I was astounded on friday to find a press release on HLV divesting the trading business and going into oil as well as articles saying negitive things about them. I was hoping that by starting the thread inquiring about these articles would get me some answers, all it did was aggrivate me and steer me in the wrong direction. Well after voicing my opinions (strongly) I still had no real answers . I spoke to the management at HLV today 7-31-06 they explained in great detail that there trading operation is in no way associated with the search for oil and natural gas, they are seperate. At no time was anything done with trader funds or comingling of any sort. They even expressed that perhaps they should have sent out a firm wide e-mail. So I guess it turns out the firm is on the up and up. If you would like the long version you will have to contact them ( I dont want to miss speak. Anyway they are also having no problem paying my deposit in a timely manner. I may have lowerd the stndard by using foul language what can I say I am a new yorker sorry. Got yelled at for it so I am trying to keep it clean here. the BOTTOM LINE is the firm is in order they have been through an audit and alot of scrutiny as of late and they have come out clean. I would recomend this firm to trades with no license or enough capital to trade a 25k account. I may sound like a commercial, I feel I owe it to them. After many traders including myself werel speculating on what was going on at the firm . Thanks for listening and magna thanks for not kickin me off the site.