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Alpaca’s commission-free trading platform is provided to both developers and traders as a financial technology company. In 2015, Yoshi Yokokawa and Hitoshi Harada established it with its headquarters situated in San Mateo, California.

Alpaca’s use of modern cloud technologies allows for scalability and reliability in their technical infrastructure. Access to trading, market data, and account information can be programmatically achieved through the assortment of APIs provided by the company. The platform has been made easy to use, with an API and SDKs available for popular programming languages like Python and Javascript. Many developers can access it due to its accessibility.

To safeguard its platform from potential threats, Alpaca has taken security seriously and implemented numerous measures. FINRA acknowledges this organization as a member, which has also been registered with the SEC. To ensure secure data transmission and storage, Alpaca uses encryption and implements additional security measures like two-factor authentication and firewalls. Alpaca has not reported any significant security breaches to this day.

The following API options are available to developers via Alpaca:

Programmatically executing trades as well as managing orders and retrieving account details is possible with Trading API for developers.

A real-time and historical market data API catering to stocks, ETFs, and cryptocurrencies.

With the Account API, you can retrieve account details like positions, balances and transactions.

Alpaca experienced some minor downtime incidents previously. Yet, the business is known for rapidly responding to and resolving any issues that come up. Any technical difficulties that customers may come across will be addressed by the company’s support team.

Positive opinions of Alpaca are common among developers who cite the platform’s easy-to-use interface, flexible features and low latency as key strengths. To support developers in starting their work on the platform, the company provides rich documentation as well as extensive tutorials and other resources for its active developer community. Developers can use Alpaca’s free paper trading account to test their trading strategies without risking real money.

Alpaca is planning to expand its product offerings and improve its platform’s performance and reliability going forward To enhance customer value, the company is investigating new partnerships and integrations.

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