Need advice on which online broker to use. Please advise!
I want low cost trades, currently use Edward Jones and get raped. I started with EJ because I started a Roth there, and will keep it there. It just is not good for short term trading. I want my money to be quickly accessible so I can disengage it / Reengage it to capture gains/avoid losses. I would want lowest fees. I don't mind commission per trade being around 10 bucks, so the 5-12usd range is fine. I ONLY do straight stock trades. No options/mutual funds/forex I think... as I am a newbie.... I would also need easy documentation for tax purposes. This will be my first year paying capital gains/loss on my trading activity. I want that to be as smooth as possible. I will be getting a CPA for taxes this year, previously used TurboTax and did it myself. I will have between 2500-10000usd in the account. I do some light day trading. (1-2 trades max a day, usually 1-2 trades every 1-2 weeks, AKA not a lot but still in short term range.) I started because of the following reasons. I have a B.S. in International Economics from Texas Tech. I invest in E&P companies. I have four years experience working completions[frac jobs] in the oil industry, primarily the Permian Basin/Midland-Odessa of Texas. I have a lot of time on my hands while at work that doesn't interfere with my work quality and I can still watch/act on the market movements. So far I think TradeKing is my best bet but not sure. Maybe Cobra Trading Any advice is welcome!! Please help! Hoping this was the right subforum, also posting in Investment e: I have robinhood but was told it took 2-3 days for funds to clear trades. This doesn't work for me as sometimes I enteexit on the same day. e2: I am going to be calling a good friend with 4 years experienced for JP Morgan today to clear up some confusion I believe is here due to terminology. Will update thread when I can more clearly explain myself. I looked up margin accounts, PDT, and margin trading. As far as I know, I am not a margin trader, I do not trade on margin, nor have I done so. I have the cash backing up all trades I made. All trades I made/make have the equity/cash inside my brokerage account to back them up. e3: I have a cash account, I want to stay cash account. PDT will apply to me. I do not have the funds to enter into margin trading nor the desire. I am probably just needing to decide between tradekings and tradestation. They all seem the same cost wise just need to look into their tools and layouts and which one I enjoy. Thanks for the help everyone.
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