I think this was a real BS excuse for a cruddy platform upgrade. It must be about the money, as it always is, you see, greed leads people to pretty stupid decisions. I predict many will flock to other trading platforms, AMTD stock price will feel it eventually, and there should be no surprises!
As Don Kaufman explained in a TDA online webinar last week, CC and Streamer - as presently configured - have not been able to keep up with the burgeoning increase in high-speed data flow (four-fold since 2006) that traders and platforms now have to keep up with (I'm paraphrasing his comments).
Well, with all due respect, Don, I'm not one of TDA's highly-desired, high-speed options traders, and CC works just fine for my small cap stock trading. I don't need, or want, thinkorswim's frenetic, hyperactive, over-built and confusing mess; and Trade Architect's unyielding, one-dimensional feature set lacks so much of CC's critical nuance as to be more a trading hindrance, than a help.
I'd happily pay richly each month for continued access to Command Center. But TDA's technological hubris won't even make that arrangement possible, apparently.
That's what I just told the AT it staff - and I get think or swim free (grandmothered in from when AT was orange, black and white and ONE could read the print)... I don't need the extra's as well... could have offered it as an option to others - greed.
It seems to me if they AMTD says it is getting old and needs to kill it for what ever reason why not offer it to those who want it and have the user sign an agreement that the user accept a trading platform that AMTD accepts no responsibility for..
Offer me the choice and get the lawyers to put all the words to protect AMTD.
Let the system run on its own gas and I will take responsibility for my decision.