Hello all! I've been reading here for a while and really love the support and advice given here! Iâm currently doing swing trades on stocks and looking to become a far more active trader and think that Iâm going to give day trading Index futures a go. Iâve been trying out paper trading accounts at various places to get used to how the futures work before going out with my own money to give it a go an like what I see thus far. I currently just trade on the side but am interested in making it my full-time gig over real estate, which Iâm in right now. Iâve decided to start off trading strictly the YM and trading 1 contract at a time. I choose this based on what I know about the Index and the sentiment from those here at ET who seem to feel itâs the best fit for a beginning futures trader like myself. Iâd probably add the ES or NQ or something else down the line but for now Iâd like to focus on one and go from there. Iâll be funding the account with $10,000 which I realize affords me the ability to trade more than 1 contract but I donât want to bite off more than I can chew. I wonât ask about strategies now as I think that more depends on the trader and their âgutâ feeling on what works for them and their account, etc. But, Iâm probably going to stick to fairly simple strategies of fading gaps, watching for key support/resistance levels, pivots and so forth. With only trading 1 contract at first I canât get too much into complicated strategies and such but I think Iâll be crafty enough to find some good plays out there when they pop up. Iâm looking for a little advice in a couple areas Iâm having trouble deciding. First question is which broker I should be using. Iâm currently with IB for my equities and I like them. Their order execution is fine for me considering that before switching to them I was just using Scottrade and E*Trade and letting my orders get filled whenever they saw fit. Since Iâm not day trading with them and hold positions for a couple days at a time, ultra-fast executions are not as paramount to my success as others out there. Iâve read lots of good and bad with them and trading futures and I think I may just open another account solely for my trading of futures. Iâm looking at the following brokers, in order from my favorite to least. Tradestation Mirus Futures AMP Trading Open E Cry I guess I put Tradestation at the top of the list primarily because of their platform which Iâve read good things about. The others I would use with NinjaTrader which I like but I donât like at the same time. OEC uses their own platform and Iâm playing around with it but not very interested in it thus far. The commissions all seem about the same so I guess execution time and speed of the data are the things Iâm curious about. Any thoughts on TSâs effectiveness for someone like me? Next question is which software to use. Itâs really a 2 horse race between Tradestation and Ninja. Obviously if I go with TS for the broker side of things Iâd be using their software and if I chose the others Iâd go with Ninja. Iâve been paper trading the YM on Ninja for a while and trying to get used to the system. Iâm very competent with computers and can code HTML relatively well and pick up other languages enough to get by but thereâs something about Ninja that just doesnât do it for me. I find it sort of clunky and not very streamlined and appealing to the eye. Like I want to have a chart with the NYSE TICK and other various indicators and lists of stocks I want to follow on a sort of âsnapshotâ page, etc. but itâs a total PITA with Ninja. The charting is nice and the ATM strategies are great but again theyâre just not as easy to operate and manipulate as Iâd like. I sort of feel that Ninja is a bit overkill for my application and Iâd rather sacrifice power functions to get a nicer interface and more easy to understand layouts. The problem with TS is that I canât get in to demo the software without opening an account. Iâve read great things about it and seen screen shots and think they look like what Iâm looking forâ¦but I canât test it out. Can anyone here testify to the effectiveness of the TS platform or know of a way to demo it? Also, if I read correctly, if I make 10 R/T transaction in a month the platform fee of $99.95/mo is waived for the previous month? If that is indeed the case I think that TS is a pretty good deal. My goal is to keep paper trading for the next 3 months, learn whatever software Iâll be using and start the new year off with the real money and see what happens. Iâm super excited to give it a shot and Iâm sure Iâll be seeing everyone around here and asking for help, posting journal entries, etc. in the months to come. Any help or suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated! Good luck to everyone!