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using System;
using System.Linq;
using QuantConnect.Data;
using QuantConnect.Data.Market;
using QuantConnect.Orders;
using QuantConnect.Securities;
namespace QuantConnect.Algorithm.CSharp
/// <summary>
/// This example demonstrates how to add futures for a given underlying.
/// It also shows how you can prefilter contracts easily based on expirations.
/// It also shows how you can inspect the futures chain to pick a specific contract to trade.
/// </summary>
public class BasicTemplateFuturesAlgorithm : QCAlgorithm
// S&P 500 EMini futures
private const string RootSP500 = Futures.Indices.SP500EMini;
public Symbol SP500 = QuantConnect.Symbol.Create(RootSP500, SecurityType.Future, Market.USA);
// Gold futures
private const string RootGold = Futures.Metals.Gold;
public Symbol Gold = QuantConnect.Symbol.Create(RootGold, SecurityType.Future, Market.USA);
public override void Initialize()
SetStartDate(2016, 08, 17);
SetEndDate(2016, 08, 20);
var futureSP500 = AddFuture(RootSP500);
var futureGold = AddFuture(RootGold);
// set our expiry filter for this futures chain
futureSP500.SetFilter(TimeSpan.Zero, TimeSpan.FromDays(182));
futureGold.SetFilter(TimeSpan.Zero, TimeSpan.FromDays(182));
var benchmark = AddEquity("SPY");
/// <summary>
/// Event - v3.0 DATA EVENT HANDLER: (Pattern) Basic template for user to override for receiving all subscription data in a single event
/// </summary>
/// <param name="slice">The current slice of data keyed by symbol string</param>
public override void OnData(Slice slice)
if (!Portfolio.Invested)
foreach(var chain in slice.FutureChains)
// find the front contract expiring no earlier than in 90 days
var contract = (
from futuresContract in chain.Value.OrderBy(x => x.Expiry)
where futuresContract.Expiry > Time.Date.AddDays(90)
select futuresContract
// if found, trade it
if (contract != null)
MarketOrder(contract.Symbol, 1);
/// <summary>
/// Order fill event handler. On an order fill update the resulting information is passed to this method.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="orderEvent">Order event details containing details of the evemts</param>
/// <remarks>This method can be called asynchronously and so should only be used by seasoned C# experts. Ensure you use proper locks on thread-unsafe objects</remarks>
public override void OnOrderEvent(OrderEvent orderEvent)