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Best Platform for Sim Trading?

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Best Platform for Sim Trading?

Hello everyone.

Which in your opinion would be the best platform for Paper trading. I have looked at think or swim etc, but they give you fills which seem a little too hard to believe.

Thanks for all help.

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Interactive Brokers offer a paper trading account with full platform when people open up an account with them.

It probably is one of the best out there.

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TT Sim has been quite good.... results are similar to what you might see in real life

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i havent compared it myself to other plattform but i often heard that NinjaTrader has one of the best + most realistic SIM-orderhandling if you trade manualy.

(not meaning with backtesting, thats seems to be problematic )

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Thanks for your answers.

I have been using NinjaTrader to scalp the CL/GC/TF with more emphasis on the CL and have had amazing results. Out of 20 trading days, only 1 losing day, and one net losing day.

On CL i noticed that sometimes my order gets filled and then i am immediately in the money by a 2 - 3ticks. Since i have my first contract exiting with 3 - 5 ticks to minimize risk on position and ride second contract, i am very happy with this. However, not sure that this would be something i would see in real time.. may be Mike can comment on this :-)

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Just make sure you've set the sim engine to realistic delays and such in the Control Center - Tools - Options menu. Make sure the roundtrip ms delay is realistic for your computer and internet connection and broker combination.

Other than that, keep in mind NT sim engine is just a sim engine. Real fills are almost always worse. You will get slippage, you will not get filled, etc.


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Thanks Mike.

I have my Delay comm. set to 75, delay exchange to 150, wait for data to 20 (all msec).

Is this acceptable.

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