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Lightspeed Trader

Video tutorials are a great way to learn more about the tools and resources available at Lightspeed and learn advanced trading concepts.

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Lightspeed Trader

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Charting Window Basics

Learn how to take advantage of the charting tools, customize the toolbar, execute orders, positions, and more.

Level 2 Window Basics

Learn the basics of the Level 2 windows and features and functions within the trading platform.

Positions Window

This tutorial will demonstrate the positions window within the trading platform and review how to read the data.

Custom Orders into Hot Buttons

Learn how to convert custom orders into Hot Buttons in a few short steps for quick order entry.

Custom Orders into a Hot Key

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to convert customer orders into Hot Keys for quick order entry.

How to Link Windows

Learn how to link multiple charts with different time frames to the same window, link order entry windows, and more.

How to Set Up an Alert with Sound

Learn how to set up an alert with sound, configure visual alerts, and audio alerts to help you track news and order updates.

How to Open and Save Layouts

You’ll learn about default layouts and customizable options that can be suited to your unique needs.

How to Short Sell

Here you'll see how easy it is to find a security to short and how to identify easy to borrow and use our stock locate service.

Options Basics

Learn about the options windows, including specific platform offerings such as the Option Level 2 window and the Option Chain window.

Pre and Post Market Trading

Here you'll learn the ins and outs of pre-and post-market trading, market chart configurations, available trading times, and more.

Routing Choices

This video tutorial discusses the multitude of routing options offered and a detailed outline of determining routing fees.

Advanced Options Order Entry

Learn how to create a complex option order with multiple legs, and how to customize advanced orders to fit a range of unique trading strategies.

Order Entry Window

This tutorial details and reviews the three most popular order types; market orders, limit orders, and stop orders.

How to Create Custom Orders

Learn how to create custom orders on the trading platform to trade quickly and efficiently.

Open and Active Orders Window

We'll demonstrate positions, views, and teach you how to customize windows on the trading platform.

Order Types

Learn about the host of order types available on the Lightspeed trading platform.

Time and Sales

You'll learn how to read the time and sales window and how to read what other traders are doing with a particular stock.

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Popular Charting Timeframes

In this tutorial, you'll learn to identify and use some of your trading strategy's most popular charting timeframes.

Level 2 Market Data

This tutorial will explain how traders use Level 2 market data to determine if a stock is bullish or bearish and more.

Is a Stock Marginable?

This tutorial will explain how to know if a stock is marginable and help you understand buying power and leverage.

Short Sale Restriction (SSR)

This tutorial will explain the Short Sale Restriction (SSR) rule and take you through some trading examples.

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Frequently asked questions

Check out some of the most frequently asked questions about the Lightspeed Trader trading platform.

The Lightspeed Trader trading platform provides daily buying power figures. To determine how much cash, you have in your trading account log into the secure Lightspeed Secure client area and refer to either the Equity or the Account Summary Report.

Sometimes a computer can go offline and stop connecting to a quote server. Lightspeed suggests performing the following steps if you are not getting quotes:


  1. Log off your trading platform, then log back on. This will re-establish your connection to our quote servers. If this does not work, then perform the next step:

  1. Shut down the computer, turn off the modem and/or router. Keep them off for 60 seconds. Then turn on your modem/router and then start up your computer.


If neither of the above work and you is still not getting quotes, please call our tech support team at 1-888-577-3123, and press option number 4 so they can help you troubleshoot further.

Green E = Easy to borrow, you can place a short order at anytime

Grey L = Locate required. You would need a locate to place short orders which can be obtained by emailing to request a locate. Please provide the account number, symbol, and number of shares. Additionally, we offer an automated Short locate tool through the software to allow a request for a pre-borrow fee. Please contact to request to have this feature enabled. You may also view an instructional video here.

Red T = Threshold symbol, No locates available.

Red CB = Stock is currently under a circuit Breaker and may not be shorted

Right-click in your Market Maker Box and select “Settings”. Select the “Design” sub-tab and check “Show Margin Requirements.” When this option is checked, the Margin Requirement will appear in the top right corner of Level 2 with an Icon, displaying 25% (marginable) or 100% (non-marginable).

Lightspeed Financial Services Group LLC is not affiliated with these third-party market commentators/educators or service providers. Data, information, and material (“Content”) are provided for informational and educational purposes only. This content neither is, nor should be construed as an offer, solicitation, or recommendation to buy or sell any securities or contracts. Any investment decisions made by the user through the use of such content is solely based on the user's independent analysis taking into consideration your financial circumstances, investment objectives, and risk tolerance. Lightspeed Financial Services Group LLC does not endorse, offer or recommend any of the services or commentary provided by any of the market commentators/educators or service providers, and any information used to execute any trading strategies are solely based on the independent analysis of the user.


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