Slope of Hope realizes that your brokerage account is the center of your trading universe, and the more we can marry our tools and content to that world, the better. With that in mind, we have commenced the process of integrating major brokerages with Slope. We are building out this functionality piece by piece.
Here is an up-to-date overview as to which pages on the site enjoy the benefits of data from your brokerage account when you are logged in.
|Account Balances & Equity|
|Display Live Positions|
|Show Trades on Charts|
When you go to SlopeCharts, you will notice an icon in the lower left which resembles a U.S. dollar sign. This is one way you can get to the Brokerage Control Center. Another method is via the Data Feed dropdown at the top of every page on the site.
This establishes what you are using as your data feed. Typically, it will be “Slope”, but you can change it to Tradier, Ameritrade, or ThinkOrSwim instead. If you do, information for things like options chains and live quotes will come from those sources instead, as well as a direct view into your account, positions, and past profits/losses.
If you choose a different feed from the dropdown, the button will change:
When you click Log In, you will prompted for your credentials.
And that’s all there is to it.
After you click it, a dialog box will appear showing the various brokerages you can use. The default “Current Data Feed” is Slope, but you can change this to the brokerage that you use. Once you have made this selection, click the Log In button.
No matter what brokerage you choose, you will be presented with a Secure Log-In dialog box. Please take note that this dialog box has nothing to do with Slope. We don’t access the data; we don’t see the data; we don’t store the data. Your login credentials are strictly between you and your brokerage. We are simply a third party being permitted access to very specific information at an “arm’s length” distance. Your brokerage, whoever it may be, takes your account privacy and control very seriously for obvious reasons. The Ameritrade login is used here simply as one example.
A notice will appear so that you can permit Slope the authority to see certain data and allow you to submit certain commands.
Now the dialog box has changed so that you can see you are Logged In to the account.
Although there will be many other tabs in the future, at the moment there is just one additional tab called Brokerage Account which lets you see a variety of information about the balances and buying power in your account.
More importantly, once you are logged in, certain pages on the Slope of Hope system will use your brokerage as the data source as opposed to Slope’s own data, which is sometimes delayed or even end-of-day only (that is, from the prior day). By marrying Slope to your brokerage account, you enjoy access to the same data privileges you have there (which is typically real time information).
Thus, if you use the OptionsDots feature and click on an individual dot, not only will the data will real time, but there is also a lot more information than is normally available when you have to rely on Slope’s own data source.
Likewise, if you go the Option Chain page, the data will be drawn from your brokerage, thus it is likely to be real time information.