Hi there guys, as you can see, i'm a complete newbie! I have been trading (mostly swings and options) for the past year, and decided to make the move into day trading! (used optionshouse primarily and scottrade) Since I don't have 25 k laying around lol, decided to look into prop firms! still choosing between 2! Capital Traders group and Broad street trading! So far, I'm leaning towards CTG due to the personal messages and emails from their staff, however was just wondering if anyone has an experience with these firms if they would be willing to share so that I can get a good idea on which firm to choose please. I want to deal mainly with stocks atm, maybe in a couple of years once I get a good hang of day trading, I can slowly move into futures and forex and what not, but for now at least, strictly stocks. Both of them also offer training videos and what not, so its pretty tight! Any input is much appreciated!! With regards to platforms, I was browsing through the forums upto posts dating back to 2007! I can see most people experience problems with each and every platform now and then, specially during busy days (or fed days as they are called) My current options are 1. Sterling trader Pro 2. Laser 3. Lightspeed It seems lightspeed is really quick but the first two seem more stable and fast. I'm leaning towards Laser as it looks more stable based on reviews, however most people mention there is no good API's for it, or that it links to excel or something, I'm really confused as to what an Api is, and how it links to excel! Do I even need API's ? Sterling seems to have little known issues here n there, but it seems easier to use then laser? Since I hav never used any, it seems both will be a challenge at first, so any reviews on users who use any or both of the above would really help me, and maybe you guys could advice me on what would work best for a beginner like me based on what I want to trade (stocks only, at least for now) Thanks guys!!