Automated trading API?
August 22, 2011 10:38 AM Subscribe
Single-user programming API for stock and option screening, back trading, paper trading, and ultimately fully automated trading?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My dad and I have been working on some principled trading rules to live by, and it occurred to me that if you've got rules then a computer can do them for you.
Companies do this, duh, but can middle class private investors do it? Google shows me services that you can plug into, maybe, but their websites are short on the details.
Is anyone out there doing this with their own money on their own time?
I have many years of programming experience, including how to test something to death from every angle imaginable. (Also, see the back trading and paper trading requirement above.) Programming language doesn't really matter, as long as it's fully general for business logic and flexible stock and option screening. (But, I need a true, fully-featured API because I absolutely don't have time to build anything from scratch. I need hooks for screening and trading.)
I'm expecting to average less than thirty limit trades per month (10-15 transactions that vaguely resemble covered calls). No real-time requirements, but the less lag, the better.
If services exist, with all the FP requirements above, which one should I use?
(gmail throwaway if needed: mark123123a)