The Alpaca brokerage service is very useful for algorithmic traders that comes with an API to retrieve data and execute trades in a paper or live environment. While you can also check the status and returns of your positions through the API, Alpaca has spent some time creating a frontend where users can visually check their live and paper accounts. Seeing that Alpaca is more focused on building out robust API’s for its users, the frontend is very simple and provides the bare necessities.
Exchange rates API is a simple and lightweight free service for current and historical foreign exchange rates.
This post will go through the process of gathering and cleaning this data followed by an exploratory analysis examining price trends and the impact of events on prices using data from the IEX API and scraped events from financial news sites.