What is a Trading Computer?

what is a trading computer

Speed

Today's good quality trading software is very demanding. During periods of intense market activity, the processor will be hard-pressed to keep up with the flow of data and its necessary calculations. Falcon Trading Systems® computers have the extra speed that traders need to keep up with the markets and get their orders in first.

"Slippage" is the difference between what you thought you were going to received when you placed your order and what you actually did. A faster computer means less slippage because your order will get to the market sooner. The extra slippage caused by using the slower mass-market computers will cost you far more in the long run.

We learned years ago, and it is still true today, that the most critical element in a powerful trading computer is a fast processor. We make computers with the fastest stable processor speeds, and we guarantee these rapid speeds for the computer's useful life. A fast processor, however, is not enough by itself.

Installing faster rated memory in a computer will not make it go any faster; the computer must be setup properly to increase memory speeds. We know how do to this.

Processors require a considerable amount of information from the computer's memory. Installing higher frequency memory in a computer will not make it go any faster as trading doesn’t fill your RAM like video or having a lot of web pages open. Trading data is ever-changing information that is quickly stored, used, and erased. Latency is the name of the game for a trading computer. Generally, as you increase memory frequency, you increase latency, and it’s a delicate balance. If you have low latency and high frequency, you will often have an unreliable trading system. For this reason, we custom source our memory chips to achieve the right balance of memory frequency, latency, and reliability.

Multiple Monitors

One of the core features of a trading computer is its ability to support more than one or two monitors. The average trader who supports himself by trading will use between six and eight monitors. Some use as few as four monitors. New traders may find this a bit overwhelming. Once experience is gained, however, it will make perfect sense.

What do you do with all those monitors? Here is a stock trading example:

what is a trading computer
what is a trading computer

Reliability

When you have real money on the line you need reliable equipment. We employ methods inspired by the aeronoutics industry to ensure the most reliable computers possible.

Falcon Trading Systems® computers undergo an extensive series of tests to make sure that they are 100% ready for rigorous service.

Performance testing determines the correct settings to tune the computer for maximum stability, realization, and reliability. Non-destructive stress testing is performed to discover components that are currently functioning but are weak and will fail quickly.

Extensive static electricity controls in our production process prevent degradation of the components prior to shipment.

Superior Experience

When you buy a Trading Computer from Falcon, you aren’t just purchasing a trading computer. You are also tapping into 45+ combined years of experience with every trading platform imaginable. In many cases, our support staff can fix a problem with a trading platform that the developers aren’t even aware exists or may not have the time to resolve. Over the years, we have also found particular hardware and software optimizations for these trading platforms that we use to enhance the trading experience on the systems that we ship out. At Falcon Trading Systems®, we strive every day to produce a superior experience for our customers so they can simply trade.

Warranty and Support

When your livelihood is on the line, you need reliability. Many people mistakenly think that Microsoft-based computers are inherently unreliable based on their experiences with cheap mass-market computers. The inability to manage your trades because your computer just crashed can result in losses that exceed the value of the computer several times over. All F-series computers come with a full three year warranty and lifetime technical support from our competent and experienced staff.

Experts and traders, with hand-on training and experience, comprise our technical support staff. Our administrative staff is highly knowledgeable. When you call other computer manufactures, you often get automated systems, minimally trained people, and headaches. We have a different philosophy here at Falcon Trading Systems®. Call and see for yourself. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and put your mind at ease. If you want the best you should buy from the best.

Trading Technology Partners

trading computers partners with tradestation
trading computers partners with multicharts
trading computers partners with metastock
trading computers partners with ninjatrader

BROKER REIMBURSEMENT FOR YOUR TRADING COMPUTERS

Our customers have the opportunity to get a 100% refund for their trading system purchase from us (computer, monitors, and accessories) when they open a new account at a participating broker. Tradestation will give you a discount on their fees until the reimbursement is complete.

Tradestation Reimbursement Program

TradeStation will fully reimburse you for your trading computer when you open a new account. Additionally, there are additional discounts beyond full reimbursement:

Contact TradeStation to ask questions and open your account.

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