Summary: How C2 works with system developers

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Enter buy/sell signals

Use the simple C2 web page... or your favorite software such as TradeStation, NinjaTrader, MetaTrader, MultiCharts... or use our programmer APIs.


Use a web-based screen to manually enter your system's signals. Or...

Or send your signals to C2 through one of these methods:

Your job
Tracks and publishes results

Our registered users are looking for trading strategies. If yours is good, they will "subscribe" and pay you.

C2's job
C2 advertising and marketing brings subscribers

We spend a huge amount of money and time attracting active traders to our site, and establishing partnerships with brokers, all of which means more traffic to your system, more interest in it, and more subscribers.

C2's job
Sends signals to subscribers

Enter your signal once. C2 takes care of transmitting it to your subscribers, however they prefer: email, cellphone, or instant messenger.

C2's job
Handles AutoTrading

C2 has relationships in place with brokers so that your trade signals can be automatically traded in your subscribers' brokerage accounts. You do not need to do anything special. Just put your system on C2, and suddenly it becomes "AutoTradable" at a large number of brokers - with more being added every month.

  • AGN Futures
  • Daniels Trading
  • Dorman Trading
  • FXCM
  • Gain Capital
  • Halifax
  • Interactive Brokers
  • Fox Group
  • TradersOnly
  • MB Trading
  • Mirus Futures
  • OpenECry
  • Optimus Trading
  • Striker
  • tradeMONSTER
  • Vision Financial

...and many more!

C2's job
Handles Subscription Payments and credit cards

We'll take care of billing your subscribers on your behalf, and send you what you are owed every month.

C2's job

Why offer your trading system on Collective2?

Collective2 is the world's largest open trading-system platform. If you have a trading system, you should offer it on Collective2.

  • Earn money selling your signals. With over registered users, and hundreds of millions of dollars of automated transactions flowing through our platform each week, Collective2 is the dominant trading system platform. If your system performs well at C2, you will make money. How much?
  • That obviously depends on your system, but we can give you some benchmarks. The highest-grossing system on C2 has earned over a half-million dollars. Other systems approach the $100,000 dollars in revenue level. And quite a few good systems cluster around the $20,000 to $30,000 level. While these are the "stars" of course, many systems on the C2 Platform earn money for their developers. In fact, 25% of C2 systems that are over one month old and have positive trading performance have earned at least some subscriber revenue. Almost half of these have earned over $1,000.

The top-grossing system on C2 has earned over a half million dollars. Excluding the blockbuster systems, there are also quite a few systems that earn upwards of $20,000 to $30,000 for their creators.
  • Offer AutoTrading to your clients... instantly. Collective's AutoTrade is compatible with more brokers than anyone else. When you offer your system on Collective2, you automatically offer the world's best AutoTrade technology to your subscribers. This increases the appeal of your system. And here's what you need to do to offer AutoTrade to your subscribers: nothing. That's because C2 AutoTrade is completely transparent and seamless to system developers: just enter your buy/sell signals through Collective2; and C2 takes care of the rest, including making your system "auto-tradable" at more brokers than anyone else.
  • Multiple instruments. We support stocks, futures, forex, and options.
  • Powerful order types. Trade the way you want. Collective2's trade engine supports conditional orders, time-based orders, relative profit targets and stop losses, and One-Cancels-Another (OCA) groups. Enter your signals directly into our Web-based order screen.
By placing your trading system on C2, you automatically offer AutoTrading to any of your subscribers.
  • Continue to use the trading software you love. Enter your signals directly into our Web-based order-entry screen... or use the popular trading software that you are accustomed to. Collective2 is compatible with TradeStation, MetaTrader, NinjaTrader, IB's TWS, and others. (Learn about compatible signal-entry choices.)
  • Subscriber friendly. By offering your system on Collective2, you immediately gain access to broad range of subscriber-friendly options. Subscribers can sign up for AutoTrading, or can receive signals through email, or Instant Messenger, or cell phone. Like other aspects of C2, this is transparent to you; as system developer, you focus only on providing your signals.

Whether you prefer to use Web-based order-entry, programs such as TradeStation or MetaTrader, or our programmer APIs, you'll be able to enter your trades into the C2 platform.
  • Flexible business support. Selling a trading system is more than entering orders. When you offer a trading system, you are running a business. C2 offers powerful tools to help you. We offer custom pricing controls (charge subscribers by the month, week, or quarter), support for "pay-per-trade" and "pay-per-profitable period," and support for high-water marks. In addition, we offer flexible subscriber management tools, including custom pricing for certain individuals you designate, special coupons you can distribute, caps on subscriber numbers, plus private email broadcasts and private forums for subscribers.
Sophisticated subscriber management screens let you offer customized billing and manage communication with subscribers.
  • Protect your Intellectual Property. You only need to reveal the information about your system that you want to reveal. If you use an automated strategy such as a MetaTrader EA or a TradeStation EasyLanguage program, you do not reveal (or even distribute) your program to anyone! Also, you can delay trade data -- even closed trade information -- from non-subscribers for a period of time that you specify.
  • Use the Collective2 brand... or not. After nine years in this industry, trading systems hosted, and subscribers registered, we think that Collective2 is the dominant company in this space, and that the Collective2 brand standing behind you makes your trading system even more appealing to subscribers. Subscribers know the C2 brand means: reliable trading, honest subscriber-management, transparent disclosure, and a rock-solid AutoTrade platform. But if you want to create a private Web site that offers only your trading system, at your own custom Web address, we allow that, too.
Highlight the Collective2 brand to instill customer confidence in your system... or present a custom site with only your system on it.

How much does Collective2 cost for system developers?

You can create a trading system for free. Use this period to try our features. Enter up to five pieces of trading advice ("signals"). If you like us (we're sure you will) then we ask you to pay a semi-annual listing fee to maintain your system on our site:

  • $120 every six months
  • $105 for any system added within one month of first
  • Ask about discount for ten or more systems

Once you start signing up subscribers, we'll take care of all the transaction processing. We charge a flat 30% fee for any subscriptions you collect through Collective2, but only if and when you collect subscription fees. This fee includes our credit card costs.

Everything is included:

  • Offer Autotrading to subscribers. Included.
  • Broadcast signals via email, Instant Messenger, or cell phone. Included.
  • Private forum for your subscribers. Included.
  • Optional private-branded site for your system, which hides other C2 systems. Included.

How do I begin?

Just create your first "system" on Collective2. Ready? Let's start.