Trading "retail" at a prop firm?

Discussion in 'Prop Firms' started by TraderD72, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. I know a few guys that trade their own money at one of the well known "prop" firms.

    Their commissions seem to be in the .005/share area and they have the standard 4 to 1 margin.

    What are the advantages of this set up compared to trading with Iteractive Brokers (for example) as the costs seem to be in the same ball park?

    I can see if you had a mentor or a group of successful traders to be apart of and learn from but besides that????
  2. anyone paying .005 plus or minus with there own money is getting fucked beyond belief. if you pay over .003 plus or minus even with 100k a month vol its a joke. hell ib is .005 all in which if you take liquidity all day long equal to .002 plus ecn fees. the only advantage using a prop firm is the software of many day trading companies like assent or echo is more condusive for actual heavy vol day trading with hot keys and such. but anyone trading 5-10k shares a day is better off with ib.
  3. Yes I should have mentioned that these are daytraders that trade in the area of 100k shares a day
  4. I am now wondering what some of the other prop firms charge you trading your own money.

    From what I have read Iteractive Brokers has a decent commission structure but their platform is not ideal for active day traders...
  5. tomu


    I switched my retail account to Efficient Executions. They aren't a prop firm but a BD. They have the lowest commissions I could find. Their commissions are tierred but if you do the math:

    1,000,000 = .0021 per share
    2,000,000 = .00155 per share
    4,000,000 = .001275 per share

    They offer Sterling Trader for an execution platform. A number of prop firms use it including Echo, Title and WTS. Cut my monthly commission bill in half.
  6. sc85


    Thanks for the info!
  7. tradersboredom

    tradersboredom Guest

    lower commissions you trade more.

  8. tradersboredom

    tradersboredom Guest

    1000 shares is $10 RT

    that is just over $400/ month on commissions if you just trade on trade per day. for high volume traders.

    commissions can easily over $1000/month just on commissions.

    you can lease a store in a real business with $1000/month expense. or $12,000/year just on commissions if you doing this like real business.

    the exchange and broker just move electrons. paying commissions and broker trades against you too. so you see the edge the market makers and brokers have. whether you lose or make money at the end of the month, the market makers and brokers or exchange get their commissions and fees.

  9. tradersboredom

    tradersboredom Guest

    unless you get stock tips or financial advice from your broker, these brokers/market makers are making money for not doing much of anything.

  10. tradersboredom

    tradersboredom Guest

    these market makers/brokers are pretty much useless to investors and daytraders if they don't provide and trading advice or financial advice or stock tips.

    #10     Jan 12, 2009