Key Concepts


The Execution model receives an array of risk-adjusted PortfolioTarget objects from the Risk Management model and places trades in the market to satisfy the targets. The Execution model only receives updates to the portfolio target share counts. It doesn't necessarily receive all of the targets at once.

Set Models

To set an Execution model, in the Initialize method, call the SetExecution method.

SetExecution(new ImmediateExecutionModel()); 

To view all the pre-built Execution models, see Supported Models.

Model Structure

Execution models should extend the ExecutionModel class. Extensions of the ExecutionModel must implement the Execute method, which receives an array of PortfolioTarget objects and is responsible for reaching the target portfolio as efficiently as possible. The Portfolio Construction model creates the PortfolioTarget objects, the Risk Management model may adjust them, and then the Execution model places the orders to fulfill them.

 // Basic Execution Model Scaffolding Structure Example
class MyExecutionModel : ExecutionModel {

   // Fill the supplied portfolio targets efficiently.
   public override void Execute(QCAlgorithmFramework algorithm, IPortfolioTarget[] targets)
      // NOP

   //  Optional: Securities changes event for handling new securities.
   public override void OnSecuritiesChanged(QCAlgorithm algorithm, SecurityChanges changes)
        // Security additions and removals are pushed here.
        // This can be used for setting up algorithm state.
        // changes.AddedSecurities
        // changes.RemovedSecurities
# Execution Model scaffolding structure example
class MyExecutionModel(ExecutionModel):

    # Fill the supplied portfolio targets efficiently
    def Execute(self, algorithm: QCAlgorithm, targets: List[PortfolioTarget]) -> None:

    # Optional: Securities changes event for handling new securities.
    def OnSecuritiesChanged(self, algorithm: QCAlgorithm, changes: SecurityChanges) -> None:
        # Security additions and removals are pushed here.
        # This can be used for setting up algorithm state.
        # changes.AddedSecurities
        # changes.RemovedSecurities

The algorithm argument that the methods receive is an instance of the base QCAlgorithm class, not your subclass of it.

The following table describes the properties of the PortfolioTarget class that you may access in the Execution model:

PropertyData TypeDescription
SymbolSymbolAsset to trade
QuantitydecimalfloatNumber of units to hold

Track Security Changes

The Universe Selection model may select a dynamic universe of assets, so you should not assume a fixed set of assets in the Execution model. When the Universe Selection model adds and removes assets from the universe, it triggers an OnSecuritiesChanged event. In the OnSecuritiesChanged event handler, you can initialize the security-specific state or load any history required for your Execution model.

class MyExecutionModel : ExecutionModel
    private Dictionary<symbol, symboldata> _symbolDataBySymbol = new Dictionary<symbol, symboldata>();

    public override void OnSecuritiesChanged(QCAlgorithmFramework algorithm, SecurityChanges changes)
        foreach (var security in changes.AddedSecurities)
            _symbolDataBySymbol[security.Symbol] = new SymbolData(security.Symbol);

        foreach (var security in changes.RemovedSecurities)
            if (_symbolDataBySymbol.ContainsKey(security.Symbol))

    public class SymbolData 
        private Symbol _symbol;

        public SymbolData(Symbol symbol)
            _symbol = symbol;
            // Store and manage Symbol-specific data
class MyExecutionModel(ExecutionModel):
    symbol_data_by_symbol = {}

    def OnSecuritiesChanged(self, algorithm: QCAlgorithm, changes: SecurityChanges) -> None:
        for security in changes.AddedSecurities:
            self.symbol_data_by_symbol[security.Symbol] = SymbolData(security.Symbol)

        for security in changes.RemovedSecurities:
            if security.Symbol in self.symbol_data_by_symbol:
                self.symbol_data_by_symbol.pop(security.Symbol, None)

class SymbolData:
    def __init__(self, symbol):
        self.symbol = symbol
        # Store and manage Symbol-specific data

Portfolio Target Collection

The PortfolioTargetCollection class is a helper class to manage PortfolioTarget objects. The class manages an internal dictionary that has the security Symbol as the key and a PortfolioTarget as the value.

Add Portfolio Targets

To add a PortfolioTarget to the PortfolioTargetCollection, call the Add method.


To add a list of PortfolioTarget objects, call the AddRange method.


Check Membership

To check if a PortfolioTarget exists in the PortfolioTargetCollection, call the Contains method.

var targetInCollection = _targetsCollection.Contains(portfolioTarget);
target_in_collection = self.targets_collection.Contains(portfolio_target)

To check if a Symbol exists in the PortfolioTargetCollection, call the ContainsKey method.

var symbolInCollection = _targetsCollection.ContainsKey(symbol);
symbol_in_collection = self.targets_collection.ContainsKey(symbol)

To get all the Symbol objects, use the Keys property.

var symbols = _targetsCollection.Keys;
symbols = self.targets_collection.Keys

Access Portfolio Targets

To access the PortfolioTarget objects for a Symbol, index the PortfolioTargetCollection with the Symbol.

var portfolioTarget = _targetsCollection[symbol];
portfolio_target = self.targets_collection[symbol]

To iterate through the PortfolioTargetCollection, call the GetEnumerator method.

var enumerator = _targetsCollection.GetEnumerator();
enumerator = self.targets_collection.GetEnumerator()

To get all the PortfolioTarget objects, use the Values property

var portfolioTargets = _targetsCollection.Values;
portfolio_targets = self.targets_collection.Values

Order Portfolio Targets by Margin Impact

To get an enumerable where position reducing orders are executed first and the remaining orders are executed in decreasing order value, call the OrderByMarginImpact method.

foreach (var target in _targetsCollection.OrderByMarginImpact(algorithm))
    // Place order
for target in self.targets_collection.OrderByMarginImpact(algorithm):
    # Place order

This method won't return targets for securities that have no data yet. This method also won't return targets for which the sum of the current holdings and open orders quantity equals the target quantity.

Remove Portfolio Targets

To remove a PortfolioTarget from the PortfolioTargetCollection, call the Remove method.

removeSuccessful = _targetsCollection.Remove(symbol);
remove_successful = self.targets_collection.Remove(symbol)

To remove all the PortfolioTarget objects, call the Clear method.


To remove all the PortfolioTarget objects that have been fulfilled, call the ClearFulfilled method.


Copy Portfolio Targets

To copy a subset of the PortfolioTarget objects in the PortfolioTargetCollection to an array, call the CopyTo method. The arrayIndex argument is the zero-based index in the array at which copying begins.

_targetsCollection.CopyTo(array, arrayIndex);
self.targets_collection.CopyTo(array, arrayIndex)

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