I trade around 10 roundtrips a day 50 a week or so. I asked them to lower it to $4 roundtrip and they did, but this was before TD bought out TOS, I think now you should still be able to get down to $5 RT. Good luck.
I genuinely admire anyone who can trade on TOS. There are so many absolutely basic features that are missing. I use it for $TICKQ and $TRINQ only and for that I'm grateful. But I would pull my hair out if I used the platform to trade.
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Missing Basic Features:
--A Bar Counter
--A Tick Counter
--Drawing Tool Fonts (The one size fits all is teeny tiny even after shutting down to exit the platform so you can increase the font -- and then log on again I kid you not.)
--An opportunity to Adjust the Default Fibonacci levels
--A Zillion Redundnat Clicks to Exercise the Most Simple Task such as Erasing a Drawing
--A Way to Save the "Customized" Tick Size even though you use the same ones every session
--Why is all the Space Wasted on the Bar Above the Chart When It Could House a ToolBox?
'nuf said. However, when you're tryin' to get everything to work the way you want it to and you may never do so, ya might stumble on a way to see the internals that ends up being enlightening.
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If it weren't for me being lazy and not wanting to learn a new platform and a few custom studies, I would move on.
With that said, I only use TOS for charting and not for actual trading.
One thing that most seem to overlook is data feed - TOS gets their data in blocks so it effectively makes anything other than time charts useless. For me that's ok because I trade one, five and fifteen minute charts.
And if none of this or the aforementioned is not enough to convince otherwise - have at it
For five years of hearing f***ed up stories regarding TOS and trading futes
I would contact your broker to be crystal clear. My understanding is that TOS orders are held server-side. Prior to the TD Ameritrade acquisition, TOS was a Chicago-based firm and orders were held on exchange servers. Subsequent to the acquisition, I suspect stop orders are still held server-side but again, I would recommend that you call your broker and confirm. Good luck.