Brokers do not come any better
Ok, no one likes writing reviews, and despite being very impressed with these guys, I really did not want to sign up to another site just to leave a review, so I continued to put it off. However, I have now been trading daily with Stage 5 for the last six months, and in that time I have been continually amazed at the unparalleled service and education. I owe my development and burgeoning success as a trader almost entirely to the educational content and support provided in the Stage 5 bi-weekly webinars.
Becoming a client of Stage 5 has been the single most advantageous step I have taken on the journey to becoming a consistently profitable trader. Anthony and FT (the two principles) are so generous with their time and knowledge that I really feel indebted to them and wish to reciprocate in some small way (hence this review).
Anthony and FT together with their support staff provide a level of service and attention to detail that I had never even imagined was possible when I used other brokers. Their platform is highly customisable, absolutely rock solid and their response time to queries is outstanding. Anthony answers almost everything personally, and even when my questions are asinine or worse he is quick, courteous and helpful with his replies. It is actually a pleasure communicating with Stage 5, and you really get the feeling they want you to succeed, rather than the more traditional churn and burn approach.
I cannot overstate how valuable the regular educational webinars have been to me. Access to this kind of information, and the opportunity to call in and ask questions of a highly skilled professional trader and receive articulate, tailored and honest answers makes Stage 5 stand out as the best value information I have come across in my trading career. And it is free.
For those of you who may not be interested in the educational side of the Stage 5 experience, there is still much on offer. Their commissions are the same as everyone else, they provide clean unfiltered tick data, including level 2 data, their interface is easy to use and your more complicated strategy orders are held on their cloud server in the exchange building for reliability and speed. Their trade analyser tool is fantastic for recording your key trading stats and tracking your theoretical average while you are in a position, which becomes very useful if you are working within an active trade. Their support is very quick and the only two times I have seen any issues in my full time trading over the last 6 months, both originated with the clearing firm, OEC and were identified by Stage 5 before I noticed, and resolved almost as quickly. Initial starting margins are higher than some of the cut rate brokers out there, though they are still lower than the margins set by the exchange and once you demonstrate your ability to manage risk consistently, they are open to lowering them. In fact, if you have risk issues, they are more than happy to work with you to overcome or prevent them (only at your request).
I would really like to say something negative in this review so you dont think it is a delusional puff piece, but it is difficult to think of much. Their charting platform is pretty limited and I have had it freeze its scale on me when switching between different instruments they have since fixed that I think). But if you use charts in your trading and you are relying on your broker to provide them, then I think you may want to start looking at proper charting packages. Oh, yes, the bastards only carry futures and options on futures. This is really annoying as it means I still have to maintain my accounts with other brokers to trade equities and equity options :)
I realise I went on a bit here, but I am trying to do you a good turn and I beg you to try them out for yourself. Honestly, they are so far beyond any other broker I have used ( 5 of the major others in the past) that it is a different order of experience. It is actually a pleasure to deal with them, try it for your self and see.
Good luck with your search.
This review is the subjective opinion of an Investimonials member and not of Investimonials LLC
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