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Errors when invoking SetHoldings

I ran into a situation where SetHoldings didn't create MarketOrder because CalculateOrderQuantity returned 0. CalculateOrderQuantity returned 0 because there had been no Securities[symbol].Price set. I ended up checking the Quantity for the Holdings after calling SetHoldings, something like:

if (securitesToPurchase > 0)
{
SetHoldings("VCLT", 0.20m);
var quantity = Securities["VCLT"].Holdings.Quantity;
if (quantity > 0)
{
securtitiesToPurchase -= 1;
}
....
}

Is there a better way to do this?

-- Wink

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From the code snippet, we cannot tell why the price of the security is zero. However, I can suggest that you verify whether the symbol is part of the TradeBars object:

public void OnData(TradeBars data)
{
/* ... */

if (securitesToPurchase > 0 && data.ContainsKey("VCLT"))
{
SetHoldings("VCLT", 0.20m);
var quantity = Securities["VCLT"].Holdings.Quantity;
if (quantity > 0)
{
securtitiesToPurchase -= 1;
}
/* ... */
}
}

After you call SetHoldings, the quantity can be zero if the call is made when the market is closed (e.g.: daily resolution algorithmns), because the order will only be executed on market open. 

I hope this helps, otherwise you may need to share your code for the community take a look at it.

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The reason why is because Price is 0 just for the reason you said, SetHoldings was called when the markets were closed, my start date was 1/1/2010. I've attached the code and here is the log and as you can see on the line " ... VCLT Price=0":

2010-01-01 00:00:00 Launching analysis for c187f74155f968f25c5c53522ad946b5 with LEAN Engine v2.2.0.2.744

2010-01-01 00:00:00 Initialize:+

2010-01-01 00:00:00 Initialzie: securitiesParamStrg=

2010-01-01 00:00:00 Initialize: SPY 0.25

2010-01-01 00:00:00 Initialize: VCLT 0.25

2010-01-01 00:00:00 Initialize:-

2010-01-04 10:00:00 OnData-Slice: SPY Price=112.8300

2010-01-04 10:00:00 OnData-Slice: Purchased Stock SPY 0.25% quantity=22

2010-01-04 10:00:00 OnData-Slice: VCLT Price=0

2010-01-04 10:00:00 OnData-Slice: Bad quantity VCLT 0.25% quantity=0

2010-01-04 10:00:00 OnData-Slice: SPY time=01/04/2010 09:00:00 open=112.3700 high=112.9400 low=112.3300 close=112.8300 volume=17467767 Value=112.8300

2010-01-04 11:00:00 OnData-Slice: SPY Price=113.1000

2010-01-04 11:00:00 OnData-Slice: VCLT Price=74.2100

2010-01-04 11:00:00 OnData-Slice: Purchased Stock VCLT 0.25% quantity=33

...

 

So my question is what's the best way to handle this, using Securities like I'm doing doesn't feel right?

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For accessing each security new information, you should use the Slice (or TradeBars) object. So instead of using Securities[security.symbol].Price, use data.Bars[security.symbol], intead.
Before that, check whether the security was included in the Slice (or TradeBars) object. You can do something like this:

public override void OnData(Slice data)
{
/* ... */

// Only loop through my_security items
// which symbol are included in data
foreach (var security in my_securities
.Where(x => data.Bars.ContainsKey(x.symbol))
{
var symbol = security.symbol;
var price = data.Bars[symbol].Price;
/* ... */
}
}

 

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Thanks, that is much better! I tweaked the .Where statement so it would work for Ticks or Bars:

foreach (SecurityParam security in my_securities
.Where(x => data.Bars.ContainsKey(x.symbol) || data.Ticks.ContainsKey(x.symbol)))

For anyone interested attached is the backtest with the .Where and other cleanup as well as defaulting to Resolution.Tick from 1/1/2010 to 1/5/2010.

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