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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.

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.

  • 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

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    "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."

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    "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.

  • 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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