Auto Trading Options Now On OptionGenius.com

Auto trading options make selling options seamless

We are happy to be introducing several enhancements to the OptionGenius.com service this month and the first of these enhancements is Auto Trading Options. As the days go on, we will announce 3 major improvements that should make membership much more valuable.

We are pleased to announce that starting today, we will be autotrading with Eoption.com ( a registered broker/dealer). Update: we are autotrading with Optionsxpress.com as well.

Auto trading options is a great concept where members have the ability to have their broker execute the OptionGenius.com trades for them in their account.

Best of all, there is no extra charge for this service.

What this means for members:

Once we send out an email option trade alert, your broker will automatically enter that order for you in your account. Chances are your order will be filled faster than you could do it yourself. Eoption.com has an auto trade option desk where they have people who just sit and wait for these alerts all day. Once it comes in, they enter the order for you at the price listed in the email alert.

This is great for those who can’t get to the computer as soon as I send out a trade alert. If you have ever missed a trade because the market moved too fast, this service should help solve that problem.

  • You will always have full control of your account.
  • You can cancel the autotrading at any time.
  • OptionGenius.com has no access to your account or your money. We actually have nothing to do with this – it is an agreement between you and your broker.
  • If there is a trade that is entered for you that you do not like, you can exit the trade.
  • Eoption.com has the lowest commissions we have seen.
  • We are not affiliated with Eoption.com in any way. After researching several brokers, they were the easiest to work with.

The only requirement is that you have an account at Eoption.com and an active membership with OptionGenius.com. Currently Eoption.com is the only broker we are autotrading with. If you use another broker and would like us to autotrade with them, please email them and let them know of your desire.

How it works

Once you have an account with Eoption.com, you fill out and sign an Autotrade Agreement. You get to choose how you want OptionGenius trades executed. You can use a percentage of your account for each trade, or you can choose a number of contracts for each trade. What we recommend is that you tell them to use a percentage of recommendation. So for example, since I use $10,000 as my account size and base all the trades on this amount, if you are also trading a $10,000 account and want your account to match mine 100%, then you would instruct them to use 100% of recommendation. If I send out a trade using 10% of the account, it will be the same in your account. If you have an account with $20,000 you can tell them to use 200% of recommendation. That way if I use $2,000 for a trade, you will be using $4,000 for the same trade.

Many of you have been asking for autotrading for a while. I want you to know that I have thoroughly tested Eoption.com and their order fulfillment capabilities. I opened a real money account with them and for two months had them autotrade that account. They did a wonderful job getting the trades executed. I do not forsee any problems, but if there are we will quickly address them.

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Keep in mind that this is between you and the broker and things can go wrong. It is your money and you should be watching it like a hawk. Just because this service makes it easier to follow OptionGenius does not mean you have any less responsibility in managing your money.  Also, there is no guarantee that all trades will be executed.

79 Comments

  1. Joe on June 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Am interested in the autotrading, but wondering how much needs to be put into the eption account,.
    In reading your materials I see that your goal is aprox 10-12% per month, on your stated 10k account size that would be $1000 to $1200 per month. While that is nothing to sneeze @ obviously you cannot live off of that alone.
    If I need 4-5k per month, I then need to fund a 50k eoption account and use a 500% recommendation ?

    • Genius on June 7, 2010 at 11:09 am

      That would make sense. But I advise everyone to start small with less money. My style of trading is considered “advanced option trading” and it takes some time getting used to. Even though autotrading sounds like the best thing since sliced bread, I would still want you to understand the trades and how they work instead of just blindly following along

    • nick on October 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      even $1200.00 month is not guaranteed and you should know that.

      • Genius on November 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

        No, nothing is guaranteed expect death. Just to be clear, I am not gauranteeing anything. That would be dishonest.

  2. Juan on June 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Does anyone know if Eoption charges more for autotrade or is the pricing the same as self-trading.
    Thanks,

  3. Rob on June 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    They mention a $1.50 fee:

    An Auto Trade Order Handling Fee in the amount of $1.50 per execution applies to orders entered and filled by eOption’s Auto Trade Desk and does not apply to orders entered on your own.

