When picking an API the $64,000 question is does Charles Schwab (TD Ameritrade) or Morgan Stanley (Etrade) really want to deal with building an out API for their customers once the mergers happen? Meaning is there enough revenue generated from API trading to keep 10 annoying coders with at least 2 dev ops bros who believe they know everything and of course an annoying project manager. I personally believe these firms kind of see the API as dead weight, with only a few customers and the trend is more getting day traders like Robinhood has? Keep in mind brokerages generally don’t have the trade fees they used to have.
The TD Ameritrade API is courtesy not a guaranteed feature. (This was told to me by a customer service rep) They don’t necessarily provide support if you send them a question at [email protected] If it’s an easy question they might respond, if it’s a difficult one then they won’t. Reddit / stackoverflow is too fond of TD API. Otherwise their documentation generally is terrible. I currently only use TD API for live option quotes, because I like they can give the entire option chain so I can analyze it on “my local”. It generally is the worst API that I have ever used. Since it’s more of a courtesy I I On the flip side I Think or Swim is awesome.
I have poked around the new eTrade API, it appear to be very easy to use. I think they are using standard REST API methods etc. Meaning they are probably using a framework such as api-platform to build it. From what little I can see it seems like it is rather too easy to use and well documented.
Interactive Brokers is what I trade options and futures with, their code has a learning curve, it is not terribly nice and sometimes you just have to wonder about serious WTF. Once you get past that and consider it is really the only game in town, it works just fine. I’m trading futures 24 hours a day, with no problems. IB really focuses on their API and has a dedicated staff, support etc.
I have not had time to test out Alpaca. I don’t get paid to write these reviews (I wish I did) So since I’m a practitioner, I don’t have an incentive to test out Alpaca or any other API at this time. Although IB is a pain in the butt, it’s working just fine for me.
A quick list of books that have shaped and molded my investment / trading algorithmic trading startegies.
Notice I didn’t write 10 books you have to read to make millions of dollars in the market.That just seems a little click-bait/Buzz Feedy. Unfortunately, from a data scientist/ SEO perspective that would have been the more profitable.
As we all suffer through this quatrine I just put together a list of books that I have read that I believe have shaped my understanding of markets and have molded my investment philosophy. I think bigger picture books such a The Big Short and Black Swan are far more important than technical books.
Creating algorithms and or trading strategies is something that I believe starts with the creative process, maybe just staring at charts for hours or losing a lot of money. I’m lucky, I’m a self taught coder and I can implement my strategies without getting caught up in whether my code is object oriented and if I have the correct classes etc. I always say that the code is the easy part, it’s finding a good strategy that is hard part.
So these are some books that I have enjoyed and maybe you will too as well. If you have any recommendation, please leave them in the comments as I’m always looking for something to read / listen to.
Books that shaped my investment philosophy or possible continue to shape my philosophy strategy.
Currently, I’m running 2 different Interactive Brokers Trader Work Station (TWS), my own propriety python trading algorithm on an AWS EC2 instance. This is very simple instructions to get you one started, it is not the cure all.
In my quest to program and build my own trading system, I have discovered a lot of conflicting information on the “Internets” about trading APIs and stock and option price quotes. In the past, I posted on HN news about some of my findings, only to get some great new insights. One thing I can’t find is a simple location for all trading APIs and I have stumble along some rabbit holes when dealing with the APIs, trying to see what works and what is no longer supported. With that said, I will will be launching a General information Git Repository, to hopefully provide links to SDK for trading API and price quote APIs, Etc. I will obviously do pull requests, but my opinions and finding on certain trading systems will be detailed below and on this site.
For years I looked for a simple way to get earnings reports from Wall
St. It seems they would change their earning reports on a regular basis
and the dates would be inconsistent. Then one day when I wasn’t paying
attention, BAM. Earnings report and the stock would take off or crash on
the numbers and I would be left holding the bag or missed the boat. You
get the point.
On August 1st, 2013, I retired from the Marine Corps (reserve) after
20 years. Being a Marine was one of the best, most challenging,
difficult, awesome, rewarding, dangerous, selfless, crazy, fun,
dirtiest, humbling, toughest, exhausting jobs I will ever have. I
thought it might be appropriate to thank one of my Drill Instructors.