I was just told by Tradestation that my futures account application was rejected. Reason -- I do not have 2 years of trading experience. At first this makes sense -- they do not want people without experience blowing out their accounts. However, I'm perplexed because I've been backtesting, developing and improving my methodology (don't want to call it a system) for 3-4 years now (on TS and others). Instead of immediately starting to trade like most newbies and losing money, I invested the time to backtest, research and learn. And now I'm being told that because I did not spend those at least 2 out of 3-4 years trading withouth an edge and losing money, I can't have an account with them at all. Is there an altnerative? Reason I like tradestation -- I'm now very proficient with EasyLanguage and have built a system that I believe works for me. I'd like to automate it. Can I use IB? Do they have a plug-in (theirs or third party) for charting and system automation? PS: This really ticks me off! I'm 28, $300K+ HH annual income, $100K+ liquid assets, read most trading books out there, spent years backtesting and I can't even open a $10K futures account!!! AAAHHHHH!!!!!!!