I've been reading the threads on these boards and have a feeling that the overwhelming majority of people on here lose money because they aren't using the right software. I live in NYC, where there are a ton of prop shops/arcades (some good; most bad). But, all of them have decently powerful software platforms that let you punch in and out of the market and watch order flow. Yes, trading is a hard business, but it seems like most on here are trading through IB or Etrade or something and enter orders based on MAs or other technical tools that don't read the tape at all. Reading the tape for me is my saving grace as it increases precision at least 10-fold. Admittedly, my experience has been limited to prop firms in NYC. So who am I to say that a rancher in Wyoming entering swing trades to his TD Waterhouse account, can't beat the market - it just seems highly unlikely that he would - and sadly, it seems like it's those types who congregate here. Can any experienced traders share if they too think that the negative feedback on here is from rank amatuers using crappy platforms who give thier money away to people like me who can simply see deeper and act faster? Since joining this forum and reading these threads, I've gotten the impression that I'm either really lucky or really good - when in reality, I think I'm just an average trader (hence, I'm here). But still, some people on here just seem to be clutching to pure fantasy. Maybe they don't know what's available to them?