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Crypto Exchange Data Providers

by The MoleJanuary 12, 2018

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing educational series that will cover the nuts and bolds of crypto currencies as well as the skills and knowledge required in trading this new asset class successfully over the long term.

Now that you have established one or more trading accounts at your favorite crypto exchange you may consider accessing your provider’s public API in order to pull historical or perhaps live data, to then import it into your trading platform for further technical analysis. Well, forget about it. As of this writing available options are few and far between and most traders make due by using the online charting features provided along with their trading account. All of which in my not so humble opinion  are underwhelming and I’m trying to be nice here.

Being able to drop one preconfigured SMA or perhaps a 2.0/20 Bollinger onto your chart may suffice the casual trader who just buys a dip and then goes into HODL hybernation mode for the rest of the year. However this article aims a little higher in that it will show the more serious and active retail trader how to pull historical or live data from a select number of data exchanges which are currently generous enough to stream it for free 24×7.

The Easy Way

We’ll cover the easy way first and it just so happens to be via NinjaTrader, a trading platform I have been using for nearly a decade now and which also serves as the underlying framework for my automated trading systems. You can use the above link to download NinjaTrader 8 for free – it’s only available for Windows so if you are reading this on OS X or another version of Unix then you’re unfortunately out of luck.

The way Ninjatrader works is that it offers professional data providers and brokers the ability to implement data connectors which give you access to historical and of course streaming live data. So in the past if you wanted to trade forex you’d simply configure for example an FXCM connector with your account login and password and then launched the data feed. Pretty simple and it works the same for futures or stocks as long as the data is supported by the connector. Click here to find help guides on configuring various regular (non crypto related) connectors, however they won’t help you with pulling crypto related data unless of course it’s the CME or Cboe futures.

Plugins To The Rescue

Now once you’ve set up NinjaTrader it’s time to get your hands on some of that juicy crypto data. And for that you’ll have to download and install one of the three NinjaTrader plugins currently available over at NinjaTools:

  • NinjaTools Binance Plugin: This plugin adds Binance altcoin exchange support to NinjaTrader. It supports historical tick/minutes data backfill, real time data streaming, and exchange trading.
  • NinjaTools Bitfinex Plugin: This plugin adds Bitfinex bitcoin exchange support to NinjaTrader.
    It support historical tick/minutes data backfill, real time data streaming, and exchange/margin trading.
  • NinjaTools Poloniex Plugin: This plugin adds Poloniex altcoin exchange support to NinjaTrader.
    The plugin support historical tick/minutes data backfill and real time data streaming.

If you do not have an account with either Binance or Bitfinex then you can still download the Poloniex plugin which doesn’t require an API key. Of course that means you won’t be able to actually trade live but you can still pull data and use it for your charts.

Once you downloaded the plugin you simply install it per the instructions provided. Restart NinjaTrader and you’ll see a new menu in the main console. Since my Binance account is still going through verification I downloaded the Poloniex plugin:

You’ll need to setup your account by clicking on that menu (either Poloniex, Binance, or Bitfinex) and selecting ‘settings’. For Poloniex you don’t need any account details, it’s just for show. On Binance or Bitfinex you’ll need the API key you created in your trading account. Once that’s done you will be able to click on that account name you created which will initiate the data connection and Bob’s your uncle.

An additional caveat with Poloniex is that they for some reason do not offer 1-min intervals. According to my ccxt exchange profile script these intervals are offered via their internal API: tick data, 5-min, 15-min, 30-min, 2-hr, 4-hr, 1-day. And that means that the author of the plugin had to implement minute intervals based on tick data, which takes its merry time to get pulled. So if you need 1-min data you’ll need to be a bit patient, however it works well as shown in the chart above.

The Hard Way

Tip To Non-Coders: Even if you the type that prefers to wind up your mobile phone by hand in the morning I still recommend that you read on as the exchanges listed below may help you in deciding which one to subscribe to just for charting purposes.

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Did You Notice Anything?

With the exception of GDAX and perhaps Binance (which I unfortunately didn’t list in my third installment – damn you bitcoinity!) none of the exchanges shown above are in our preferred list of crypto exchange providers when it comes to actually opening and actively using a trading account. Which was the reason for writing this post in the first place as we as traders apparently need to turn to different exchanges when it comes to pulling chart data and actual trading activity.

 


About The Author
The Mole

Mole created Evil Speculator amidst the chaos of the financial crisis in early August of 2008. His vision for Evil Speculator is a refuge of reason, hands-on trading knowledge, and inspiration for traders of all ages and stripes. You can follow him and his nefarious schemes at various social media waterholes below.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    no one home?

