ThinkorSwim

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Check elitetrader.com there was a lot of discussion there about TOS. I think the general view was that they were very good but the service deteriorated when they were bought by another company.
 

HowardCohodas

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I had an unfunded ToS account for 5 months before funding it. I used it to do paper trading. I can't speak to access to such features as ThinkBack which gives you access to historical data.

Customer service is still excellent. However, requests for things that would be approved without much fuss are now on hold pending decisions by their new owner, TD Ameritrade. And initiatives like their iPAD application seem to be on indefinite hold. I fear this merger will take away from ToS what made it so attractive to many of us, i.e. their dynamism and willingness to me a maverick.

Meanwhile, I am still with them. Other than granting access to things I "want" rather than "need," I'm pretty happy.

I can't give you any information relative to other choices because I am not very familiar. The only additional data point is that my son had a substantial account with Zecco and moved it to ToS after he saw what I could do.

Also, they have an options metric called "Probability of Touching." They are the only one I know of who has it and it is critical to my strategy.
 

wackypete2

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IHowever, requests for things that would be approved without much fuss are now on hold pending decisions by their new owner, TD Ameritrade. And initiatives like their iPAD application seem to be on indefinite hold. I fear this merger will take away from ToS what made it so attractive to many of us, i.e. their dynamism and willingness to me a maverick.
Usually the case when a company get bought out by a competitor. You can be sure down the line the TOS platform will just be integrated into TD's Command Center platform.

Peter
 

HowardCohodas

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Usually the case when a company get bought out by a competitor. You can be sure down the line the TOS platform will just be integrated into TD's Command Center platform.

Peter
I don't know what is going on at the moment, but originally the ToS platform was to be the surviving platform. I sure hope so.
 

scalperhill

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They're not bad, but they're not the best either. For what they offer for free, they can't be beat. The only draw back is bad unreliable and sometimes wrong data.


If you're a swing trader or options trader, they're great. For day trading or scalping, I would recommend IB.