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Started:October 6th, 2011 (09:56 AM) by Overview Views / Replies:6,905 / 12
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Is a front end necessary for TWS and if so which is "best" .........

Old June 7th, 2013, 05:05 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: SierraChart
Broker/Data: IB
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IB is a broker. IB is definitely not a charting program nor a data vendor. Oh yes, they do have those charts, even more, it has zillion of bells and whistles (even more since few months), god knows why, because it is hard to figure out how it all works, and it is not user friendly at all. Besides, the "list" of indicators is very-very short.

As front end I work with SC, for several years now. I realize it has this windows 95 looks, but their engineers emphazise on stability and future improvement requests from their customers. Which to me is very important. Also, their support is lightning fast, and they are affordable. They are trying to become a CME data vendor as we speak. I hope to stick with them for many years to come.

Hope this helps.


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Old January 16th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Olomouc, CZ; Canaries, ES; Wien, Austria
Futures Experience: Master
Platform: ThinkOrSwim, TWS, ... and best from all EXCEL (and VBA)
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For me the best frontend software is excel... I have connected IB and excel, using XLQ from and one more plugin from my programmer. I have my own statistical soft (in excel lol). Best for me :-)
Didnt expected it before, but actuallly I trade without any charts now

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Old February 2nd, 2014, 08:14 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Mike it is interesting that you mention this because in using XLQ with IB I cannot get fundamentals to work in addition
a 12 month trend on a stock? Yahoo works fine but of course that is delayed. I tried IQ and it worked great. They just seem to be very pricey.

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IB works fine with Sierra. Use IB Gateway, not TWS. And never use IB for data, get a good data provider like IQFeed.


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