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Automated Stock, Options & Futures Trading From Interactive Brokerage. 

Real-time trade alerts of suggested trade set-ups from Samantha’s Live Trading Room!

Retail Clients: Samantha focuses on scanning, analysis, commentating and engaging in her live trading room while she captures the top ideas of the day – for stocks, options, and futures across chase, swing and trend time-frames. These suggested trade set-ups are brokerage-triggered trade alerts communicated real-time from within a paper-trading brokerage account.

Institutional Clients: Samantha focuses on select positions and managing their risk in her actual portfolio, available for allocated trading within her real-money brokerage account.

The Catch – Samantha’s LIVE Portfolio – Chase/Swing/Trend/Stocks

The LaDucTrading LIVE Portfolio will serve as an intra-day 9-5 ET trade alert service for LIVE Trading Room and Trade Alert Members.

Only Execution Pays … So Our Automated Trade Alerts Exit When Stops Are Hit!

These Stops – for Stocks, Options and Futures – are based on the projected price of the underlying equity, which we enter manually when we enter a trade (Think: “Conditional Order” in a brokerage account). These Stops – both Profit and Loss – are subjective and often based on the high price (when going short) or low price (when going long) of the corresponding range bar – a range bar that is determined by the chart time-frame. Sounds complicated but it’s not:

  • Chases – trades that typically last 1-3 Days employing options 1-3 weeks out – and often based on hourly chart time-frame.
  • Swings – trades that typically last 1-3 Weeks employing options 1-3 months out – and often based on daily chart time-frame.
  • Trends – trades that typically last 1-3 Months employing options 3-6 months out – and often based on weekly chart time-frame.
  • Stocks (Only) – trades that don’t lend themselves easily to options – and can be any duration from Chase to Trend.
  • Futures (Intraday) – trades that are directional for chasing and hedging during the day – and open/closed during mostly market hours 8:00 – 5:00 ET.


  • Automated Stops trigger executed fills/orders (through Interactive Brokers) which triggers the Exit Price in the Live Portfolio which triggers the Trade Alerts clients receive via Web, Email and SMS.
  • These Stops are entered with each trade – both Profit and Loss – and can be changed after a Trade Alert is sent, as market conditions dictate, at which point a “STOPCHANGED” Trade Alert will be sent to let you know. 
  • Position Size is personal to each trader. For some “1=$250”; for Big Dave in Texas, “1-$250,000”. Just remember Samantha’s mantra: “Don’t be willing to lose more than you are willing to risk.”   
  • We teach and inform by sharing our trade ideas with stops. You enter trades at your own risk. Learn more.


Realized Gain/Loss on All Closed Trades:
  • All Open/Closed Option and Stock trades are found in “Samantha’s Portfolios: Chase, Swing, Trend and Stocks” below. Each tab represents a separate portfolio. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of each tab to scroll right for cumulative Wk + Mo totals. All Open/Closed Intraday Futures trades are found in the “Futures Portfolio” below.
Unrealized Gain/Loss on All Open Trades:
  • All Open Trades suggested in Samantha’s Live Trading Room across all portfolios can be found here. This is a Live Portfolio with streaming market data that refreshes every 20 seconds. You can sort Open Trades by Unrealized PnL, Date, Type or Symbol.
 Current Total Account Value:
  • For back-testing results, the Percentage Change in Account Value can be found on this PnL Report page. Performance reflects Mark-to-Market values based on end-of-day, week and monthly results since fund inception date. Total Account Value includes all transaction costs.


The Catch – Futures Portfolio

Note: The following are Intraday Futures Trades open/closed during regular market hours (9:30 – 4:00 ET). No Overnight Futures Trades.

  • To view all Trade Log columns, use the scroll bar at the bottom.
  • Note there are separate tabs at the bottom for more details.
  • Refresh Often.