I'm sure we all who have been live trading just received the email that they are ending live trading support. I just wanted to voice my frustration over this sudden announcement.
Quantopian's homepage reads: "Leveling Wall Street's Playing Field." When they supported live trading with user written algorithms I felt that they were living up to that mission and then some. Now... it seems that big finance has stepped in and paid to end this. If the support was becoming too costly why wouldn't they at least offer the live trading for a fee? I think I'd be okay with that, but to end it so suddenly is upsetting.
I also know that they claim that live trading has become misaligned with their goals of developing a hedge fund. But I think they missed a key element, many of us came to this platform to use live trading first, then we started experimenting with developing market neutral strategies. It wasn't the other way around. So by now discontinuing that service they will shut off a key driver of user growth and therefore of viable algorithm development growth.
Is anyone else as frustrated as I am?
I guess we'll have to look to help the folks developing the opensource version of zipline drive to keep some of this alive. But we will still be shut off from the data sources...