    So I guess they do 🙁

    • Genius on June 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

      Rob,

      You are right, there is an extra charge. I emailed their autotrade desk to make sure and they charge $1.50 extra per leg. So on a 4 legged iron condor, if I do 2 contracts the normal commission would be $12.80 and the autotraded commission would be $18.80

  4. Dustin Callahan on June 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    It looks like theirs a $1.50 charge per execution for auto-trade. Still good deal though.

    http://www.eoption.com/auto_trading.html

  5. Rob on June 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    If anything we should be rewarded for opening a auto trade account. Not charged extra! Many brokers offer auto trade at no extra charge. Any chance on expanding the auto trade choices? I am very interested in your auto trading but I prefer TOS. I was able to get a good rate of 1.50/contract for being a member of another service a while back. They also don’t charge for auto trading. That would be $12.00 dollars for the trade mentioned above instead of $18.80. Maybe you can negotiate better commissions for Genius members. I did open the a account with eOption but this was before I realized the extra charges. So I haven’t funded it yet. Not trying to split hairs but commissions add up quickly.

    • Genius on July 29, 2010 at 11:06 am

      I agree, there should not be an extra charge. I talked to their vice-president about it and about maybe a group commission lower than their normal rate but their policy is that their rates are already very low. And if you do any volume, then their rate comes out much cheaper than the $1.50 an option at thinkorswim. Perhaps as more and more people sign up, i will have some more negotiating power. 🙂

  6. Xueren Zhang on June 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I have observed SPX and RUT trades by OG for a while.I found out that more than 50% of times that we can’t get the wonderful and exact prices OG has got (even after 10 minutes).So OG will first email eoption the trade (limited credit or debit),then he trade,or he trades first,then emails the order.Then,the possibility of not filling the desired prices will be greater.Is it also the case that OG sets a range of acceptable prices so that fillings are ok for everybody?But that will be quite a work for OG.

    By the way,EOPTION does not have “gain and loss”.Then,we will have quite a bit of record keepings to do to report tax,if we trade 100 trades a year,unless we are from Hong Kong where no capital gains are taxed.

    • Genius on July 29, 2010 at 11:04 am

      If that were the case, that no one could get the same prices i get, then eoption would not be able to do it either. But that is not the case. For all the trades since we have started autotrading until now, they have either matched my price or gotten a better price than I did. On 70% of the trades, they got better prices than i did. And they get the same email at the same time as everyone else. In fact, one of their criteria is that they should be notified of a trade along with the rest of the members, not before and not after.

  7. MIKE LOOS on June 16, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Regarding Rob’s june 10 comment. I too have a funded TOS
    account @ $1.50 a leg. Since they were bought out by another recently,that may have opened an opportunity to approach them for auto trades on Think or Swim with OP genius. Your Thoughts? Michael

  8. Donovan Elavsky on July 28, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I am established with TOS. Auto Trade with them would be a good thing for me. They have been good to work with.

    • Genius on July 29, 2010 at 10:20 am

      Thinkorswim at this time seems to be more interested in pushing their own services than in doing autotrading with anyone they are not already working with. since they got bought out, it seems a lot of their policies have changed. If enough people contact them and tell them to autotrade with us they might listen. so my suggestion would be to email them.

  9. audreyf on July 30, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I just got funded after opening an account with TOS. guess i am with them for the long run. i will e mail or call them to request autotrading.

  10. Mo on August 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

    If you go with TOS, I would consider autotrading.

    • Genius on August 2, 2010 at 11:53 am

      Who is telling you to leave TOS?
      Why do people get so attached to their broker?
      I have accounts at four brokers – that way I get to use the features of all four.

  11. VICTOR NAVON on August 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Can we get a P/L summary of say your last month or two of real trades?

    • Genius on August 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

      I post the past few month’s trades on the members portion of the site.

  12. robert hahn on August 29, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I have set up a auto trade with eoption.com last week. They should be contacting you soon. Robert

  13. Hugh on October 4, 2010 at 11:34 am

    You recently began autotrading with OptionsExpress. Just wondering how they are comparing with Eoptions.

    • Genius on October 4, 2010 at 11:45 am

      So far so good. No problems with either broker. Fills have been great too.

  14. robert hahn on October 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    i CANCILLED MY ACCOUNT WITH EOPTION TODAY AS THEY WOULD NOT OK ME FOR TRADING SPREADS. WHAT OTHER BROKERS DO YOU DEAL WITH FOR AUTO TRADING. rOBERT

  15. Charles Gugins on February 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I have my IRA which I trade options in with optionsxpress. I believe they auto trade for other services and if you have any volume possibly they would deal. I started with them in 2004 or 2005 and at first it was 14.95 for 1-10 contracts and then 1.50 per. After about a year i asked for a better rate and got 12.95 for 10 or fewer and 1.25 per contract over that. But those were minimums per leg. Now I have an even better rate and it is not per leg but it is .90 per contract minimum 9.00 but not for each leg, strictly per contract. So they do deal but I have used them for 6-7 years now and so perhaps after a little more volume through option genius they may also give deals but i do not know whether individuals would get the same low rate for trades they execute on their own.

