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Stage 5 Trading Corp

Stage 5 Trading Corp (S5T) is a high-end online futures broker. Specialties are:

  • Access to the most popular software vendors such as Investor RT, MarketDelta, NinjaTrader, TradeNavigator, MultiCharts, SierraChart, eSignal, CTS and many others!
  • S5 Trader Proprietary and free direct-access trading platform
    • Fast Execution
    • Advanced order management with server side OCO Functionality (Brackets, Trailing orders, OCO Orders, etc.)
    • A light "footprint" and short learning curve
    • Free Real Time Data
    • No Monthly Fees!
    • Flexible intraday margins (note, with increased leverage, comes increased risk)
  • S5 Trader Charting Software - FREE
    • Professional Charting
    • Customizable Studies
    • Complete Set of Drawing Tools
    • Market Replay
    • Trade From Charts
  • One on One S5 Trader platform walkthroughs available with your own client service representative!
  • Specialized client services for the individual trader
  • Unique client monitoring system to provide personalized assistance to traders including trade analysis
  • Professional Trader (FT71) monitored client only structured learning environment. (Homework, Chat Room, Etc.)
  • Continuous interaction and communication through Client-Only Webinars that cover everything from Coping with Fear to Live Trader Interventions and recommendations
  • High end auto-execution service
  • S5 Trade Analyzer – FREE
    • Stage 5 has implemented a tool, the S5 Trade Analyzer, that was created by FT71 to provide live feedback on trade statistics and performance which helps the trader visually analyze the trading plan. This is helpful for traders creating trading plans/strategies, or things like “don’t trade during this block of time”.

S5T is built around the trader’s needs. S5T is a new class of brokerage that seeks to reach beyond just providing market access at a competitive price. S5T’s goal is to build a long term partnership with its traders and, in doing so, provides superior solutions and services.

Risk Disclaimer: Trading Futures, Options on Futures, and retail off-exchange foreign currency transactions involves substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. You should carefully consider whether trading is suitable for you in light of your circumstances, knowledge, and financial resources. You may lose all or more of your initial investment. Opinions, market data, and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

 
 
 
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Professional, Educational, Encouraging Full Service Broker
Stage 5 is run by professionals but ever since i've joined it feels like having the cool uncle who trades for a living we all wish we...
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Unlike any other retail broker
Stage 5 Trading is probably unlike any other broker that a retail trader will encounter.

Customer Service:

For starters, they are extremely quick in their communication with clients which for most traders is of extreme importance. Anthony is extremely helpful in answering any questions that a new or veteran trader may have regarding their account or margins or just about any other administrative questions one could think of. If you send an email it will be answered. If not, it probably wasn't received in the first place.

What Stage 5 really does that sets them apart is what they actually do to help clients find success in a field where so many fail. If you trade futures or are thinking about it, then you may have read educational material online or even seen webinars by a trader with the online name: FuturesTrader71. FT71 is an accomplished trader, exchange member, and managing partner with Stage 5 Trading and offers services, advice, webinars, etc. to Stage 5 clients. This is why they are different. They ACTUALLY WANT YOU TO SUCCEED. Part of the mission of Stage 5 Trading is to create a prop shop style of environment for online traders. Creating a structured environment where new traders can learn from someone with experience and see that people really are trading and making money is hugely important. Early on when things didn't go so well for me I started to wonder if this was all just a game and that the only people that make money are banks and hedge funds. This is not the case. This doubt could have very well ended my venture into futures trading. I believe Stage 5 will serve as a great outlet to eliminate that doubt especially for those that have lost money or just don't yet understand the markets enough to participate with confidence. While so many new traders are worrying about margin and commission, they are missing the factors in trading that will make or break them in the long run. There is no where else to look if you want longevity in your trading. The mission with this broker is not to take your commission and massage your ego after you have blown out your account. The mission with this broker is to build you into a professional. Stage 5 has the ability to talk the talk and walk the walk.

Commission:

They are competitive but you could find lower it you had too. Commission does play a big role for scalpers and very short term traders but it is most definitely given too much weight when evaluating a broker. This is really only an area that should be of concern if you already know how to trade and have consistency or begin trading with a lot of size where commission will be significant. Most new traders (or even veteran traders) are not going to start trading 100 lots at a time. If you are experienced enough that the commission factor does hold significance for you, I would be wiling to bet that commissions can also be negotiated.

Margin:

The margins are acceptable and while some traders assume the lower the margin the better they are often times hurting themselves without knowing it. You will get margins that allow you to trade some good size but you wont find $500 intraday ES margins here. Again, this all goes back to the primary concern of the broker which is customer service. This is something they control, and they are keeping you from trading more because they know it is counterproductive to your goals. They are doing this so you can stay in the game long enough to learn how to play.

