Hi, please excuse me if you think my question is mean and I am too cheap.
I am wondering what is the best way to get a free streaming chart for futures? Platform wise, maybe Ninja trader is the best choice because it is free for demo accounts. But I cannot find a data provider that provides real time charts for free. I am thinking, maybe I should open an account in some broker and put in the minimum deposit so I can get a free data feed there?
If this is the only way, I am willing to do it.
I know AMP has a nice CQG data feed and opening an account there only requires $500 deposit, and there is no monthly fee.
Any other ideas?
If you're after Ninjatrader, then (you probably know) the data providers are driven by those that NT chooses to support, and there are limited sources.
On Amp/CQG, I do not believe $500 will give you access to the full spectrum of futures instruments - I recall reading that requires $2500 on deposit. You might be able to deposit and go with Zenfire, and then withdraw the bulk of the capital, which would incur you a $25 monthly non-usage fee, which is fairly reasonable 'rent' for a top notch datafeed.
There are some MT4 brokers that have many of the CME/Nymex instruments available. You could get a demo account - most allow you to use it indefinitely (plus have a Android/iPod access solution.) Depends what you are after, ie., FxPro (Australia) has CL, ES and a few equity indexes live in their MT4; see here. Broco used to have 6E and the CME currency pairs in their MT4 as well, don't know about now. (mind you, I would never ever never recommend trading with them)