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Public Equity Trading at STRATA Trust

While STRATA’s edge has always been our ability to custody unconventional and alternative assets, we also have solutions for leveraging idle cash in public markets through a brokerage account within a STRATA IRA.  TradeStation Securities Inc. offers STRATA IRA account holders and their advisors the convenience of trading public stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, and much more.

Online trading accounts with other brokerage firms may also be held in a STRATA account, provided the brokerage firm permits the trading account registration in the name of the third-party IRA custodian. A brokerage account, like other IRA-owned assets, must be registered in the custodian’s name for the benefit of the IRA account owner (STRATA Trust Company, Custodian FBO John Doe IRA) and reflect the custodian’s tax ID rather than the investor’s social security number. Not all brokerage firms permit this, so please check with your broker prior to instructing STRATA to establish an account to trade securities.

For those interested in working with TradeStation, follow these simple steps to get started:


Complete the TradeStation New Account Application and Investment Direction form. STRATA will remit your new account request to TradeStation. This process usually takes 24-48 hours.

  • Once TradeStation receives your account application, TradeStation will contact you via email to inform you that the application has been received, along with a direct link to their Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. Please be sure to review these documents and keep a copy for your records.
  • Separately, TradeStation will confirm your account opening by emailing your Client Center access link with additional getting started steps. You can view your TradeStation account number by logging into their Client Center portal.


STRATA will process your funding per your instructions provided in Step 1 within 2 business days of confirmation of account establishment from TradeStation.

  • Cash Funding – If funding your account via cash, STRATA will wire your funds to TradeStation at no charge to you. Funds will be available for trading within 24 hours.
  • In-kind Transfer Funding – If funding your account via an in-kind transfer, STRATA will work directly with TradeStation and the resigning custodian to ensure the assets are transferred correctly. This process will take 5-8 business days to complete.


 Once TradeStation confirms that funds have been received, TradeStation will email you to inform you that you may begin trading within the brokerage account.


 TradeStation Fees  Additional Resources
      • $0 commission for Stocks & ETFs
      • FREE platforms (web, mobile, and/or desktop)
      • FREE real-time market data
      • FREE live classes and on-demand learning
      • FREE access to market insights
      • $14.95 Mutual Funds trade per transaction
      • $0 administration fees for STRATA IRA account holders in 2023  TradeStation’s fee schedule

Please note, when viewing your STRATA account statement or accessing your STRATA account through our online portal, we will reflect the overall TradeStation position and not the individual assets held within the TradeStation account. The value of the TradeStation position will be updated monthly based on values reported to STRATA by TradeStation. TradeStation’s Client Center offers real-time balance information. If you have any questions regarding the process or form, please contact our Client Services team at 866-901-2069 or connect with us online here.


To learn more about STRATA, click the PDF to view our Get to Know Your Custodian guide.

  • More than 350 years of industry experience
  • In-depth asset expertise in a wide array of traditional, alternative, and non-exchanged traded investments
  • Easy-to-use, customer-focused technology that makes IRA transactions seamless
  • Competitive fees and complete fee transparency
  • Quick to respond and easily accessible
  • Unmatched personalized service and dedication
  • Online account access 24/7 to view account activity or download account statements and notifications
  • Robust regulation by state and federal banking regulators

STRATA serves only as a directed, passive custodian and does not provide financial, tax, or legal advice. STRATA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Horizon Bank, SSB, and has no affiliation or ownership with TradeStation.
In addition, this website should not be viewed as an endorsement by STRATA, and prospective investors should complete their own due diligence before investing.