Conclusion:

Stage 5 Trading is probably unlike any other broker in their approach to managing clients and client performance. They genuinely want their traders to succeed in the markets with consistency and they clearly do everything they can to make that happen. There are no guarantees that you will make it trading futures or any other market for that matter. But, if you are dedicated, and ready to put the work in, the environment created at Stage 5 will without a doubt give you a better shot than you will find anywhere else and act as a catalyst to move your trading career in the right direction.

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Simply one of a kind
If you are a retail trader who has yet to become consistently profitable, which dear reader, statistically you are, then you owe it to yourself to open an account here. There are no monthly charges and commissions are competitive.

You will not get super low margins, but that's because the founder, Morad Ashkar, cares about your success. He's run his own prop shop and seen many, many many traders come and go. He believes (and I agree) that offering too much leverage too early is a great recipe for catastrophic failure.

There are 2 webinars a week, including at least one where you can get on a microphone and chat or type in a question.

If you're an accomplished trader, he will work with you by decreasing margins once you establish a track record. Also in the works is continuing trading education that will only be open to those who have reached certain milestones in their trading.

Personally, I think it will be a long time until I take full advantage of the opportunity that Stage 5 provides. I wouldn't trade anywhere else.

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Five star Full Service
Full service on every level

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Exceptional tools, platform, and customer service
Exceptional tools, platform, and customer service. The are like the "Nordstrom's" of futures brokers, no joke. Max Timmins and the entire team have walked this relative newbie to futures through the platform and opening an account. Trust me, though I'm a newb to futures, I'm not a newb to investing/daytrading in general (I trade stocks and forex). So, I'm no sucker - I did my research on brokers and platforms (many hours/days/weeks). Anyhow, the emini's called to me and I just had to do a lot of research (due dilligence) to make sure I went with a good broker. After test driving plenty of other products platforms/broker (Tradestation has no demo, but TOS, TransActAT, other OEC flavors) I really am impressed with S5 Trader. Not to mention the help Max and his team have offered - like I said the Nordstrom's of brokers. I'm very critical of who I chose to go with, as all of you should be as well (in fact still get call backs from many other brokers).

It would be foolish of you if you don't at least take Stage 5 services and platform (demo account) for a test drive.

Highly recommend them and again grateful to Max and the S5 team. The choice was immediately clear once I demoed them (esp. vs the 4-5 other choices I tried first).

Tim

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Great Service
Hi Max



Please forward this email to your boss

I have been trading futures since the days of the Quote Tron device that sat on your desk with the antenna and the Linn Waldock era back in the nineties

I would like to let you know Max Timmins is without a doubt the best account rep that I ever had. I bring this to your attention because I know you are a busy person and sometimes employees go unnoticed

Thanks again

JAMES NEWBERRY

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Didn't think a broker like this existed...
After nearly throwing in the towel on the futures trading endeavor after many years of frustration, I found exactly what is needed in this industry - a broker that provides solid guidance and support in a trader's journey to a "better place." Absolutely no hype, upselling, etc. Clients are challenged to develop their own style versus blindly following someone else's strategy. Trading psychology and risk factors - which I've found (the hard way) to be equally if not more important than the pure technical aspects of trading - are constantly kept in the forefront. I feel that they clearly have each client's best interests in mind. Staff have been exceptionally supportive and responsive, and the chatroom is the best I've seen (kudos to all who participate). While there is no certainty as to where my own journey will lead, I am absolutely certain that this path - with Stage 5 as a partner - is far better than any other I could be on right now.

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A Broker who cares
I opened an account with Stage 5 only recently and so far couldn't have been happier.

Their customer service is exceptional, especially Anthony who will go above and beyond to help you and make sure everything is set up the way you want. I have emailed Anthony many times with multiple questions before I opened an account and every single time he was prompt and professional and answered all my questions.

I definitely recommend them especially to anyone who is new to this business and doesn't know a lot about different platforms and options.

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Best Customer Service Bar None
They are always helpful and willing to take time to talk with you about any questions or concerns you might have. The platform ( free ) S5 trader is good platform for order entry, The quotes are fast and I haven't had any real problems to speak of.

I will tell you that the commission is cheap and other brokers ( TOS, Tradestation ) are no where the quality as Stage 5 IMO. I trade calender commodity spreads and would highly recommend Stage 5 over these other guys.

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Tried the others...
I transferred my account from the largest futures broker in the country to Stage 5 Trading and have never regretted it. The education that is available through weekly webinars and the ability to ask a question to trader that makes a living in the markets is invaluable. At my previous broker, the trade desk seemed to be hassled with any type of trade emergency that arises when you are trading away from the exchange. Max at Stage 5 is the most helpful broker I have ever spoke to. No matter what the issue I have, he responds quickly in a cheerful matter. He gets the results needed in a timely matter. What else could you ask from your broker?

Stage 5 is a first class brokerage, it is as simple as that.

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A brokerage that wants to see traders become successful
Stage 5 is a top of the line broker that share the same values as successful traders. They are there to assist you at a moments notice if you have any problems. I had issues with my data feed and within minutes they were working remotely on my computer to remedy the situation.The costs are low and the quality is high,I would recommend them to anyone.

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