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APIs offered by brokers and data platforms

I’ve been looking for a broker that has an API for index futures and ideally also futures options. I’m looking to use the API to build a customized view of my risk based on balances, positions, and market conditions.
Searching the algotrading sub I found many API-related posts, but then when I actually read them and their comments, I found they’re often lacking in real substance. It turns out many brokers or data services that have APIs don’t actually support index futures and options via the API, and instead they focus on equities, forex, or cypto. So here’s the list of what I’ve found so far. This isn’t a review of these brokers or APIs and note that I have a specific application in mind (index futures and futures options). Perhaps you’re looking for an API for equities, or you just want data and not a broker, in which case there may be a few options. Also, I’m based in the US so I didn’t really look for brokers or platforms outside the US.
If you have experience with these APIs, please chime in with your thoughts. Also, I may have missed some brokers or platforms. If I did or if you see anything that needs correction please let me know.

Platform Notes
ADM Investor Services No API
Ally Invest Does not support futures instruments
Alpaca Only supports US Equities
Alpha Vantage Does not support futures instruments
AMP Broker with a huge number of platforms available including some with APIs
ApexFutures No API
Arcade Trader No API
AvaTrade Does not support futures instruments
Backtrader Not a data feed; otherwise looks cool but also looks like a one-man shop
Cannon Trading Broker with a variety of platforms, some have API access such as TT
Centerpoint No API
Charles Schwab API does not support futures instruments
Cobra No API
Daniels Trading No API
Discount Trading Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs
Edge Clear Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs
Eroom Now part of Dashprime. Offer a variety of APIs including CQG, TT, CBOE's Silexx, and others via FIX.
ETNA Trader Only supports equities, options (including multi-legs), ETFs, Mutual Funds (Forex with cryptocurrencies coming soon)
ETrade API seems robust but OAuth authorization needs to be refreshed via login once per 24 hours
Futures Online No API
Gain Capital Futures API available, based on .NET; unsure if they are open to retail clients
GFF Brokers Broker with a large number of platforms including some with API access
High Ridge Futures Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs
iBroker API available; contact them for more info
IEX Cloud Looks great but does not support futures instruments
Infinity Futures JSON API available; contact them for more info
Interactive Brokers Client Web API looks promising if clunky
Intrinio Supports futures instruments but is expensive
Koyfin No API
Lightspeed C++ API available
marketstack API for equities available. Does not support futures instruments.
Medved Trader Windows app with a streaming API to various data sources and brokers. See comment below about API beta access.
NinjaTrader Does not support futures options
Norgate Data Not a broker; supports futures data for $270/year
Oanda Forex only; API last updated in 2018
Optimus Futures Broker with a large number of available platforms including some with API access
Phillip Capital Broker with a large number of available platforms including some with API access
polygon.io Expensive but looks slick; does not support futures instruments
Quandl API looks solid; $49/monthly for personal use, does not allow distributing or sharing data; not a broker
Quantconnect Does not expose raw data
Quantopian Does not expose raw data
Quantower Software that connects to multiple brokers and data feeds; API to their software via C# interface
Saxo Markets Broker with extensively documented API
Stage 5 Trading API available through Trading Technologies
Straits Financial Broker with several platforms available including some with APIs such as CQG, R
Sweet Futures Broker with a large number of available platforms including some with API access
TastyWorks There's an unofficial Python API
TenQuant.io Does not support futures instruments
ThinkorSwim Does not support futures instruments via the API
Tiingo Free account tier but does not support futures instruments
TradePro Broker with a number of platforms available; unclear if any are available with API access
Tradier Free developer API account for delayed data but does not support futures instruments
TradeStation Nice looking API docs and supports futures instruments; requires opening an account and a minimum balance of $100k and there’s no trial available
TradeFutures4Less Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs
TradingTechnologies API looks robust; pricing starts at $700/month
TradingView Does not expose data API
Tradovate Technologies API exists, documentation unknown; need to talk to their account team
Wedbush Futures Broker with several platforms offered, a few of which have API access
WEX .NET/COM only; pricing not disclosed on website
Xignite Pricing not disclosed on website but they do support futures instruments
Yahoo Finance API Available through RapidAPI or via direct access; but it’s discontinued and unreliable
Zaner Broker with a variety of platforms including CQG, Rithmic, TT, some with APIs

Wow, this list grew longer than I originally thought it would be. If you spot a mistake, please let me know and I’ll correct it.
Edit:
- added Lightspeed API - updated Dashprime to indicate some of the APIs available - added Medved Trader to table - added marketstack to table
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Any Luck with Ninjascript?

