I’ve been looking for a broker that has an API for index futures and ideally also futures options. I’m looking to use the API to build a customized view of my risk based on balances, positions, and market conditions. Searching the algotrading sub I found many API-related posts, but then when I actually read them and their comments, I found they’re often lacking in real substance. It turns out many brokers or data services that have APIs don’t actually support index futures and options via the API, and instead they focus on equities, forex, or cypto. So here’s the list of what I’ve found so far. This isn’t a review of these brokers or APIs and note that I have a specific application in mind (index futures and futures options). Perhaps you’re looking for an API for equities, or you just want data and not a broker, in which case there may be a few options. Also, I’m based in the US so I didn’t really look for brokers or platforms outside the US. If you have experience with these APIs, please chime in with your thoughts. Also, I may have missed some brokers or platforms. If I did or if you see anything that needs correction please let me know.
Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs
Wow, this list grew longer than I originally thought it would be. If you spot a mistake, please let me know and I’ll correct it. Edit: - added Lightspeed API - updated Dashprime to indicate some of the APIs available - added Medved Trader to table - added marketstack to table
Hi guys, I am looking to purchase software for trading. I am looking for one that has realtime news and realtime prices for stocks, futures, options, bonds, and forex markets. I've looked at Metastock, Tradingview, TC2000, eSignal, etc. Are there any softwares I am missing or any others you recommend? I do not mind paying, but I want to make sure that I am paying for something that will have everything I am looking for.
Since I started to dabble with the technical analysis I always wondered which moment I should jump on or off of a trade. Sometimes my feelings and strategies or even the profit desired would tell me to act during the candlestick formation and don't wait for it to close. I know it's OK if you are just doing it for learning purposes or doing trades with pennies. Well, the thing now is that I'm doing a trading bot or something like that and I need to know if I will calculate my strategies triggering during the trade formation with the data available at that moment or the system need to sit down and wait for the closing of the candle before I do any strategy calculation? I read many things on the web about waiting for the candle close and how it is important but with a system that can evaluate the positions in realtime does it really matters? Some readings to enlight my helpers: https://www.fxtradingrevolution.com/forex-blog/forex-tip-wait-for-the-close-of-the-candle-before-opening-a-trade https://zenandtheartoftrading.com/forex-tips/wait-for-the-close/ Well I hope you can help me decide what to do.
Recommended Free Charting Software, paper trading?
So I've been trying out several charting software such as ninjatrader, thinkorswim, traderview, yahoo finance, TC2000. Each has their benefits, but what's unfortunate is the delayed data. The delay is about 15 minutes. Also if you're papertrading on thinkorswim it doesn't execute orders based on the displayed 15 minute delayed data, instead it's based on real time data. It's difficult to take a position without defaulting to market price which is very different from what you think it is. What's also weird is how the price on robinhood is closer to realtime than the various charting software I'm using.I trade on robinhood btw. My question is there free charting that has better live data service?Are they all behind a pay wall? If so what do you recommend?Is live data service not available on stocks?(ex: thinkorswim has live data for futures/forex, but not stocks. Is that because I don't have any real money in it?) Update: Thinkorswim you just need to enable live data by going into your account settings on the website and sign up for real Time Nasdaq level II quotes"
Technical Traders or those wanting to learn more about it. Share your technical setups here.
Hi all. Being new on Reddit I see beginning traders asking many questions that I did before I began trading, as I'm sure we all asked. I just wanted to share my technical setups and would love others to share as well. As any full time trader could tell you, if you don't have set rules to trade by, and emotionally trade you will lose. What I'm going to share doesn't account for sticking to my personal rules of trading, and this is something you can only learn with practice. It goes without saying, but never just jump right into any strategy without practicing first. Most trading softwares should have a live realtime practice version. Onto the technicals: I only trade using BollingerBands, SMA (Simple Moving Average) and Pivot Points. I'm using TDAmeritrade Think or Swim, but any trading software will have these technicals. You can also use these settings for short term day trading (I like 5 and 10 min time frames) daily, weekly, monthly trading, etc. Without outlining my settings in text I have uploaded all images of my settings for BollingerBands, Pivots, and SMA to an imgur album here [http://imgur.com/a/0bRJh]. I've also added images of this strategy working on different time frames, with stocks, futures, and forex because we all trade different items. Even 2 from today trading Platinum and Silver...Silver was good today!! The Strategy I Use: 1st - Only buy when price action is above the pivot point (midline/pink line) on the charts I've uploaded, for those that don't know what pivot points are. Conversely, only sell when price action is below the pivot point. 2nd - Buy when price action is above the pivot, the SMA crosses above the BollingerBand midline, and price closes above the midline as well. 3rd - Sell when price action is below the pivot, the SMA crosses below the BollingerBand midline, and price closes below the midline as well. When to cover or sell for profit? You want to let your runners run and dump the losers asap, but how? When day trading I personally use the pivot points as target price goals. If I buy just over the pivot point, I'll let price run to R1 (first red line) or try to let it, then watch price action. If price moves and closes above R1, I may hold until R2 and so on. I also watch price as it pertains to the BollingerBands, if price breaks outside the BollingerBand I'll watch closely and may sell depending on the next candle. This is where your personal rules come in. If you get hung up by how much money you NEED to make it could be bad. Be more concerned with watching price action, candles, etc. You'll never hit the total price move. It goes without saying, but when you are shorting just do the opposite of the above. Also, people like even numbers, maybe even machines do. If a stock is at $24.35 and moving up, human psychology may tend to let this run up to $25. Not a given, just something to think about. My longer term daily, weekly, monthly, snapshot images of stocks, futures, forex doesn't show the pivots, but you can just change the pivot point "day setting" to weekly, etc to see them. Lastly, get out of the trade on the buy side when the SMA and price closes below the BB midline, and on the short side when the SMA and price closes above the BB midline. Don't be eager to just jump right into the next trade. Stick to your own rules and be patient for the right setups. I hope this has helped any new trader save time and narrow your focus. Good luck and I look forward to everyone's feedback and personal technical strategies.
