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Traders' Academy

Interactive Brokers' Traders Academy is intended for financial professionals, investors, educators and students seeking a better understanding of the asset classes, markets, currencies, tools and functionality available on IB's award-winning Trader Workstation (TWS), IBKR Mobile, Account Management and TWS API applications.

Our complimentary courses use a blended delivery method of lessons, videos, quizzes, and notes to help TWS users improve their understanding of its tools and capabilities.


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TWS for Beginners

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Our introduction to TWS and related services will help investors and programmers understand how to navigate the platform for the first time and how to maximize your use as you develop your skills. We explain some of the products and markets available for trading as an IB client and we show you where key information is stored in TWS and how to easily access it. The lessons walk users through the Getting Started process, how to set up basic trades and how to configure your workspace to your satisfaction. You will learn how to configure the information tiles in order to easily locate news and available research from IB's providers. This overview will help you get underway with some basic explanation of several order types, chart configuration and order presets.

Course Lessons:

  • Getting Started
  • Introduction to IB Products
  • Monitor Panel
  • Trading in Mosaic
  • News and Research in Mosaic
  • Intro to Order Types
  • Introduction to Charts
  • Configuration

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Order Types

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This course covers multiple ways for investors to enter orders using TWS Mosaic. The lessons teach basic limit and market order entry, as well as setting up stop orders ( existing position or not). The course also explains the Time-in-Force attribute and distinguishes between day and good-till-cancelled orders. As we progress, the lessons explain more complex orders such as bracket, one-cancels all and trailing order types.

Course Lessons:

  • Market Order Type Using TWS Mosaic
  • Mosaic Limit Order Type
  • Mosaic Good-till-Cancelled (GTC) Order Type
  • Stop and Stop Limit Orders for Mosaic
  • Bracket Orders for TWS Mosaic
  • Mosaic Trailing Stop Orders
  • Relative or Pegged-to-Primary Order Type
  • Mosaic One-Cancels-All (OCA) Order Type

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Introduction to Options

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Whether you are new to options or want to brush up on some risk basics, or you are learning TWS and want to know how to locate option fields and data, our Introduction to Options course is an excellent first step. We introduce you to basic concepts for call and put options and look at the associated risks from a buying and selling perspective. The importance of Greek metrics and definitions is explained demonstrated with simple examples and you will find our easy-to-use Options Calculator available for free download to help you put the pricing concepts together. As the lessons progress, you will learn how to configure TWS Mosaic for use as an option investor, and we walk you through many tools allowing you to analyze basic option trades. Later, you will learn how to combine individual option legs in TWS and how to determine profit and loss and breakeven values for trades you may want to consider.

Course Lessons:

  • Introduction to Options - Pricing
  • Introduction to Options - The Greeks
  • Introduction to Options Using TWS Mosaic - Calls and Puts
  • Introduction to Options Using TWS Mosaic - Basic Combinations
  • Covered Calls and Buy Writes in IBKR’s Trader Workstation

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Intro to Exchange-Traded Funds

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Whether you are investing in Exchange-Traded Funds for the first time or want to learn more about different types of funds, fees and pricing, our introductory course on ETFs will help you increase your understanding of these investment products. We explain what Exchange-Traded Funds are; how they differ from mutual funds; the types of ETFs available to you; where you can buy and sell ETFs; and how the basic structure of an ETF works.

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Introduction to Charts

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Learn how to open or load a chart and access configuration menus. The lesson will teach TWS chart users simple shortcuts allowing them to change time periods and add simple studies. Control the display to show candlesticks, bars or lines.

Course Lessons:

  • Basic Chart Layout and Configuration
  • Detailed Chart Configuration
  • Toolbar Options
  • Adding Trendlines to TWS Charts
  • Adding Multiple Chart Windows
  • TWS ChartTrader –Configuration and Creating Orders

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Python TWS API

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This is a course in programming with the Trader Workstation Application Programming Interface (TWS API) for Python developers. The TWS API is an open source interface to IBKR's flagship desktop trading application, TWS, which allows for automation of many aspects of TWS functionality. In this course, we describe how to get started in developing Python applications that use the API. First, we explain where to obtain and configure TWS and the API source code, then describe the most commonly used API functions with Hello World sample programs to demonstrate their individual use. We end with a case study in pair trade orders to demonstrate one of the many different advanced order types that can be used with the API.

