Nina Diana

Nina Diana


Five Essential Topics to Get Started with Algorithmic Trading in Python

Back when I was working as a Systems Development Engineer at an Investment Management firm, one thing that I learned is that quantitative finance needs you to be good with mathematics, programming, and data analysis.

Algorithmic or Quantitative trading can be defined as the process of designing and developing statistical and mathematical trading strategies. It is an extremely sophisticated area of finance.

So, the question is how does one get started with Algorithmic Trading?

I am going to walk you through five essential topics that you should start with in order to pave your way in this fascinating world of trading. I personally prefer Python as it offers the right degree of customization, ease/speed of development, testing frameworks, and execution speed, therefore, all these topics are focused on Python for Trading.

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Shubham Ankit

Shubham Ankit


How to Automate Excel with Python | Python Excel Tutorial (OpenPyXL)

How to Automate Excel with Python

In this article, We will show how we can use python to automate Excel . A useful Python library is Openpyxl which we will learn to do Excel Automation


Openpyxl is a Python library that is used to read from an Excel file or write to an Excel file. Data scientists use Openpyxl for data analysis, data copying, data mining, drawing charts, styling sheets, adding formulas, and more.

Workbook: A spreadsheet is represented as a workbook in openpyxl. A workbook consists of one or more sheets.

Sheet: A sheet is a single page composed of cells for organizing data.

Cell: The intersection of a row and a column is called a cell. Usually represented by A1, B5, etc.

Row: A row is a horizontal line represented by a number (1,2, etc.).

Column: A column is a vertical line represented by a capital letter (A, B, etc.).

Openpyxl can be installed using the pip command and it is recommended to install it in a virtual environment.

pip install openpyxl


We start by creating a new spreadsheet, which is called a workbook in Openpyxl. We import the workbook module from Openpyxl and use the function Workbook() which creates a new workbook.

from openpyxl
import Workbook
#creates a new workbook
wb = Workbook()
#Gets the first active worksheet
ws =
#creating new worksheets by using the create_sheet method

ws1 = wb.create_sheet("sheet1", 0) #inserts at first position
ws2 = wb.create_sheet("sheet2") #inserts at last position
ws3 = wb.create_sheet("sheet3", -1) #inserts at penultimate position

#Renaming the sheet
ws.title = "Example"

#save the workbook = "example.xlsx")


We load the file using the function load_Workbook() which takes the filename as an argument. The file must be saved in the same working directory.

#loading a workbook
wb = openpyxl.load_workbook("example.xlsx")




#getting sheet names
result = ['sheet1', 'Sheet', 'sheet3', 'sheet2']

#getting a particular sheet
sheet1 = wb["sheet2"]

#getting sheet title
result = 'sheet2'

#Getting the active sheet
sheetactive =
result = 'sheet1'




#get a cell from the sheet
sheet1["A1"] <
  Cell 'Sheet1'.A1 >

  #get the cell value
ws["A1"].value 'Segment'

#accessing cell using row and column and assigning a value
d = ws.cell(row = 4, column = 2, value = 10)




#looping through each row and column
for x in range(1, 5):
  for y in range(1, 5):
  print(x, y, ws.cell(row = x, column = y)

#getting the highest row number

#getting the highest column number

There are two functions for iterating through rows and columns.

Iter_rows() => returns the rows
Iter_cols() => returns the columns {
  min_row = 4, max_row = 5, min_col = 2, max_col = 5
} => This can be used to set the boundaries
for any iteration.


#iterating rows
for row in ws.iter_rows(min_row = 2, max_col = 3, max_row = 3):
  for cell in row:
  print(cell) <
  Cell 'Sheet1'.A2 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.B2 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.C2 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.A3 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.B3 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.C3 >

  #iterating columns
for col in ws.iter_cols(min_row = 2, max_col = 3, max_row = 3):
  for cell in col:
  print(cell) <
  Cell 'Sheet1'.A2 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.A3 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.B2 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.B3 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.C2 >
  Cell 'Sheet1'.C3 >

To get all the rows of the worksheet we use the method worksheet.rows and to get all the columns of the worksheet we use the method worksheet.columns. Similarly, to iterate only through the values we use the method worksheet.values.


for row in ws.values:
  for value in row:



Writing to a workbook can be done in many ways such as adding a formula, adding charts, images, updating cell values, inserting rows and columns, etc… We will discuss each of these with an example.




