What broker were you using? Robinhood. I pulled my money from my account today, and will likely be going to IB or just quitting altogether.
How long have you been live-trading? Since May 30th.
How long have you been working with the Quantopian platform? Early/mid-May.
How much capital did you invest in your algo(s)? I had up to 30k in my Robinhood account, but I generally only allowed it to play with the amounts in excess of $25,000.
What kinds of returns did you see? Were they as strong as you expected? Hard to say. Day one saw a 6% gain, which was wiped out on day 2 solely because I made some poorly thought out changes overnight. Since then I've only deployed sparingly, with one day of a 2% or so gain, and a few other days where either no signals were triggered, or the gain/loss was negligible.
How deep is your finance/stock market background? Uh, five, six months worth of experience? I just dumped whatever I could in my 401k, set it to the most aggressive level, and didn't think much of investing until I had enough money sitting around doing nothing that I decided to play with it. I tried a couple of roboinvestors but wasn't interested in them, and my first two months on Robinhood were a disaster because I didn't know what I was doing.
How deep is your programming background? How comfortable are you with Python? What is your "native" or favorite language? Aside from learning QBASIC in high school and teaching myself basic HTML around that same time (which I have since forgot), I didn't know anything about programming or Python until I came across this site in early May. I took a week off of work to learn Python and technical analysis, and worked at it until I cobbled something together that A) worked and B) I understood why it worked. The funny thing is, after glancing at QuantConnect's site, I'm like "wow, whatever this is is so different than what I know, I don't know if I'll ever get comfortable with it", even though three months ago, I didn't even know what Python was.
Can you give a high-level description of your strategy/ies? Economic premise? Methods utilized? Amount and type of securities used? The theory behind my strategies was that if I have the 25k to day trade, and it doesn't cost anything to make a bunch of moves, that I'd try to find momentum in relatively liquid, higher risk securities (typically 3X ETFs), get in for a small profit, and get out with minimal risk. Disregarding the tax benefits of buy and hold, vs. scalping, you can beat the returns on any stock with a long-only strategy if there is no cost to trading.
What Quantopian features were utilized to inform your trading signals? OHCL bars? Fundamental data? Alternative data? Daily or minutely? Pipeline?
Were there any features missing from Quantopian that you wish you'd had access to? Basically just OHCL and daily price data. Pipeline would have been much more useful for me if I was on IB, since I'd be able to go short. Even filtering out penny stocks, finding big gainers from the previous day and shorting those is seemingly a no-brainer. I wrote (and unfortunately deleted) one strategy that did exactly that, and while I don't think I ever let it run to completion, the results would have been astronomical. I don't think I even wrote in any technical indicators, it just said "if pipeline says this gained a lot the previous day, short it and cover by EOD."
What do you think you'll do now in order to keep live-trading? Maybe QuantConnect, maybe look at what else is available in IB, or maybe just switch over to cryptocurrency. I can't go back to manual trading, it's too difficult to do while I'm trying to also work a full time job, and I have too much of a trigger finger when it comes to timing buys and sells. The strategies I wrote were much more disciplined.
What are you goals? What are you hoping to get out of algorithmic trading? I want a race car.
What brought you to Quantopian? Luck, I guess. I was looking for Robinhood integrations so I didn't have to make trades from my phone, and the only ones I found were this and StockTwats. I needed an education and it was clear that I'd get more from learning code and reading the forums here than I would from reading tweets like "HAY GUYZ $DRYS IS GOING TO THE MOON, COME OVER QUICK".