Know how to program, don't know how to trade. Where do I begin?

Discussion in 'Automated Trading' started by ET873, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. ET873


    I have been programming for over 4 years as my day job. I am quite good at software development, but not so good at trading. For those of you who do automated trading, what do you look for? I would like to make a scanner to continuously monitor hundreds of financial instruments in real time and detect the best opportunities. Where do I begin?
  2. Cicero


    I suggest focusing on single instrument every day

    there needs to be decent movement in instrument to make it good
  3. Humpy


    Start at the beginning with S&P500. Master that and move on imho
  4. bstay


  5. If you were a programmer for over 4 years you know what's the most important element of any program. Start with it.
  6. are you ready to enter the digital war ?... haha
  7. You know what you want, so start at the beginning. Get a real-time data feed API and subscribing to hundreds of symbols. Once you've got that down, implement the filtering of "opportunities".
  8. ET873


    What are some common trading "opportunities" that people look for?
  9. What it has anything to do with your programming skills?
  10. Excellent Advice. Spot on.

    - Spydertrader
    #10     Aug 30, 2009