I was first drawn to NT in early 2009 because I could code my strategies in C# (I'm a professional .NET developer). I tried the free Ninjatrader for a while, SIM traded and continued expressing my ideas about the market with custom strategies and indicators. I eventually wanted to go live but didn't want to commit to the lifetime license yet so I leased it for 3 months. After that I decided to buy a lifetime license in September 2009. That was 4 years ago and I haven't paid anymore money to Ninjatrader, except for some periods where I played around with the real-time Kinetick service (correlating ES to TRIN and TICK, backtest strategies with intraday stock ETF price data, etc).
I also use thinkorswim for my IRA where I trade stocks, ETFs and options. I've been a ToS user since 2007. There's a lot of things I can do in Ninja that I can't do in ToS, and vice versa. They are both part of my tool belt. Also, futures commissions on ToS are over 50% higher than Mirus, unless you can get TD Ameritrade to give you lower "active trader" rates, but even those rates are still higher, so there's that. Also, 100% of my futures trading is automated (on Ninja). I couldn't do that on ToS, or if I could I don't know how.
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you said it more politically correct than I could have.....I'm wondering if kosher trader is actually jewish or someone playing the forum using a stereotype name to pick on them......I'm 100% Dutch and we "hollanders" are cheap too, but not to the point we would start multiple threads on saving money....
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Man you are unbelievable, TOS under load adds the SER to say nothing of the frequency of its unreliable updates. Beginning to think you just like the posting sport. I do not want to be harsh (I can do that to myself easily enough) but if you really are serious about trading you need to take a big step back in perception and a big step up in attitude to save yourself a fortune.
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TOS is excellent for trading stocks with its intuitive design and handling. It would be superb for trading futures in the basic Al Brooks style as well if TD Ameritrade had reasonable commissions.
Ninjatrader is cool certainly but its price is extremely high, no question. I have contacted Raymond Deux via email@example.com to see if he or his reps can come on here to discuss the pricing issues, which were brought up by many folks in Bigmike's thread on Ninjatrader he linked to.
I had an idea last night, with all of the coders who frequent this site the community could design an open-source, free, donation-supported trading platform to surpass any of the current platforms. I believe that is possible with the talent we have here.