If you’ve been following along with this blog, you will have read how to set up a Tastyworks account, how to register with CurrencyFair, and how to fund your account. With the funds 💰 deposited, we can now continue and buy US ETFs on Tastyworks, such as those from ARK Invest, and leveraged ETFs from Direxion and ProShares, otherwise unavailable to Europeans.
Opening the trading platform
Login to your Tastyworks account and click the button to open the trading platform. 💻
A new tab should open, prompting you to login to the trading platform. Once again, provide your username and password and click ‘Login’.
Verify that you have buying power in the top menu. Your buying power should be equal to your deposit that you made via 💱 CurrencyFair (or may be higher for margin accounts).
Because Tastyworks is heavily geared toward options trading, the interface may seem a little different from most brokers. Luckily it is still perfectly possible to buy both stocks and ETFs.
Placing the order for a US domiciled ETF
For our example, we’ll place an order for QQQJ, a popular Nasdaq ‘Next Gen 100’ ETF. Click 🖱️ the ‘Trade’ button in the menu on the left and a new window will appear.
The window should default to the table tab, used to place option orders. Because we simply want to buy an ETF, click the first tab called ‘Stock’ instead.
The interface will change and you will be able to enter ⌨️ the symbol of your desired ETF (QQQJ in our case).
Decide whether you want to place a limit or market order. If you want to place a limit order, put in the limit price. For a market order, click the market order toggle.
Additional options are also available should you want to use them. I’ll keep it simple and place a market order for 1 share.
Once you have made your choice, click 🖱️ ‘Review and send’ to continue.
On the next screen you’ll be shown a final overview of your order. Once you have verified all is in order, ✔️ click ‘Send order’ to execute.
Notice that we managed to place an order for an ETF lacking a Key Information Document 📃 (KID), which would normally be required in Europe.
Once your order gets filled, it should show up in your portfolio. You can always access your portfolio by clicking the ‘Portfolio’ button in the menu on the left.
Now that you can buy US ETFs on Tastyworks, perhaps you can click around the site a little and explore the other possibilities the platform offers.
What do you think about Tastyworks? Got any more questions? Feel free to leave a comment below. Good luck!
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