#creates a new workbook
wb = openpyxl.Workbook()

#saving the workbook"new.xlsx")




#creating a new sheet
ws1 = wb.create_sheet(title = "sheet 2")

#creating a new sheet at index 0
ws2 = wb.create_sheet(index = 0, title = "sheet 0")

#checking the sheet names
wb.sheetnames['sheet 0', 'Sheet', 'sheet 2']

#deleting a sheet
del wb['sheet 0']

#checking sheetnames
wb.sheetnames['Sheet', 'sheet 2']




#checking the sheet value

#adding value to cell
ws['B2'] = 367

#checking value




We often require formulas to be included in our Excel datasheet. We can easily add formulas using the Openpyxl module just like you add values to a cell.

For example:

import openpyxl
from openpyxl
import Workbook

wb = openpyxl.load_workbook("new1.xlsx")
ws = wb['Sheet']

ws['A9'] = '=SUM(A2:A8)'"new2.xlsx")

The above program will add the formula (=SUM(A2:A8)) in cell A9. The result will be as below.




Two or more cells can be merged to a rectangular area using the method merge_cells(), and similarly, they can be unmerged using the method unmerge_cells().

For example:
Merge cells

#merge cells B2 to C9
ws['B2'] = "Merged cells"

Adding the above code to the previous example will merge cells as below.




#unmerge cells B2 to C9

The above code will unmerge cells from B2 to C9.


To insert an image we import the image function from the module openpyxl.drawing.image. We then load our image and add it to the cell as shown in the below example.


import openpyxl
from openpyxl
import Workbook
from openpyxl.drawing.image
import Image

wb = openpyxl.load_workbook("new1.xlsx")
ws = wb['Sheet']
#loading the image(should be in same folder)
img = Image('logo.png')
ws['A1'] = "Adding image"
#adjusting size
img.height = 130
img.width = 200
#adding img to cell A3

ws.add_image(img, 'A3')"new2.xlsx")




Charts are essential to show a visualization of data. We can create charts from Excel data using the Openpyxl module chart. Different forms of charts such as line charts, bar charts, 3D line charts, etc., can be created. We need to create a reference that contains the data to be used for the chart, which is nothing but a selection of cells (rows and columns). I am using sample data to create a 3D bar chart in the below example:


import openpyxl
from openpyxl
import Workbook
from openpyxl.chart
import BarChart3D, Reference, series

wb = openpyxl.load_workbook("example.xlsx")
ws =

values = Reference(ws, min_col = 3, min_row = 2, max_col = 3, max_row = 40)
chart = BarChart3D()
ws.add_chart(chart, "E3")"MyChart.xlsx")


How to Automate Excel with Python with Video Tutorial

Welcome to another video! In this video, We will cover how we can use python to automate Excel. I'll be going over everything from creating workbooks to accessing individual cells and stylizing cells. There is a ton of things that you can do with Excel but I'll just be covering the core/base things in OpenPyXl.

⭐️ Timestamps ⭐️
00:00 | Introduction
02:14 | Installing openpyxl
03:19 | Testing Installation
04:25 | Loading an Existing Workbook
06:46 | Accessing Worksheets
07:37 | Accessing Cell Values
08:58 | Saving Workbooks
09:52 | Creating, Listing and Changing Sheets
11:50 | Creating a New Workbook
12:39 | Adding/Appending Rows
14:26 | Accessing Multiple Cells
20:46 | Merging Cells
22:27 | Inserting and Deleting Rows
23:35 | Inserting and Deleting Columns
24:48 | Copying and Moving Cells
26:06 | Practical Example, Formulas & Cell Styling

📄 Resources 📄
OpenPyXL Docs: 
Code Written in This Tutorial: 


Ray  Patel

Ray Patel


Lambda, Map, Filter functions in python

Welcome to my Blog, In this article, we will learn python lambda function, Map function, and filter function.

