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Canadian Futures Traders and TT's X Trader

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Calgary, Alberta
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Canadian Futures Traders and TT's X Trader

I am located in Alberta, Canada and am interested if anyone here is aware of US brokers that will open accts for Canadians in CDN $ that can also provide TT's X Trader. It seems that any IB that clears through RCG will open Canadian accts as RCG will take CDN $. The only one I have currently found that also offers TT is GlobalFutures but I do not know anything about them outside of their website. Any input would be appreciated.

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Victoria, British Columbia
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You might want to check out here

Crossland LLC (FCM) or DeepDiscountTrading (IB of Crossland) offers TT X-Trader and accepts Canadian account.


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Oslo, Norway
Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: CQG, Excel
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Why not open an account directly with RCG?

Crossland is solid, and I'd check with Advantage Futures and Dorman too.

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Calgary, Alberta
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You might want to check out here

Crossland LLC (FCM) or DeepDiscountTrading (IB of Crossland) offers TT X-Trader and accepts Canadian account.


thank you for the info. i did not think of crossland as i did not think that they would accept accept cdn $. ddt's name and website have always put me off from even contacting them... i had no idea that they were a ib for crossland. i will contact both for more info.

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Why not open an account directly with RCG?

Crossland is solid, and I'd check with Advantage Futures and Dorman too.

I was very interested in trying advantage but i sent emails and left a voicemail(to their sales dept)and never received any type of reponse.

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Crossland and DDT will open accounts for Canadians but only in US funds. Looks like I may need to go RCGdirect. I prefer to hold CDN funds in the account as currently with RCG the fx conversion cost (US to CDN) is very inexpensive. I tend to take out profits on a weekly basis and the fx conversion cost through cdn banks is brutal.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Trading Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NT
Broker/Data: Ninja-Traders Technology
Favorite Futures: 6E, ZN, CL
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AMP takes AB

Amp Futures can take AB and On clients only--but i think they operate in US funds too. Unfortunately Amp can't take BC residents. What did you settle on finally?

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I have continued with a Zenfire RCG combo through Mirus as my circumstances have changed. I may actually have to go back to using Interactive Brokers (Canadian office). The last few months I have started taking 50% of my weekly profits out of my account and having it wired back to my Canadian bank. ***It does not matter how much money is sitting in your brokerage account, you have not made a penny until it is back in the bank!*** As you may or may not be aware, wire transfer in or out of Canada exceeding $10,000 on a regular basis tends to raise some red flags. I may go back to Interactive Brokers as in Canada they have the ability to do electronic bank transfers in and out. I could withdraw money from the brokerage account daily without issue. I do have a bank account in the US and have thought about simply transferring out of my RCG account to that one... but in the end it raises the same issue as at some point I would want the money in Canada...

So my time has been spent researching appropriate data/platform combo's that will work with Interactive Brokers. But, to answer your question.... after doing the research I would have gone with CQG Integrated Client instead of TT's X Trader and gone with RCG Direct. For CL, GC (my two main contracts) RCG Direct would have been cheaper than Crossland's DDT as I do have a fairly high volume and RCG can handle CDN$.

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I know RJ O'Brien in Canada offers both TT and CQG along with other platforms. You can fund with Cad$ too, no issue.

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British Columbia
Trading Experience: Advanced
Platform: NINJA
Broker/Data: ZEN
Favorite Futures: Crude
Posts: 1,091 since May 2010

The issue for many US brokers is the Canadian regulatory framework. The US is regulated by federal agencies whereas in Canada every province has its own securities regulator and regulations, making it very complicated for US brokers to make sure their legal letters are in order. Some have been sued for operating in provinces such as BC where margin requirements are quite stringent. It's not usually an issue at the bigger operations. Advantage probably didn't get back to you because they prefer to deal with experienced traders who aren't about to blow up their accounts, no offence, you sound quite green and probably shouldn't be opening a live account to trade with real money. Been there done that. I currently have an account with Dorman Direct, though am planning to move back to Advantage. I would highly recommend topsteptrader and learning how to pass their live trader test before opening your account. Best of luck.

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