Course Lessons:

  • What is the TWS API?
  • Installing & Configuring TWS for the API
  • Accessing the TWS Python API Source Code
  • Essential components of TWS API programs
  • Receiving Market Data and Historical Candlesticks
  • Placing Orders
  • Option Chains, Portfolio Data and Account Information
  • API Case Study in Pair Trades

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Client Portal

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Client Portal enables clients of Interactive Brokers to stay connected to what matters as well as access key features and services in their accounts. In a world where news that drives trading rarely ever stops, investors want to access their accounts from multiple devices and around the clock. Client Portal not only provides users with access to details about their accounts, but also allows them to trade using a single log in. This course walks you through the many capabilities of Client Portal.

Course Lessons:

  • Navigating IBKR’s Client Portal
  • Watchlists and Market Scanners in Client Portal
  • Message Center & Ticketing System

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New - Advisors Orientation I

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Our Advisor Orientation course is designed to walk you through IBKR’s integrated advisor solutions, either as an existing advisor client at Interactive Brokers or whether you are considering becoming a client. Unlike other custodians, IBKR’s offering of tools is free and well-integrated across our suite of products. We’ll start with opening an advisor account, then explain the various available tools to help you add contacts and onboard clients. The course will expand upon the Advisor Portal where you can view, customize and create statements. Learn how to use Trader Workstation to invest for clients and how to work with our tools and reports to display your own customized branding.

Course Lessons:

  • Why IBKR for Advisors?
  • Which IBKR Advisor Account Structure is Right for You?
  • How to Open an Advisor Master Account
  • Login and Get Started with the Advisor Portal
  • How to Add Contacts and Prospects
  • How to Invite Prospects to Open an Account
  • Onboard Multiple Client Accounts using an Excel Workbook
  • Setting Fees and Configuring Fee Templates
  • Investing for Clients Using TWS - Allocation Profiles
  • Investing for Clients Using TWS – Account Groups
  • White Branding
  • Creating and Customizing Client Statements

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New - Advisors Orientation II

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The second part of our Advisor series will take a deeper dive into the Advisor Portal and TWS. We’ll show you how to create a risk profile questionnaire to send to your clients and explain how you can customize your client’s application and onboard multiple accounts using Application XML. Step-by-step we’ll show you the Tax Optimizer tool to manage your gains and losses for tax purposes. We’ll walk through TWS Rebalance Portfolio and Model Portfolio tools, plus show you how to navigate IBKR Mobile for Advisors. IBKR offers information on a variety of compliance requirements and we’ll show you where to locate it on the IBKR web site. Lastly, we’ll give you a tour of PortfolioAnalyst, Bonds and Cash Management features tailored for Advisors.

Course Lessons:

  • Adding Users & User Roles to Your Account
  • Rebalance Portfolio Tool
  • Customizing Your Account Application with IBKR’s Application XML
  • IBKR Mobile for Advisors
  • IBKR’s Client Risk Profile Tool
  • IBKR’s RIA Compliance Center
  • Tax Optimizer
  • Model Portfolio Overview
  • Model Portfolios – Independent and Model Positions
  • IBKR Cash Products, Fixed Income and PortfolioAnalyst Solutions for Advisors

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New - Introduction to Mutual Funds

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Whether you are a first-time mutual fund investor or want to learn more about different types of funds, fees and pricing, our introductory course on Mutual Funds will help you increase your understanding of these investment products. We explain what mutual funds are and detail the different types of funds. The course also covers how mutual fund prices are determined, as well as explore different share classes and various types of mutual fund-related fees. Later, we show you how to purchase mutual funds – using Interactive Broker’s trading platform as an example – and explain how mutual funds can be transferred from one bank or brokerage firm to another.