Lambda function in python: Lambda is a one line anonymous function and lambda takes any number of arguments but can only have one expression and python lambda syntax is

Syntax: x = lambda arguments : expression

Now i will show you some python lambda function examples:

#python #anonymous function python #filter function in python #lambda #lambda python 3 #map python #python filter #python filter lambda #python lambda #python lambda examples #python map

August  Larson

August Larson


Algorithmic Trading with Williams %R in Python

Learn to build a killer trading strategy with a powerful technical indicator in python


While having a look at the list of most popular momentum indicators that consists of the Relative Strength Index, and the Stochastic Oscillator, the one we are going to discuss today also joins the list when considering its usage and efficiency in the real world market. It’s none other than the Williams %R.

In this article, we are going to explore what Williams %R is all about, the math behind this indicator, and how a trading strategy based on it can be built with the help of python. As a bonus step, we will compare the returns of our Williams %R strategy returns with the returns of SPY ETF (an ETF specifically designed to track the movement of the S&P 500 Index) to get an idea of how well our strategy performs in the real-world market and can be considered as a step to evaluate the strategy. Considering your curiosity piqued, let’s dive into the article!

#python #algorithmic trading with williams %r in python #algorithmic trading with williams %r #algorithmic trading #williams %r

August  Larson

August Larson


Algorithmic Trading with the Keltner Channel in Python

A must-know indicator for all the traders out there


While you’re studying technical indicators, you would definitely come across a list comprising curated indicators that are widely considered as ‘must-know’ indicators that need to be learned by you before getting your hands dirty in the real-world market. The indicator we are going to explore today adds to this list given its performance in the market. It’s none other than the Keltner Channel (KC).

In this article, we will first discuss what the Keltner Channel is all about, and the mathematics behind the indicator. Then, we will proceed to the programming part where we will use Python to build the indicator from scratch, construct a simple trading strategy based on the indicator, backtest the strategy on Intel stocks, and finally, compare the strategy returns with those of the SPY ETF (an ETF particularly designed to track the movements of the S&P 500 market index).

#finance #python #algorithmic trading with the keltner channel in python #algorithmic trading #the keltner channel #algorithmic trading with the keltner channel

How I Made a 65% ROI with this Boeing Trading Algorithm

Since the market crashed in March of 2020 the rebound has been swift and irrational.

Boeing, for example, is in many ways worse off than it was in March.

It’s clear air travel has plummeted and that airlines will be impacted for

years. Where will airlines get the money to purchase planes?

An example of one headline in April: “Boeing customers cancel staggering 150 Max plane orders”.

Buy the dip?

One thing I’ve noticed is that since the end of March you can

basically just buy every dip and expect a pop, selling the next day. I

mentioned this to a friend on Friday and decided to backtest it.

Well, sure enough it works!

I’ll mention I made one modification. Originally I wrote the system like so:

1. Check if Boeing is down more than 3% 15 minutes from close

2. If yes, buy with 100% of portfolio

3. The next day, 15 minutes from open liquidate the portfolio.

This worked OK. Great actually! It returned about 25%. But want to know what really kicked it up a notch?

Instead of just selling the next day, I only sell if the position is

sitting at a realized gain. So e.g. if the next day its flat or drops

another 1%, don’t sell it, just keep holding on until its up and THEN

sell. Of course, this is completely insane and you would have to expect

the market to only go up, but that’s what has been happening.

Guess what? This simple system returned a whopping 65% in two-ish months. Yeah, I know, crazy.

Check out the backtest screenshot:

And here are the raw trading logs for those that want to see the dates the trades were made:

Here is the code!

Before we look at the code, I’ll just mention here are the details of the backtest:

  • start with 100k in cash

  • start at April first and go until last Friday (June 19th 2020)

  • end up with about 165k or a 65% return.

I wrote this little script on Quant Connect. The screenshot at the

top of the page is the backtest result, and the code below is everything you need to try this out.

Note the place I mentioned in the code you should comment if you want this to be a little bit less insane.

#algorithmic-trading #trading #python #algorithms #trading-algorithms