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AT101 - Fundamentals of Algorithmic Trading

The 300-Lecture Application-Focused Comprehensive Course for Algorithmic Trading and Programming

Course last updated on 9th July 2018!

Huh? What is a Trading Robot?

A Trading Robot a set of programming codes that analyses and trade the market on its own. Trading Robots allow you to trade the markets without human intervention!

What does this course offer?

This course teaches the insider knowledge to designing, testing and coding long term profitable robots. We do NOT promise that you will strike it rich overnight. We do not make ridiculous claims (like those you see in newspapers and online ads) that you will make $3722 every night.

This course WILL, however, offer you the years of experience we have in building Robots. You will understand the pitfalls and keys to success to design great robots. You will avoid the hundreds of mistakes we made in our journey.

What will I learn?

The main essence of the course is the design theories behind the Trading Robots. These theories and knowledge come from years of industry practice. This course does not only teach programming. Programming is just the tool we use to execute our ideas.

At the end of the day, you will acquire the ability to generate a trading idea, code the idea (within 1 hour), test the idea, see the strengths and flaws in the idea, improve it and finally execute the idea.

Chapters - Full List (These are Sections NOT Lectures!)

  1. Here's What You Are In For!
  2. Programming Basics 1: Variables and Conditional
  3. Robot 1: Adeline - Our First Robot!
  4. Uncommon Common Sense. Design Effective And Logical Robots
  5. Garbage In, Garbage Out. Understanding Data
  6. Programming Basics 2: Loops
  7. Robot 2: Belinda - Utilising Volatility!
  8. To Buy Big or Small? Position Sizing and Money Management
  9. Robot 2A: Belinda Upgraded (No Gambler's Ruin for Me!)
  10. Where To Start? Idea Generation and Expectations
  11. Programming Basics 3: Functions, Time and Self-Learning
  12. Relevant Statistics 101!
  13. Understanding Robot Behaviour and Robustness: Backtesting!
  14. Programming Basics 4: Arrays And Indicators
  15. Robot 3: Clarissa
  16. What A Mess - Managing Trades, Orders and Positions
  17. Robot 4: Desiree
  18. Design Theories I - Improving Robots By Manipulating Time, Entries and Exits
  19. Add A Twist To Your Orders - Advanced Order Management
  20. Robot 5: Desiree 2.0
  21. Buff Up Your Robot Responsibly - Optimisation Without Curve Fitting
  22. Perfect Your Bet Sizing - Advanced Position Sizing Methods
  23. Robot 6: Elizabeth
  24. Programming Basics 5: Clean Up Your Codes! Simple Is Fast!
  25. Garbage In, Garbage Out Again. Advanced Data Cleaning (Part 1)
  26. Excel VBA - Using Excel Magic to Improve Our Trading
  27. Garbage In, Garbage Out Again. Advanced Data Cleaning (Part 2)
  28. I Like Colors And Shapes - Adding Graphics
  29. Ring Ring! Notify Yourself When Something Goes Wrong (Or Right)
  30. Robot 7: Faye - The Alert Robot
  31. Connect with the outside world - Importing and Exporting Data out of our Trading Platform
  32. Programming Basics 6: Coding Idiosyncrasies
  33. (***WE ARE HERE!!!***) Design Theories II - The "Secret Sauce"
  34. Looking Outwards - Trading on External Events
  35. Robot 8: Grace
  36. Walking Forward - Advanced Optimisation
  37. Understanding Performance - High Returns Are Meaningless!
  38. Garbage In, Garbage Out Again. Advanced Data Cleaning (Part 3)
  39. When Robots Fail - How, Why And Is It My Fault?
  40. Robot 9: Haley
  41. Robot 10: Iris
  42. Looking To The Future! - Advanced Optimisation 2.0
  43. Time For Equities, Commodities And Bonds
  44. Everything is Relative - Relative Value Strategies
  45. Robot 11: Judy
  46. Many Robots One System - Running A Portfolio Of Robots
  47. Robot 12: Kate
  48. Cash Is King! - Running Robots With Real Money
  49. Watch Her Well - Operational Risk Management
  50. Buy This Robot, It Makes 100% A Month! - Evaluating Commercial Robots
  51. Skynet - Robots That Think For Themselves
  52. Robot 13: Lynda (Skynet)
  53. Bonus Stuff!

Note: This list may be subject to change.

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About the course

  • Free: All software and data used are free! All robot testing and trading simulated in this course are performed using virtual money!
  • Unconditional 90 days money-back guarantee - We suggest you abuse this to learn more about the course.
  • Full lifetime access!
  • Access to all future lectures. Over 30 sections (200 lectures) to be added in the coming months (Note that Course Price will rise as more sections are added).
  • 18 hours of concise content. More than 30 hours of video to be added.
  • 24/7 access to Luke Code Support (LCS). LCS is an email conduit where you can ask for help for any programming issues.
  • Programming Language: MQL4 (Similar to Java's syntax)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand how Trading Robots are both an art and science
  • Build logical long-run money-making Trading Robots
  • Code a Trading Robot in less than 1 hour
  • Understand why badly planned Trading Robots fail
  • Learn how to adapt and survive the financial markets
  • Code in MQL4 and easily pick up C++ and JAVA
  • Code in Excel Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
  • Free up plenty of time by automating trading
  • Start a side-job that doesn't interfere with office hours
  • Increase your chances of employment in Algorithmic Trading firms
  • Understand the human element in automated trading
  • Differentiate a logical and profitable robot from a scam
  • Be a freelance coder
  • AlgoTrading101 Course Certification
  • Brag about a cool hobby at parties

What are the requirements?

