I am an IT Professional who is also a retail investor for the past 2 years. I don't ahave a lot of time to research stocks as I have a family of 5 and just a couple hours at night to work on buy/sell orders for the following day. I use Tradestation for equities, options and futures. I use TD Ameritrade for research and FOREX and Fidelity for research and retirement tools. I have been purchasing Mutual Funds since 1986 in my companies 401K plans.