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IB TWS & API, without IB account?

I'll be starting a MFE grad program in Fall, and some of the classes have a lab that use the IB TWS & API. I'd like to play around with it for fun this summer. Unfortunately, I don't have an IB ...
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R or Matlab code for Multi-Barrier-Options (3 or more underlyings)

I am looking for R or Matlab code examples of multi-barrier-options (or multi-barrier reverse convertibles) with at least 3 underlyings. Do you have such code or can you point me to a place where I ...
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What is the best alternative of Quantlib library

We need to build a Fixed Income Portfolio Risk Analytics solution. Somehow due to administrative reason we can't use Quantlib which is written in C++, even call it through SWIG via JNI. We have tried ...
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Which method is implemented by Excel's YEARFRAC for ACT/ACT?

I know the algorithm used by Excel to calculate the YEARFRAC(startDate, endDate, basis) for basis=1. Excel calls the method "act/act". A Java re-implentation of Excel's algorithm can be found at ...
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How can you convert the CUSIP of a bond issue to the CUSIP of the company's stock/

As part of a research project I ran a query on the Mergent FISD database using the WRDS website. The output included the CUSIPs of numerous bond issues (>10000). I am using this data to run event ...
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For a interdays trading backtest system, should I put day open, close, high, low, volume separately into array?

I think there are two possible ways: 1. day open, close, high, low, volume separately into array, then I have 5 arrays to work with my calculation 2. Put all of these into one array or linklist to do ...
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How do you handle order tracking (without unique Lot ID's)

Hypothetical Trade: I buy 10,000 shares of ASTC using a broker API. The order is filled in 4 similar lots; ...
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QuantLib error with qlPiecewiseYieldCurveData() on qlPiecewiseYieldCurve() with ZeroYield and ForwardRate

I'm using QuantLibXL to build a discount curve, a zero yield curve and a forward curve of the EURIBOR rate (QuantLibXL is downloadable here). I've built an object of class ...
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Example code for “Gauge Invariance, Geometry and Arbitrage” paper

This paper describes an algorithm for computing arbitrage opportunites using a gauge connetion. Has anyone written a python program or C++ or C# program that shows how to follow the steps outlines in ...
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What C++ math libraries are typically used by quants?

Before you mark question as off-topic, please read it - it is, actually, quant-related. Basically, I'm working on an app that spits out a lot of C++ math. When it comes to simple things like ...
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What is the difference between the Interactive Brokers demo account and a personal paper trader account?

I'm interested in testing my trading strategy using the Interactive Brokers API for Trader Workstation. A demo account is provided to play with TWS for free, but if I fund a real account I will be ...
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Duration of a floating rate note

I have the following C# code for calculating the modified duration of fixed coupon bonds: ...
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How to most optimally perform currency conversions when backtesting on portfolio level?

I am currently expanding my own strategy profiling and testing platform which partly consists of a portfolio backtesting module. The backtest engine processes tick based data (quotes for currencies, ...
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How to look for fractals/harmonics patterns in time series?

I want to build trading systems based on two things: 1)Fractal Theory 2)Harmonics Pattern I have read the book : The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence By Mandelbrot ...
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Is there an API to perform request about stocks and financial derivatives? [closed]

Is there an API to make a request such as: all the companies which thier P/E ratio is greater than 50 ? I know I can crawl google finance and have it locally on my ...
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Why is C++ still a very popular language in quantitative finance? [closed]

I had to ask this question after reading the answers to What programming languages are most commonly used in quantitative finance? I understand that C++ programs can be optimized pretty well and are ...
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Need to match my bond price calculation to that of Bloomberg, currently failing hard

I have a fixed-coupon bond with the following characteristics: ...
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RCaller & RQuantlib error in java

I am receiving the following error: ...
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How does the CME set margin requirements on commodity Futures

I am trying to model margin requirements on various commodity futures, however it doesn't seem that the CME has released the formula they use to set these performance bonds. I am sure that they use ...
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LIBOR Rates available in CSV, XML etc

Is there a website that offers current LIBOR rates for all tenors for free in machine readable formats?
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How to implement Maximum Diversification in R?

I am trying to code up the optimization problem for Max Diversification Portfolios. The main problem I am having is properly translating the objective function in to code and port it in to the ...
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Is there an all Java options-pricing library (preferably open source) besides jquantlib?

I am looking for an all-java implementation of black scholes, preferably open source. I found jquantlib and quantlib (C++). Any other recommendations? The jquantlib site seems to be down. I'd prefer ...
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portfolio optimization with a loop

I am attempting to minimize the variance of a 3 stock portfolio using optimization within a loop. What I have done is calculated the stock returns and cov matrix from dates 1980-01-01 to 1989-12-31 ...
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Is the Interactive Brokers API suitable for hft?

By hft here I mean anything with holding period less than 5-10mins... Any empirical/anecdotal evidence of using it successfully on even higher frequencies?
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Is F# used in trading systems?

