I haven't been trading for five years and I am looking to get back to it. I want to retrain myself for a year. I am trying Cybertrader.com's software for papertrading right now. That's what I used extensively 6 years ago, the best there is. These days, I heard that IB is better, but it seems IB"s software is not as sophisticated. Recently, I got a copy of Metastock and I am thinking of subscribing to a real time datafeed to use for a year or so. Anyone could recommend one ? Thanks . It seems Metastock works with Esignal. Anything cheaper that Esignal ? IQ ? Or should I open an account at some broker and use the real time data for free ? E*trade maybe ? It seems people are trading futures a bit more than 6 years ago. Back then, the gap was in 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 etc. These days, they are in cents. Wondering if people are really profitable. I am thinking of maybe doing swing trading and save the time for a real job, probably second shift, so I can monitor the market in the morning.