Welcome to TradeStation Salutes!

Ready to expand your knowledge base and start trading? The educational content is grouped into three categories based on your trading skills and experience.

TradeStation Salutes

Start Your Beginner Training

What to Expect as You Begin Your Trading Journey

Presented by TradeStation contributor Jeff McAllister, VP of Education at OptionsANIMAL

Learn what it takes to become a successful investor, including typical characteristics of successful investors and how to conduct proper research, manage risk and develop a trading strategy.

“What to Expect as You Begin Your Trading Journey”

The Blueprint for Trading Success

Presented by TradeStation contributor AJ Monte, Chief Market Strategist, The Market Guys

Learn about the business of trading and the benefits of developing a trading plan before you enter the markets, complete with a trading plan checklist.

“The Blueprint for Trading Success”

An Introduction to Fundamental Analysis

Presented by TradeStation contributor Andrew Horowitz, founder of TheDisciplinedInvestor.com

Learn how to use fundamental analysis to select companies in which to invest, including the various factors that affect a company’s earnings, dividends, share price, cash flow and performance.

“An Introduction to Fundamental Analysis”

An Introduction to Technical Analysis

Presented by TradeStation contributor Price Headley, founder of BigTrends.com

Learn how technical analysis can provide the foundation you need to monitor price movements in the market.

“An Introduction to Technical Analysis”

Turbocharge Your Trading with Fundamental and Technical Analysis

Presented by TradeStation contributor Marc Chaikin, Founder and CEO of Chaikin Analytics

Learn how to identify stocks that are on the move, confirm which symbols to trade, time your buys and sells, and capitalize on potential trades using a proprietary stock rating gauge.

“Turbocharge Your Trading with Fundamental and Technical Analysis”

Start Your Intermediate Training

50 Ways to Become a Better Trader – Without Price Charts

Presented by TradeStation contributor Craig Cobb, Senior Trader at Trade with Precision

The right mindset, behaviors, and habits are just as important to successful trading as analytics. Learn 50 ways to become a better trader without looking at a price chart.

“50 Ways to Become a Better Trader – Without Price Charts”

Introduction to Trading Futures

Presented by Michael Burke, VP, Client Training and Education, TradeStation Securities

Learn the basics of futures trading, including benefits and risks, characteristics of futures contracts, futures trading terminology and TradeStation’s trading and analysis tools for futures traders.

“Introduction to Trading Futures”

Introduction to Trading Options

Presented by Dr. Don Pratl, Director of Trader Development & Education, TradeStation Securities

Learn the language of options trading, including how options prices react to market moves, trading tactics and how options can be used in your trading portfolio.*

* Options trading is not suitable for all investors.

“Introduction to Trading Options”

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How to Create an Options Trading Plan

Presented by TradeStation contributor Dan Sheridan, founder of Sheridan Options Mentoring

Learn the three keys to developing a consistent, successful options trading plan: right trading philosophy, right strategies and right risk management.*

* Options trading is not suitable for all investors.

“How to Create an Options Trading Plan”

How to Become a ‘Trade Architect’

Presented by TradeStation contributor Christian Tharp, Chief Market Strategist for the Adam Mesh Trading Group

Learn why removing emotional and psychological barriers, and approaching the market with an open and analytical point of view, is essential to successful trading.

“How to Become a ‘Trade Architect’”

he Correct Way to Use the TradeStation Matrix

Presented by TradeStation contributor Fausto Pugliese, founder and CEO of Cyber Trading University

Learn how to use TradeStation’s unique Matrix feature and a few key indicators and tools to find and execute trades, spot key chart patterns and predict stock moves.

“The Correct Way to Use the TradeStation Matrix”

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Online Trading Academy

Exclusive Scholarships for Military Personnel

Online Trading Academy has partnered with TradeStation Salutes to offer free and discounted scholarships to active-duty and retired military personnel.

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Free 3-Day Workshop

Rule One Investing has partnered with TradeStation Salutes to offer all military, veterans and first responders a free 3-day investing workshop with VIP seating and a pre-workshop webinar.

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Why Active Military and Veterans Are Natural Traders

Travis McGhee VP at TradeStation (Member of Monex Group)
Anyone who has served in the military knows what it means to prepare for a mission and implement a plan to achieve a desired objective. They also know that discipline is the key to accomplishing that mission.

In many ways, trading is the same. Those who can develop a solid plan and pursue that plan with discipline also have the ability to develop a successful investing strategy. That may be why trading has become a growing part of U.S. military culture.

Increasingly, active military and veterans are showing strong interest in online trading. This was certainly true for me when I was first exposed to the power of online trading during the summer of 2001 on the USS Austin LPD4, docked in Norfolk, VA. With a tremendous amount of downtime on my hands, I quickly found myself using it to explore the financial markets. Other guys on the ship had been trading the boom and bust of the dot.com bubble, so it was not hard to fall into the conversation in such tight quarters.

Today, with the Internet allowing 24/7 access to financial markets around the world – and on all kinds of devices – many active-duty military personnel are doing what I did. This trend only makes sense: their training and experience, especially with removing emotion from decision-making and reducing risk, equip them well to be traders. Two things that pose serious risk to investors are the same things that create risk on the battlefield: lack of discipline and the inability to control emotion. At TradeStation, we have made it our mission to help active military and veterans access the financial markets with confidence, at as low a cost as possible.

Under our new TradeStation Salutes program, we are offering active-duty service members commission-free trading, free access to real-time market data and waiving all inactivity fees. For veterans, we are waiving inactivity fees and offering TradeStation’s lowest per-trade commission rate: $4.99 per trade, plus 30 cents per contract.

In addition, we are providing them with a powerful educational program that is tailored to their background and experience. This program starts at the beginning, with financial and trading basics, and leads them step-by-step as far as they want to go. TradeStation’s rules-based strategic approach dovetails perfectly with the lessons that are hammered home by our military. Traders who were trained in the military tend to use investing programs they have defined themselves – and they tend to succeed because they stick to those programs. Members of the military are fast learners, and like anyone, need help transitioning to a post-military life of financial planning and investing.

Unfortunately, it seems as if many investment firms assume those leaving the military don’t have the financial resources to trade, and as a result they are typically overlooked. Our objective is to build a bridge between the trading and armed services communities. Financial security is important to everyone, and we want active military and veterans to have the knowledge and tools they need to achieve their financial goals.