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Simulated Stock Trades with TD Ameritrade?

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    Simulated Stock Trades with TD Ameritrade?

    Hi, I've reached the limit of the automation that TD's Thinkorswim can do with studies, and I'm looking at NT8 as a way to pre-script stock trades with TD. Ideally, I'd like to make sure that I'm able to do what I want to do with NT8 and TD before committing to a live license. Is there a way to simulate trades with intra-day data for US stocks, before I buy?

    Also, I just want to confirm that I can pre-script trades in pre-market and after-market with NT8 and TD. TD only allows limit orders outside of normal hours, so I want to confirm that I can have the script get current prices and place limit orders at those prices outside of regular market hours. Can I do this and use local OCO simulation with TD, in order to continue profit targets and stop-losses into extended hours?

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    Okay, so I was able to connect to TD as a data source for my simulation account. I didn't think I'd be able to connect to them without a live license. So it looks like that solves that. I'm still wondering about the types of orders I can place in extended hours. Does it have to be a limit order, as with Thinkorswim, and do I have to simulate OCO locally?

    Edit: Connecting brought up a new question: When I connected, the message said that real-time TD data is "snapshot based." Can anyone explain what this means and what impact it has, relative to "non-snapshot based" data?
    Last edited by Seeker of Alpha; 07-04-2020, 01:25 PM.

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      Hello Seeker of Alpha,

      Thank you for your post.

      Glad to hear you were able to connect -- a live key will only be needed when ready for live trading. Our sales team can assist with key options or questions (PlatformSales[AT]NinjaTrader[DOT]com.

      Local OCO is not rquired. TD would be able to be verify the orders allowed during extended hours.

      Please let me know if I may assist further.
      Eric B.NinjaTrader Customer Service

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