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  • Perkins Cove
    $AMTD, Ameritrade is dropping the Streamer platform in September, messing up my rhythm. Damn...but I knew this would happen some day.
    8/2/13
    Reply (42)
    • Perkins Cove: Just in case I don't like the new "Trade Architect Platform", what do you folks use and like?
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: "Streamer" allows me to have all the stocks I want (multiple groups), 5 charts, plus my portfolio, all on one monitor.
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: (side question, how many of you use multiple monitors? My next computer (custom) will allow for a second monitor. You too wheelz...?)
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: TIA folks. (yes, I am old...and resistant to change....grin )
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: BTW, would not be opposed to move my account, especially to a site that allows 7:00 am trading in pre. Thanks again folks.
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: BTW #2....it appears Ameritrade is forcing me to change now. My charts (5) are not coming up. Not cool.....
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: i have 2 laptops and an extra monitor...your setup depends on what kind of trading you do
      8/2/13
    • bfstrog: Have you checked out the ThinkorSwim platform? I believe it meets your requirements.
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: I will bfstrog, thanks. My first impression of Trade Architect is that it is horrible compared to Streamer.
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: Complicated, and visually hard to read. Sometimes simple is better.
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: just2trade.com looks simple and cheap
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: oops...red flag on Just2Trade.....http://bit.ly/14ovQvZ
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: interesting...although it has nothing to do with the trader, it would make me think twice about giving them my business...let the courts
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: decide if they were in the wrong...look at interactive brokers
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: optionhouse is ok, i'm grandfathered in at 2.95/trade, but they charge 3.95 now
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: IB, not impressed. But will look into optionhouse, where OM lives. Also Scottrade looks interesting. Will check with Detonator on that one
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: i think OM uses tradeking and is happy with it
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: Whatever I pick, I will probably start with the minimum until I get a good feel. Damn you Ameritrade! After all those years and commissions
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: ...you let me down now? Just before I'm ready to make real money...? grin
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: (oh that SR miss yesterday was HUGE....)
      8/2/13
    • bfstrog: Perkins - ThinkorSwim is a TD Ameritrade Platform. Download the software and try it out. More of an options platform but neat charts
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: don't think about it...sigh
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: Really appreciate the info guys....big help. Thanks.
      8/2/13
    • nclsamy: PC, think or swim also offers a real time simulator of the platform (called paper money).Maybe you would like to try that before signing up
      8/2/13
    • nclsamy: Personally, I use Interactive Brokers and I'm more than happy with the platform and commissions.
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: wheelz, optionhouse allows you to open multiple streaming charts off the trading platform?
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: Nickle, you are young, I am old. The layout (and customization) of the screen are more important to me than most. Font size is important.
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: Streamer let me adjust the size...the only other one so far is Scottrade. I know it seems a trifle....but you too will get old one day..grin
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: yes you can...it's run via java, but you can't trade from the chart screen...also, i've had more than 5 windows (charts) running at once
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: I'm saying 36" in the seat back (comfortable) position for eyes to the screen. Silly?...you say SIlly? Then stop ageing now. Right NOW. LOL
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: lol...if you go with optionhouse, say i referred you and i get a prize!
      8/2/13
    • Ocean Man: I use Tradeking.
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: wheelz, don't need to trade from the chart screen, just like to place them where I want. Thanks.
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: Folks, ya know when you have it good...and don't appreciate it until its gone? Time to move on I guess....
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: you won't like this about OH, but i'm pretty sure they have limited pre-market and AH trading times
      8/2/13
    • wheelz23: they're open 90 minutes pre-market and 60 minutes AH
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: I may have to open minimum accounts in multiple brokerages to get the platform I want. I'm too close to the goal line to quit now. Cheers.
      8/2/13
    • Perkins Cove: wheelz, 90 mins pre would be 7:00 am, that's good. And I don't trade much in AH.
      8/3/13
    • Perkins Cove: OM, thanks. Also thanks to Detonator for replying on another thread regarding Scottrade. I will check them both out.
      8/3/13
    • Perkins Cove: After playing with Trade Architect for a couple of hours this morning, I can get my watchlist, portfolio, and 3 charts on one monitor.
      8/3/13
    • Perkins Cove: Workable. Would still like to change the font size, and be able to trade @ 7:00 am in pre., both of which Scottrade has I believe.
      8/3/13
    • Perkins Cove: Nuts and bolts win over bells and whistles in my book. Thanks again guys for all your help. Cheers.
      8/3/13