OK. I have spent the last two days (literally about 8 hours total) sifting through this place. I signed up a while ago but never really checked it out. I was not expecting so many professionals here. I don't know why, but I was just expecting things like "So how do I start to trade for a living," and "I've got it made because my Forex Broker is giving me 400:1 leverage, and they are offering me matching funds so in essence I can now trade at 800:1. I am going to buy when stochastics are low and sell when they are high. Seems like that always is right. I will be rich in no time." I apologize. Anyway, I need some help. I need a portfolio backtesting software package. I am looking at Patsystems IQ Trader, Tradecision, and Trading Solutions. Someone mentioned Traders Studio, which is about 1/5 the price. So maybe that's an option. I will need to have algo trading capabilities, and would like to have NN/GA included or as an add on. I know Tradecision has this. IQ Trader has autotrade capabilities. Then there is Progress Software's Apama. I am so damn confused, and unfortunately, most of the higher end providers do not offer demos. Can anyone help me here with some knowledge and experience? Also, I am undecided on my Prime Broker yet, but for a front-end I am told J-Trader or X-Trader is the way to go (I will be trading equites, options, futures, fx). Is Redi still a player? Right now I have a currency portfolio (testing this FX trading stuff) through the Currenex platform. I've tried a bunch and like this one the best; however, I am still manual trading and Currenex let's me play like a trader, as opposed to those other clunky things out there. Any thoughts on sticking with Currenex as a front-end? Has anyone used there Smartorder system for Algos? Sorry for the long e-mail. I have been researching for months and now I am being held up because I can't make a decsion. I can't get enough info, strange as that may seem. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Grazie.