If anyone has any experience/advice regarding Apex Futures I would be interested in your comments.
I am presently familiarising myself with the NT platform (downloaded from Apex). Chris Ross has been very helpful in the queries I have had but I could not find any threads regarding Apex on the forum. Using the Search facility did not return any matches either.
I am only just starting out on the journey of exploring futures trading and thanks in advance for any responses.
Apex is an Introducing Broker: n introducing broker is a futures broker who has a direct relationship with a client, but delegates the work of the floor operation and trade execution to another futures merchant The merchant firm is usually a close partner of the IB (Definition from Investopedia).
Introdrucing Brokers should offer a better server than large discount brokers. This comes at a cost. APEX offers execution at $ 1.99 per side. You need to add exchange and regulatory fees. For a halfturn you would pay
Other brokers such as Infinity Futures or Amp Futures do not advertise commissions, you have to negociate them.
However you can expect a superior service from an introducing broker, which should translate to a better availability, when you have a problem. So you have to find out, whether you need the service and pay for it, or whether you use a low commission broker and accept limited service.
I would at least try to neogciate the rates with APEX, because they are expensive.
For further information you can have a look at the 2010 broker ranking (Futures Magazine December 2010 issue), the reader's choice awards (Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities, 2011 Special Trader's Issue) or the Broker evaluation on the EliteTrader forum.
Last edited by Fat Tails; May 12th, 2011 at 03:20 PM.
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Crossland does not publicly announce these rate, I conclude that they are negotiated rates, which may depend on the volume traded. I also assume that these rates include exchange and regulatory fees as for the other brokers above.
The above rates are official non-negotiated rates as per website. Depending on trading volumes, further discounts will apply.
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Thanks for correcting me, I had only quickly taken the figures from the websites. But I aabsolutely gree that we should compare apples to apples.
In the end I would not mind paying $ 2.00 per side, if the service level (availability, safety of funds) justifies it. The main conclusion is that $ 3.00 per side and contract is too much and can certainly be negotiated.
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