Someone told me that he got a demo account that did not expire, at no cost.
Supposedly it was an "unpublished offer."
I need access mainly for their excellent historical end of day futures data, so a demo account that did not expire would be perfect. I do not need real-time data. I do my futures trading elsewhere and do not want to move it to TradeStation at this time, so I would not have the volume needed to waive their platform fee for a regular TradeStation account.
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I think you should adjust your expectations. Generally, when someone has something of value that you want, you need to pay for it...
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I posted about seeing this TS offer in a multicharts thread on this forum. I believe that is the offer for a Forex account which would compete with metatrader's demo accounts with free forex data feed.
Unfortunatelty, I am a TradeStation subscriber, so I am not qualified.
But maybe that should not stop you from having your partner get an account which you can use, particularly if they have little interest in trading! Might come in handy for another backup monitor and keeper of delayed data, if that free platform will allow it. TS, however, still charges extra fees for exchange-provided data which is not forex data. Keeping Forex separate on a different instance of the platform from the other accounts might be a smart idea anyway. TradeStation should give everybody extra instances to run on different computers, since putting too many charts and multiple accounts on one machine can cause delays and even memory fault crashes and lock-ups which take a long reloading time to recover usability for trading. I do not think the "free" version(s) include the development environments or optimization, however.
Actually, the offer was for a regular stock or futures account with all electronic CME fees waived completely in the case of a futures account, and no platform fees for the life of the account, with a minimum $5000 deposit to open the account.
I have such an account now open.
I would have happily given contact info to anyone who asked. Nobody did. Hopefully some people phoned up TS and got it. The offer has now expired. They tend to open it up every October or November - I know someone who got it a year ago also.
Now, the offer you describe may exist also. They have quite a few offers at different times!
Last edited by comintel; November 6th, 2012 at 05:41 AM.