Are you a buy-and-hold type of trader? Perhaps you like to sell premium using defined-risk spreads or naked options? Regardless of your trading style, how do you know which account is right for you? What account types and trading levels does tastyworks provide? Well, read on you'll be dinging (the sound of a filled order) in no time.


First, there are two overall account types: cash accounts and margin accounts. You can trade within both account types, but there are major differences between the two with what you can do.


Cash Account

Possibly the simplest account type to understand is a cash account so let's walk through what a cash account is what you can do with one.


What can I do?

Buy stock, buy options, sell cash-secured puts, sell covered calls.


What can you not do?

Short sell stock, trade defined-risk spreads, sell uncovered options (calls), and trade futures.


The following table displays the permissible strategies within a cash account.


Cash (Limited)
Buy Stock
Short Sell Stock
Buy Options
Sell Covered Calls
Sell Cash Secured Puts
Defined-Risk Spreads
Sell Uncovered Options
Futures


Margin Account Trading Levels

There are three different trading levels for margin accounts. The types of strategies you can do are dependent upon which trading level you have. 


Standard margin accounts (non-ira) have 2:1 leverage for stock. That means if you had $10,000 of options buying power then your account will have $20,000 of stock buying power (for non-elevated stocks).


Margin's primary function in options trading is for relief since short options can be exercised by the counterparty at any time, resulting in an assigned position.


Your trading level is based on your Investor Profile. If you currently have a margin account and you're looking to upgrade your trading level, then please click here.


The following table displays the permissible strategies within a margin account.


The WorksBasic (Margin)Basic (IRA)Limited
Buy Stock
Short Sell Stock
Buy Options
Sell Covered Calls
Sell Cash Secured Puts
Defined-Risk Spreads
Sell Uncovered Puts
Sell Uncovered Calls✔*
Futures


✔*To qualify for uncovered call writing in an IRA account, you must have the suitability requirements for The Worksour highest trading level. To learn more about enabling short calls in an IRA, please click here.