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Old Aug 10, 2011, 5:16pm   #1
 
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Best futures trading platform and broker

Can someone please recommend a best futures trading Platform and broker?
1. The most important thing for me is that the broker and the trading platform should work well together. So the combination of both should be a good fit. Some platforms are good but there is a huge delay of execution (up to 2 seconds) from the platform to the broker. This is unacceptable for an emini day trader.

2. Next important thing is that I can place the order directly from the chart. The charting platform does not have to be fancy. I don't use any indicators. But I need to be able to program Buy/Sell signals.

3. And finally the other important thing is margin and the commission of course.

Thanks,
Alex
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Old Aug 16, 2011, 2:06pm   #2
 
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Can someone please recommend a best futures trading Platform and broker?
1. The most important thing for me is that the broker and the trading platform should work well together. So the combination of both should be a good fit. Some platforms are good but there is a huge delay of execution (up to 2 seconds) from the platform to the broker. This is unacceptable for an emini day trader.

2. Next important thing is that I can place the order directly from the chart. The charting platform does not have to be fancy. I don't use any indicators. But I need to be able to program Buy/Sell signals.

3. And finally the other important thing is margin and the commission of course.

Thanks,
Alex
hi alex have you found anything as im looking for the same thing?
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Old Aug 17, 2011, 12:21am   #3
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Ajianfar & Astrix -- I am looking for new platforms at the moment and am currently using a Ninjatrader demo... So far so good... easy to use and free charts, data provider is CQG with unfiltered data and no noticeable lag. The broker I'm using right now (AMP Trading) says live is the same in terms of the standard version of the platform being free. I didn't inquire about commissions yet--will be going live in a week or two--but the broker who calls me every other day says they're very competitive, so I am assuming they can price match down pretty low.
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Old Aug 17, 2011, 12:27pm   #4
 
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hi alex have you found anything as im looking for the same thing?
Astrix,.... The best Broker/Platform combo that I know (and have used for more than a year) is Lind-Waldock (i.e. MF Global) with Genesis Trade Navigator.

Lind-Waldock has spent a lot of money on their networks to make trade executions super fast, and believe me, it is fast. They also have great customer service.

The only problem with them is their margin and commission, which is why I moved out to another broker.

But if you have over 100K in your trading account, then they will offer you a better commission.

Good luck
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Old Aug 17, 2011, 12:35pm   #5
 
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Ajianfar & Astrix -- I am looking for new platforms at the moment and am currently using a Ninjatrader demo... So far so good... easy to use and free charts, data provider is CQG with unfiltered data and no noticeable lag. The broker I'm using right now (AMP Trading) says live is the same in terms of the standard version of the platform being free. I didn't inquire about commissions yet--will be going live in a week or two--but the broker who calls me every other day says they're very competitive, so I am assuming they can price match down pretty low.

Thanks Successful_Trader. I will look into it. Who is your broker? Or does that even matter?

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Ajianfar & Astrix -- I am looking for new platforms at the moment and am currently using a Ninjatrader demo... So far so good... easy to use and free charts, data provider is CQG with unfiltered data and no noticeable lag. The broker I'm using right now (AMP Trading) says live is the same in terms of the standard version of the platform being free. I didn't inquire about commissions yet--will be going live in a week or two--but the broker who calls me every other day says they're very competitive, so I am assuming they can price match down pretty low.
I called AMP today, but who ever answered the phone peeved me off when he acted like he didn't believe I hadn't called before, I would be interested if they work out for you.
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Do a search in this forum (futures) - as this question gets discussed a lot. I'll happily recommend Infinity - far and away the best broker I've had an account with.
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