I started my trading/investing activities about one year ago. I registered on Scottrade because they provide a relatively cheap way of trading common stocks, and because the initial deposit could be as little at $500. However, it turned out that even if I anticipate a trend correctly, the $14 commision (to enter and exit a trade) all but annihilated my profits. I am looking to trade, not invest. That is why I started looking for another trading platform, and naturally I considered Interactive Brokers. However, in online-broker reviews on Elite Trader I've read the following argument: a lot of amateurs, people who do not know how to trade and who only lose money doing it, people like that would deposit $5,000 into IB and get none out. Since there is a constant supply of "suckers," IB stays in business still. My question is for people who have been trading on IB extensively: is it possible at all to make profit using that platform? I'm looking specifically for a case of an individual who has put in $5,000 and has already gotten out more than $5,000. Basically it boils down to this: if IB are somewhat unreliable but offer amazingly cheap prices and do not outright cheat their every customer, I would switch to IB. But if there has not been an individual who actually trades on IB successfully, I would stick to Scottrade.