Hey guys, A little about me - I've been writing algos on and off for about a year and a half now. I started with Quantopian way back using python to write stock algos, then realised I couldn't live trade with it, so that put me off that.
I then found MT4 and MetaEditor and the world of forex... I was immediately in love with the simplicity of the language (C#), but I ditched it because forex just felt impossible to code around with all the volatility and news based price action. (I'm sure there's exceptions to this - but does anyone have a similar experience with it?)
I finally landed on NinjaTrader and scalping futures, which is amazing and seems to fit way better.
I'm wondering if anyone has experiences with successful Ninjascript trading systems and what advice they have etc. I've written up a few, one with a 76% success rate over 50 days but I'm starting to see how commission and tax really can have an impact...I'd also like to know about the reliability of backtesting using the Strategy Analyser vs Market Replay...
Who's out there! :)
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Experienced programmer looking to write automated trading strategy...

I'm a professional javascript developer with a decent amount of python under my belt. My goal is to write an automated trading strategy for the forex markets.
I've done some digging and I'm seeing platforms like quantopian and quantconnect. I'm also aware that metatrader 4 and 5 exist with some sort of C based language.
I'm looking for advice on which platform I should choose for writing my strategy. Does it make more sense to use a platform that supports a language I'm familiar with or should I use the most popular tool for easy porting of indicators etc.
I'm also a mac user if that's a factor. Thanks in advance.
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Big List of Financial News, Research, and Data Websites

Hello /investing, I was looking for a good resource list for financial news, research, and data on Google and Reddit, but didn't find many good lists. So I spent some time and compiled my own. I hope this is helpful for other people.
You can take a look at this list in two column format here.
I'm looking for useful websites that I have missed. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments.
I list the domain authority of each website in parentheses which is a measure of the prestige of the website and quality of the information in a numerical range from 0 to 100.
Although I review a wide range of websites, I personally recommend the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Zero Hedge for news, and Quandl for data.

News

  1. Bloomberg (99)
  2. Reuters (96)
  3. Business Insider (95)
  4. MarketWatch (93)
  5. TheStreet (90)
  6. Zero Hedge (84)
  7. Seeking Alpha (83)
  8. Financial Post (82)
  9. Kiplinger (82)
  10. 24/7 Wall St (81)
  11. Benzinga (79)
  12. Institutional Investor (73)
  13. ValueWalk (70)
  14. Gurufocus (66)
  15. Institutional Investor’s Alpha (52)
  16. Market Folly (50)

Magazines

  1. Forbes (97)
  2. The Economist (95)
  3. Fortune (93)
  4. Time (92)
  5. Barron’s (85)
  6. The New Yorker (80)

Newspapers

  1. The Wall Street Journal (97)
  2. Financial Times (96)
  3. USA Today (88)
  4. BBC (87)
  5. The Global and Mail (87)
  6. The New York Times (80)
  7. The Guardian (80)
  8. Nikkei Asian Review (80)
  9. The Japan Times (70)

Networks

  1. CNN (95)
  2. CNBC (93)
  3. NBC (91)
  4. Fox Business (91)
  5. NPR (82)

Reddit

  1. /investing (73)
  2. /personalfinance (71)
  3. /business (65)
  4. /FinancialIndependence (64)
  5. /finance (62)
  6. /economics (59)
  7. /wallstreetbets (58)
  8. /stocks (55)
  9. /InvestmentClub (55)
  10. /economy (52)
  11. /options (51)
  12. /SecurityAnalysis (49)
  13. /Forex (49)
  14. /algotrading (49)
  15. /StockMarket (47)