Is there such a thing as a Forex practice program?
Hey all, I was thinking about trying to open up another investment stream, and thought the climate may be right for Forex trading. It however, looks relatively complicated, and I was trying to find out if there anyone has any suggestions on potential programs that can be used to perform some realtime/fake money type practice? is such a thing available?
Daytraders discussion, ideas and strategy sharing (TA+FA)
TA that I use constantly and find working for a bit over a year:
fibo retrace (when bigger picture doesn't change)
psychological levels (1.20 mark, round numbers)
supply and demand levels (you gotta get used to them, but they are decent)
FA principles that I constantly use and find immensely useful to always keep in mind:
central bank policy and what they are watching for at the moment
current rates for what the currencies you are following
the different inflations what the currencies you are following (vanila and core cpi/pce for the $USD)
general growth trends (jobs, housing etc. for $USD)
a forex calendar, and a basic understand of each data point
forex live or similar websites
Trading techniques and strategies: I used to sell EURUSD at retracements due to high central bank policy divergence, good USA data and pretty bad Euro Zone data. Used a high SL because of high conviction and never actually had a losing day. After the holiday I will be starting to trade once again. I was thinking about simply looking for decent conviction trades and just take em all with a 1:1 risk:reward ratio and see how it goes in a day trader's time frame (intra day). Both FA and TA traders and mutts like myself and every type of trader are welcome to share and give constructive criticism to any idea or strategy or just share your strategy! EDIT: Here are a few free websites that I use: Calendars:
investing: http://www.investing.com/economic-calenda -Different format, includes more data points but misses some meetings. Displays importance grading. Forecasts are usually more on point than FF's. Also contains historic data points.
Forex live: best for last! The news are released and updated fairly real time, during big releases they come out with the story+analyzed story within minutes. It's a realtime feed so you won't be refreshing the page to get updated.
http://orders.forexlive.com/ -Where you can expect to find orders and option expiry. They don't tell you how much money there is at certain levels, but for a free, account free website, it's pretty good.
I just searched news in Forex but I did not find anything. As I am trading and I see a dip I want to be sure that it is just a retracement and not some bad news that will cause an extended drop before I trade. I do wait and watch the price action and chart and most of the time I am correct, but sometimes I second guess myself and miss out on the entry while it shoots back up. I could always use stop loss but I prefer not to take those hits if I can avoid them. Is there a realtime news service I can use that would be better than the news I get from fxcm?
So I was contemplating signing up for "talking forex" squawk service to test out their free trial for a few weeks. But then I went googling and found the guys at Amplify trading provide the same service for FREE, no sign-up required. Just click on the "Live Audio Market Commentary" Box at the bottom of the page. You get a pop-up with realtime US and EU headlines and audio. http://www.amplifytrading.com/technical-analysis/live-market-news NOTE: I'm not affiliated with either of these services and do not endorse them in any way. It's just some free shit I thought some folks might be interested in.
If you're interested in base level FOREX trading, I came across a useful, free platform. (Offers paper trading too.)
So the title pretty much covers it. I came across a seemingly new platform called "Trading 212". Offers about 400 different trade-able instruments in FOREX, commodities, stocks and indices. Accounts are free, you'll get $10k in paper currency to test your strategy, then you can open an account when you're ready. Minimum entry is $150 USD, which is exceptionally low. You can set up "if, then" functions and the site offers a highly comprehensive collection of graph tools as well as true realtime price updates. This is a site for everyone here who seems to be at a loss as to how to get their foot in the door. I've seen some very insightful analysis, as well as some shocking rubbish, but lets see how you do.
