Genesis' Laser can now link to Excel! You can now: 1) Grab Quotes into excel 2) Monitor positions in excel 3) Place orders through excel. Laser has a very powerful and advanced API. However, C++ knowledge is important to automate your trading. Now, anyone who knows basic functions of excel and (possibly) VBA can design and implement automated trading using Excel. This makes automation very simple even for traders who are not-programmers. You can design your own automated strategies with ease and execute via excel.