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July 5th, 2012
Posted by pftq

Tech Trader

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The robotic equivalence of pftq's trading strategies and logic (or lack of thereof).
We only predict the future.  Use at your own risk.

Note: Application requires 64-bit Windows, .NET 4, and either Internet Explorer, .NET Add-On for Firefox, or .NET Add-On for Chrome
Tech Trader is currently only open to those helping develop or contibute.  Please contact me if you are interested.


Automated Trading, Backtesting, and Visualization of Any Strategy.
   Tech Trader is a compact backtesting and algorithmic trading platform designed for traders with a programming background.  The program's strength is its rich graphical user interface (GUI) and interactive charts to help visualize and develop strategies, ideal for approaches like Technical Analysis where such visualization is key.  It can run entire universes of thousands of stocks simultaneously on any time frame and on any combination of strategies to build a portfolio.  Performance for both individual stocks and comprehensive portfolio simulations is then exportable to CSV complete with analytics such as sharpe, hit ratio, average holding period, and more.
     The platform is extremely open-ended and designed for programmers.  You can program just about anything from strategies to new data sources, as well as download what other users create and distribute.  Tech Trader is a platform designed and streamlined for traders who want to be able to backtest their ideas freely without worrying about infrastructure or trading implementation.  You can think of Tech Trader as essentially the programmer's swiss army knife to the stock market.

Create Any Indicators and Strategies. Use Any Data Source and Broker.
    The Tech Trader platform's primary strength is its open-ended nature such that it allows anyone to create their own indicators, strategies, data sources, and broker connections via a user plugin. Creating your own plugins is made as simple as possible by Tech Trader API and the provided Plugin Template project.  The API is kept extremely light with minimal framework to allow you to fully utilize the underlying C# language to build whatever functionality you want in your plugin.  The template contains sample code for each plugin type and an outline of what the program expects in your plugin.  Function calls are provided for ease of referencing other existing technicals/strategies, as well as batch scanning any other stocks simultaneously for meta/basket strategies.  The template is written in C# and most readily useable in Visual Studio (the Express version is available free and very powerful already).
     Existing plugins and add-ons for Tech Trader can be found here: Tech Trader Plugins

Videos and Screenshots

Movie Mode in Tech Trader for Demonstration and Presentation


Interactive Charts and GUI for Strategy Visualization


Simultaneously Trade Thousands of Stocks in Batch Mode


Automated Portfolio Simulation with Comprehensive Analytics

Responses

pftq says...

Updated the plugin template with several improvements to make it easier to code (namely, you can use PRICE.HIGH etc in the price functions instead of memorizing 0=high, 1=low, etc).  Also you can see sharpe/trade now instead to better assess strategies that don't trade often.  To update your plugin to the new api, just replace TechTrader.dll from the new download.

pftq says...

In addition to the AI now being able to optimize your strategy for any particular statistic (sharpe, nav, hitrate), the Batch mode is now fully parallelized and also accessible from the plugin API.  In other words, you can finish scanning the entire S&P100 in under a minute.  Likewise, when writing your own indicators, you only need to make a single function call to scan any stock or basket of stocks you want and grab the results/data.

pftq says...

The AI/Optimizer is now accessible from the plugin template.

pftq says...

Rolling optimizer technical is now available.  It'll automatically optimize all indicators on the fly for any set window as you are running a strategy on a stock.  Basically just an application of the AI/Optimizer available from the plugin.

pstec says...

awesome!

pftq says...

Tech Trader now has the ability to automate trades.  Please see the updated plugin template for how to add your own broker account.  It is very easy.

pftq says...

Already have Tech Trader auto-trading equities and options with the TDAmeritrade plugin. Smiley

pftq says...

You can now save/load different lists into Batch, and more importantly, you can now scan multiple strategies/profiles at once in the same Batch list.

pftq says...

Tech Trader now automatically posts its own live trades on the Virtual Trading System.  Fun to watch - it's a like another person trading.
http://www.pftq.com/stock_sys/sys_portfolios/tech_trader/

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