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What are some of the top platforms for daytrading equities?

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Thanks a ton everyone. I'll check out all the links provided. Glad to be a part of this community.

I understand that even having the "best" platform available means nothing if you don't have the knowledge. I've been studying stocks and TA for the past month intensively, and I won't make my first real trade until I feel confident enough. I've graduated college recently, so I have a lot of time to dedicate towards learning. I've been reading multiple books about daytrading, swing trading, and TA. I've been watching trading seminars until my eyes bled. I know how risky it can be to venture into this avenue. One wrong move and you can lose everything (especially with leverage).

I plan to continue learning, and then start paper trading to test out some strategies and find some working ones. I'm guessing this will take about a total of 3-5 months. When I get comfortable enough, I'll start swing trading real equities...and then I hope to move onto daytrading eventually, maybe a year or two later. Afterwards, when I start pulling out profits consistently, I may move to daytrading futures or Forex with the higher leverage advantage, or perhaps trade in two markets (equities and futures/Forex). This is my long-term plan as of now.

Sounds like a good plan? Any suggestions?

That's probably the most rational post I've seen by a beginner on this board. I also swing traded for a few years, and still do, before I started to trade intraday.

Good "luck"!

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just be aware, when trading sim there are 2 issues. 1)spread. things like equities options, which can have a wide spread, aren't very well simulated, in my experience anyways. 2) psychology. it's much easier to think clearly when there's no money on the line. i do read alot of posts which seem to say "i was doing well in sim, then because of ________, when i went live i lost money". imho, better to start off trading just 1 unit of something that has a decent spread. alot of crazy stuff happens in the actual market that doesn't happen in "sim" - crazy flash crashes, fake orders, hidden orders, etc. you cd combine sim and trading mini-position sizes - for example, you cd do live trading in the 1st half of the day then sim in the last hr. or some such plan. see how they compare before you build too many hopes up on your sim results.

also, imho again, sorry to be dear abby here, but yr long term plan shd be focussed on finding your own system. one little brownie recipe which makes really good brownies. it could be a pattern - flags, for example, or break of channel, or break of rising wedge...there are patterns, galore. or, it could be a type of catalyst - twitter excitement, fed meeting, biotech news, earnings...there are tons of types of catalysts. find out what catches your fancy, what interests you.

also, also, & probly others will disagree with me here, but every day, do 1 monetarily-insignificant trade you dislike. it's like in a yoga practice, you have to do one pose you hate every day. just push your limit. for example, i don't really like shorting, ironically, as i have made money shorting. but i have to force myself to do it.

also also also, super-important: track every single trade you make and analyze them at the end of the day.

(i know zero about anything other than trading stocks & their options - futures terrify me because they seem as far as i understand it, to incorporate leverage, and i am not consistent enough yet to trust myself with leverage.)

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