The purpose of this blog is to allow the exploration of various resources available to active and long-term traders and investors, and to filter for platforms that have new capabilities such as those that allow custom coding for both institutional and non-institutional investors. Feel free to add additional items and make suggestions. This information is intended to be collaborative and no claim is made as to the accuracy of the information at any time.
Significant cost, haven't tested, very mainstream
Alternative to multi-charts. Posted message in forum on April 6, 2017 to see if auto trading was possible. https://www.sierrachart.com/SupportBoard.php? Better than multicharts according to write up from friend of Jim.
www.MooreTechLLC.com This post should be excluded from /research
Alpha in this regard means "new opportunities".
www.oscreener.com At one time I purchased a $39 membership, cancelled today Nov 2, 2016
http://www.stratasearch.com/purchase.html Has a trial for 30 days, $30 per month thereafter
http://www.wsj.com/articles/an-algo-and-a-dream-for-day-traders-1439160100 Mentions the common 50/200 cross strategy, mentions platforms Quantopian and Rizm
www.optioncreator.com Interesting calculator and trade log but not any help for algorithmics or strategy development
https://www.warriortrading.com/fidelity-broker-review/ $49 per month (paid annualy); might not support Wealth Lab Pro from Fidelity https://www.warriortrading.com/contact/ https://www.warriortrading.com/free-day-trading-chat-room/
https://discordapp.com I thought this was $100 and has no recurring costs; Not sure when trial ends or if it does though. I saw some advertising for it that looked like it was free period. Might be 100% free.
https://new.stocktwits.com/stream "largest social network for investors and traders" This was free. I met Ryan here who took also to DiscordApp chat rooms.
www.poweropt.com Ernie co-author (302) 992 7971 found in phone as Mike Chupka; I called on Fri 10/14/16 good info and was encouraged to call back after 14 day trial of site. www.radioactivetrading.com/free-sketch-b.asp?vers=2&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=marriedput&utm_term=protective%20put&gclid=CMzrs7PHy88CFQqqaQodlewDwA Original Protective Put Strategy. These folks have a chat room at marketwarrior I think? http://blog.radioactivetrading.com/2010/02/a-married-put-beats-a-covered-call-three-ways/ The Option Club http://www.theoptionclub.com/ The blueprint examined http://www.theoptionclub.com/radioactive_trading_review_-_kurt_frankenberg_trades_married_puts/
http://ta-lib.org/hdr_dw.html Excel Add-on, community forum appears to be down http://ta-lib.org/support.html, sent support message Fri Jan 13, 2016; question on stack-exchange said it was good for back-testing options
https://orats.com Backtesting for options $99 mo; joined for free and asked support if algobuilder; has youtube videos
https://kx.com/download/ Backtesting for pros according to http://quant.stackexchange.com/questions/74/are-there-any-good-tools-for-back-testing-options-strategies but when I downloaded it it produced a q.exe file and no documentation on where to go from there.
http://www.algotrader.com/product/trial-version/ Algotrader for IB, trial version and web based demo, email sent with price request but no reply, backtest functionality appears to be limited
www.oneoption.com Day trade chat, simplified approach, focuses on stocks but has tutorials for options also, $600 qtr
http://onedaywonderoptions.com/ Friday option picks
https://www.tastytrade.com/tt/ Credit side; Platform add-on for Thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade
http://www.options-intelligence.com/option-trade-alerts/ Weekly or monthly option signals and strategy results
https://tulipcell.org/ Tulip Indicators and Tulip Charts Excel Add-on
https://datashop.cboe.com/option-quotes-intervals Buy data direct from CBOE to be used with TA-Lib
www.deltixlab.com/ Priced for hedge fund managers Kent suggested www.smartquant.com as an alternative; Smartquant is also very expensive but the smallest package is only $99 per mo, up to 20k per year.
https://www.getvolatility.com/ Expensive at $99 - $299 per month, but if it's used for back-testing only, requires a credit card to test, message sent
www.algonetexplorer.com/ This appears that it might work. Joined mailing list, but can't login or download, pricing info to be announced, 5 min intraday
www.quantycarlo.com Backtesting options but appears to cater to professionals, message sent via web form
options support clearly stated on page support
full platform with rule based builder, free trial, might be web based
Could provide some chat functionality, does have strategy building; Lifetime pricing looks reasonable https://www.quantshare.com/index.php?option=quantshare&%3badd=; never responded in forum.
