This page is a quick introduction to what Cloud9Trader offers and how it will help you trade more effectively.
Cloud9Trader combines a powerful framework for algorithmic trading with a low latency platform for real time dealing. It makes writing automated trading algorithms simple and accessible to those with little programming knowledge. It streamlines the workflow and makes the process of testing algorithms exponentially more efficient. It then runs your algorithms live, sending signals to your broker for trade execution. It also includes a super fast HTML5 platform for manual trading. The application sits on a powerful, scalable infrastructure of server instances, built using the latest web technologies.
Traders have historically used desktop software to develop and test their algorithms. Moving the workflow online offers you all the benefits of cloud computing. All your scripts are saved securely and versioned. All your backtest results and trades are stored for quick retrieval, your complete history. You won’t need to make backups - your data is safe and always available. You won’t need to leave your laptop running or set up expensive virtual machines and you will never miss a trade through lost connection whilst trading live.
Scripting Language Simplicity
In the past you may have needed to learn a proprietary language to write your trading scripts and will certainly have had to get to grips with difficult to use APIs that unnecessarily reflect the underlying complexities of pricing and execution protocols rather than smoothing them over.
Backtesting is the process of running your algorithm against real historical price data to determine if it is likely to be profitable. This is very processor intensive as the script must run for every price tick, typically millions over a normal backtest period. You won’t need to lock up your home computer while your processor chews through the data. Our platform allows you to run as many backtests simultaneously in the cloud as there are server instances available. You are free to continue working while your backtests are running. Additionally, our architecture fires up new servers automatically whenever there is demand, scaling back down when it is quiet.
Historical price data is unmanageably large. You would soon fill your hard drive if you were to deliver full tick data to backtests running locally. Existing software solutions circumvent this by only supplying price data at minute resolution. All the missing ticks are then just estimated. You rely completely on your backtest results when deciding whether to trade your algorithm live, so any inaccuracy is bad news.
We supply all the actual ticks, every single price update, as served by your broker for 100% like for like accuracy in backtesting. You can run at minute resolution to quickly check that your scripts are behaving as expected while you are developing them, though for complete accuracy you need to backtest against every tick. Algorithms often trade on very small margins and it was always a core tenet of ours that your backtesting should give you the exact result had you actually traded for that period. On completion, the results screen allows you to analyse your backtest run in every detail with rich visual feedback.
Optimization is the process of running backtests repeatedly to determine the set of external parameters that give the most profitable outcome when fed into your algorithm. Cloud9Trader includes a genetic optimization framework that models natural selection and genetic processes to direct the runner towards profitable results from a search space of potentially infinite possibilities. Each step is allocated its own cloud server so that your backtests run simultaneously, providing results in record time. The results let you see at a glance which are the most profitable and have the strongest equity curves. A good strategy externalizes the parameters that make it flexible for various instruments and market conditions. You should run these regularly to ensure your algorithm is at its peak configuration.
Take a look at Writing Your Technical Indicators for an introduction.
Our price charts are beautifully clear and easy to navigate. You can select from a range of timeframes and view live tick data. All your positions are drawn onto charts for quick overview. In backtesting you can plot values directly onto the charts, a powerful mechanism for visually debugging your scripts. Your chart settings are instantly saved for when you next you log in. You can also take snapshots for use in your documents and presentations. You can even include dynamic real time charts on your website or in your blog posts by copying a short HTML snippet.
You'll find charts all over Cloud9Trader, but take a look at the Charts screen for an idea.
The platform screen is where you view live prices and charts, your open positions and the status of your trading sessions, all in super fast real time. You’ll use this screen for manual trading and for keeping any eye on any algorithms you are trading live. The interface is completely customizable and you can create as many layouts as you want. Each panel can be resized and dragged into place to create a series of perfect environments to suit whatever your current objectives may be.
Our algorithm sharing infrastructure lets you share your algorithm code with the community. This allows you to pool resources and develop strategies collectively. If you need advice on your strategy or help with your code you can make it available for the community for their support and feedback. Algorithms you share are posted on our community forum as a base for discussion. Of course any algorithms you don’t share are kept private and owned by you.
If you are new to automated trading, this also means there is plenty of code available for you to use as a starting point for building your own strategies. It is often simplest to learn by example.
You can see what is shared at this moment on the Community Shared Algorithms page.
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