I'm, unfortunately, regulated and the exchanges have my fingerprints. I can't execute any trades without approval and my hold period is 30 days. That doesn't mean I don't want to design and implement automated systems. Just one problem: I usually need a pay account before I can wire my logic up to the actual exchange. This is the stage I am at now, where backtesting has proven successful and I'd like to build the real connector to the exchange. I'd like a paper account, preferably one where I don't have to create a real account with the broker. If I create a "real account", my employer somehow manages to find it through some scanning system and sends off warnings to various enforcement officers. (FWIW: I had one account with $10 left over because of some weird dividend payout or whatever, and never bothered to formally close it, and regulators found me. A funded account anywhere is just not an option.) Can someone help me out here?