Looking for ForEx chart software/resource recommendation
Hi all, I'm in the IT field. One of my clients asked me to set up an updating currency exchange rate table display in an office so an employee can have easy realtime exchange rate information on various currency valuations vs CAD & EURO. They'd like to just display this on a large TV. I know nothing about forex or currency other than having used xe.com a few times, etc, so I figured maybe there was a web service available that would do this. XE.com looks like it stops refreshing after 15 minutes which is understandable for a free solution. I thought I could find a good recommendation myself, but I've sheepishly got to admit that I'm in over my head: There's so much lingo in the field that I'm slowly going crazy. Plus maybe someone will have a good idea off the top of their head. The basic requirements are:
Can be web based or Windows software
ONLY features required are the ability to show a rapidly updating valuation of CAD:EURO, CAD:USD, CAD:ILS, CAD:PLZ, USD:EURO, and likely a few others they didn't directly give me examples of.
So as you can imagine, the first thing I did was google currency exchange software and everything seems EXTREMELY overkill for this situation. Tons of options for trading, historical reports, value line graphs, etc. I gave them the names of a few of these pieces of software and they balked at the ~500EURO/mo price tag so I suppose I'll run into the same problems if I quote them anything expensive, but that's my battle to fight not yours. I'd be extremely grateful for any recommendations. Literally all I'm looking for is something like the XE.com feed which can:
be customized to show currencies I select
not stop updating after 15 minutes.
Apologies if there's a better subreddit for this question. Open to all suggestions. Thanks again!
I work for an MSP. One of my clients asked me to set up an updating currency exchange rate table display in an office so an employee can have easy realtime exchange rate information on various currency valuations vs CAD & EURO. They'd like to just display this on a large TV. I know nothing about forex or currency other than having used xe.com a few times, etc, so I figured maybe there was a web service available that would do this. XE.com looks like it stops refreshing after 15 minutes which is understandable for a free solution. I thought I could find a good recommendation myself, but I've sheepishly got to admit that I'm in over my head: There's so much lingo in the ForEx field that I'm slowly going crazy. The basic requirements are: - Can be web based or Windows software - ONLY features required are the ability to show a rapidly updating valuation of CAD:EURO, CAD:USD, CAD:ILS, CAD:PLZ, USD:EURO, and likely a few others they didn't directly give me examples of. - Reliable So as you can imagine, the first thing I did was google currency exchange software and everything seems EXTREMELY overkill for this situation. Tons of options for trading, historical reports, value line graphs, etc. I gave them the names of a few of these pieces of software and they balked at the ~500EURO/mo price tag so I suppose I'll run into the same problems if I quote them anything expensive, but that's my battle to fight not yours. I'd be extremely grateful for any recommendations. Literally all I'm looking for is something like the XE.com feed which can:
be customized to show currencies I select
not stop updating after 15 minutes.
Also crossposted this to /forex just in case :) Merci!
Going mostly off-grid but I still need digital power and access. USA/Southern California, $ 1,000 or less and prolly 17 inches
Any questions, ask away and a HUGE thanks! LAPTOP QUESTIONNAIRE * Country of purchase: United States – Southern California – Los Angeles * Budget range: Up to $ 1,000.00 USD * Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Off-the-grid for a year – Used for Digital Art, Forex (Live, Online Currency Trading), Live, Streaming Telecommunications (Phone, Email and Texting) * Screen size preference: Minimum 17 inches * OS preference (Windows/ Mac/ Linux): Windows * Gaming requirements (example games and desired fps/settings): Kerbal Space Program – 36 FPS * Performance requirements (video, CAD, etc.): See above – I don't really know what fits together * Method of computer support (office supplier, college bookstore, self support): Self-support * Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): Previously owned Dell, Toshiba and IBUYPower * Any particular style that you like (examples are great): I don't know if all this can be found in a tablet (like a Wacom) or a Notebook (Surface?) I'm not even sure what Notepad or Notebook computers are. * Which of the following qualities would you prefer? (Choose one, the other, or balanced) I'd like a Wacom so I can DRAW and PAINT with it, but I don't know if those can do text editing, browser function or streaming (like Skype) and email. I also need ruggedness, long battery life – I don't care about noise or weight, I care about durability, stable function and workmanship. * Long battery life -vs- Low weight: * Build quality -vs- Low price: * Low noise/heat -vs- High performance: Would you pay a premium for something that has: * High resolution screen: * A great keyboard: * A great touchpad/mouse buttons: * Great audio: List any features that are critical: (e.g. Optical drive, USB 3.0, SD card slot, ethernet port, HDMI port, bluetooth, VGA port, removable battery, glossy screen, matte screen, etc.) I will be using this at campsites. I don't know distance limitations for wireless but being able to connect to the internet away from metropolitan areas is important. I need to recharge from solar array sources, I need resistance to dust and moisture and vibration. I will use this computer to paint, to write professionally, to open and close online, realtime FOREX Currency Transactions and to stay in contact with friends and loved ones. I hope my requirements are clearly stated. If not, please don't hesitate to ask as many questions you need. My gratitude for the kindness you display by reading this far and even just the wish to help would overwhelm Darth Vader's petty “disturbance” at my lack of faith. Thank you and I wish you all the very best.
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