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Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: ATAS, R|Trader, NT8
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Thx. Lightspeed may be a good alternative to InteractiveBrokers for day traders, but for me I was trying to find something easy/cheap to recommend for people who have very little to start with. I would rather see them swing stocks with a 3k or 5k account than trade CL futures

Mike

Don't know if equity is a good idea for start with little account, maybe is better spot forex, thru some good brokers, also cos trading spot is more like trading some futures.

Take your Pips, go out and Live.
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Platform: Ninjatrader, IB
Broker/Data: Amp Futures/ Zen Fire
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Highly recommend Thinkorswim

Hey Mike,
I highly recommend Thinkorswim. I have been using them for about 2 years now. I just recently changed from Interactive Brokers back to Thinkorswim back in March. Also, note with ThinkorSwim you can negotiate your commissions with them it's not stuck at the $9.00 per trade and 2.95 per options trade. Every since I've started I was able to negotiate with them each time to lower my commissions. As of today my commission rates are 3.00 per stock trade and 1.25 per options trade. Oh yeah, they will match other brokers commission rates. So I think Thinkorswim is pretty good especially with the rates I was able to get and considering I don't have to pay any platform fees it all works out.

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Hey Mike,
I highly recommend Thinkorswim. I have been using them for about 2 years now. I just recently changed from Interactive Brokers back to Thinkorswim back in March. Also, note with ThinkorSwim you can negotiate your commissions with them it's not stuck at the $9.00 per trade and 2.95 per options trade. Every since I've started I was able to negotiate with them each time to lower my commissions. As of today my commission rates are 3.00 per stock trade and 1.25 per options trade. Oh yeah, they will match other brokers commission rates. So I think Thinkorswim is pretty good especially with the rates I was able to get and considering I don't have to pay any platform fees it all works out.

Hey Bigtrader:

I read your post. I am with IB and want to move else where. Is TOS still a good option after being bought? Thanks much.

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Hey Bigtrader:

I read your post. I am with IB and want to move else where. Is TOS still a good option after being bought? Thanks much.

Hey Sam1197,

Thinkorswim is still a good choice for trading options, but if your looking a charting and data feeds, I would stay with IB or go with Ninjatrader or Multicharts. Thinkorswim is good not as great as it used to be and watch out for the spreads when trading options on their platform. Hope that helps a little.

Oh and if you are looking for a alternative to thinkorswim look at trademonster.com. They have a pretty good platform for options trading as well, just not that well known yet.

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Futures Experience: Beginner
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Scottrade is fine

Mike,

Scottrade has a $2000 minimum for margin accounts, and $500 minum to open an account. They have $7 commissions, but their customer service is excellent. They have offices all over the country, or you can reach a broker over the phone. They are a perfectly fine broker to recomend to beginning traders who only have a few grand to trade with.

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just2trade looks good

Perhaps not so well known, but I've used them sporadically without problems.
Very low commissions and no maintenance fee or "low activity" charge.
Minimum of 2500$ in account, and 25k$ for day trading.

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