It seems alot of firms come and go. Reading these boards & talking to traders, I notice we are all searching for that holy grail, i.e. Exceptional technology, payout, commission schedule, offices (remote & onsite) as well as a reputable name. I believe that in the coming years we will see which firms will survive and how we can harness that power as an industry to proliferate. Yes, daytrading has gotten some slack, but remember this: the most profitable Wall street firms, the goldmans, morgan stanley's & merrill lynch's of the world are all daytraders, whether they care to admit it or not. We as traders, owners of firms, etc. have the opportunity to make this work. Much like the mutual fund industry popularized itself in the past century. One step which all firms, daytrade & wall st. should take is to get lobbyists to repeal the "short-term" capital gains tax, (which is a scam). As well as educate the public on what traders do. There is great potential, our industry is still in it's infancy. So I am waiting to see, who will survive and set the standard for all us short-term traders. Any comments, questions or ideas, I'm at email@example.com - B.W.