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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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Awesome!
I was blown away by their service.

Max and EJ are truly amazing guys. Always replying to all my emails in a timely manner or even by calling me directly to know if I was able to solve the problem I was having and if I needed any help regarding whatever I might be having problems with.

I was a client of another broker for... 6 years, and not once they ever called me regarding problems I might be having. And the email I would sent to them usually would be answered 1 or 2 days after I sent them.

Stage 5 was born to offer a brand new service to their clients and let me tell you that they are accomplishing it.

That you guys for your business.

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Amazing - 5 stars company and experience!!!
Stage 5 Trading has exceeded even my highest expectations. I have not worked with ANY other company (any company, not just financial or trading related) that was so interested in making you feel like you belong as part of the their team and that includes providing great customer service, community and tools.

I was trying to opening accounts with other companies and trying to figure out some of the complexities with getting a data feed hooked into a market/volume profile software package and Stage 5 executed with full force. While I spent weeks trying to get this set up with other brokers, it took the Stage 5 team less than 48 hours to have a live account created and funded and hooked into all their great services. It probably would have been even less if I was quicker.

I had many questions on how it could be done and Anthony had responses for me in minutes. Once my account was setup, he was firing how-to documents loaded with tons of easy to follow documentation for setup and funding. After my account was set up and funded, I was sent tons of information about the community including the morning calls, chat room, webinars, twitter alerts and everything that is part of the S5 trading community.

I have never seen this level of customer service anywhere. I can't wait to join the community and learn more about trading from the S5 team.

Thanks so much Anthony, Max and team for getting me started and welcoming me to the community.

RUN, don't walk, to sign up and join the team. Every minute you aren't there is another minute you are missing out on all S5 Trading has to offer.

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get the feeling of being among friends
from the very first moment I had a special feeling and felt - unlike experienced many times with other brokers - personally welcomed (not only my commissions and fees).

Max acts in a way never seen before to answer all my questions, gets my background why I’m trading, what I’m trading, my level of experience and how much I want to trade.

He set me up a suitable commission plan which is actually only slightly lower than my other broker provides, but the point is that they understand a trader´s needs especially when starting and learning.

Max also organized me trial setups and opened me the possibilities to see advantages of different trading and charting platforms and add-ons to really decide which platform is suitable for me. They provide plenty of different platforms using the fast and standardized FIX family protocol.

But the main reason to decide to work with them was not a low commission structure (actually I’m pretty sure you’ll find a cheaper price dumping broker) or offering a certain platform access – no, it was not. The main reason was their unbeatable customer service which let you feel very welcomed to work with them together for your profits on a long term perspective in addition to the educational background, as well as providing material, offering chat rooms and twitter alerts. It is much faster for me to learn of guidance and exchanging experiences in a friendly community. You’ll get the strong feeling of being supported and get your back covered. I’m so happy I found my way to S5 Trading.

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Can their customer service and setup options be beaten?..No!
Just wanted to voice my appreciate for S5's Anthony, Max and the rest of the team for there great work setting me up and supporting me in my move to futures from stocks which coincided with a move from London to Melbourne!

It hasn't been an easy setup either as I'm based in Melbourne with issues of latency with orders and prints in the DOM. I like to trade 'at the edge of my seat' type setups looking for pressure points on reversals, breakouts and stop runs etc and so it was crucial I had a low ping ms time. The guys were MORE than accommodating knowing that my orders routing to Chicago from my PC and onto the Eurex exchange and back would take a while (on scalping terms!). They recommended to me good alternatives with VPS/Co-location solutions and even a partnered data vendor that now allows me much faster print/execution speed.

We are almost there but I really felt the need to sing the praises of these guys to the high heavens. They're trustworthy, supportive and downright cool guys.

Don't hesitate to give Anthony or Max a call and hear how they can help you out!

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Amazing customer service!
For as a non local trader, one thing that concerns me the most is customer service and that my money is being taken care of. From the first point of contact all the way to funding my account, the customer service were amazing. Stage 5 is very responsive in answering my questions and doubts. The turn around time is incredible. I was introduced by a friend that told me that he had great experience with Stage 5 and I have to admit, he is not lying! Stage 5 have a great trading platform as well. I would definitely recommend it to other traders to give them a try.

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Excellent Futures Broker! Supports wide range of products
I read about stage5trading reviews from this site and decided to give a try. I am a beginner in futures and have been trading Forex for couple of years now. The customer service they provided for a demo account was exemplary.

I was not sure what trading platform I wanted to settle down for and so I tried couple of options with them. I tried marketdelta, multicharts, sierracharts and jigsawtrading and each time the customer service was more than happy to create demo accounts and provide all the details how to use each platform/DOM. They were always prompt with answers and never fussy and grumpy considering that I was using a demo account and I had made no promise that I will open a live account with them soon. I used their customer services for more than a month to help me to choose which platform/DOM combinations suits me the best before I opened a live account.

The customer service is very knowledgeable about what each platform/DOM can deliver and sets the right expectation about each. They have wide range of platforms/DOMs including x-trader for you to try.

Sometimes I had raised questions on a Friday evening and I have been surprised to get an immediate response. All these responses came back when I still didn’t have a live account with them.

Commission wise they are very competitive. Considering that I am a novice and opened a live account with minimum required fund ($5000) they still gave me competitive rate. Having said that I would recommend you to talk to them about commissions based on your need.

They were also happy to tweak the platform in both live and demo to provide me access to more data.

There is no account inactivity fee and you can demo as long as you are not comfortable to go live. The broker works really hard to make sure beginners like me understands the system and puts customer need as first priority.

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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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