife and little girls.

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