Similar to this other question about Scala, I'm interested in knowing whether F# is used to any measurable degree in financial circles. Have there been any successful shops using it, any research on ...
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Why C is still in use especially in area of numerical optimization (instead of C++)? [closed]

Why C is still in use especially in area of numerical optimization (instead of C++) ? C and C++ aren't fully compatible so mayby you know some differances that make the difference ?
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What API methods are there to determine a company's market cap?

I'm wondering what API methods there are to determine a company's market cap, i.e. (number of shares issued) * (price per share). I know IQfeed and perhaps Yahoo will do this - does anyone know of ...
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Library of basic indicators

I am looking to start developing a trend following strategy and have been looking to do something in either C# or Java and wondered if there was a library or framework out there that would make ...
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Robust Bayesian portfolio optimization in matlab?

I am working through this paper. I want to implement the robust Bayesian optimization (see pages 6 onward) in Matlab using fmincon. Here is a brief overview of my problem: Let $\alpha$ be the ...
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Resequencing of MsgSeqNum in FIX 4.2

I am trying to achieve the following functionality using QuickFIX for FIX 4.2 Send a couple of orders and make sure they’re filled. Then disconnect. Change the incoming (from Broker) sequence number ...
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What is the industry standard Quant Finance modeling library for F#

If it exists, has been agreed on, and F# programmers have used it extensively, I would like to know what is the industry standard Quant Finance library for F#. What typical finance scenario(s) have ...
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Fastest solver possible for portfolio optimization

I am using quadprog in MATLAB for very simple mean-variance optimization, with less than 100 assets. It is quite fast but if I run a strategy with daily ...
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How to attribute income that incurs a double liability in a P&L?

I'm a developer writing a system for a startup. Without giving away too much of the business model, here are the basics of how it works: The web site has two forms of "currency": tickets and ...
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Is MATLAB-generated code good enough for use in live trading?

I know that MATLAB has mechanisms for generating code, but I've never used them. Have you? If you have - is it good enough (=fast enough, I guess) to be used in live trading systems? Anything one ...
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Treasury Bond Yield Curves in R

Does anyone know if I can access interest rates series from the treasury using R? I tried yahoo! Finance and it doesn't seem to have this kind of information.
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Technology stack used in Bloomberg

I figure this perhaps the best place to ask this. What technology stack is used in Bloomberg? I'm C++ developer, and I definitely prefer C++ to C, so I don't want to touch C unless it's strictly ...
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Reference request: Survey article on GPU in Finance

I would like to get and idea of how people use GPUs in finance. I can find some specific papers or books on the subject. GPUs in binomial model, finite difference, monte carlo,... But I couldn't ...
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Is it possible to “steal” financial data on publicly traded companies off the internet? Legally, I mean, what is the truth about “data” as a property

What constitutes "stealing" when it comes to publicly posted financial data? I think there are three instances of this that we can individually vet: a.) you physically broke into a location or ...
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Using QuickFIX in a C project

QuickFIX is a well-known open-source implementation of the FIX protocol. This library has been ported to numerous languages, though for the moment I am concentrating the on C/C++ implementation. ...
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How do you handle Calendars in a .NET quant system?

I have developed an analytic platform in .NET, but I now have to tackle the problem of data cleaning which first starts by finding holes in time series, before actually looking to find inconsistent ...
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FIX Heartbeat message not sent

I am using FIX4.3 and QuickFIX/n v1.0.0 for its implementation. I came across a situation where i had subscribed for Market Data and was successfully receiving Snapshot message then suddenly all ...
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Risk-Parity Portfolio Optimization using Extreme Optimization in C#

I'm trying to create a risk-parity portfolio in C# using the Extreme Optimization routines. I'm mostly trying them out to see if I like them or not before I buy them (I'm a student so money is ...
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VaR implementation using quantlib?

I am thinking of writing a VaR framework for my existing system, using quantlib to do the bulk of the calculations. Despite several searches, I have not as yet come across a quantlib VaR ...
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What is the best live options data API?

What is the best/cheapest service to get real-time (as real-time as you can get) on stock options? I'm looking for the fastest update on the ENTIRE market, with a few stocks prioritized, so I need ...
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FpML class generation gives error

I am creating classes out of 5.1 FPML specification but I get following error. ...
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Looking for FpML best practices

We want start using FpML within our organisation; where message will be sent using FpML. What are best practices to do this ? If anyone who have used Tools as well as; i want to use FpML for ...
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What tools and libraries may be used to model limit/stop systematic trading?

A lot of the tools/libraries out there seem to focus on close to close time series analysis. This is all fine but I typically do not trade close to close, I will use limit or stop orders that may or ...
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Option symbol conversion [closed]

Maybe more of a programming question, Is there a Ruby gem to facilitate conversion of an option symbol notation from one form to another? For example, one source provides TZA1220J18 but an API for ...
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What commercial financial libraries are available to outsource implementation risk?

During our daily jobs as quants, we tend to be willing to develop all the quantitative libraries ourselves. While I know that we need to develop specific algorithms which are the foundations of our ...