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I saw a trader with 6, 4 in the bottom row, 2 above the center 2. I don't know if that is really necessary, but I am sure it is. I googled and found some peoples with 8-24 screens. What the heck do you do with the 18+ screens when you can only stare at 6 at a time?

Using all of your knowledge and whatnot, please provide an estimate of the optimal number of monitors needed for a day trader, say at top tier BB. Use models, equations, BS, guesswork, or asking your little brother. That's how the real traders do it on Wall Street.

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Comments (17)

  • milkman84's picture

    I've seen plenty of traders here with 6 screens. You definitely need them because 3 or 4 of them are tracking prices, and then you still need 2-3 to actually use.

  • spiral9's picture

    I think 24 is a little excessive, I don't see why you'd need more than 12

  • nystateofmind's picture

    Clearly, the more screens you have, the more money you're making, and the more imporant you look, obvi.

  • EE's picture

    well i have 2 but i'm just a monkey 1st yr analyst

    the guys on my desk (equity derivs) have 6-8

    "its the running joke now, we now have fair trade with china so they send us poisoned sea food and we send them fraudulent securities."

    "its the running joke now, we now have fair trade with china so they send us poisoned sea food and we send them fraudulent securities."

  • prettyspectacular's picture

    i've counted 8 per trader which seems pretty modest. Each one is definitely vital.

  • mwgr5's picture

    I think 4-8 per trader is common. Most use about 6 but many use 4. It depends on the trader. I think four at a minimum is really necessary.

  • aachimp's picture

    4 42-inch screens, 2 19-inch.

  • WxOnWallStreet's picture

    Most energy traders (oil, nat. gas, power) will have 3 or 4 while the 24-power traders usually have 8. I've seen this on multiple trading floors.

  • aachimp's picture

    power traders have a LOT of work to do besides trading. they have to call up utility companies to route the electricity at a certain time, they have to find a route for the electricity to get from point A to point B, it's a big mess.

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  • marcellus_wallace's picture

    Also power traders will have stuff like IIR, and that thing that shows real-time information of how much power is trading out of each power plant on 1 or 2 monitors alone.

  • fakerz's picture

    how many monitors do analysts have in IBD?

    i think 2*19inch is standard these days?

  • bearing's picture

    Most FO positions have 2 monitors at least. This includes IBD, ER and AM. This was true for my bank.

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