HI all, I have recently opened a new futures account at Alaron and I am getting raped with $55.00 broker assisted trades. I'd like to learn how to use the online systems they have available but I am getting frustrated because there is no order entry instructions for options strikes and prices. I dont want to blow out my account because I misplaced a zero if you know what i mean. Since all the contracts have different rules where does one begin? Ive searched the web and came up totally empty, all they talk about is how to phone in an order, and the online instructions make no mention of proper price and strike format. I may be a bit paranoid but it seems to me as if this is done on purpose. If you cant figure out the order entry then you are more likely to use your broker, hence more commisions. Hey i know everyone has to make a buck but if they offer online order entry then they should at least support it with all the information one would need to use the darn thing. Ive searched the web under every conceivable terms to find proper format info but have come up totally empty. I even went to the exchanges web sites themselves and there is nothing. Finally went to the CTFC and NFA sites, also nothing. So far my experience is telling me that the futures markets are regulated by a bunch of boobs and the brokers for the most part are out to fleece the unsuspecting. And with the advent of online systems why is it near impossible to find a decent oreder entry system that connects both to the electronic and pit markets, I mean really whats the deal? For instance IB does a great job of connecting to the electronic markets, so why did they leave off the pit markets? Anyway im done with my rant I just wish the industry would get its act together. If anyone can help me with my pricing format troubles I would sincerely appreciate it. Im going totally nuts. Thanks Much, Travis U.