how to start?

Discussion in 'Automated Trading' started by 11Blade, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. 11Blade


    I have been toying around with some trading systems that I would like to test in realtime and backtest.

    Before I dive in and do this with real money, I'd like to really play in "the sandbox"

    Can any of you guys recommend a good program software setup with historical data to get started with.

    I basically am working on US equities

    I don't want to spend the big bucks to "test" but am willing to invest in a hardy system once I am ready to trade.

    I'd like a macro/scripting/rules programming language that is not too cryptic to use.

  2. GaryN


    Take a look at Amibroker and Multicharts. Both have a 30 day free trial and allow you to download historical data from a couple of different sites.
  3. mrtwo


    NinjaTrader is free and it can connect to OpenTick (free realtime/historic data - you only pay exchange fees)

    For the price, it is a good deal. Not the fastest platform mind you but it gets the job done.