    • Genius on February 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks for the info Charles. We do autotrade with OX now an dhave quite a few members using them. Perhaps it is time to approach them again about reducing our commissions.

  16. Susan Sutton on May 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I am interested in auto-trading too.

    I have a $45,000 IRA account with OptionsXpress, and would consider putting more money with them

    But their fees concern me. I also have an account with Trade Station, which charges much lower fees.

    Have you considered approaching them. I know of other auto-trading programs there too.

    Thank you – Susan

    • Genius on May 24, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Susan,

      I guess there is a tradeoff between fees and service. The better the service the more the fees. I know OX is more expensive than others but from what I have seen they do have the best customer service. I have not dealt with Tradestation and we do not have an autotrade agreement with them. We already have 4 brokers on the roster and are leary to add any more. Because with every broker we add, we have to monitor their fills and executions to make sure everyone gets filled.

  17. Nick on May 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    on auto trade do you do limit order or market ? how you calculate performance on auto trade? worse come worse what is the downside risk ? Thanks.

    • Genius on May 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      Autotrade orders are limit orders. The performance numbers for autotrade are very similar to the reported numbers. They usually get the same prices I do or even better. The risk is the same as normal trading except that they might miss an adjustment or not get a fill because they are trying to place a large order. A individual member might get a better fill with a small order.

  18. carol on June 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

    OG–What are your fees for autotrading?

    • Genius on June 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

      We don’t charge anything extra for autotrading.

      • carol on June 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        just the monthly membership?? I do have to be a member, right?

        • Genius on June 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

          Yes, you would have to be a paying member of our service. 🙂

  19. robert on July 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Looking to join your site as a new member, do autotrade the optionsHouse platform?

    • Genius on August 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Robert,
      At this time OptionsHouse is not an autotrade partner.

  20. belinda on September 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    i am so sad there’s no autotrading in Canada 🙁 i tried interactive brokers but they charge too much 70.00 canadian dollars a month plus the commission. can i just give you my account number and will u do it for me? ^__^

  21. Gordon on January 2, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I don’t what to pin you down – but I’m just starting and want to do it right; so what it the very best broker to use and how much should I fund my account with? also, I would be transferring the funds out of my IRA into the new account, so would it make sense to keep it as an IRA or pay the tax penalty and have an open and free account without restrictions?

    • Genius on January 3, 2012 at 11:36 am

      There are many good brokers.
      You can keep your money in an IRA since the strategies we use can be done in an IRA

  22. ramesh on March 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Hello,
    I have subscribed to several gurus and only to find my money has been exhausted. You have mentioned that it would be better if open an account with 10,000.can’t we start of with a smaller amount lets say 1000 .
    I did see optionshouse does not have autotrade facility. do we need to open an account with Eoptions.
    Thanks

    • Genius on March 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      You could start with $1,000 but you wont be able to follow me too closely because each trade uses at least $1,000. But if you are learning, then start by papertrading and you don’t need any money at all.

      We do not autotrade with optionshouse right now. Sorry.

      • ramesh on March 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Thanks for the update. I would like to do papertrade for a while till i get comfortable and pool up some money to do autotrade. can you do that .

        Thanks

        • Genius on March 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

          Of course! I recommend everyone start by papertrading for a few months and then start with a small amount of money. That way you get to see the trades in action and can tell for yourself if this style of trading is for you, and more importantly if it actually works (which it does hehe).

  23. jim weems on March 28, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I enjoy reading your issues and hoped you would autotrade.
    What is your monthly fee for your services? Are you con-
    sidering using ThinkorSwim in the future?

    Regards

    • Genius on March 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

      We are currently autotrading with some great option friendly brokers. thinkorswim is not one of them. They told us they are not adding any more newsletters. But if you email them asking for it, they might agree.

      Our fees are listed on the main site, http://www.optiongenius.com

      thanks

  24. James on May 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I have a 401k at work with fidelity. Can I autotrade this account and if so what do I need to do to get started?

    • Genius on May 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      No. A 401k at work will have too many restrictions on how you can invest your money. And Fidelity is not an option friendly broker anyway.

