"That last fact I know from experience with traders. A
few years back, I covered trading software for various technology
publications, and I got to know quite a few traders. In many cases,
the advantage they command in the financial markets comes from
their trading systems, and all they need from software
infrastructure is a reliable platform for trade execution, record
keeping, and the like. It is not uncommon for large-scale traders
to spend millions of dollars on custom software from specialist
developers to meet these needs.
"I'm positive that there are a lot of people in the financial
community who could benefit from familiarizing themselves with
Marketcetera. Marketcetera isn't the only open source option,
either. Yesterday, Lisa covered Black Duck Software's citation of
jbooktrader, found on Google code, as a top open source automated
trading solution. "