I am signing up with Point Direx as my broker...they are cheap (as everyone seems to know), and reliability in the above-average area. I just want to play stocks and options (unforntunately no E-minis at the moment) for now. PD says they have a great charting package with their platinum platform, and to tell you the truth is n't bad, but I do want to get into writing/modifying oscilatiors/ trend indicators, use fibonaccis, and a few more things which PD doesn't appear that they can do at the moment. BTW, I will mostly swing trading until I can inch my equity to meet the PDT rule. I want to find a cheap chart provider who can let me do research up to 2-4 years back and be able to save charts, etc., back test if possible, and generally be able to really get a handle on my slightly ambitious chart needs Sunday night in anticipation for those Monday morning out of the gate frenzies. I had considered usting QT, but they do not take the data feed from PD as of yet (supposedly soon). SWP seems like a goo choice, but they use quote.com as a data feed. I am a bit new to this, but it seems to have two different data feeds, one from PD and one from Quote.com for SWP, a lot more errors are likely to arise. Am I just overly concerned, or should I look for more integration between by broker, chart provider and quote provider? And, for those of you who love to share opinions, I would happy to hear what you suggest. I am already set up, or will be set up soon with PD, so now I just need a comprehensive means to do my after hours chart research, and some sort of programming (API) ability for scanning. If it is feasible and prudent (and cheap), I will get a chart provider with its own data feed, but it just seems riskier...but maybe I am wrong. Can this be done for under $40/month? Coda: I hear a lot of thumbs-up for Trade-Ideas.com. They sound good, but I have not looked to deeply into them. Can anyone give me the flexibility facor of this add-on. Can I virtually come up with any formula for scanning? I am failry proficient in many languages (PHP, java, VB, C++ (a little anyway), but just want to have the flexibility to come up with scans and alerts that I want without too much hassle. Can you recommend any chart-providers that offer this? ONE LAST ITEM; I read "Come into My Trading Room", and I have always been a slow, methodical trader, but that book made me feel like I might as well go back to the dictionary (a la Homer Simpson when he was learning "Marketing" for the bowling alley.. Me after Elder's book: Dictionary: Stock Market: "1 : a place where security trading is conducted on an organized system 2 : an association of people organized to provide an auction market among themselves for the purchase and sale of securities"