Hi All, As you might have noticed, I am a newbie here. I have a ton of questions and would like to thank anyone in advance for taking the time to read through this lengthy post and answer any of my numerous questions. While trying to provide as much personal background and descriptions of my dilemma and keeping as brief but informative as possible, it seems to have ballooned like a fruit salad. I didn't intend to be long-winded but, as it turns out, I kept coming up with more and more questions; so here goes: Since August of last year, my job requires me to travel a lot. Therefore, it makes little sense to have anything more than a dial-up ISP thats fairly portable. I have tried the so-called âhigh-speed dial-upâ products du jour that are out there and I have found the term to be just as big a misnomer as military intelligence and turbo diesel. However, I may just be spoiled by cable. Although downloading is cumbersome and annoying, I have grown accustomed to dial-up and found that my ISP is pretty darn reliable and, aside from the obvious, have no big complaints. If there is someone here that knows of a better option that I'm not aware of; I would appreciate any constructive suggestions. Please keep in mind my trading requirements as I explain in a little more detail. I have been trading equities for 3 years now with a Scottrade account. Yes, I know, their commissions suck, among other issues, but their fills are actually quite timely with little slippage and they have suited my purposes as a novice. I make 8 to 30 trades a month and hold my positions for 2 to 20 days. I only trade long so I have no need for a margin account; yet. I don't feel comfortable dealing with the issues that go along with trading equities short; especially on my schedule. I am presently learning and paper trading futures; which puts me much more at ease about taking short positions (certainly not that its easier, this is definitely not the case â well I'm sure you guys know what I mean). Which leads me to the question of an online broker that also provides services for futures? Is it realistic to look for an online brokerage service that can meet my needs with my limited connection speed trading equities and also provides coverage in commodities? It would be nice to get a feel for the futures market while I further my self-education and continue trading equities at the same time. While I find index futures fascinating, agricultural and energy contracts, at this point, seem to be more appealing to me. Would it be possible to find a brokerage that would cover the NY as well as Chicago exchanges? Since, I can no longer trade actively during market hours (my work hours have changed along with the traveling requirement), I have adjusted my trading strategies to heavily depend upon trailing stops, stops and limit orders. Scottrade has a $0.15 min stop order rule. Is this rule common among most brokers? Is there a broker that can guarantee tighter stop and limit order execution? I suppose I could continue to adjust my strategy to accommodate this rule, but it would be nice to use much tighter stops when I want to and I would still like to explore any other options. Another nagging problem that I am having with Scottrade is their speed in clearing my funds from a closed position(s), and making it available for my next trade. I have had to wait as long as 2 days before. It doesn't happen a lot, but it happens frequently enough to be annoying. Is this the norm for most brokerages? Is less than 24 hours to much too expect? What broker has a reliable online platform/package that would be suitable for dial-up? What broker has reasonable commissions for stop and limit orders? What broker has courteous and profession customer service with help if those dreaded dial-up ISP and traveling issues arise and I need to place a phone order? I have neither the patience or time for rudeness and ineptitude. What broker has reasonable maintenance fees for all this? Thats one of the few things I have enjoyed with Scottrade is no maintenance fees or worries about having to make a minimum number of monthly trades, but I don't mind parting with it if all the above criteria is met. Real-time data for the days and hours that I'm not working would be very nice, but, obviously, its not a primary concern since I have to adjust to trading on EoD data the majority of the time anyways. I also have other issues about getting set up with research and other support software that isn't too cumbersome on dial-up, but all those details are probably better suited for the software forum. However, if any of you foresee any stumblings or roadblocks that I should avoid, especially based on personal experiences that you might have, additional input in that area of concern would be much appreciated as well. I realize that all this is a pretty tall order and I certainly don't expect a perfect fit in a brokerage service for my situation. However, a best possible fit with as few frustrations as possible would certainly be better than what I have now. I would like to keep my monthly expenditures to a minimum (excluding commissions, of course). I don't feel that less than $100.00 monthly is too much to ask for; or is it? I would like to thank anyone in advance for any valuable and constructive guidance, as well as having the patience to read this far.