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US Taxes for Traders and Investors

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This tax course is a general overview of US Federal taxes for traders and investors. Our presenter is Nancy Nelson CPA, who is a consultant to Interactive Brokers LLC. Until recently Nancy was Tax Director of Interactive Brokers Group LLC.

Course Lessons:

  • US Taxes for Traders and Investors – Overview
  • Taxation of Interest
  • Dividends
  • Capital Gains for Stocks and Mutual Funds
  • Capital Gains or Losses for Bonds
  • Traded Partnerships and ETF Trusts
  • Net Investment Income Tax
  • Trading Expenses
  • Tax Status – Trader or Investor?
  • Capital Gains - Special Considerations and Products
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The information in this presentation is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute tax advice and cannot be used by the recipient or any other taxpayer to avoid penalties under any federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, or to resolve any tax issue.

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Taxes and Retirement

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This course puts retirement plans into historical perspective and aims to help the student understand what contributions can be made to different types of plans. You will learn about what the IRS permits as allowable types of investments into different plan types, as well as rules about IRA beneficiaries.

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The information in this presentation is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute tax advice and cannot be used by the recipient or any other taxpayer to avoid penalties under any federal, state, local or other tax statutes or regulations, or to resolve any tax issue.

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Introduction to Futures

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This course provides content to suit investors with different levels of knowledge about the futures market. Investors new to the world of futures trading can use this introductory course to learn key industry concepts and how to find information using the trading tools within TWS. Intermediate futures traders will find multiple educational lessons from the CME Futures Institute, where students can learn more about contract descriptions and specifications while discovering how the market operates. Experienced futures traders who are unfamiliar with TWS will learn how to configure the trading platform.

Course Lessons:

  • TWS for Futures
  • CME Contract Codes and Specs
  • TWS Contract Specs and Descriptions
  • CME Tick and Price Movement
  • CME Margin
  • TWS Margin for Futures
  • CME Expiration and Contract Roll
  • CME Price Discovery, Hedgers and Speculators
  • TWS Futures Roll and Expiration

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Introduction to Margin Trading

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Our margin course is designed to help traders and investors learn about the core concepts and definitions of margin trading. We will teach you the different types of margin accounts, methods and requirements in order to understand how margin rules are determined both domestically and abroad. We will also guide you as you take that theoretical knowledge and apply it practically in our Trader Workstation (TWS) platform to plan, monitor and execute leveraged trades.*
*Trading on margin is only for sophisticated traders. You may lose more than your initial investment.

Course Lessons:

  • Getting Started
  • Securities Margin Trading in the US
  • Commodities Margin Trading in the US
  • Margin in Practice Part 1: Trader Workstation (TWS)
  • Non-US Margin Trading

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Option Tools

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This series of lessons will help deepen your understanding of options and discuss the many available TWS tools investors can use to analyze the market before making a trade. Each lesson focuses on a single tool or approach to a valuable concept about the options market.

Course Lessons:

  • TWS OptionTrader
  • Entering Option Spreads & Combinations with Strategy Builder
  • Options Write/Rollover Tool
  • IB Probability Lab
  • IB Volatility Lab
  • Option Selector
  • Performance Profile for Options
  • Building an Option Centric Market Scanner in Mosaic TWS
  • Estimated Price Range
  • Rolling Options
  • Pegged Volatility Orders
  • Entering Option Spreads & Combinations with the Combo Selection Tools
  • IB Risk Navigator - Calculating the forward prices for options

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PortfolioAnalyst

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The PortfolioAnalyst reporting tool enables users to slice and dice portfolio investments in order to measure and compare performance against routine or complex benchmarks. From a simple snapshot of your investments to a granular detailed report, the user is able to create reports that explain portfolio performance relative to selected benchmark sectors. PortfolioAnalyst also allows users to integrate non-IBKR financial data and incorporate data into a single view.

