How to set up a closing order at a percentage (%) of max profit?

Great! You placed a trade, and you want to live a life away from your platform. Rather than stare at your trades to manage winners, why not let the platform do the work for you? We all manage winners differently, and the tastyworks desktop and web-based platforms can help you lock in winners at various profit targets, such as 50%.


Sections


When using the desktop trading platform, close at profit % will not be an option when grouping position by Order Chains on the Positions tab. You must sort by 'None' and or'Symbol'. Close at profit % for Order Chains must be done in the right side panel. 

% of max profit for credit spreads

Profit based on the total credit received

Setting closing orders at a % of Max Profit means that you’ll no longer have to manually figure out what 50%, or whatever %, of your credit received, is for any given trade.


For example, if you sold an iron condor for a $3.00 credit and you input a “Close Profit %” at 50% then the platform will create a closing order to buy the iron condor at a $1.50 debit, effectively capturing 50% of the iron condor’s max profit.


% of max profit for debit spreads

Profit based on the spread width and debit paid

On the other hand, if you bought a $10-wide debit spread for $3.00 debit then placing an order for 50% of max profit would line up an order for $6.50 credit. That is because the max profit on a $10-wide debit spread that cost $3.00 is $7.00 ($10 width - $3 debit = $7 max profit). 50% of your max profit is $3.50 ($7 x 50%). Since the feature is lining up an order based on a percentage of max profit the order ticket would display a closing order for a $6.50 credit for max profit ($3.00 debit for spread + $3.50 = $6.50).


*Please Note: The % of Max Profit feature will not take into account any rolls. You will need to manually calculate your initial credit received and with any roll(s) performed. “Close Profit %” will only take into account the current position's trade price.


If you already know how to line up a closing order, then you’re halfway there. If you do not know how to line up a closing order and want to learn more about it, then please click here.


To learn more about different closing order types, please click here.


To learn more about GTC, GTD, and Day orders, please click here.



Desktop Platform 

  1. Open the Positions tab to view your positions. Locate the options position you would like to enter a profit target %.
  2. Locate and click on the symbol group to expand and view your options positions. In the example below, we are entering a 50% profit target on a short call spread (vertical) on GOOGL where $1.70 was collected.
  3. Once the symbol group expands and displays your current position, highlight each leg by left-clicking it. 
  4. When all legs are highlighted, right-click anywhere within the highlighted area. A closing menu pop-up menu will appear:
  5. Designate your profit % by using the arrows within the menu, or you may manually enter a profit % by clicking on the number:
  6. Click the circular blue arrow icon  after designating a Closing Profit %.
  7. After clicking the blue arrow icon, you will be sent to the Trade tab where an order ticket at the designated profit % will populate. By default, the Time-In-Force (TIF) will be a GTD order that expires the day after the option’s expiration date. You can also change your TIF within the order ticket if desired.
  8. If everything looks correct, then you can click Review & Send to review the order and then Send it.


Positions Overview


Trade Tab Order Ticket @ 50%



Closing an Order Chain by %

Set up a closing order at a percentage of max profit on a position you have rolled. Click on the Order Chains tab in the right-hand sidebar. Right-click on the open position and select the percentage you want for the closing order. Then click the blue circle to populate the Trade tab with the closing order.

Screenshot showing Close At Profit % selection in the Order Chains tab



Web-browser Platform

  1. Enter the Portfolio tab by clicking the Portfolio icon  along the left-hand column.
  2. Locate and click on the symbol group to expand and view your options positions.
  3. Once the symbol group expands and displays your current position, highlight each leg by left-clicking it. A pop-up menu will appear above your position:
  4. After selecting your positions click the orange “Close @ Profit %” button:
  5. A menu will appear indicating the percent profit. The default target profit percent is 50. You may designate your profit % by using the arrows within the menu, or you may manually enter a profit % by clicking on the number. Once a profit % is designated, please click “START CLOSING ORDER.”
  6. After clicking “START CLOSING ORDER,” you will be sent to the Trade window where an order ticket at the designated profit % will populate. By default, the Time-In-Force (TIF) will be GTC. You can change your TIF within the order ticket if desired.
  7. If everything looks good, then you can click Review & Send to review the order and then Send it.

The animation below walks through the steps of lining up a closing order at a target profit percent. The example walks through entering a 50% profit target on a short put spread (vertical) on TSLA where $1.11 was collected.


Mobile Platform

First tap on the symbol to expand the view and show the individual options. Then tap each order leg you want to close and it will be selected with a white border. Also a menu will slide up from the bottom of the app. Tap the Close At % Profit button in the Manage Positions menu. Choose the percentage by using the arrows or number pad. Tap the Set up Closing Order button and you will be taken to the Trade tab with the closing order populated at the percentage you entered.

Animated guide to closing positions at percentage of max profit.