Alpha Vantage is one of the best free data sources for both historical prices and fundamental data. This tutorial shows all you need to know to get started.
Getting Alpha Vantage API key
To use Alpha Vantage API, you need an API key. Get it by registering on their website.
This tutorial creates a short script to download option price quotes from Yahoo Finance, using the yfinance Python module. It explains each step in detail and provides full Python code at the end.
Python yfinance module
The script uses the yfinance Python module, which scrapes price quotes and other information [more...]
This page is an overview of the three ways to connect Interactive Brokers data to Excel, comparing their strentghs and weaknesses, which is suitable for what, and basic guidance.
IB Excel API options
There are three different options for connecting Interactive Brokers to Excel:
At the moment ( [more...]
Interactive Brokers provide activity statements in various formats, including PDF or CSV. That said, if you have a large number of transactions, it is better to insert all your IB statements into a database, which you can query as needed. It saves a lot of time. It automates logging of [more...]
This page discusses main considerations and some ideas on how to select which stocks to trade.
Specialist vs. opportunist approach
There are two approaches traders take:
Some traders have a constant "basket" of stocks they follow at all times and rarely consider any other stocks. We can call these traders [more...]
Stocks and bonds are the two basic asset classes (types of investments). This page explains why stocks are generally considered riskier than bonds.
You can lose all in either stocks and bonds
The common sense understanding of risk is the likelihood of losing part or the whole of our investment.
This page is a collection of the most popular trading sayings, adages, quotes, and rules. While some of them remind us of useful habits, all the rules should be taken with a grain of salt. Most of them are right and profitable in some market conditions and wrong in others. [more...]