Course Lessons:

  • Portfolio Analyst – Overview
  • PortfolioAnalyst – Getting Started
  • PortfolioAnalyst - Adding External Accounts
  • PortfolioAnalyst - Creating Custom Reports
  • PortfolioAnalyst - Portfolio Checkup

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Trading Around the World

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This course is designed to help investors understand the implications of trading outside of their domestic market. The goal is to help investors be aware of available markets, trading permissions and market data available through Interactive Brokers.
Learn about the features of your IBKR account including decisions on managing exchange rate risk and the implications of fluctuating currencies. We explain the various forms of trading currencies, how and why it might happen and spend time looking at the dedicated FXTrader software. We also discuss borrowing as an alternative to currency hedging.
Finally, we evaluate the use of margin loans and how currency orders can be attached to equity trades occurring outside of your denominated account currency.

Course Lessons:

  • Understanding FX Trading
  • TWS FXTrader
  • Mechanics of an Overseas Trade
  • Entering Overseas Stock and Currency Orders in Mosaic
  • Dual FX Display
  • Trading Overseas with IBKR

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TWS Build 975

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Overview of TWS Build 975 Enhancements.

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TWS Build 976

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Overview of TWS Build 976 Enhancements.

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Fixed Income Trading for TWS

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Whether you are a new to the world of fixed income trading or an experienced professional, our course is structured to help you configure and locate bonds available for trading in TWS. Each lesson addresses a specific aspect to the subject from the perspective of the user looking to quickly move ahead with distilling the world of bonds on the platform. The lessons contain appropriate shortcuts to accelerate the process of getting ready to place a bond trade.

Course Lessons:

  • Configuring Mosaic for Fixed Income
  • Adding Bonds to the Workspace
  • Global Bond Scanner
  • Entering Orders for Bonds

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IBKR’s Risk Navigator©

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For most money managers, risk management is a key component to investing. The IB Risk Navigator is a powerful standalone portfolio monitoring tool built to measure and aggregate real and dummy position exposure across all asset classes. The Risk Navigator can measure common size exposure according to currency and Greek metrics, such as delta, gamma and vega. This portfolio management tool can help users monitor positions according to beta or equal weightings, and its what-if functionality enables investors to measure the potential impact on investments and expected margin requirements of adding or reducing positions to and from a portfolio.

Course Lessons:

  • Introduction to IBKR’s Risk Navigator
  • Margin Sensitivity Using IBKR Risk Navigator
  • Beta Weighting in the IBKR Risk Navigator
  • Configuring Portfolio and Underlying Risk in Risk Navigator
  • IBKR Risk Navigator – Calculating the Forward Prices for Options

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TWS Algos

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Algorithms are sets of instructions built to help the user perform complicated tasks easily. Trader Workstation employs many algorithmic order types with the aim of helping investors submit orders for execution subject to such a set of rules. This course introduces the user to several algos available in TWS and provides a detailed overview of several complex orders that can help maximize your returns by providing a better fill at the most advantageous destination subject to customized rules.

Course Lessons:

  • ScaleTrader
  • VWAP
  • Accumulate/Distribute
  • Adaptive

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Trading Using R

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R has an array of R-packages for automated trading and performance analytics for back testing and analyzing trading strategies. In this course created by QuantInsti® you will learn how to install and download both R and RStudio, explore the IBrokers* package which will enable you to connect to TWS, request market data, retrieve account and portfolio details, place orders and more! The IBrokers package has been created by Jeffrey Ryan and is currently maintained by Joshua Ulrich. It is a pure R implementation of the Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation API.

Course Lessons:

  • Introduction to R and RStudio
  • Installing R and RStudio
  • Configuring IB's Trader Workstation
  • Introduction to IBrokers Package
  • Market Data Functions
  • Customizing Market Data Functions
  • Order Functions
  • Sample Trading Strategy


*Disclaimer: This software is in no way affiliated, endorsed, or approved by Interactive Brokers or any of its affiliates. It comes with absolutely no warranty and should not be used in actual trading unless the user can read and understand the source. IBrokers is a pure R implementation of the TWS API. http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/IBrokers/index.html

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Securities Lending and Borrowing

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This course is aimed at helping investors wanting to take a short position in stocks understand what to do and where to find key information in Trader Workstation. We explain the short selling cycle and how investors can easily find out stock loan availability in the platform. Students will learn about IBKR’s Pre-Borrow utility and how this may increase the chance of settlement. Finally, we explain the benefits to shareholders of lending out stock and how IBKR’s Stock Yield Enhancement Program automates this process for enrollees.

