Thinkorswim Level 2 for Penny Stocks

ThinkOrSwim Level 2 Data Feed (Penny Stocks)

Thinkorswim Level 2 for Penny Stocks

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Before you spend any money on a trading platform with a level 2 data feed specifically for penny stocks read this entire post.

If you are just starting out with the Tim Syke’s Millionaire Challenge (read my journey here) then you know that having a good level 2 data feed for penny stocks is very important. In fact it can make or break you as a trader. However, level 2 data feeds aren’t cheap and they are far from perfect. For example, Speedtrader charges $140, Etrade charges $100 and Interactive Brokers doesn’t have a good level 2 data feed for penny stocks. So, I wanted to share with you what I discovered from all of the research I have done thus far. (Note this might change in the future so please email me or search the site for updates.)

For the last few weeks I have asked about a good level 2 data feed from anyone associated with Tim Syke’s team. I have learned that Speedtrader gets a lot of good press for their data but is losing popularity with day traders for various reasons that aren’t important for this post. In essence, why pay $140 a month for something people are walking away from? In addition Tim Sykes says he has been using Etrade’s trading platform for 14 years because he attributes some of his success to it. However, he discourages against using it because he is only being superstitious.

Ok so here are the facts that you should know so you can make an informed decision about a trading platform. If you aren’t a newbie to day-trading this doesn’t apply because you are more secure in your ways. Please do your own research too. Don’t rely on my opinion as it might change. 

  • I have only been a Tim Syke’s millionaire challenge student for 6 weeks.
  • I have only made 4 trades. Read my first trade here.
  • I still have a lot to learn about level 2.
  • My personal feelings will change as I learn and understand more.
  • Level 2 data feeds can be expensive.
  • Level 2 data feeds aren’t perfect.
  • Level 2 can and are used to deceive so BE CAREFUL.

With all that being said I have learned that Thinkorswim’s level 2 data feed is a nice starting place for newbies. It’s free and you don’t have to fund your account. That means that you can open up a Thinkorswim account without putting money in and get a level 2 data feed absolutely free.

Is it perfect? No it’s not but none of them are. In fact everyone will give you various opinions on it. However, it’s free and it’s a way to learn, grow and explore if you are just starting out.

So, about 3 weeks ago I opened up a Thinkorswim account through TD Ameritrade and I am learning/studying level 2 from there. For your information I contacted Michael Goode (Tim Syke’s 1st millionaire student), Asheya Burton (Tim’s female challenge student up over 100k) and Tim Grittani (Tim Syke’s 2nd millionaire student) to get their take on level 2. They all had different answers that made it more confusing.

However, what pushed me over the edge to go with Thinkorswim was that during a webinar given by Michael Goode it was discovered that the Thinkorswim level 2 trading platform for penny stocks was workable. To date I have not funded the account.

I hope this helps. Please email me with any questions to see how I feel about level 2 today.

Disclosure: My wife uses my kid’s college fund to buy shoes so I started using an affiliate link so they could go to college. 




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  • If you are confused about short selling stocks then read this simple explanation that will clear it all up.
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13 thoughts on “Thinkorswim Level 2 for Penny Stocks

  1. Cool, tx for sharing. I was wondering about that. I appreciate that I have your insights as it seems that you are about a month further along in the process as me 🙂

    Have you used TOS Active Trader feature?

    1. Hey Mike. I have not tried active trader as I haven’t funded the account. I did just open up an Interactive Brokers account. I have to say I am nervous and excited all in the same time. By the way if you use TOS active trader please let me know. For now it’s acting as my level 2 and stock scanner.

  2. I’ll definitely give you some feedback as I break in. I just got my IB account funded (settled this morning) and I must admit I am a bit over(or perhaps)underwhelmed by the platform. Even having watched many of the tutorials, I’m still a bit lost on how to set up/customize my screens, get a definite understanding on how to read and assess available shorts. Perhaps it may take me a bit longer than I would have thought to develop a comfort level using this platform. Since you are new to IB as well, I’d be happy to send along any particularly useful tips/videos I may come across but perhaps you might already have a comfortable handle on it?

    Good luck!

    1. Absolutely. I just funded my account today. Mike we are like challenge cousins. Just remember it takes 3 months to hold your head up, 6 months to crawl, 1 year to walk. I think it’s safe to say I am holding my head up and so are you. Hang in there and feel free to email me directly. You can find my email address on the contact page. BTW I am Catman in the webinar.

  3. Hi Jai,

    Been trying to access the Lvl 2 feature on think or swim. Whenever I click it on that side bar it never comes up. Is there another way to pull up level 2? Thanks man! Good luck on the journey!

    1. Thanks Joe. Have you checked out their support? They are very very helpful. When you open up TOS platform you will see a support tab on the top right corner. Then look for chat. I am sure it’s a setting that needs to be corrected. Best of luck to you too.

  4. Hey Jai,

    I’ve been paper trading on ToS for a couple of months now. However, I noticed that the level 2 data is not real-time, its delayed. How were you able to get real-time level 2 data without funding an account with them? Thanks and good luck!

    1. Hey Jon. When you open up your TOS platform go to chat. Open up a support ticket and they walk you through the process. Level 2 on TOS is not the best but in the beginning stages it’s a start. I am looking to get a better set up soon.

  5. Hi Jai,
    I was in the same dilemma as you, was about to email Tim Grittani looking for advice though to look for in the google first. Found this instead.
    Yeah, L2 data is very expensive for most broker and it’s been hard as I don’t have much on my name. But I browse through TG blogspot he mention in one of his comment that it was crappy..Want to know watcha think??
    I’m prefer IB coz I’m under 26yrs old then I can open with just $3k (that’s the most i can afford) and other broker just have high minimum requirement.
    DasTrader can link with IB for L2 but it will cost $150p/’s a big Impossible for me.
    Hope to hear from you soon. Appreciate it.

    1. I use Think or Swim for my level 2 but find that with Nasdaq stocks it doesn’t matter as much. I can gauge a few things with it and that is helpful but I don’t have to rely on it as much as one thinks. Price action and volume are key to trading. I will be switching to Speedtrader by the end of the year. Good luck.

  6. Hi Jai,

    Great to meet another one of Tim’s Challenge students. I was doing fair the first year and lost it all and my confidence. I am just picking up the pieces now. I have been using TOS as well, but I find that a lot of penny stocks have only one line when it comes to Level II (OTC OTHER). Is there a way to show more than one line in TOS Level II for these stocks? Right now I’m into MEEC and would love to know if there are more than one trader at a time beyond what I’m seeing.

    1. I haven’t been in the Challenge for nearly 2 years but thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. I don’t use level 2 from TOS but contact them via their support page and they will set that up for you.

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