    XLF, now this is where you take a shot.
    not on my word alone mind you. but several of your indicators.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/30384cb5199271818c8a6da878333241eb949bc26577e623eb3c12e195612a1a.png

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • Julie

    Hi GG You are correct BAC a proxy for $BKX a possible island reversal may develop. GG A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN SCOTTRADE AND STOCKCHARTS I am showing a low today BAC at 30,77 and stockcharts 30.46 . What do you have for both ? Thanks GG
    JULIE

  • BobbyLow

    Amen Brother GG. Gold is movin on up. . .:)

  • Julie

    Hi BL Gold positive correlation YEN and negative correlation TNX
    JULIE

  • BobbyLow

    I’m showing a BAC today’s low of 30.77 on TOS. Are your stockcharts numbers delayed?

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    same as you.

    Stockcharts BAC low 30.46
    Yahoo finance BAC range low 30.77

    strange.
    there’s no dividend payout occurring at this time.

  • Julie

    Hi BL my quotes are real time We have the same low for BAC stockcharts is wrong Thanks BL
    JULIE

  • Julie

    Thanks GG
    JULIE

  • Julie

    BL My platform is Scottrade real time
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • BobbyLow

    I only follow the price of Gold and have been long since Wednesday. I know a lot of people use correlations but I found them to only work until they don’t. 🙂

  • Julie

    GG BL I use stockcharts in addition to Scottrade A discrepancy also between EXAS occurred yesterday One must be careful with stockcharts
    JULIE

  • BobbyLow

    I was reading your mind. I knew when I mentioned “Movin on up” that you would automatically think of George Jefferson. LOL

  • BobbyLow

    Sometimes there might be discrepancies maybe from different market makers etc?

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    back before you were born, they traded in fractions of shares.
    a few dimes won’t upset this volatile trader.

  • Julie

    GG eights I believe lol!
    JULIE

  • Julie

    Misspelled eighths lol!
    JULIE

  • BobbyLow

    It wasn’t that long ago. I remember those days and what a screw job that was. An 1/8 was 12.5 cents and think the smallest was a 1/16th at 6.25 Cents. So we always got screwed a little on the spread.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • Julie

    GG BL A previous thread GDX looking for a pullback to the 21 ema The jasper hit right on the money. I have levels to watch 24.12 and 25.28 as level 2 Level 3 between 24.12 and 25 28 for level 3 are 24.39 – 24.56 – 24.70 – 24.83 – 25.00
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    ok, I’m a little predictable.

    Are you enjoying the Bank Heist?
    like candy from a baby.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/caede8a1a2938ea4a4a83d3eeb71e056c4cd6406dea7b62b01f1044bb958db82.png

  • Julie

    I mistyped and had to edit so refresh
    JULIE

  • BobbyLow

    Yep, I got me some 3X UGLD on Weds. 🙂

  • BobbyLow

    I think you mentioned that once Scottrade/Ameritrade marrige is complete, you should have access to Thinkorswim Charts. Once you get used to that platform, if you choose to do so, you’ll have no need for stockcharts.

  • Julie

    The merger takes place March 1 BL
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    TOOOOoooo many numbers. how do you keep it straight??

    $24.25 – Nothing else Matters.
    http://stockcharts.com/h-sc/ui?s=GDX&p=D&yr=1&mn=2&dy=0&id=p42572623602

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    Doesn’t seem like you guys are much affected by the crypto goldrush.

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    I’m gonna go and pout somewhere… have a great weekend guys!

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    BTW, I made a small change to the Zero’s reversal signals (the blue arrows) today – they are now based on standard deviations. Let’s see how they work over the coming week or so.

  • Julie

    GG GDX could go up to top of weekly cloud matching closely level 2 25.28 JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9d3bc4a6f9b4263ff5a5f88f07a38efff3992fb65c05769ce191bc409d176cf6.png

  • Julie

    Thanks Chief Again Great work on the cryptos Have A Great Weekend Too !
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    I’m sure its very lucrative, and this is just the place for it.

    Personally, I’ve seen financial train wrecks for the last what 30 years?
    So I remain ..reserved.

    https://www.barrons.com/articles/the-cryptocurrency-mania-is-sure-to-end-in-tears-1514004421

  • Julie

    GG If GDX goes up to 24.25 then a reversal candle or candles below Level 2 24.12 BINGO !
    JULIE

  • Tomcat

    I am closing my $GC position initiated Q4 2017. And already closed half of my $PL (platinum), but strongly believe $PL will print 1200 level this year.

  • Julie

    GG 24.39 a stop
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    it’s nice to see gold & silver up that last few hours.
    BUT.
    copper is not following along. -1 for Miners.
    wait-n-see for now.

  • Julie

    GG Your 24.25 and Level 2 24.12 only 13 pennies. Today’s open GDX (23.60) 2 cents above 23.58 (.23606 level 3) Your charts and the levels darn close. Today’s low contained within Level 2 23.40
    JULIE

  • BobbyLow

    Way to go TC! I’m sitting on +2.4R right now on UGLD and I think I’ll close it out before the COB today. Markets are closed on Monday and that gives it 3 whole days to allow my profit to disappear. Going into Tues all cash might not be a bad idea either.

  • ridingwaves

    RED ALERT
    Dollar thru 91….

  • BobbyLow

    Closed Gold position at +2R. In all cash now and will take a fresh look on Tuesday.

