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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 12:40 AM   #1
TradingBillions
 
 
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First, let me ask , does IB have a debit card program like Scottrade does? I would hate to have to pay commission every time I want to sell stock to take money out for my living.

Ok, now onto the question. IB Vs. Tradestation. Which do you prefer and why?

I weighed out the pros and cons for direct access and active trader prefered brokers and I feel IB is the winner due to the commission price.

However, tradestation does have it's award winning platform for free if you do 5,000 or more active trades.. What broker do you like better and think is the best for active day traders?
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 08:46 AM   #2
MidKnight
 
 
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hi tradingbillions,

See a thread I did a while back about tradestation.

http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showth...threadid=46440
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 07:23 PM   #3
chauncey1
 
 
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None of the brokers you mention offers debit cards.

Scottrade and etrade offers that service.

It's normal that brokers for hyper-active traders doesn't include such service
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 07:24 PM   #4
chauncey1
 
 
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About your post.

If you want charts and just a few trades per month, tradestation.

If you prefer execution and wild trading (in amounts i mean) the best option of course is IB. (but you don't have any decent chart).

I use both. But my tradestation account is 10 sizes smaller.
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #5
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I would sum up the difference between IB and Tradestatin as thus:

- IB offers more products, more markets, more order types and a stabler/faster trading platform than TS.

- TS offers a substantially better charting and analysis software product than IB.

In other words, IB is more experienced at the brokerage side of the business and TS is more experienced on the charting/analysis software side.

- Both companies customer service is sub-par at best. They both have some great people working for them but it's hit or miss on the quality of the person you get for a support issue.

-eLindy

PS: Yes, I suck it up and use both of them. TS for charting, IB for my backup brokerage and a lesser known (but great on customer service and platform speed) for my primary brokerage .

PPS: For active trading you should have two brokerage accounts anyway (just in case one goes down). So just open up accounts at both.
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Old Jan 24th, 2007, 07:40 PM   #6
chauncey1
 
 
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I agree both companies treat customers (even if they are spending huge money on comm.) like shit (moderator: sorry for the word).

It looks like is a industry standar, the best service overall poor customer service.
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