Hello all! Let me first preface this post by stating that I am greatful for your comments, feedback, and observations to my ideas and thoughts. I am new to trading. But I know that something must be done if I ever want to "break the mold" of my "better than average" ordinary Joe status. So I've been looking at trading - and I get this idea that I've heard over time! DAY TRADING! I've come up with a very simple strategy that compares 5min 30 bar breakouts with 1min 30 bar breakouts as indicators to Buy/Short the SPY. So far - based on total systematic transactions - I've returned $21,371.70 (I think after commissions if I understand my broker's commission structure correctly and I'm not surprised with other 'hidden fees') in 10 days (on paper) using an investment capitol of $125,000. (Roughly purchasing/shorting 960+/- shares at each transaction - about an average of 8 trades per day - always closing out at the end of the day.) This looks very attractive to me! However - I now feel lost. I require the ability to create an "automated trading platform" to execute these positions for me - giving me the ability to have a "limited" watch over the market's performace. A simple alert that I've been put in/taken out every now and again will be enough for me to be "in control" of the situation. I feel lost because I started out not knowing where to find an automated trading platform like this - to now finding TOO MANY. And then some you must go with the broker who provides the software - others - I don't quite understand how it works, etc., etc. Like I said - I am new. I wonder if you could help me better understand about what it is I am considering jumping into here. What do I expect for commissions? (Hidden fees, etc.?) What do I expect for ability of orders to be placed and honored "immediately." Where do I turn for a good AND TRUSTED automated trading platform and accompanying broker who is reputable and not considered a "thief." What is the automated trading platform with the EASIEST "programming language" that will allow me to actually implement a strategy and see it work as I am expecting? How do I avoid real time data feed delays and/or downtimes in the middle of trading? Where can I be more enlightened from my naivity that I set up a broker account, get software that triggers orders for me automatically, set up the software, press the go button, orders are fulfilled immediately in and out, my commissions are exactly what I saw on the advertisement, I end the day with profits...REPEAT? I think you get the idea - I am swimming in excitement about what I see I've done on paper - just not finding it so easy to get into the game the way I need (with the automated features.) Thanks again for anytime you spend on this. It is greatly appreciated.