David Bergstrom – I am the guy behind Build Alpha. I have spent a decade-plus in the professional trading world working as a market maker and quantitative strategy developer at a high frequency trading firm with a Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) seat, consulting for Hedge Funds, Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), Family Offices and Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs). I am a self-taught programmer utilizing C++, C# and python with a statistics background specializing in data science, machine learning and trading strategy development. I have been featured on Chatwithtraders.com, Bettersystemtrader.com, Desiretotrade.com, Quantocracy, Traderlife.com, Seeitmarket.com, Benzinga, TradeStation, NinjaTrader and more. Most of my experience has led me to a series of repeatable processes to find, create, test and implement algorithmic trading ideas in a robust manner. Build Alpha is the culmination of this process from start to finish. Please reach out to me directly at any time.
The Build Alpha algorithmic trading platform launched with *only* 1,000 technical indicators and trade functions. Now Build Alpha has more than 7,000+ market signals to choose from as I constantly add more with each new update.
Furthermore, Build Alpha contains technical indicators, price action signals, breakouts, candlesticks, quantified chart patterns, volume weighted average price, quantitative analysis, trend following, mean reversion, machine learning, volume signals, moving average, Bollinger bands, average price, full TA library, and more.
However, Build Alpha also contains non-price-based signals such as: stock market breadth, economic data, holidays, news events, volatility index term structure, treasury yields and spreads, gamma exposure, option flows, and more.
These non-price-based signals give much needed context to price-action and volume-based strategies to help keep strategies in-tune with the current market regime/environment over multiple market conditions in a way that price action only strategies typically cannot.
You also have the ability to build your own indicators and signals with a drag and drop code-free builder. You can also add your own custom indicators with python, if you want.
More importantly, there is NO coding required to use Build Alpha to backtest or build an algorithmic trading system or test your own trading algorithms. The ultimate data science toolbox and no black box trading system – access to all the different technical indicators and strategy signals.
Yes, absolutely. Almost half of Build Alpha traders were not doing any algorithmic trading or algorithmic trades prior to Build Alpha. Just regular human traders or manual trading with no prior algo trading experience or trades.
The license includes a written Signal Glossary and User Manual with pictures and text explanations. Additionally, there is also a private video training library that contains 50+ personal videos covering best algorithmic trading practices and full walkthrough of how to use the algorithmic trading software.
My mentor is a high frequency trading, market maker and an absolute unicorn when it comes to quantitative analysis and automated trading. My learning curve has been sped up tremendously. The videos will do the same.
First, I discuss the basics of the market, algorithmic trading and system trading. Next, I get into more advanced videos where I show quantitative trading examples, market trades, how to set expectations N trades from now, explain the validation tests, explain what a pass/fail algorithm is, best backtesting practices, and some dos and donts.
Ultimately, I conclude with portfolio construction and live strategy monitoring techniques. I show how the holy grail is not technical analysis but combining trading algorithms. My goal is for you to optimize your use of the license.
Techniques apply to all financial instruments and skill levels from new traders to institutional traders to those doing long-term investing. No black box techniques! Tons of top algorithmic trading knowledge shared in the community.
Yes, Build Alpha was designed for serious traders that want to quantify their edges but is flexible for all market participants. Build Alpha is institutional grade algorithmic trading software available to all.
Build Alpha has a great community that ranges from small traders with only a few thousand-dollar accounts looking to start trading to hedge funds, family offices and RIAs with 100M+ in AUM. Most important, the software is flexible and gives full control over trade account and position sizing to fit your situation. All risk metrics and tests scale to your trading account size settings and all markets. Build Alpha’s Portfolio mode even supports portfolio management and combined equity curves.
Additionally, you can use advanced features like Intraday Edge that allow you to take daily strategies and see if there are intraday time windows that trade and capture the majority of the edge to reduce hold times and capital requirements. The efficiency of a trading system or trading algorithm is equally important as the underlying edge in these markets.
The number one question in automated online trading. Can you make money with algorithmic trading tools? Absolutely. The best trader of all time, Jim Simons, is an automated trader. He is fond of backtesting and designing an algorithm for markets. I had an article about him published on SeeItMarket here: https://www.seeitmarket.com/5-lessons-from-one-of-the-greatest-traders-of-all-time-jim-simons/
In addition, here are a few Build Alpha user success trade stories here: buildalpha.com/success
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Yes, you can absolutely automate your trading and start algo auto trading with no coding background. After the simulation backtest generation, Build Alpha – the best systematic trading platform – will produce fully automated code for any strategy it (or you) builds for a variety of platforms and brokers including TradeStation, Ninjatrader8, Metatrader4, Pro Real Time, MultiCharts, Stage5 and more.
That’s right, even if you’re not a Tradestation coder or Ninjatrader coder you can use Build Alpha to do automatic trading on a variety of trading platform. Build Alpha will produce fully executable code for you at the click of a button.
In addition, I have also partnered with TradeStation and Interactive Brokers to be able to monitor live algos and trade directly through the Build Alpha platform on both sim and live accounts. Live trading through Build Alpha is coming very soon! Important to note, I will be adding more broker connections soon! If you have suggestions please email them to me.
Build Alpha covers technical analysis, price action, volume, indicators, fundamentals, options flows, market breadth, alternative data, moving averages, vix, volatility index term structure, treasury yields and spreads, currencies, economic data, dark pool trading, seasonality, etc. If you can quantify it, then I already have. Time to start backtesting and build your trading algorithm with no coding!
Yes, technical support is included. Furthermore, there is access to the user group as well as direct email and direct messaging to me. I am extremely fast to respond to emails so please shoot me one anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nothing is more frustrating than contemplating placing trades but being unsure. Attack the markets with a community before you trade.
Market data is included, and you have the ability to import your own data as well. Live data connections will be available shortly to monitor algorithmic trading in real-time directly from Build Alpha.
You can also import your own trades as a custom strategy to analyze on the built-in data or with the state-of-the-art robustness tests.
For other popular questions please review buildalpha.com/faq
Build Alpha works on all asset classes and all financial markets. The stock market or stock trading, ETFs, mutual funds, futures, forex or currency pairs, alternative data and even cryptocurrency trading. Any timeframe, any bar type, any asset class. You can even build multi-asset algo trading strategies.
In case that is not enough, you can even import alternative and custom data via txt or csv file. I am building the most flexible algorithmic trading platform. An algorithmic trading platform to cover everything.
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Validation is where the true edge lies and why Build Alpha has a large suite of advanced validation and robustness tests to stress test every strategy before a trade is made. The reason I set out to do this custom trading platform development was due to a lack of appropriate robustness tools offered to the public.
More importantly, robustness is the main emphasis of Build Alpha and my trading passion. I have spent the last decade with this as my research focus. In fact, most of the tests and methods can be read about on the features page but please start taking advantage of the blog posts and demo videos as well.
In any event, I am always around to answer any questions, discuss new ideas, trades, strategy creation for live trading, and tests for Build Alpha as well.
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