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Algorithmic Trading Basics

An Insight into the Algorithmic Trading Conference October 2020: Part 1

Alpaca Team
Alpaca Team

As many of you might know, we recently hosted our first virtual conference, An Insight into the Algorithmic Trading industry featuring Alpaca, Quantpedia, Vauban, and QuantInsti on the 30th of October. Thank you to everyone who attended along with our friends at Quantpedia, Vauban, and QuantInsti. Here at Alpaca we wanted to welcome any new Alpaca users who might have discovered us at this event! Check out the video for Part 1 here.

Our conference article series will be broken down into 2 parts. Part 1 of this article will cover a brief account of Yoshi Yokokawa’s (CEO of Alpaca) presentation. Meanwhile, in Part 2 we will go over a summary of the informative presentations given by Quantpedia, QuantInsti, and Vauban.


The Story Behind Alpaca

Both founders, Yoshi and Hitoshi have worked in the technology industry and capital markets before starting Alpaca. A couple of years ago when they were developing deep learning prediction models, they realized that there is not an efficient way to implement their models into live trading. This inspired them to build a company with a focus on an API for algorithmic trading. That being said they founded the first commission free API exclusive stock brokerage.

Alpaca API and features

Alpaca’s focus

The Alpaca team mainly consists of developers, although Alpaca is a regulated broker, this is really a tech product. - Yoshi Yokokawa


Alpaca prioritizes its “API first” motto and heavily focuses on the needs of the community and the users. This is one of the reasons why we closely collaborate with researchers to give them the platform to publish features, trading strategies, and tools that they’re building with Alpaca. Not only does it inspire other algorithmic traders and developers to use this research but it gives them an insight about what they can build with the API.


Professional Algorithmic Trading

One of the key components of Alpaca is that we provide extensive support for investors that want to trade professionally. Some of the services which we offer are:

Alpaca API features

Traditionally opening a brokerage account as a business entity can both be difficult and time consuming but at Alpaca we have built an active and timely support team for our users.  Overall this has enabled Alpaca to offer a professional experience in addition to our product which makes the process less complex.


Next up

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Algorithmic Trading Conference series, where we will give a description on what our collaborating partners, Vauban, Quantinsti and Quantpedia discussed.

Alpaca Trading meme

……..to those who participated in the conference. Again we welcome any new Alpaca users. To get involved more with the Alpaca community, please visit the Alpaca Forum and our Community Slack!


Technology and services are offered by AlpacaDB, Inc. Brokerage services are provided by Alpaca Securities LLC (alpaca.markets), member FINRA/SIPC. Alpaca Securities LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AlpacaDB, Inc.

You can find us @AlpacaHQ, if you use twitter.

Algorithmic Trading Basics

Alpaca Team

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