https://www.medvedtrader.com/www/frontend Builder for IB, Under $200 annual, IB chat suggested this but said that they do not yet have automation for indicators; This appears to have changed upon examination of the site. Has options but no automation yet, confirmed via forum 4-6-2017
www.tradestation.com Sierracharts may do intrabar execution more seamlessly and have better rates, but TS may be easier to test on. Really a toss up. SC does not have radar screen which may not be needed.
www.interactivebrokers.com Allows lots of connectivity for outside platforms, no built-in algo tools, all third party, has options Software List www.interactivebrokers.com/Universal/servlet/MarketPlace.MarketPlaceServlet Charting https://gdcdyn.interactivebrokers.com/Universal/servlet/AccountAccess.AuthenticateSSO?action=ACCT_MGMT_MAIN&loginType=1&clt=0 Chat http://chatsrv1.interactivebrokers.com/fchat/chat/flashchat.php Elite Traders might be a good user forum https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome-psyapi2&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8&q=elite%20traders&oq=elite%20traders&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.3711j0j8
https://www.multicharts.com/net/purchase/ Support is excellent. I thought this was hands down best charting platform found as of 4-5-2017 Sierra Charts is better according to write-up by friend of Jim Some problem with this that I don't remember.
http://www.key2options.com/ Test for $10, purchase for $200 mo Feb1 - Recommended by post in stack exchange; no response to chat on site; sent message via web form; no responses http://app.greenrope.com/ticket.pl?a942a74f88443f54f89da8bef7cdd930b0c6b010e53023a8; apparently support is not really there. Looked at page again on 4-5-2017 looked pretty good, concerned about support and cost
order routing through TOS or tradier options and backtesting www.optionvue.com Free trial, no minute bars Quick reply to contact form inquiry 4/5/2017
Find a symbol (Fidelity): https://quotes.fidelity.com/webxpress/popup_lookup.phtml?page=quote&fs=rocfind Screener https://research2.fidelity.com/pi/etf-screener Programming Guide for WLP v6.9 https://www.fidelity.com/bin-public/060_www_fidelity_com/documents/WLP_Programming_Guide.pdf Download Active Trader Pro https://www.fidelity.com/trading/advanced-trading-tools/active-trader-pro/overview Download Wealth-Lab Pro https://www.fidelity.com/trading/advanced-trading-tools/strategy-testing/overview Tickets (WLP): https://www.wealth-lab.com/Support/TicketCenter/ Forum (WLP): https://www.wealth-lab.com/Profile/tedpenner Real-time Chat (Fidelity) https://chat.fidelity.com/ftgw/chat/guest/PIBeginChat?refUrl=www.fidelity.com/customer-service/overview
https://www.prodigiorts.com/content/think-it-make-it-trade-it No options support but is planned according to support call. Free for people who meet minimum trade requirements
www.thinkorswim.com TOS apparently now has a thinkscript forum which could prove invaluable. A person in this chat recommended http://www.scriptachart.com/services.html and forwarded him an email.
http://www.quantsavvy.com/daytrading-strategies.html Futures, pre-built strategies that just run and are low risk. $15k appears to be the minimum but not near enough info according to email; immediate response, still sounds very promising, 9am sat demo; futures trading; $1,000 per month.
www.eoption.com - No algo support per email
www.optionshouse.com - Can't code your own indicators or signals Advanced order types Might contain some chart entry stuff https://www.optionshouse.com/webinars/advanced-order-ticket/ www.trademonster.com/learnmore
www.optionscity.com/ Trade execution platform for pros. These guys help with execution of algos once I have my algo written and back-tested. Pricing not visible.
http://quant.stackexchange.com/questions/74/are-there-any-good-tools-for-back-testing-options-strategies Question posted to find back-testing strategies for backtesting section below
www.quantconnect.com - Can code options per screenshot, can share code, poor support.