Tools

  1. Yahoo! Finance (94)
  2. Google Finance (93)
  3. Investopedia (87)
  4. Morningstar (87)
  5. Investing.com (72)
  6. ETF.com (64)
  7. Finviz (60)
  8. Thinknum (38)
  9. Finbox.io (26)
  10. Tiingo (23)

Blogs

  1. DealBook (89)
  2. FT Alphaville (83)
  3. The Big Picture (76)
  4. Calculated Risk (73)
  5. Naked Capitalism (72)
  6. Dealbreaker (63)
  7. The Reformed Broker (62)
  8. Macro Man (60)
  9. Pragmatic Capitalism (58)
  10. Abnormal Returns (57)
  11. Mish Talk (50)
  12. Between The Hedges (49)
  13. Felix Salmon (44)
  14. Philosophical Economics (42)

Communities

  1. StockTwits (76)
  2. Quantopian (50)
  3. TradingView (63)
  4. Bogleheads (54)
  5. SumZero (44)
  6. Value Investors Club (37)
  7. Harvest Exchange (37)

Data

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics (95)
  2. SEC EDGAR (91)
  3. Federal Reserve (89)
  4. Bureau of Economic Analysis (85)
  5. FRED (81)
  6. Quandl (62)

Aggregators

  1. Real Clear Markets (70)
  2. Quantocracy (50)
  3. StreetEYE (40)
  4. Quant News (30)

Other

  1. Foreign Affairs (86)
  2. Project Syndicate (84)
  3. Stratfor (79)
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Trading platform to use for Automating Forex Trading

Hello everyone! I've just spent the last two weeks researching different trading platforms attempting to determine which would be the best for my use cases. I have scoped out Metatrader 4, Quantopian's Zipline, and many other platforms.
I would like to use a platform that allows me to use Python or C++ to leverage my Computer Science background as well as work with many Forex Brokers. Ideally I would like to use enterprise level software that would work with the Forex Market as well as the Cryptocurrency, equities and options markets. Though as a private investor just getting into the space I would prefer a cheaper solution.
If anyone can point me in the proper directly I would greatly appreciate the help!
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New to Forex. Which platform to use for automated trading?

I'm new to Forex and stock market trading in general although I have a strong background in computer science and algorithms. I had a couple of question about getting started, more specifically on how to implement automation strategies with Forex.
I am aware of website like Quantopian, but most of them do not allow users to test their strategies with currencies. Is there a similar platform that would allow trading with currencies? What would be the industry or suggested standard for algorithmic trading with Forex?
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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Where to begin learning basic code applications for Algotrading

I am sorry about the amateur post; I am sure the community here just gets flooded with these regularly because of the nature of this topic. I had a couple questions and I was wondering if anyone here could provide me with some insight.
I have been trading demo in forex for a couple years and have learned a lot about market data and trading in general. It has turned out to be an entertaining practice that could be quite profitable if I went live.
I am a very math literate and would love to learn more. I would like to use this literacy plus my capability to use logic in my trading by producing my own automated system. To start out learning this I would like to learn how to program a simple fractal based automated trading system and then optimize it by adjusting variables in my system. My problem is I have zero experience with programming or code and I do not even know where to start.
So if you have any suggestions on where I should begin it will be very very appreciated! Questions I still have is what languages are these algorithms written in and what platforms are used to execute them? I saw a backtest website in the comments of this sub linking to:
https://www.quantopian.com/algorithms
Is there any chance I could have enough understanding of python with self teaching and study only?
If anyone wants to help me build an algorithm for the rule set I will list at the bottom of this post in the comments then it would really help me understand how to get started.
Another quick question I have is: are most people here trading high frequency algorithms or is this a place where people develop systems that only trade a few times a week?
Thanks for your replies in advanced. This is a topic that I wish I had better understanding of but seems so daunting that I feel like I couldn't ever begin to understand it. My formal education is for nursing but I feel like I could dedicate myself enough to make this a worthy hobby.
-AlgoTradingReddit
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