The ContractSamples.py sheet from our Python1
Testbed sample2 will help you learn the syntax needed to define contracts in algo trading systems. These four are considered key class attributes:
Examples: EUR/GBP FX contract
contract = Contract()
contract.symbol = "EUR"
contract.secType = "CASH"
contract.currency = "GBP"
contract.exchange = "IDEALPRO"
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- Python 3.0 version required.
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