Which is the best retail non bucket shop broker? I know there are ECN type, like IB, Hotspot and MBT etc. I would prefer a total cost that is less than 15 dollar/1 lot, and be able to scalp, which I havn't been able to do with other brokers for an extended period of time. I thought hotspot was good, also only offering a minimum deposit of 7500 dollar. Though I've heard they are a bucket shop too(if you read the finer prints)..so after this, im really confused. One cant really tell if a broker Ãs a bucketshop or not or take interest in your trades or not.For instance oanda claim that they don't have a dealing desk, which they indeed do have. Emailing or calling them, if scalping is accepted they all say it is ok, but when indeed start scalping with them, they start trading against me.Plunging through reviews, all broker at least get some review complaining they are a scammer, so I've at least tried to do my due diligence, before starting this thread. I would absolutely appreciate som good broker recommendations from someone who knows, since it's very confusing figuring out on your own without appropriate knowledge. Howerer, after having read 100+ of reviews, my gut feeling is that IB(interactive brokers) is the one to go for? Ther adv/dis are: Pros:Nonbucket,you can scalp,low spreads,you can trade many instruments in the platform. Cons:widening spreads during news,bad platform, and bad customer support.