Sample code: Implementing moving average crossover strategy using IBridgePy

Moving average crossover strategy is one of the popular strategies that lots of traders have paid attention to. The details of the strategy is described at Wikipedia.

In a short summary of moving average crossover strategy, the trend of the security is going up when the fast moving average line cross over the slow moving average line from the lower area and it is a signal about long positions.

In the following example, the code calculates the moving average of 5 (fast moving average line) and 15 (slow moving average line) at 15:59:00 US Eastern time, 1 min before the market closes, on every trading day. It places an order of SPY, ETF tracking S&P 500, when the fast moving average line starts to cross over the slow moving average line and exits the positions when crossover happens in the opposite direction.

The code can be backtested at because IBridgePy can run most of the strategies posted at Quantopian without any changes.

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# This code can be backtested at Quantopian
import pandas as pd
def initialize(context):'SPY') # Define a security, SP500 ETF
    # schedule_function is an IBridgePy function, also supported by Quantopian
    # date_rules.every_day : the dailyFunc will be run on every business day
    # time_rules.market_close(minutes=1) : the time to run dailyFunc is 
    # 1 mintue before U.S. market close (15:59:00 US/Eastern time)
    schedule_function(dailyFunc, date_rule=date_rules.every_day(),

def dailyFunc(context, data):
    # dailyFunc is scheduled by schedule_function
    # It will run at 15:59:00 US/Eastern time on every business day
    # 1 mintue before U.S. market close.
    # get_datetime() is an IBridgePy fuciton to obtain IB server time 
    # Obtain historical data of SPY, 
    # daily data from the current time
    # goback to 20 days, 
    hist = data.history(, 'close', 20, '1d')

    # Calculate moving average
    # if MA(5) > MA(15), BUY SPY, 100% of current portfolio value 
    # if MA(5) < MA(15), clear the position if any

    if mv_5>mv_15:         
        orderId=order_target_percent(, 1.0)
        # order_status_monitor is an IBridgePy function.
        # It is not supported by Quantopian
        # It is recommended to monitor the order status afer placing an order
        #order_status_monitor(orderId, target_status='Filled')
        orderId=order_target_percent(, 0.0)
        #order_status_monitor(orderId, target_status='Filled')

The backtest result from Quantopian is posted.


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