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Is Thinkorswim a good Platform for Futures Trading?

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Market Wizard
Tampa FL
 
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Sierra Charts/TOS
Broker/Data: Future Path/TDA/S5
Favorite Futures: Futures/Cryptos
 
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I currently use TOS for charts because I have way to many custom studies and Infinity Futures DOM to trade with. It does come with their version of the Sierra charts included as long as you make 10 round trips trades a month for free. I also pay a data feed of $6 per market or 3 markets for $15. Plus a substantially lower commission then TOS so check them out. They only trade futures no stocks or anything else. You can check out there sim charts and Dom 30 day trail without even talking with anyone by going to their site. It is as close to real I have found.


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I appreciate the input, I've already looked at Infinity and they seem like a good group, but I'm not sure that's what I'm looking for at this time.

I also have a total of five (5) brokerage accounts at this time, each with their own purposes.

I forgot to mention that I can trade equity options with my ML Edge account, so I may just do away with TDA/TOS altogether and use Sierra Charts as my main platform.

I've just used TOS for so long and there are lots of functionalities in the platform that I like. I gave them an ultimatum on dropping the commissions or I'm gone.

We shall see if they play ball or not.

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretsky
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Market Wizard
Tampa FL
 
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Sierra Charts/TOS
Broker/Data: Future Path/TDA/S5
Favorite Futures: Futures/Cryptos
 
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Posts: 607 since Apr 2016
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Good news, I finally was able to get TDA to drop all of my commissions for all futures products that brings them in line with other brokers.

It took moving one equity position to another broker, multiple emails, calls and some sweet talking, but they did it.

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretsky
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Boston MA
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NT, TOS
Favorite Futures: ES
 
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I moved from TOS to NT8 last year for futures trading. NT8 is lighter and is lightning fast compared to TOS and their commissions are high.

It was good for paper trading live futures with zero cost. I still maintain the account for equities.

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Hammonton NJ
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: NinjaTrader
Broker/Data: NT Continuum
Favorite Futures: Indexes (Indices?)
 
Posts: 100 since Nov 2014
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Good news, I finally was able to get TDA to drop all of my commissions for all futures products that brings them in line with other brokers.

It took moving one equity position to another broker, multiple emails, calls and some sweet talking, but they did it.

Will you share where the rate ended up for you? Mine is currently $1.25 + fees per contract, one-way. Curious if you were able to do better. My NinjaTrader rate is $0.53 plus fees, so ToS' "best rate" they gave me isn't so spectacular. I'll be doing most of my Futures trading on Ninja anyway, so I'm not going to pick a fight with ToS.

Geoff

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Market Wizard
Tampa FL
 
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: Sierra Charts/TOS
Broker/Data: Future Path/TDA/S5
Favorite Futures: Futures/Cryptos
 
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Posts: 607 since Apr 2016
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Will you share where the rate ended up for you? Mine is currently $1.25 + fees per contract, one-way. Curious if you were able to do better. My NinjaTrader rate is $0.53 plus fees, so ToS' "best rate" they gave me isn't so spectacular. I'll be doing most of my Futures trading on Ninja anyway, so I'm not going to pick a fight with ToS.

Geoff

It's business between they and I and I prefer to keep it that way, no offense to you.

They're still my highest commission priced broker, but not much more than one listed in my profile.

You should be able to guess who's the next highest and the difference isn't much at all.

I've recently opened an account with S5 Trading and I must say they are VERY competitive with their commissions.

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Trading Apprentice
bloomington, il
 
Futures Experience: Beginner
Platform: tos
Favorite Futures: cl zb gc
 
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In the beginning of this thread users spoke of lag in data on TOS even up to 15 seconds. Is this still the case? A lag in data, but no lag in quotes?

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New York, NY, USA
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: NinjaTrader 8
Broker/Data: InteractiveBrokers, Kinetick
Favorite Futures: ES
 
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In the beginning of this thread users spoke of lag in data on TOS even up to 15 seconds. Is this still the case? A lag in data, but no lag in quotes?

Yes, I definitely see this type of data and quotes lag periodically. It doesn't happen with any other data feeds I use.

I like TOS because of the ShadowTrader chat room and the TOS options tools.

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Houston
 
Futures Experience: Intermediate
Platform: ToS
Favorite Futures: Crude
 
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Just wondering, I am having issues with the DOM only showing the current bid and ask, is there any way to fix this?

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