Why trade options at Schwab?

Schwab provides comprehensive resources for options trading:

  • $0 base + $0.65 per online options contract1
  • Education and expert commentary 
  • Robust tools and platforms 
  • Support from options specialists

Get insights and education to help you keep on top of the market and your trading.

Today's Options Market Update

Get timely updates from Schwab's options trading specialists, who provide their outlook on the options market.

Options Education

Learn about options trading—from placing your first trade to exploring more advanced topics—with our comprehensive collection of options articles, videos, and more.

Schwab Coaching

Join our daily webcasts with Q&A—live and on-demand—to see real-time trade demos and learn ways to apply trading principles in current market conditions using Schwab platforms and tools.

Power your options trading with our full range of trading platforms.

Get access to trade platforms designed for a variety of skill levels, strategies, and devices. For a full comparison of trading platforms, visit our Platforms Comparison page.


Find, analyze, build, and manage simple to complex options orders from one streamlined trading platform.

Schwab Mobile App

Research and place option trades with easy-to-use tools in the palm of your hand.

thinkorswim® trading platforms

The thinkorswim trading platforms offer a wide array of tools designed specifically to help options traders interpret data on securities and market activities to identify opportunities, weigh potential risks/rewards, determine a buying or selling strategy, and more.

Check out thinkorswim's options research tools.

Options Statistics

The proprietary Sizzle Index™ quickly compares the day's movements against the five-day average volume and volatility, so you can easily spot unusual conditions.

Analyze Tab

Explore the Analyze Tab to see the risk and reward graphs showing potential profit and loss based on "what if" scenarios so you can confidently craft your options strategy.

Options Probabilities

Weigh the potential risk of your trade against the possible reward using our risk profile tool.

Sharpen your options trading skills risk-free.

Explore a simulated trading experience within thinkorswim that allows you to practice your trading at any time—without putting your money at risk.

Talk strategies and tactics with licensed options trading specialists.

Our options trading specialists are dedicated to using their experience to help you evaluate and implement your options strategies, including:

  • Getting help making your first options trade
  • Developing a trading strategy to fit your objectives
  • How to set up and optimize the platforms and tools for options trading

Supercharge your options trading.

Introducing Schwab Trading Powered by Ameritrade™—a trading experience you can't get anywhere else, featuring the award-winning thinkorswim platforms, tailored education, and specialized support.

Schwab Network: Real-time insights, every trading day.

Get analysis and interpretation of the market—livestreaming or on-demand—with Schwab Network, brought to you by our media affiliate.

Schwab Network is brought to you by Charles Schwab Media Productions Company ("CSMPC"). CSMPC and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. are separate but affiliated subsidiaries of The Charles Schwab Corporation. CSMPC is not a financial advisor, registered investment advisor, broker-dealer, or futures commissions merchant.

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