Tradestation became a brokerage back in 1982. Since then it has taken pride in the fact that it’s a leader when it comes to trader technology. It offers one of the best platforms out there for traders everywhere. It brings over 30 years of solid experience to the table, and is taking all that with them into today. Take a look at TradeStation 2015 to Today.
Fees and Commissions
Tradestation doesn’t offer support to all trading types. That includes futures and forex. This review is aimed on their equities and options. They have 3 different commission structures you can choose from for the equities, and another 2 for their options.
NOTE – Mutual funds aren’t supported through this platform and therefore have to be phoned in.
In some ways Tradestation is like Interactive Brokers, MB Trading, Lightspeed, and more, in the fact that they do require that clients purchase real-time data feeds before they can trade.
There is on main fee that new clients need to watch for – the $99 a month charge for their software. This fee can certainly be waived, that is, if specific activity levels are reached (or your account is at the $100,000 level). If you’re an equities trader, then you have to trade at least 5,000 shares a month. If you’re an options trader, then it takes 50 contracts to avoid paying this fee.
Tradestation has tools that will cater to any type of investor and that includes hedge funds. Over 40 years of solid historical data can be made available for trading equities. For those who like to chart and study, this is ideal. When it comes to functionality they can offer back-testing via Portfolio Maestro as well as customized scanning of market opportunities.
Charting gives investors a way of performing deep analysis and customizing indicators using numerous options. This is a thing that only their competitors like TD Ameritrade‘s ‘thinkorswim’ platform could match up to. Over 150 studies/indicators are there for inclusion. Investors can adjust or rework them to their exact specification.
Tradestation also features other tools like their Scanner, Radar Screen, Walk-Forward Optimizer, Matrix (ladder trading), and much more.