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Helium Trading System

Microsoft's Excel is one of the most powerful productivity tools ever created and is extensively used by almost every trading desk in the world. Excel's data manipulation and display capability far exceeds any conventional trading system. Helium, a FIX protocol add-in for Excel, turns Excel into a powerful trading system with many advanced features:

Multi-asset - Easily trade equities, options, futures, fixed income and foreign exchange from one spreadsheet

Market data - Receive real-time data directly from consolidated market-data vendors (most offer Excel add-ins) or Helium can process market data directly from any exchange, ECN, bank or broker.

Direct Market Access - Proprietary models, already written in Excel, can now send their orders directly to the market, either via a broker or directly to an exchange/ECN.

User Interface - Create custom GUIs with very minimal development effort

Rapid Algo Prototyping - Create proprietary trading strategies in hours, not weeks or months

Low Cost/Low Maintenance - Cost per seat of an Excel-based system is far, far less than a conventional trading system, and does not require the usual team of Java or C++ superstars.

Venues - Brokers, FX ECNs (e.g., Currenex, DukasCopy, FXCM, HotSpot, Integral), TT FIX Adapter (New venues being added, please contact us)

Sample Code - Several trading examples, with full VBA source code included.

Helium FX

For algorithmic trading for foreign exchange, we offer the Helium FX, a version of Helium pre-configured for FX trading. Simply launch a spreadsheet and select the currency pairs you would like to trade – Helium FX delivers fast, automated prices from market makers straight to your desktop. Automated connectivity using the FIX protocol. Helium FX has been certified with several FX destinations, and supports trading of spot, outrights and swaps. Features include:

  • - Request For Stream from market makers for spot, forwards and swaps
  • - Real-time market data
  • - Integrate pricing into any Excel-based model or financial analysis
  • - Execute trading strategy via easy-to-build Excel macros
  • - Multi-venue support allows price comparison with other banks & ECNs

The software comes pre-configured to several FX destinations including:

  • - Hotspot
  • - Dukascopy
  • - JP Morgan
  • - HSBC
  • - FXOpen
  • - Integral, INTL FCStone


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Featured Venue:

Interactive Brokers

Interactive Brokers (IB) is a low cost provider of trade execution and clearing services for individuals, advisors, prop trading groups, brokers and hedge funds. IB's premier technology provides electronic access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds and funds on over 90 markets worldwide from a single IB Universal account.

Member NYSE, FINRA, SIPC. Visit http://www.interactivebrokers.com for more information.

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