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TD Ameritrade Extended Hours Trading (Pre Market and After Hours)

TD Ameritrade Extended-Hours Trading Time and Fees

If you have a TD Ameritrade brokerage account, you have the ability to trade outside of normal session hours. These are from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, EST. TD Ameritrade provides access to the pre-market session, which is from 8 am until 9:15 am, and the after-hours period, which lasts from 4:15 until 8 o’clock. Even better, the broker does not charge anything extra for trading during these special periods. The broker’s regular $6.95 commission is assessed against all trades.

Entering Extended-Hours Orders at TD Ameritrade

An order at TD Ameritrade can be flagged to remain in force just for the pre-market session, the after-hours session only, or the regular session plus both extended-hours periods. You can easily choose whichever option you want during the order-entry process by selecting your choice in the drop-down menu. An order that includes the extended-hours period must be submitted as a limit order at TD Ameritrade, and special conditions cannot be added to orders. All extended-hours orders expire at the close of business at 8 pm if they aren’t filled.

Compare TD Ameritrade After Hours Trading

Compared to the extended-hours policies of other brokers, TD Ameritrade looks fairly competitive. E*Trade, for example, imposes a surcharge on extended-hours trading. It is 0.5¢ per share. Schwab traders can only trade up to 5,000 shares during the special sessions. TD Ameritrade does not either of these rules.

Trading Tools

There are some excellent trading tools available to TD Ameritrade customers who plan to buy and sell securities during extended hours. A handy trade bar called SnapTicket appears at the bottom of the browsing window on the broker’s well-designed website. Vital data, such as bid-ask spread, are displayed. The bar can show a small graph. SnapTicket can be used during the regular session as well.

In addition to the website, TD Ameritrade provides Trade Architect, a simple platform that is launched from the broker’s website. A more sophisticated desktop platform called thinkorswim is available as well. Remarkably, it does not have any account minimum or frequent trader requirement. It boasts 400 technical studies and a host of drawing tools.

The company’s mobile apps (it has three of them) can be used to place orders during the extended periods. One of the apps is a thinkorswim version that has very advanced charting tools. There is also a TD Ameritrade platform for Apple Watch.

TD Ameritrade warns its clients that there are certain risks associated with trading during these special time slots. For example, there is lower liquidity during extended hours, which could make it more difficult to find a buyer in a short amount of time. Bid-ask spreads also tend to be wider during these sessions, which increases the cost of buying and selling. Higher volatility also means more frequent price swings, which can lead to the execution price being far from the current price.

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Updated on 5/8/2017.

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