PocketPAT

You know what! ThinkorSwim ain't so bad =).... I'm out of day trades over at ETrade, so I'll be using TDAmeritrade and switching to Interactive Brokers later this week (if I can get them funded in time). I need to get comfortable using all three platforms. Watchers This Morning: SBOT, OTLK. ----- After qualifying both, SBOT isn't REEAALLLY a strong FGD (it's choppy with the up and downs) and it's down off of it's highs. It could breakout again and that's what I was looking for. It IS technically breaking out right now, but there's no news and volume is atrocious, so I'll be scrapping this ticker today. OTLK is looking super promising in premarket.

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It actually feels like a really great idea to use all three of my accounts. ETrade and TDAmeritrade for Multi-Dip Recurls (6 Day Trades) and Interactive Brokers for Overnight OTC FGDs (3 Day Trades). This way, I don't have to worry about losing day trades from failed Overnight OTC FGDs in the afternoon because 1) I won't be trading them too many times per week and 2) if I need to exit the position, it won't take away day trades from my primary accounts.

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Got my overall equity up to $12,000. Need to sell a few more things to get completely funded at $15,000. Decided to swap Interactive Brokers for TDAmeritrade. I like TD's trader app and I've gotten used to to for managing my real-time alerts. Plus, ThinkorSwim feels easily to navigate than IB's Trader Workstation =) ... Now I've gotta suffer through 7-10 days of transferring funds around to get my TD account replenished *sigh*.... Patience, patience, patience.

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Wow lol... I'm personalizing Trader Workstation for trading with Interactive Brokers tomorrow and Tim's commentary keeps buzzing about CRSM. I go to see what all the fuss is about and it definitely ripped a $2,100 equivalent move on full-size (30k shares). 60k shares would have been ideal, but it doesn't look like it would have been a safe position size due to liquidity. 30k was easily executable though, based on Time and Sales history. Very nice. I'm not considering these super low-priced tickers, because it's too hard to trade on Level 2; but it's definitely a learning experience.

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Sadly, I've had nothing but problems executing orders through StocksToTrade. It WORKS, but 1) it makes STT super laggy, 2) there's an extra delay between STT and the broker for both execution fills (DANGEROUS) and registering green/red chart arrows for visual order reference, 3) the API could be having issues, because ETrade doesn't let you use more than one instance on your account at a time (for example: I can't use Power ETrade AND ETrade Pro at the same time, it logs me out of one when I start the other) which is an issue because STT just freezes up completely when I launch any ETrade platform (TERRIBLY DANGEROUS MID-TRADE) (it's not STT's fault, but it doesn't handle it well by completely freezing or crashing). STT Support told me to reach out to ETrade, I decided to just skip broker integration on STT altogether. All kinds of API errors were popping up on STT from ETrade AND Interactive Brokers... And I really didn't like how STT Support just left it at, "talk to your broker".... Like I said, it'll work, but STT is MUCH MUCH MUUUCH smoother without brokerage accounts linked to it. It loads at least 2-3x faster as well. My biggest question is WHY does it crash/freeze when there's an API or connection issue? Why doesn't it just say "disconnected" like other platforms, but still run perfectly fine? Either way, it's worth more in the long-run to get acquainted with individual brokerage software platforms, as I really don't want to be tied down to using only STT for everything. So I'm very pleased with today's progress =) ... Other than broker integration, STT is phenomenal.... so far. (albeit it still won't save chart markers after closing the software but whatever, that started with this latest update so I'll be waiting for the next one). For anyone wondering, STT is still very much worth the monthly price; and for anyone who would say that I "shouldn't have to deal with these things for the amount that it costs", that's unfortunately a loser entitled mentality that would get me nowhere. I am more than willing to figure out how to make it work to do what it needs to do for me to make MONEY. That's all that matters in the end here.

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After consistently confirming TWO solid setups this week, which both have long-run potential (2DR + #2 Breakout); I've decided that six day trades per week SHOULD be enough, instead of nine. I'm splitting my TD Ameritrade funds between ETrade($8.5k) and Interactive Brokers($8.5k), to start with $17,000 between just two accounts instead of three, for six day trades.

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After calculating Friday's clear $1960 profit potential, I'm wondering if I should skip practice-trading with micro-positions and get right into it; but I think I'll do at least two to four weeks of practice trades while still completely funding all three accounts. Tomorrow I will split $7,100 between ETrade, TDAmeritrade and Interactive Brokers (2.5k, 2.5k, 2.1k) until I gather the remaining $8k to fully fund $15k in total (likely in the next four weeks).

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That actually makes SO much sense.... ETrade, Interactive Brokers and TDAmeritrade... I can bring back the 2DR setup and even if I have a bad entry, I can cut losses at like (-$50) and still have 8 trades left. Reenter at the true bottom after a confirmed bounce, ride the move and take a 10% win of $500, grossing +$450 on the day... Still 7 trades left and already over weekly profit goals to hit PDT by January.... Feels like I NEED to do this... It’s decided.... Bedtime =)

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cortez Apr 28, 8:54 PM

Hi Pat, what platform did you end up using yourself? I'm getting glitches on STT also and I'm not confident in using them to execute trades.

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PocketPAT May 07, 7:21 AM

@cortez hey Cortez, I ended up using StocksToTrade for an entire year. In this post, I was talking about using multiple brokers for extra day trades, but StocksToTrade was awesome for the entire time. I wouldn’t suggest using their broker integration for executing trades though. When I tried it, the delay was HUGE. Since about January though, I’ve switched to WeBull. I’ll only use STT a few months every year to build my long-term watchlist. For every day trading, WeBull is much better in my opin

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PocketPAT May 07, 7:26 AM

opinion and FREE. As for glitches, I did get a lot of error messages, but nothing that affected the use of StocksToTrade. The biggest issue was connection crashes, but as long as I connected to WiFi (not Ethernet), it worked perfectly. For executing orders, I suggest doing what I got used to: use STT (or WeBull) for charting, but execute orders through the actual broker software or apps. I execute orders directly through ETrade Pro, TOS and WeBull.

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Best play this morning was FCSC. Dipped down to my designated support level t 2.70, but decided to just watch. Profit Potential: $440-700 (2200 shares). 2DR entry was expected at the same buy level of 2.70. Playing initial dips only, but studying the 2DRs for after PDT. Testing out StocksToTrade execution speed with my ETrade account =) .. Feels good. Reconsidering Interactive Brokers for the second account instead of TDAmeritrade, just for StocksToTrade compatibility.

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