By the way, I just compared thinkorswim side by side with CTS T4. An absolute joke in comparison. thinkorswim lags CTS by more than a second consistently on YM and CL (the only two I checked). This, in my opinion, renders thinkorswim a bad choice at minimum, and at worst, dangerous for intraday trading. For those of you who think it works great for the purpose, you've been warned.
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I've been using TOS for 3 years. Just recently this year trying out scalping on futures on the 6E and ES. Then I tried futures on Mirus futures with Zen-fire demo. TOS DOM horribly lags and slips compared to NT on Mirus-Zenfire, especially when busy. Since it was my first time on a broker other than TOS for the purposes of scalping futures/forex, I was shocked to see what I had been missing in terms of speed and non-slippage for optimal scalping. Also the demo on paper TOS ridiculously fills immediately. I asked tech-support if TOS DOM paper could have more realistic fills and the lazy support guy said no. If that's true, how come Mirus and NT can do it? And on live, trying to get a good fill for the purpose of scalping is like trying to "pull candy from a child".
For 1 min, tick scalping on TOS forget it, for 15min, maybe 5min, it's ok, just expect you won't get the best entry , but may not matter as much if you're trading on the 15min or higher time frame. Plus the higher than average commissions. (Although I get the "free" internet rebate every month or so, for having spent so much on options commissions!)
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Re: Is Thinkorswim a good Platform for Futures Trading?
As some others have posted, there are other lower priced brokers out there. I trade stocks and recently, futures and started using TOS about 3 months ago. The TOS charting capability is outstanding for charting multiple stocks, options or futures.
For futures trading, I find their predefined tick charts to be sufficient and convenient. Their programming script language is not as comprehensive as some others but it suffices. For instance, I have adapted most of the Ninjatrader indicators used in the cjbooth 6E thread on this forum.
The only traders that should be trading 1 min tick scalping are traders with a lot of money (to burn). You better be pretty damn good.
Of course if you're scalping you need it to be extremely quick. For the average trader with a 5-50k account and are not scalping it's going to work just fine. Again, I've never had any issues. If you're not that skilled of a trader, it won't matter what platform or broker you use. If you're a skilled trader, it probably won't matter that much either lol. All in my opinion...
I typically make 20-40 tick trades on 3 lots in various instruments. I'm not sure if that's considered scalping but again, I've never had any issues using thinkorswim.
They will work with you on commissions and will usually match other brokers.
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I've been with TOS for almost 4 years now, and I also agree that it's not that bad. Their software is great and reliable, and they update it in a regular basis, their service has been excellent, they have many features that you can't find elsewhere (OnDemands, Chat Rooms, Trade Feeds, and seminars).
After all, it depends on your style of trading. If you are placing your orders from 5 min chart or 1 min chart like I do, I'll not suggest TOS. If you are trading larger swings, TOS is still one of the most competitive platforms.
I am a novice futures trader focusing on TM. I have been using TOS for my trading and, so far, have only been trading 1 contract. One of my strategies involves using a trailing stop. Today, I had the experience of the market blowing through the TS such that I had a 14 point slippage (ie. exiting 14 points below where the TS triggered).
I spoke with TOS support and they said the slippage was simply a result of how fast the YM dropped. For for those of you with more experience, does this amount of slippage seem reasonable?