I'm looking to switch brokers. I'm currently using datek although things have really deteriorated badly since the merger announcement w/ ameritrade. I read a lot of stuff about IB here and hope IB vets can give me info since there seems to be some complicated stuff involved. 1. I read about down times, does this happen ofter in ib (saw quite a few posts). 2. do you guys trade stocks with ib or other issues (read a lot about e-minis, how do they work, does ib offer them)? 3. with the ib platform, are there complicated issues, or features that bother traders? 4. does the commissions 0.005/sh include the ecn charge or not? 5. how do you guys trade on bigger # of shs since the commission cost can really run up. 6. any other issues I should know about ib? I also read about cybertraders lower commissions, although it still looks a bit high (if you add the ecn fees), am i correct? Thanks. Sorry bout all the questions, just dont want to go thru all the docs and process to find out I need to look for another broker later.