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Tom White

What’s your role in keeping things running smoothly at TradeWise?
I’m Chief Strategist at TradeWise, a separate but affiliated company that provides an options advisory service for self-directed investors. I have a three-fold role. We give trade recommendations to clients in 10 different risk-defined option strategies.  Through these recommendations, we educate clients on trading and risk management skills in a real-time scenario. We also provide content for market and trading information to TD Ameritrade and its clients. While we offer a low cost advisory service, the most important thing we do is educate clients in a responsible manner to help them be smarter self-directed investors.

What’s your greatest challenge in fulfilling that role?
Coming up with the trade ideas throughout the day. The market always dictates what we can trade, but idea generation can be tough in low-volatility environments.

What have you done in the field?
I traded as a market-maker on the floor of the CBOE for about 15 years, spent a year as a retail trader and have been at TD Ameritrade and TradeWise (formerly RED Option) for five years.

What’s a “Golden Rule” you live by?
When it comes to options, “Trade risk-defined.” Limiting your risk when learning to trade options is the responsible way to participate.

Who’s your Investing or Trading idol?
I’ve seen plenty of traders and investment people make a killing in the markets, many of them by luck. I would say that my “idol” is anyone who takes advantage of their own investments and continues to learn. My parents use options, not because they have to but they wanted to learn and help themselves. That is awesome.

When not working you can find me …
Enjoying Chicago, working out and spending time with my son.  I’ve coached him in multiple sports and I love teaching.

Tell us something the world doesn’t know about you.
I only watch/like movies that have a positive ending.

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