Broker/Data: Mirus Futures/Continuum, Inifinity Futures, TOS
Favorite Futures: TF
Posts: 204 since Jun 2011
Thanks: 1,273 given,
I started with XpressTrade when I first learnt to trade options.
Later, optionsXpress bought it over and my account went over to OX. Unfortunately, OX took away many useful functions of XpressTrade and it is now one of the WORST trading platforms ever.
I have since moved on to TOS, Mirus Futures/NT7 and Infinity Futures/Sierra Chart.
Thumbs up for TOS, NT7 and Sierra Chart. I used to like NT7 very much, especially after I joined futures.io (formerly BMT).. but the ease of SC has made me lazy and I could not switch back to NT7 somehow..
Don't pay upfront then, pay the monthly fees. If you're not prepared to spend $60 a month on a platform, then you should consider if day trading is really for you. Don't forget the data feed aswell. When you're just starting out, the reality is you'll be losing 100's per day, so only paying a hundred odd per month for software and data will seem like good value.
Started off with TD Ameritrade and Stockcharts.com for swing and position trading equities. Transitioned to eSignal with MB Trading to swing trade equities and day trade futures. Then to my broker's own platform (MBT Desktop Pro). Currently looking for a new futures platform outside of MB. Tried out Sierra Charts and hated it due to not being user-friendly out-of-the-box.