A Quant Quickstart with Intrinio & Backtrader

The goal of this article is to enable traders to start backtesting their strategies as quickly as possible. We’ll dive deep into how to download data using the Intrinio API and then demonstrate an easy-to-follow backtest where we’ll trade Apple using a crossover strategy with Backtrader.

Hello, my name is Leo Smigel, and I use data science to determine what works in investing and trading. You can read more about me and my journey at Analyzing Alpha. My goal is to be the resource I wish I had when learning how to make money in the markets. 

I remember the daunting feeling of venturing into the world of algorithmic trading and backtesting. So don’t worry, I’m going to provide step-by-step guidance so you can follow along. 

With introductions out of the way, let’s dig into the what and then the how.



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Stock API For Fintech Developers: How To Get Started

Get the Intrinio Financial Data API

Intrinio’s stock API was designed by financial professionals for developers, a rare situation in the world of fintech. This makes the API easy to integrate and scale for a developer while the data structures are intuitive for financial analysts.

Even with this solid foundation,  getting started with the API can be challenging – developers need to understand how to work with a RESTful API and understand financial data. This article explains a few of the resources Intrinio has made available to help you get started. It contains three major sections:

  • A summary of the tools you’ll need to get started using the API
  • An explanation of how to make your first API call
  • A list of SDKs that include sample code in many languages

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