Broker/Data: Multiple broker + Multiple feed (for access to specific exchanges)
Favorite Futures: European Indices, Precious Metals, Energy
Posts: 423 since Dec 2013
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Start with one contract and feel it out, no better way to learn than by doing in live with 1 contract (probably not ES try something requiring less margin).
I'd not advise people to stick to sim for too long. I probably use a new application in sim for about a week when first start using it to get used to the quirks and then just go live. Sim is not always an accurate reflection of live in terms of the simulation process and neither in psychology when trading it. That's a more general comment for anyone reading this currently on sim facing similar decisions.
As others have said great feedback on these topics in this forum, do some searching and you'll find some treasure.