IB or TOS?

Discussion in 'Retail Brokers' started by DonCorleone, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. I would appreciate input from those that have used either or both. I'll be trading equities primarily with foreign currency/futures here and there. It'll be a combination of swing/intraday trading. Since I'll be using QT for charts, I just need a good/reliable order entry system(hotkeys preferred) and data feed for discretionary/manual trading. I realize IB probably has lower commission, but I also would like to be able to phone in, in case there's a power failure or network/tech issues. On that note, has IB improved their customer support? I heard it was an issue in the past.

  2. Can't comment on IB phone support, but unless you are trading options or need a combo charting/data service, I don't see much reason to spend more money by going with TOS. I really like the TOS interface, but it's not extensible/programmable (which is important to me) - and their prices are much higher unless you are trading large lots of shares (greater than 1k).

    Good luck with your search.