Course Lessons:

  • Shorting Stocks on IBKR’s Trader Workstation (TWS)
  • Pre-Borrow US Stocks for Shorting
  • Stock Yield Enhancement Program (SYEP)
  • Mechanics of a Short Sale
  • Short Selling and Margin

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Introduction to Technical Analysis

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A solid overview into modern technical analysis by long-time trader and best-selling author Adam Grimes. This course will give you a solid foundation in chart reading, understanding a trading edge, using indicators, and developing the process and skills to apply these tools in your own trading.

Course Lessons:

  • Technical Analysis: What and Why?
  • Basic Chart Reading
  • Moving Averages
  • Bands and Channels: Monitoring Extension and Momentum
  • Using Indicators
  • Volatility

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Advanced Trading Tools

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Each lesson centers on a specific standalone module within TWS that has a unique purpose. The FXTrader is a prime example. TWS users may view and trade currencies anywhere in the platform, but we devised the FXTrader as a dedicated piece of software that allows currency traders to configure a workspace with an emphasis on price display. You will also be introduced to the TWS BasketTrader, which enables a user to construct a basket of stocks for easy upload and simultaneous transmission to the market. And you will also learn about ISW, the Integrated Stock Window, where you can trade, see charts, market data and deep data all from a single integrated window.

Course Lessons:

  • TWS BasketTrader – Create a Basket
  • IB Order Management System (OMS) / IB Blotter
  • Mosaic Market Scanner
  • TWS FXTrader
  • Portfolio Builder
  • Integrated Stock Window (ISW)

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IBKR Mobile - iPhone© and iPad©

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This course is about using IBKR Mobile on your iPhone and we’ll also explore the iPad user interface. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as customizing your watchlists, adding chart indicators, plus trading stocks, options, futures and forex worldwide. We’ll show you how to view portfolio and account information, plus how to access Tip Ranks for company fundamentals and analyst reports. We’ll take a look at some of the latest enhancements – such as iBot, Order Entry Wheel, the Spread Template tool and configuration enhancements.

Course Lessons:

  • Getting Started with IBKR Mobile on the iPhone©
  • Quote Details & Charts
  • Trading using IBKR Mobile on the iPhone©
  • Monitor Your Account and Portfolio
  • Options on the iPhone©
  • Creating Scanners & Configuration Tips for the iPhone©
  • Getting Started with IBKR Mobile on the iPad©

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IBKR Mobile -Android©

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This course will cover using IBKR Mobile on your Android© phone. We’ll cover a wide range of topics such as customizing your watchlists, adding chart indicators, plus trading stocks, options, futures and forex worldwide. We’ll show you how to view portfolio and account information, plus how to access Tip Ranks for company fundamentals, news articles and analyst reports. We’ll take a look at some of the latest enhancements – such as iBot, Order Entry Wheel, the Spread Template tool and new configuration options. Course Lessons:

  • Getting Started with IBKR Mobile on the Android©
  • Quote Details & Charts
  • Trading using IBKR Mobile on the Android©
  • Monitor Your Account and Portfolio
  • IBKR Mobile Options on the Android©
  • Creating Scanners & Configuration Tips

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US Trader Tax 101

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Complex tax rules significantly impact investors, traders, and investment managers. Learning these rules is the first step to tax savings. Traders have unique tax topics, tax breaks, and pitfalls. Robert A. Green, CPA is a leading authority on trader tax as recognized by the publishers, media, traders, and industry groups. Mr. Green is the author of the best-selling annual Green’s Trader Tax Guide and he contributes to blogs on trader tax (read Robert Green’s bio). Mr. Green designed this Tax Course to be a “don’t miss” destination for traders. He provides the precise trusted answers you seek.

Course Lessons:

  • Retail Trading
  • Trading Other People’s Money
  • Trader Tax Status
  • Trading Business Expenses
  • Capital Loss Limitation & Wash Sale Losses
  • Section 475 MTM

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