  • Computer and an internet connection (Either Windows, Mac or Linux but Windows preferred)
  • Basic Excel

Who is the target audience?

  • Those entering the workforce soon and who want to explore their options
  • Those contemplating trading as a side-job
  • Those wanting a guide who is on stand-by to assist them
  • Those in mid or quarter-life crises
  • Young adults and teens considering trading as a career
  • Those looking for a career switch and want to get up to date with algorithmic trading
  • Those wanting to understand advanced algorithmic trading and are looking for a starting point
  • Those looking for an interesting hobby
  • Who should NOT take this course: Those wanting a secret recipe to strike it rich overnight


Great course if you are determined to learn - Shaun Chew (5 Stars)

"Very suitable for non-programmers who want to try their hands on algorithmic trading. This course is easy to follow, with numerous detailed examples and practices, which is far more than other MOOCs I have gone through. A very useful skill for those with other work obligations.

I have witnessed people blaming online courses for not providing them the results they want, and I would say that there is no course who can spoon feed you till you become profitable. With hours and hours of practice of the material in the course, along with my own research, I went from not knowing how to code, to finally being able to create my own trading robots in a few weeks. Thanks Lucas for this course!"

Extensive and Practical! - Desmond Ho | Trader, Brahman Capital Management (5 Stars)

"I had been discretionary trading for 3+ yrs and wanted to diversify into systematic trading. Being completely clueless about how to automate my strategies, this course provided my first baby steps into the quant world."

500 USD to 10,000 USD in 3 weeks. Manual to Algo Trading - Shafie Md (5 Stars)

"I have been trading forex using one strategy that works and I would like to have an expert advisor that can do that too. I have this interest in MQL4 programming. I learned a lot from AlgoTrading101. Quite challenging to figure out how. Now I have created my very own expert advisor that works as I expected. This expert advisor have been trading for the past 3 weeks and the account balance have increased exponentially from USD 500 to USD 10,000. This is quite an amazing achievement, however, there is still room for improvements. Thanks to Lucas, AlgoTrading101. Your guidance is greatly appreciated."

Bad pronunciation - Leif Atle Lund (3.5 Stars)

"Good course , a bit bad pronounced language, saved by the subtitle."


"This is one of the most valuable courses I ever did in terms of value for money and I did not feel bored for a moment. It seems you have a lot of insight and are very analytical.

So far I think I should give you more than 100% rating for this course but unfortunately that is not possible. Thank you for putting this course together. It seems you put a lot of effort and experience in the training and the information is very complete and all parts seem very necessary and valuable to me.

You are also honest and I like that. Sales people tend to only tell you the good parts and that creates misconceptions and crazy unreal expectations."

Outstanding! - Steve Bray (5 Stars)

"I have completed a few algorithmic EA courses and none come close to this course. Lucas does not take for granted that the students know everything about coding EA's, he explains in detail every aspect so you walk away with an excellent understanding. Thanks Lucas, I have enjoyed the course so far and look forward to continuing my journey."

Far from ready - Gregory Potylchansky (3 Stars)

"I have not finished the course yet so my review may change once I am done. The instructor does a good job teaching the absolute basics of creating a robot, but I am far from ready to create my own trading system. The instructor does seem like he cares a lot about helping his students out. Will update when I finish the course."

Amazing course. - Jonathan Betournay (5 Stars)

"I was taking coding courses when I stumble upon this course. I decided to give it a try and, wow! I basically stopped everything else to complete this course as quickly as possible.

Fascinating! And Lucas is doing a phenomenal job, in my opinion, at teaching an extremely complex system that involves knowledge/interest in coding, macro & micro economies, mathematics ( probabilities ), statistics and financials. Great work Lucas, I only wish I could meet you in person one day!"

Excellent Crash Course for Complete Beginners All the Way Up - Carlos La Borde (5 Stars)

" I can properly understand why no single strategy will be an end all success, why you need to adapt, adjust and create new ones over time, how to test for robustness properly, what to avoid, and how to come up with new ideas. I'm still just getting started in some sense, but I'd like to really thank you as I'm sure there's no way I would have got to where I am (avoiding so many easy pitfalls and with an ability to create and test solid strategies) without this course."

FULL of nuggets of valuable info - Neal Aggarwal (5 Stars)

"Been trading for more than 15 years now developing a lot of algos and yet I find this course FULL of nuggets of valuable info. Using it as a jumping off point for more research via Investopedia, google et al has made things even better!"

