I have been using Ninja Trader to paper trade futures for a few months, and am now trading real money directly with Interactive Brokers. I have been considering buying a license to use NJ for live trading, (so I can utilise ATM strategies) but am debating the cost and have some concerns.
I wuld appreciate some feedback from anyone usng Ninja, in partcular with IB. I know there have been some issues, but it doesn't appear the problems posted would affect me.
My main concern is with order entry, if I place an order through Ninja using an atm strategy which includes trailing stops, and subsequently have an issue, i.e. computer freezes, lose internet connection. Will my initial stops have been placed with IB? It seems that would be the case from what I have read on Ninja's page, but I am looking for confirmation, as well as any other input.
Thanks to all in advance, and thanks to everyone on this forum for the great information.
Are you wanting Ninjatrader for the DOM? Or the chart trader? I think it's great for both of these.
I have multibroker and use Ninjatrader with Zenfire mainly but I've used the DOM with IB and it worked fine. Stops are held on the server. Ninjatrader does crash and even more often it just kind of freezes for 30 seconds. My stops have always worked as expected even when Ninjatrader is frozen (happens usually when there is a lot of market activity, like around news time).
Are you trading stocks or futures? If futures I highly recommend zen-fire. If you're daytrading stocks then it's ok, but if you hold overnight you have to deal with the IB disconnects.
Thanks Cunparis, I am mainly trading futures with IB, I don't hold anything overnight. I have other accounts that I trade stocks and options with. I opened the IB account to keep the option of trading Forex etc. as well as futures. The DOM is great but the main interest I have in Ninja is the atm features, it just doesn't seem nearly as effective to manage trades using the TWS from IB. For example buying 2 contracts, taking one off with one point, moving remaining stop to b/e and trailing it, to let it run.
Ok I was calling the ATM the DOM since I do it all in the DOM. I agree, I couldn't trade without the DOM. And in using the DOM i'm learning to read the tape rather than look at charts. I do both but I'm getting better and seeing support & resistance on the DOM.
I have thought about doing Forex but no one recommends IB and I'm not sure why. For now I prefer futures for Euro. 1 pip spread is nice and no head games with the broker. But I'd like to trade some other pairs. Maybe. Eventually.
I use NinjaTrader(Simulation Version) with IB account. For orders, I use Bracket Trader.
Bracket Trader uses the feed of IB and it works perfect. You can download a version for free , which can handle 1 or 2 instruments.