I left my job at a broker dealer 3 weeks ago. I have a series 7. Got my U5. The whole department was eliminated. First thing I did was open a futures trading account. Checked off the non pro box for realtime data feeds. No problem. I just went over to Schwab to upgrade my existing equity account to an active trading account and they tell me that I am considered a professional. They know I am not employed by a broker dealer but they claim my Series 7 is still active (yes, yes, I know it can be revived for 2 years and I have to advise NASD of address changes for 2 years, but it is not truly active). NASD of course is no help. I have called the national and local office and get the telephone equivalent of a blank stare. Surely I can't be the first trader to leave a broker dealer and start trading with realtime data!! Anyone else out there? I also can't believe I would still be treated as a professional for purposes of paying for data.