AWESOME!!!!!!!!! - Jimmy Pais (5 Stars)

"For months I have been taking online course regarding program and I have not come up with a good project idea. Now I do, thanks to Lucas's Algo Trading course. He breaks down the syntax of MQ4 and makes it very readable for any beginner who has never been exposed to programming. I honestly cannot wait to take the tools Lucas has taught me and apply them to the real world. 5-STARS my man!!"

MT4 has no real support, and where is the backtester - David (1 Star)

"no real help"

Suitable for non-Metatrader 4 Strategies - Pontus Lagerberg (5 Stars)

"Very comprehensive course! Has given me way more in practical terms than reading a few books on algorithmic trading did. Highly recommended even if you´re aspiring towards trading instruments or strategies not available via metatrader 4 as theories and programming basics in this course have a wide appliance."

LUCAS IS AWESOME. SERIOUSLY. I tell you why. - Reymidas Fund (5 Stars)

"Lucas has the amazing skill of teaching hard concepts like position sizing, automatic trading all in a step by step graphic approach. The guy has the maths, the high tech, and the imagination to teach you easily for dummies and newbies. I want to be like him . PS: the course is excellent. Now on chapter 42 . I stopped to write this review. u Won´t regret if you are a noob with basic programming skills."

Thanks Lucas - Iyad Atallah (5 Stars)

"Excellent, Excellent course! The instructor explains everything very very well, step by step and I would highly recommend taking the course or any course by this instructor. i asked him many questions, he answered them all . Thank you Lucas"

Excellent - Joseph Oisamoje (5 Stars)

"In learning, you either find an instructor that knows the course to its dept but can't efficiently teach it or an instructor good at teaching but lacking depth; Lucas has both an this has created an absolutely worthwhile learning experience for me. A beginner's to masters class worthy of your time. Period! "

Your Instructor

Lucas Liew
Lucas Liew

Lucas has been designing and building algorithmic trading robots since 2010. He worked at a proprietary trading firm and taught programming for financial applications to Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world.

He was the Head of the Quantitative Finance Society in Singapore Management University and has years of experience coaching in MQL4, MATLAB and VBA.

Lucas has been featured on Investopedia and is one of the most viewed writers on Algorithmic Trading on Quora. You can read more about him on Quora and his blog.

Class Curriculum

  Chapter 20 > Robot 5: Desiree 2.0
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  Chapter 26 > Excel VBA - Using Excel Magic to Improve Our Trading
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Lifetime Access for
$190 per month for 3 months

All students are covered by our "Any-Reason Guarantee 90d".

If you are not satisfied with the course for ANY reason at all in the first 90 days, you get a full refund. No questions asked.

We encourage you to abuse this refund policy to see if the course is a good fit with your goals.

All refunds and payments are managed by external vendor

Price will rise to $880 in the coming months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a complete beginner. Is this course suitable for me?

Yes, this course is designed for beginners. The course is prepared in a progressive manner. It entails a graphical, step-by-step approach with minimal technical jargon.
But, of course, you will need to put in more effort than someone with a stronger background in trading to master the content.

I can't code! Is this course suitable for me?

Yes, this course is designed for those who are new to programming. We have a 24/7 support channel to assist you with coding issues!

I can code! Is this course suitable for me?

If you can code MQL4, you can probably skip the coding lectures. The value you gain will come mainly from the lectures on Robot Design and Market Theories.

Will I get a certificate once I complete the course?
Yes. We will send you a certificate of completion.
This is a Forex course?
No, it is not. Think of it as a general algorithmic trading course. The course content is not specific to any asset class. However, we use Forex for most of our examples initially as it is beginner friendly. In the later chapters, we will look at other asset classes (using CFDs) such as equities, commodities and cryptocurrencies.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within the first 90 days and we will give you a full refund. No questions asked.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long is the course?
There will be about 500 lectures in total. The total video content will be about 30 hours. This excludes all the PDF lectures and coding practice.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How does this course compare to other finance/trading courses?

Well there isn't a global ranking (I wish there was) but, for what it's worth, we are one of the top ranked courses on Google. You can also check out our reviews here.

What is the difference between this course and algorithmic trading courses on Coursera, edX etc?
This course focuses on practical theories and implementations. We aim to get you to apply what you learn as soon as possible.
How long has this course been around for?
The first version of the course was launched in Oct 2014
How many more Chapters & Lectures will be added?

You can expect about 22 more Chapters and 200 more Lectures to be added regularly.

When new content is added, do I need to pay more?

No, if you are an existing student. Yes, if you have yet to enrol. Prices will go up as the number of lectures increases.

Does this course teach high frequency trading?

No, we only teach low frequency trading models. High frequency trading is a different ball game.

The course uses the MT4 software. What if MT4 become obsolete?
If that happens, we will replace our MT4 programming lectures with MT5 ones (or maybe another software which we might consider more appropriate at that point of time).
What mode of payments do you accept?
We accept Paypal and credit cards. All credit card transactions are managed by Stripe. We do not store your credit card details.
Will there be any discounts?
Unfortunately, no. We run a fixed price policy.
Is the course price in USD?


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