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I have been looking into different applications to use for trading stocks etc and would like to hear any advice or experiences with what you may have tried.  I am going back and forth between the free ones like Robinhood and the less expensive ones like E-trade or Schwab.  I wouldn't be doing any large amount of trades nor high dollar amounts, just from time to time would like to try my hand at it. Thanks

 

Adam

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I've not been active in years but when I was I went through several different brokerages and their software.   

 

My favorite was StreetSmart Pro offered by Charles Schwab.  They were very reliable and seemed to always have shares available if I wanted to take a "short" position. 

 

This info is about 5 years old so that platform may no longer be available.

 

 

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I use Fidelity for long duration trades.

 

I used to dabble in the day trading world. If you want to play small scale at that I recommend Suretrader as it is offshore and you can bypass the pattern day trader rule if you want to play with a small account. They have reasonably priced trades and Level II access. 

 

 

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TradeStation.com hands down.  I was an institutional trader for several years, we used TradeStation back then, it was around $1,000 a month per user just for platform access.  Now, it's free.  A number of hedge finds, etc use TS because if the robust nature of the platform.   Excellent features, competitive pricing.  It will make you a better trader.

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