  • Mark Shinnick

    Love it….with Reds largely occupying/influencing/controlling central bank’ policy this last several years.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    that’s it, the Imperials have invaded the base. prepare for evacuation.

    https://finviz.com/futures_charts.ashx?t=DX&p=w1

  • Julie

    GG Check this out GDX 60 min chart The thicker blue lines are Level 2 The red lines are level 3 Lets see what happens here with the 23.95 level 3 (.76393) Could be tough overbought weekly daily and 60 min, Level 2 24.12 only 18 cents above Shown present GDX 60 min JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ef0478fcd7352e94586a0727f23c743e908c8b25c8c8f870593a26c12568e8c.png

  • ridingwaves

    interesting right before 3 day holiday…..me thinks a setup is in play…

  • Mark Shinnick

    If so, such Evil is easily appreciated.

  • Julie

    Very interesting GG as you say below with copper GDX could fail here and have a nice pullback The low on 12/ 12 was 21.27 two cents above a level 3 at 21.25 then above level 2 21.52 with a positive MACD divergence. Not shown is a 10 min chart with negative divergences MACD and CCI with a possible failure at the 23.95 level 3
    JULIE

  • Julie

    GG INTC A double top Yeah it has come down to the lower Bol band matching the 89 ema and gap support. Gonna short the lower high on a bounce JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ace337074aec0e421c485ef6c3a6172c15d4edd332084de1f79dd378bd9a366d.png

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    OpX Tuesday.

    Monday is a US Federal holiday.

  • Yoda

    In due time for me. Right now I am positively affected by the regular goldrush 😉
    Your postings on crypto are gold though.

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    10 min? tell me the truth. has a 10m chart given you an edge?

  • ridingwaves

    took a 1/2 R in ABIO for scalp….chart is forming up nicely…someone has been accumulating lately

  • Julie

    GG overall No However from the last leg up from 22,97 with a possible target the Level 2 24.12 and overbought weekly daily and 60 min I do look at the 10 min . The actual trade will be from the 60 min chart
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    good to hear.
    The seduction of short time windows (for me) is that you can get ahead of the slower guys. Sometimes that’s true.
    other times, it’s a false move! and you are taken out!!

  • Julie

    GG When you have a target like we have 24.25 your chart and the 24.12 level 2 which are darn close 13 cents the daily chart is excellent. when overbought weekly daily and 60 min A daily reversal candle. If 24.12 and 24.25 are exceeded the next level 2 is 25,28 matching the September high. Observing the daily chart also the downtrend beginning the 1st week of September and the October bounce right up to and failing at the level 2 24.12.(just below 24.12) So 24.12 is a very important resistance
    JULIE

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb
  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    just remember, out styles are different.
    I’m using ma envelopes. 24.12 today, 24.15 Tuesday, etc.- the line is usually on the move.

    You are fixated on horizontal levels. I’m fixated on curvy waves like the ocean.

  • Julie

    GG we are very close Bro
    Level 2 25.28
    25.00 .76393
    24.83 .61803
    24.70 .5
    24.56 .38196
    24.39 .23606
    Level 2 24.12
    JULIE

  • Julie

    I had to edit a mistype so refresh
    JULIE

  • Julie
  • Julie

    GG F 13.15 is a level 2 and 13.12 is the daily 5 ema Chart shown is F 60 min with 13.15 blue horizontal line. Waiting for a bearish 60 min candle closing below the upper Ichi Cloud boundary ( considered a strong support) which will be below the 13.15 level 2 and 60 min baseline 13.12 and VWAP (red line) F is overbought weekly daily and 60 min charts. F daily chart is also going up into an upper trend line connecting 3 previous highs. Weekly chart going up into a resistance zone Shown F 60 min chart JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d902760c4749b7de7d25967a936efafcbb5c435015b585c7860dac116809803d.png

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    MLK day.

  • Julie

    GDX not only is 25.28 level one important as it closely matches the weekly 233 ema and the weekly upper Ichi Cloud boundary ( cloud upper boundary not shown for clarity) you can see GDX is overbought weekly as it is also overbought daily and 60 min charts Also RSI at approx. 60 has contained GDX advances in the year long base Shown GDX weekly chart https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f9606560e9e6cae6bfe9e657a8aa64c4975213dde95668e0586e105cf9059841.png JULIE

  • Julie

    Everyone Have A Great Weekend !
    JULIE

  • http://evilspeculator.com Sir Mole III

    You too – see you guys on Tuesday.

  • Julie

    Banking Index $BKX should be close to a pullback or a consolidation JULIE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/49b3100a9781de971b85295808b667b8964b3d9ea7c1b5d94da0ad25cf48e95d.png

  • http://gerb-reloaded.blogspot.com/ Gold_Gerb

    a false nuke alert in Hawaii. wonder if that will rattle the Market? false flag, hack, or truth suppression? interesting times. lucky 13th.

  • daverg

    i have an uncle jimmy, not bob