So I’m looking to get into trading stocks and so far I’ve done a whopping 5 hours of research on it (so I know nothing). While gaining knowledge I’d like to lurk on an stock market application so I can get a feel of how things work without actually buying and selling stocks. I am thinking about using thinkorswim.
So my question is do I need an Ameritrade account to use the application? If so, is there any draw backs of opening an Ameritrade account and not actively buying and selling stock?

Lastly, my end goal is day trading (I know I have a while before I get there), is Ameritrade a good choice for that route?

Thank you

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