How to run your trading strategy on Collective2

To "run a strategy" here on Collective2, you'll need to submit buy and sell signals. That means: when it's time to buy something, you need to tell us, "Buy now." When it's time to sell, you'll need to tell us, "Sell now."

In other words, at Collective2, you never post an imaginary track record, based on how you would-have (should-have... could-have) traded.* You actually have to tell us: "It is time to buy XXX now." Or: "Take a profit now on my position in YYY." The results of these real-time buy and sell signals are the track record we show to prospective subscribers.

How to enter buys and sells

Which raises the question: How do you actually tell us when it is time to buy or sell? What do you type... and where?

Below are your choices. The most simple is that you can type your buy and sell signals into our web site. Or, you can explore the more advanced choices.


Web entry

Type your buys and sells into this web site, and "publish" them for your subscribers. Like using an online broker. (But no broker account required.)

Use your broker account

If you have a compatible broker account, you can just trade at your broker and we will "read" your trades and automatically publish them for your subscribers.

Use Email

Appropriate for trading strategies that don't trade often or require quick trading. Just email your trade signals to us.

Signal Entry API

If you are comfortable writing your own computer software from scratch, use our Signal Entry API to send trades automatically.

Seetu Language

Seetu is Collective2's trading-strategy backtesting environment and programming language.

Compatible trading software

If you use one of these popular third-party trading applications, you can configure them to send buy and sell signals into Collective2.

TradeStation

MultiCharts

NinjaTrader

MetaTrader

Software by Collective2 Partners

We encourage independent software developers to write software which makes the C2 experience even better. Here are some software programs by C2 partners.

IBtoC2

* Just to be clear: All the track records you see here are "hypothetical" because - even though the buys and sells are generated in real-time - there is no single real-life brokerage account record that looks exactly like any of the strategies here. All of our standard warnings about the problems with hypothetical track records still apply, such as:

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.

These results are based on simulated or hypothetical performance results that have certain inherent limitations. Unlike the results shown in an actual performance record, these results do not represent actual trading. Also, because these trades have not actually been executed, these results may have under-or over-compensated for the impact, if any, of certain market factors, such as lack of liquidity. Simulated or hypothetical trading programs in general are also subject to the fact that they are designed with the benefit of hindsight. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to these being shown.

In addition, hypothetical trading does not involve financial risk, and no hypothetical trading record can completely account for the impact of financial risk in actual trading. For example, the ability to withstand losses or to adhere to a particular trading program in spite of trading losses are material points which can also adversely affect actual trading results. There are numerous other factors related to the markets in general or to the implementation of any specific trading program, which cannot be fully accounted for in the preparation of hypothetical performance results and all of which can adversely affect actual trading results.

You may be interested to learn more technical details about how Collective2 calculates the hypothetical results you see on this web site.