  25. Frederick Herr on May 25, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Somewhere along the line, missed the cost of membership in your organization. Could you please advise me that oost??? Regards, FZH

  26. irwin on June 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    are you trading penny stocks ? are you trading aapl , intc ,pfe , bidu ??

  27. Linda on June 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Why do you only post your performance in the paid section? Is it that bad?

    • Genius on June 22, 2012 at 11:20 am

      No it is not bad at all.
      We found that posting our performance led to many people joing who had unrealistic expectations and were just looking for the next “hot hand”. They were not wanting to learn how to trade and put in the time. All they wanted was above average returns with zero risk. And when we would have a losing month, which is inevitable, they would email nasty comments. That is not the type of member we want. We are building a community of like minded traders who want to learn to trade.

  28. George Enzmann on November 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

    1 In autotrading, how do you handle a losing situation?
    2 What has been your past performance with your autotrade recommendations, say, as a percentage return per trade?

    • Genius on November 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      1. Same as normal.
      2. Our performance is listed on the site.

  29. Jerry on November 23, 2012 at 5:04 am

    will this work for an ira?

    • Genius on November 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Yes it does, but you would either have to move your ira to one of the autotrade brokers, or open a new ira account with one of them.

  30. Robert on December 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Who are the four brokers because I’m interested but I have an acct. w/TOS? I only read 2: OX,Eoption

    • Genius on December 13, 2012 at 10:24 am

      I will have to update this post.
      Right now we are autotrading with
      Eoption
      Trademonster
      Interactive brokers (through Global Autotrading)

  31. Rodney Loveless on December 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I would like to autotrade. My account is with Trademonster . How do I get started?

    Rod L.

  32. Rodney Loveless on December 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I have set up an account with trade monster and told them I wish to autotrade with Option Genius. They asked how many units and i said 1. I wished to go 100% with your recomendation as I have $10,000 in the account. Did I do right in saying one unit?

    Rod Loveless

    • Genius on January 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Yes. I believe $10k is one unit.

  33. Kent Bayne on January 3, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Your letter above promotes this auto trade as a new feature but it is dated 2010. If it has been around that long what is your success rate with this program and what is the minimum requirement to set up an account?

    • Genius on January 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

      We dont keep seperate records on that, but it is about the same as our service performance. In some trades the autotrade fills are better, some are a little worse, but it works out over the long term. You can get more info about autotrade on the Autotrade page of the site.

  34. Alex on February 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I have accounts with Trademonstewr and Eoptions. I recently subscribed and set up OG Autotrade at Trademonster. Can I set you up on Eoption as well… to compare the results between the two brokers?

    • Genius on February 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      You can, but it is probably unnecessary. Both of them do a great job at getting fills and they both get filled at about the same prices.

  35. mickey gallo on March 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Is there a broker in canada with whom I could set up an autotrading account? If yes, any idea as to costs?
    thanks
    mickey

    • Genius on March 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

      I am not sure about that.
      I know that Interactive brokers allows Canadian account but don’t know if they allow autotrading in Canadian accounts.

  36. cer on March 29, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    What brokers do you use to autotrade? OX has stopped offering auto trade.

    • Genius on April 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      We currently autotrade with

      eoption
      trademonster
      Interactive Brokers – through Global Autotrading

  37. wayne seymour on March 31, 2013 at 2:51 am

    its like having asset to my account and trade almost size lots. It could wipe out my account, if you are wrong. I would paper trade 1st.

  38. Frank on July 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Genius,

    can you offer Auto-Trading with Interactive Broker in next time also, please? I mean IB is the biggest broker in Europe and one of the biggest in US and they offer AT with other financial newsletter services also. Therefore I think they will not have a problem with your service…

    Kind Regards,
    Frank

  39. Wm Hausman on October 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I also have an acct at TOS. My experience there is that they’re likely not open to autotrading anywhere other than with RedOption with whom they have a working, if not close, relationship.

    • Genius on October 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

      From what we were told, they own redoption and are only interested in promoting their own services.

  40. carol gardner on October 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Is there a place I can review past few months before I sign up for membership?

  41. Dan Cottrell on October 27, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Allen, I am interested and am wondering what you current YTD returns are in your Auto-trade service.

  42. Diane on February 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Are you set up with TradeMonster for the autotrades if not will you be? Also, where can we see the Performance record please???

    • Genius on February 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Yes we are already set up with TradeMonster.
      Our performance is in the members area.

  43. marco on May 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Are you set up with Opcion express

    • Genius on September 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Not for autotrading.

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