Twin Cities Trading Group

Education Opportunities and Reference

Here you will find online and DVD training videos, short and long, on nearly every trading subject. Support, webinars and free in-person advice for your existing business, bookkeeping, taxes; selling/buying or help setting up a business. Free and fee-based training classes. Investment advisor advice, regulatory info for investors or industry professionals, investor education and publications.

Trading Platforms

Platform Link Content Description
Fidelity Learning Center
Featured Courses

We've compiled our best lessons into quick, easy-to-follow courses to help you learn more about new investing concepts and strategies. 
TD Ameritrade Free Webinars  Learn what you want, when you want by sampling just some of the exclusive videos, advanced tools, in-depth courses, and more. For access to educational resources from our education affiliate Investools® from TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., a leading provider of investor education, open your account now.
ThinkOrSwim Training Videos  The thinkorswim Learning Center is a place for you to find tutorials and how-to's on everything thinkorswim. Take a look around, watch some of the videos, read our thinkMoney magazine, download the whole manual if you like. In this site you will find everything that you need to get comfortable with the thinkorswim trading platform. It doesn't stop there; check back frequently, we are adding more and more all the time.

Investment & Broker(age) Information

Source Link Content Description
American Association of Individual Investors
AARI The American Association of Individual Investors is a nonprofit organization with about 150,000 members whose purpose is to educate individual investors regarding stock market portfolios, financial planning, and retirement accounts.
Marketplace Your Money
Your Money
Finding a good financial advisor.

Interview by Tess Vigeland and Paddy Hirsch
Marketplace Money for Friday, March 16, 2012. 25min video.

"When it comes to getting advice on managing your money, who can you trust and how do you know? We’ve received a lot of letters in recent weeks from listeners who wanted to know the right methodology for choosing a good independent personal financial adviser. That’s the question Tess and Marketplace Money Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch discussed with Jill Schlesinger, editor-at-large for CBS"
Marketplace Business Business What your financial adviser's not saying.

by Amy Scott
Marketplace for Monday, August 31, 2009. 16min video.

"Kai Ryssdal: Not too far below health care on the legislative agenda when Congress gets back to work next week will be coming up with new rules for how Wall Street does business. A lot of the discussion so far has been about protecting consumers from potential wrongs they don't even know about.

Forget the bigger problems of toxic assets and collateralized debt obligations for a second. What if your financial adviser's selling you an investment that he or his firm stand to profit from? From New York, Marketplace's Amy Scott has more..."
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Broker Check
  • BrokerCheck is a free tool to help investors research the professional backgrounds of current and former FINRA-registered brokerage firms and brokers, as well as investment adviser firms and representatives.

  • It should be the first resource investors turn to when choosing whether to do business or continue to do business with a particular firm or individual.'s Broker Review main web page Find Your Perfect Stock Broker
"Every investor has their own specific needs. Let help you compare and decide which stock broker is best for you:
  • Search popular ratings
  • Compare brokers side by side
  • Calculate trade savings
2013 Broker Review
 This year we spent hundreds of hours researching and comparing 17 online brokers for our annual reviews. Each broker was assessed on 283 variables across eight key areas. This date was used to compile star ratings as well as rankings. In addition, 17 Industry Awards were given out in 2013. Categories include:
  •  Best Overall Broker
  •  Best Broker for New Investors
  •  Best Active Trading Broker... and more!"

Business Administration

Link Content Description
OTA Tax Pros Free Tax Webinar Do Your Trading as a Business.

Let OTA Tax Pros set up your Trading Entity and Tax structure 

FREE Introductory Online Class:
  • What's your default filing status?
  • Your tax benefits filing as a trader in securities.
  • How to write off all your market losses instead of getting stopped out at the $3000 limit.
  • How to legitimately deduct office furnishings, research-related travel, books and education and more without inviting an audit.
  • Learn how to keep your profits from the IRS.
QuickBooks (held by Fiscal Foundations)
Free QuickBooks Workshop Free class shows usage and features of this popular bookkeeping software for business. Software can be a
- one-time purchase + annual updates, or
- monthly subscription fee for web-based platform (has the full functionality of the Windows version); fee include all updates.

Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE) SCORE Website and Webinars
SCORE volunteers serve as “Counselors to America's Small Business.”

"SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives. SCORE also offers workshops both online and in person, for a modest fee, for both start-up entrepreneurs and in-business small business owners.

SCORE assists people in starting a new business, buying or selling a business, and by providing support to existing small business owners."
Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE) Minneapolis SCORE website, or Other MN Chapters  Free Mentoring. SCORE Minneapolis mentors, comprised of active and retired business men and women, provide clients with free and confidential business counseling. SCORE Mpls Counseling can be conducted at the client's place of business, at our chapter office, by telephone or via email.

Workshops & Events. SCORE Minneapolis mentors and representatives from the local business community conduct a variety of regularly scheduled, low-cost educational workshops and webinars that provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.
Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE) Templates & Tools Topics include: Accounting & Budgeting. Business Planning. Cash Flow Management. Financing, Legal. Management, Sales, Marketing & PR, Social Media & Networking, Buying & Selling A Business, Disaster Preparation & Relief, Technology & Computers, Home-Based Business, Tax Planning, and more.

