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Looking for a good starting point - does MultiCharts fit the bill?

I'm fairly new to trading, coding, and finance, but I've begun developing a strategy that I'd like to flesh out. I've done some manual backtests and they seem promising, but I don't have a big enough sample size to really feel confident about it yet. I figured that the best thing to do is to develop an algorithm that I can backtest with a lot of data, but I'm feeling a bit unsure where to start presented with all these different options combined with my inexperience.
I've been using QuantConnect a bit, but I'm not thrilled with the fact that certain staff members can view my code, so I want to switch to something that won't have that issue. I was originally looking at Python platforms, but I've heard that it executes too slowly and I should be looking at building my algorithm in C# or C++. I'm not looking to execute on tick data as of now, and the lowest time frame I can anticipate going is 1 minute, although more likely it's 5 minutes. Will the speed issue come into play on those time frames? I'd also like to get into machine learning eventually and as far as I know Python is better for that so seems like there may be a bit of a trade off...that said, I'd imagine there's a way to integrate Python machine learning with C# or C++, but perhaps that's my ignorance speaking.
Someone on here recommended using MultiCharts - does this seem like a good starting point? I'm worried about getting too deep into developing my own platform and MultiCharts seems fairly user friendly as far as having a GUI and robust platform. I'd really like to just get straight into developing and testing my strategy, as that's what got me interested in algotrading to begin with.
Oh, the strategy is based on forex, if that's helpful. Thanks in advance for any input!
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Some basic algo trading questions on platform and data sources

Hi algoTrading,
I'm new to algorithmic trading, and was hoping to get some advice on how to get set up. My questions fall into two categories, first, what platforms do you guys use for backtesting, and second, where do you get your data from.
First, to clarify what I mean by 'platform'. I am looking for a mechanism which will enable me to (relatively) easily go from idea to backtest. For instance, in quantopian, you can write a strategy, and backtest it. The backtest will generate relevant metrics, and you do not have to worry about the code linking the strategy to the data. Additionally, if the platform allowed for more robust testing, like walk forward testing, and monte carlo analysis, that would be ideal.
I have seen two websites in particular, which seem to be popular. Quantconnect, and Quantopian. Now, I have looked into both of these, and I am not sure they are what I am after. First, I am a little skeptical of putting out algo's which I have poured my time hard work into, on sites which execute the code remotely. Second, I am more interested in derivatives trading than stock trading. If I were to use an online platform, I would prefer one which included data on Options/Futures/Forex. Additionally, while the language isn't a huge deal, I have experience in Java, and am learning Python for data Science applications. If there were a platform which let me use Python or Java, that would be ideal.
Second is the data source. This is a little redundant for online platforms, like quantopian, which are already integrated with the data. However, I have also been looking at Amibroker, which is executed locally on your computer, and does not come bundled with data. I have seen that you can get some data from IB, thinking about switching over to them, just for their data feeds. But really, the data I am interested in would be 1) EOD options data. 2) intra day futures/forex data. 3) intraday stocks/indexes/ETF data.
I am willing to pay for tools/data if necessary, but would prefer to keep costs as minimal as possible, as I am a losing trader with a day job.
Thanks in advance!
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[xpost /r/stats]New book for backtesting trading strategies - would appreciate help

If you use R's quantstrat packages I would appreciate any help you can offer with a new open-source project I am working on:
Backtesting Strategies in R.
The book is designed to provide information beyond the PDF's demo's and help files as I want to explain how things work, what the functions mean and what the limitations are.
In addition I wanted to get a little into analyzing the data and ensuring accuracy (Ch. 6) and obtaining faster resources such as AWS (Ch. 11).
Some things I need help with:
I would appreciate any help provided and will contributors to the credits.
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New book for backtesting trading strategies - would appreciate help

If you use R's quantstrat packages I would appreciate any help you can offer with a new open-source project I am working on:
Backtesting Strategies in R.
The book is designed to provide information beyond the PDF's demo's and help files as I want to explain how things work, what the functions mean and what the limitations are.
In addition I wanted to get a little into analyzing the data and ensuring accuracy (Ch. 6) and obtaining faster resources such as AWS (Ch. 11).
Some things I need help with:
I would appreciate any help provided and will contributors to the credits.
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