Have been reviewing all the broker ratings on this site as I must change to direct-access soon. Have made 2500 equity trades in 2007 clearing 50K and transacting at least 175million in stock. However, my E-trade Pro platform has become non-functional and I'm positive its all on their end. I run two newer computers and am sure I'm not exceeding my memory etc. . My understanding is that a "direct-access" platform/broker where I'm not going through a web-browser will be more reliable and alleviate these problems with my current system(frozen platform much of day, everything crashing each time Nasdaq volume goes up even slightly) >>>>However, in reading all the threads for example on the IB firm I'm hearing the exact same problems I'm having with E-trade. This E-trade pro suits me well if it would work like it did back in 2006. The only thing it lacks for me is I must be able to start trading at the latest at 7AM eastern time in the U.S. and it seems all the common discount browser-based companies don't allow trading until 8AM. I know it will be much more expensive in terms of fees going direct access(but don't have a clue how much more) , but I CAN'T BE EXPERIENCING TROUBLES WITH THE PLATFORM NOT WORKING. I need a watchlist linked to a chart (three charts with moving averages would be nice), level 2s that work, a ticker printing off the size and sales at a minimum. Currently use Trade The News for new service and some research. Please someone explain where I should go and how much it should cost??? It would be helpful if I didn't have to subscribe to fifteen different outfits to get the whole package. Thanks for any help you more experienced traders can offer. P.S. Being able to trade beginning at 7AM is a must.