Local Training

From Link Content Description
Twin Cities Trading Group
DVD Lending Library

Check out TCTG's training DVDs!

Linda Horsmann, our librarian, brings numerous educational DVDs to each meeting for attendees to borrow, after you leave a deposit check. Linda has a form you can use to keep track of which library discs you are borrowing or have previously borrowed.

Link to
free downloadable manuals for these DVDs.

Online Trading Academy
Power Trading Workshop
Free 1/2 Day Investing & Trading Class:
  • How to identify points where supply and demand are out of balance and price is about to move.
  • The two common mistakes of the novice trader or investor that may be costing you money—and how to avoid them.
  • How to pick low-risk, high-potential entry points for your trade.
  • How to apply a simple rule-based strategy to any asset class including stock, options, currencies and futures.
  • How to build a successful trading plan for any time frame, from current income to retirement security.
Online Trading Academy General Info On-Location and Online Courses
Online Trading Academy Power Trading Radio Live Broadcast - 6 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
Online Trading Academy Video Archives
 Pre-recorded Power Trading Radio broadcasts

Automated or Robotic Trading

Area          Link Content Description
Short discussion at TCTG TCTG Message Board Q: Robotic trading systems? What are they?
A: Automated trading, sometimes referred to as Algorithmic Trading, is the use of an electronic trading platform for entering specific trading instructions and orders with an algorithm, strategy or rule type which can execute pre-programmed trading instructions whose variables may include timing, price, or quantity of the order, in many cases, initiating the order without human intervention.

See what's going on at the Robotic Trading Message Board.
CoolTrader Pro
main web page

video archive


  • "Robotic trading means letting the computer do the work for you - executing your rules for when to buy and when to sell - repeatedly, throughout the trading day. This means that you could scalp profits all day long as stock prices move up and down. The CoolTrade Robotic Automated Trader will watch the market for you, looking for the conditions that affect your trades."
  • Designed to be a fully-automated trader. "It just works."
  • 100% point & click, no programming required.
  • $3,500/year for a dual-strategy license (1 long, 1 short), though there are special 2:1 or 3:1 offers multiple times per year.
  • Windows-only platform. Multiple brokers (7 at last count).
Prodigio Robotic Trading System main web page

video archive


  • UPDATE, JUNE 2014: Prodigio and TD Ameritrade are together again!
  • "We are pleased to announce an exciting new Featured Broker relationship with TD Ameritrade. The new Prodigio platform through TD Ameritrade is ready for trading! "
  • As of mid-September 2013, they were transitioning to a new or an additional broker. Expect live accounts mid-October 2013.
  • Automated trading or semi-automatic (will notify of a trade entry meeting one or more of your strategies).
  • The software is free, and paper trading account is currently free, though it may later require a funded trading account to continue past the 30-day-trial once the transition is complete.
  • Unknown whether there will be a data fee, though there is talk of using your existing broker's feed.
  • Unlimited strategies. Windows, Mac OS X, Linux platforms.
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Reference & Miscellaneous Info

Area          Link Content Description
Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) Main web page

MyCBOE education
  • CBOE is the world's largest options exchange and the leader in product innovation, options education, and trading volume. It's the definitive source for options trading information.
  • Want to learn more about the world's first options exchange? Access press releases, annual reports and news. Learn more about what makes CBOE unique: our Hybrid system, VIX, over 100 different index and exchange traded fund option products and more. Keep up with what's new by registering for free for MyCBOE.
  • Education - CBOE's educational initiatives come together in a comprehensive, online learning hub that offers option investors a foundation to build their knowledge and confidence when trading. Our innovative Education Snapshot takes personalized learning to a new level. Mastering option concepts and strategies has never been more entertaining than with our online game, OptionQuestSM. Gain 24/7 access to our online courses, webcasts and more.
  • Trading Resources - Empower yourself and stay informed with CBOE's many Trading Resources. Access resources such as Contract Adjustment, New Option Listing and Position Limit Circulars. Stay ahead of the game by using our Company News, Earnings, and Research Services, and, don't forget to customize your experience by registering for MyCBOE.
Cyber Trading University Free Webinars
Total of 223 video recordings on Options, Forex Trading Zones, Live Trading, Forex Foundations, Trading Psychology, ThinkorSwim Options, Swing Trading, and many more.
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) Main web page
  • FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. Our chief role is to protect investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S. capital markets.
  • Industry Professionals: Access the information, training and other resources you need to stay current and comply with FINRA rules and regulations.
  • Investors: Learn about investing and how to build your financial knowledge. We offer articles, interactive tools, alerts and other resources that help you protect yourself.
Sybertrader LLC
Main web page
"A premium trading education and idea generation site. SyberTrader LLC provides you a unique look inside the thoughts and ideas of an experienced trader who has traded over 68 million shares in a single year, traded options since 1997, trades in the markets daily, and has over 25,000 screen hours as a trader.

Traders of all experience levels will benefit from being a member of SyberTrader LLC."

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