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How do you short/long stocks on TD Ameritrade

post #1 of 5
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I am new to this whole thing and singed up for TD Ameritrade. I like it but cannot seem to figure out how to short/long stocks. Can you some give me a hand or point me in the direction of a tutorial. Thanks so much.
post #2 of 5
To "Long" a stock is to buy it and hold, a regular trade.

To "Short" is to sell it when you don't actually have it (ie, borrow from your broker) and then buy it (give it back) when its lower in price, keeping the difference.

I'd love to give you instructions on how to do it, but I think you should read the risk involved and how it really works before attempting to do it. Because of your question, I don't think you're ready just yet to do it.

When you invest regularly in a stock, you can only lose 100%. When you invest short a stock, you can lose more than that.

Edit:: Here is a good article:
http://beginnersinvest.about.com/cs/.../a/022703a.htm
post #3 of 5
Hi, jonthegreek1. Have you viewed the courses on the Education Center at the TD Ameritrade site yet? My company (Senova Training) helped create these courses for TD Ameritrade last year, and they released them a few months ago.

You can some great basic information in the course "Trading 101". To view some tutorials on how to place trades, do the following:
-From the Home page, click the Education Center tab.
-Click the Online Courses link.
-Under the course "Trading 101", click the expand symbol at the bottom under the Lesson Menu.
-Click the link to Lesson 4: Place Basic Orders
-You can view a number of "How to" tutorials by clicking the "Show Me How" button at the top of the lesson menu (after it launches).
-From the Show Me How page, you can launch tutorial that take you step-by-step through the process of placing basic orders.

If that doesn't help, you can also look for specific information in their Help files (click the Help Center link at the top of the main Ameritrade window).

Kevin
post #4 of 5

Unfortunately, the online courses are designed to be browser-specific, and the don't support my browser.  IE only education... 

post #5 of 5

You can download other browsers at no cost.

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