Opening a NinjaTrader Trading Account in the UK

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NinjaTrader is a popular trading platform among futures and foreign exchange (forex) day traders, and it's available to you if you're a day trader in the United Kingdom. It's simple to use and designed for traders who want to customize their platform for quick trade executions. 

NinjaTrader enables you to build trading strategies so stop loss and target orders are sent out as soon as you enter a trade. This feature is recommended for all day traders. If you lose your Internet connection, your data provider goes down, or you disconnect from your broker, those stop losses and targets might help you avoid a financial catastrophe.

Demo Account

If you're a day trader in the UK and are considering using NinjaTrader, the first part of the process would be to open a demo account that lets you practice trading on the platform without putting real money at risk.

At NinjaTrader.com, click Open Account. Select Buy Platform. Then click Download. Enter your email address and click Download again. You will be asked whether you want free live market data. If you don't, you will be directed to a page where you will be asked to select your version of NinjaTrader, either 8 or 7. If you do want the data, you will first need to select your asset class and enter your name, phone number, and country.

When you download your version of NinjaTrader, your log-in credentials will be emailed to you by Continuum/CQG. You will also get an email from NinjaTrader that provides a link to information on connecting to NinjaTrader Continuum as well as links to training webinars, online help, and a video library.

Educational Features

NinjaTrader offers many educational tools and functions. For example, you can browse through the video library for tutorials on various features of the platform.

One of the best tools for day traders, aside from nearly endless add-ons for trading, is the Market Replay. The Market Replay feature lets you download past trading sessions and review them as if you were trading live, in real time. It's a helpful educational tool and enables you accelerate your learning by trading multiple sessions in a single day.

Trading Account

If you like the trading experience, you can transition to a funded trading account. For futures or options, you will have to choose between Phillip Capital or Dorman Trading as NinjaTrader Brokerage's partner trading firm. For forex, your account will be opened through FXCM UK.

A NinjaTrader customer service representative said there isn't a separate pricing system for non-U.S. customers. The U.S. dollar prices and costs for NinjaTrader services are converted to pounds at the current rate as of the time of purchase or transaction.

The minimum deposit to open a futures trading account with NinjaTrader Brokerage is $1,000. For popular futures such as the E-mini S&P 500 (ES), day trading margins are $500. Commissions vary depending on whether you buy the NinjaTrader platform (59 cents a side), lease it (89 cents a side), or use the free version ($1.19 a side).

The minimum deposit for a forex account at FXCM UK is 50 pounds. A table of average spreads charged for currency and currency forward trades is available at FXCM's website. High-volume traders, called Active Traders, are eligible for discounted spread costs. A table of those spreads is also on the website.

Platform Pricing

Leasing the NinjaTrader platform costs $720 a year in a single payment, $850 total in two semiannual payments of $425, or $900 total in four quarterly payments of $225. Those figures will be converted to pounds at the current exchange rate.

Purchasing the platform outright costs $1,099 in a single payment or $1,316 in four consecutive monthly payments of $329.