This article on Desktop vs. Web-Based Futures Trading Platforms is the opinion of Optimus Futures.
Most futures traders would say the financial markets took a terminal leap in the early 1990’s when the Globex Trading System forever changed the way people participated in the markets. In just a few years, almost any trader with an internet connection was able to independently place trades, financial markets were accessible on a global scale, and trading hours were extended 24/5.
With this came a huge shift in trading culture. Trading pits began to dwindle before dying off, digital technology and speed became an increasingly competitive factor, and the entire decade saw the rise of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) trader–with self-managed accounts replacing broker-assisted services, ETFs (in the securities space) replacing mutual funds, and