April 27, 2022
Momentum Strategies 101 - 3 Strategies
Everyone has probably heard of the mantra “Buy low, sell high.” That is, of course, the entire goal of investing, but it is much easier said than done. But what if we could “Buy high, sell higher”? The idea that recent...
March 30, 2022
Build a Backtester in Python in 10 Minutes
Let’s take a look at this first backtester, a vectorized one. First, what is a vectorized backtest? The best way is to prescribe an example. Let’s say I wanted to build a trading algorithm that looked at two moving averages and identified when they crossed (hmmm...sounds like the golden cross)...
March 28, 2022
4 Algotrading Trends in 2022
As the market for algotrading grows and developers gain experience, it will become more and more difficult to achieve the same level of returns. As institutional investors and big brokerage houses compete innovate in the space and maintain the same levels of alpha, here are a few notable trends to be aware of
March 21, 2022
Build a Neural Network for Trading
Today, we'll look at using the Blankly package to build a basic machine learning model for trading. Machine learning has been one of the hottest trends in algotrading during the last few years, as we've only recently reached the level of computing power and amount of data needed to build and train successful models.
March 21, 2022
Being a Female in Fintech
In preparation for my interview for Blankly I browsed the Blankly website to familiarize myself with the company and what my role would possibly look like. I scrolled to a section entitled ‘Meet our growing core team’ and saw nine headshots smiling at me from my screen– they were all men, a normal sight to see for a FinTech environment....
March 17, 2022
Introducing Blankly Slate Preview Release
After over 4 months of hard hard work. We are super excited today to announce our open preview release for Blankly Slate. The modern algotrading platform that makes building better trading algorithms faster and deploying seconds.
March 10, 2022
How to Create a Stripe Subscription Service with as Few Lines of Code as Possible
After creating a team billing service, I was amazed at how incredible Stripe Checkout Sessions were. Collecting payments from customers is hard. There are many possible cases to consider such as verifying payment information, international banking standards, and intermediate bank verification steps....
March 5, 2022
How to Hedge Against Inflation in a Web3 World - 8 Ways
The annual inflation rate in the U.S. was reported to be 7.5% in January 2022, the highest since February of 1982. Various economic metrics like the Consumer Price Index showing how the same basket of goods and services is costing more and more....
February 17, 2022
Why Building a Trading Algorithm is More Than Just the Algorithm - 3 Things
Trading algorithms are awesome. They’re automated, streamlined, and if made well, can generate amazing profits. Fundamentally, a trading algorithm is a set of rules or logic that takes in pieces of data to ultimately make a decision about when to buy and when to sell specific assets, or universe of assets: a very, very well-crafted function to that takes in input, and determines a set of trading signals (buying and selling).
January 24, 2022
KuCoin and FTX Integrations, 500 Stars, Discord AMA Event
Good morning! We hope everyone has had a great weekend. With $1.17 trillion wiped from the crypto market, maybe there were some algorithms out there that predicted the major sell-off. Over on our side, many things have begun to pick up speed, as we just wrapped up an amazing week with Z Fellows.
January 22, 2022
How to Build a Crypto Price Monitoring Discord Bot
This article is a continuation of a previous piece on using Blankly Connect to help create community trading bots. So, if you haven't had a chance to read that yet, I'd highly recommend doing so as it will help you in catching up to speed with what will be discussed in this article.
January 20, 2022
Why You Shouldn’t Use a No-Code Trading Platform - 3 Reasons
There’s a huge buzz in the market nowadays that “anyone can make money” in the markets. True, it’s gotten so much easier, and with the advent of technologies of all alike, it sure has hell has made investing and opportunities in the market so much more formidable
January 11, 2022
Blankly Platform Early Demo, New Blog Page, Youtube Channel Launch
2022 is getting started underway, and it’s an exciting start for us here at Blankly. Development has been steady on both the package and platform, everyone is working hard on writing helpful articles and blog posts, and things are in line with our plans moving forward into the new year. Thank you for all your support, and enjoy!
January 7, 2022
Trading Algos - 5 Key Backtesting Metrics and How to Implement Them
Performance metrics are key to building better strategies and screeners. Whether it's analyzing a single strategy or a portfolio of strategies, fundamentally you are making trades, assuming costs and risks, and making a return on your investment. Let's see how some of these metrics and how to implement them in practice.
January 6, 2022
Using Blankly with Jupyter Notebooks — Golden Cross
By allowing users to easily pick and select which cells to run, users can modularize their code development and easily focus on the parts that need more attention. That's why Blankly easily supports jupyter notebooks out of the box.
January 6, 2022
An Honest Comparison of VS Code vs JetBrains - 5 Points
After coding in VS Code for over five years, it might seem strange as to why I decided to switch my primary (and honestly only IDE) I had been using up to this point. Here are some of the reasons that helped influence my decision to switch
January 5, 2022
How I Like to Forecast Stock Price
I used to value stocks with a discounted cash flow model. I stopped doing so because slight changes in the discount rate can completely change the valuation of a stock. These days, I try to value stocks based on their earnings growth with some sort of end multiple.
January 4, 2022
Build Better Algorithms: Three Backtesting Pitfalls to Avoid
In order to understand how well our algorithms will perform in the future, we need to look at how they would have performed in the past. This is backtesting. The process seems easy, but there are many ways it could go wrong.
January 3, 2022
Keep Transaction Costs In Mind!
Every time your trading strategy buys or shorts a security, it incurs a cost. This cost could be a brokerage fee, driving the bid-ask spread, or even delays in the time your program takes to send an order to your brokerage and the time the order is executed...
January 3, 2022
The Terms of Quants
There are so many terms that go around when describing the quant world that it often makes it difficult to fully understand what’s going on or what quants really do. Here’s a couple we’ve found to better understand positions in the quant industry.
January 2, 2022
Build Better Algorithms: Backtesting 101
For all quantitative traders, whether you are just starting out or have years of industry experience, backtesting can make or break your strategy’s profits. In this article, we will go over some of the key pitfalls of backtesting, as well as the metrics to keep an eye out for when you backtest your own models.
January 1, 2022
Blankly’s New Year's Resolutions
Hey there Blankly Community. It’s Brandon here to talk a little bit more about what we have in store for Blankly and some of the resolutions that we are making as a company. It’s been a wild 2021. With everyone battling COVID-19 in the workplace, life has been full of its ups and downs...
December 29, 2021
How To Add A Community Trading Bot on Discord
At Blankly, we pride ourselves not just for the product that we are building, but also towards cultivating a community of quant enthusiasts which no one else is doing in this field right now. We identified a critical void that many Discord servers currently suffer from: low member engagement.
December 27, 2021
My First Week as a Blankly Developer
Just a little blog post detailing what I've learned about the team since joining from week 1. It's been a lot of fun, a lot of grinding, but super exciting stuff. I can't wait to see where Blankly goes.