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First, I encourage you to journal your trades here on the forum. By doing so you'll take your trading to a whole new level, you can read more why I think so here:


Now if you are unwilling to do that then at least journal your trades in a spreadsheet, one is provided below.

This journal needs to reflect what actually happened. There is no benefit to CYA here (covering your ass). Let it all hang out, you've got to be honest with yourself.

Most any trader can come up with a set of trading rules that, if followed, will be profitable. The problems occur when those rules are not followed, which is the majority of the time for many traders. By journaling, you can go back and see exactly which trades worked, and which failed. Then, out of those that worked, how many followed your rules? etc.

Once you become profitable, the journal can take you to the next level -- determining which of your setups or which trading rule is working best for you, and which is working the worst. Basically you can use the journal to optimize your trades.

I welcome your input on how to improve this journal. I hope to see you posting on the Journal section of the forum, or at least using this spreadsheet! The version of the spreadsheet I have attached allows you to enter "Entry reasons" and "Exit reasons" as a pre-defined list that will be available via a drop-down menu when you are entering trades. Look at the screen shot for an example.



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Great ! Thanks Mike.

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how does one open an xlsx file?

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You need excel 2007 or beyond to open xlsx files.

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or someone with 2007 convert down to 97. so all people can read the file.
but you can also open with open office.

Causality is the relationship between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect), where the second event is a consequence of the first.
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I am sure Mike has plenty to do so here is a 'normal' xls version - some formatting has been lost.

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Thanks, Mindset. Do you know what those drop-down menus are called in Excel so I can find them in the Help index? I would like to learn how to make some in my own SS's but never saw them before and didn't know about them. I guess I must have seen them somewhere but never thought it was something an 'ordinary' user could make.

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well they are a form of combo box eg list but I haven't used them myself in excel.

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FYI,

I have Excel 2003 on my Vista laptop and when I clicked on Mike's Excel spreadsheet it automatically did a conversion and then opened. I compared it to the one that Mindset had converted and they look the same, so evidently it lost some formatting when it did the conversion but the main point was that I was able to open it.

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nice and simple

Causality is the relationship between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect), where the second event is a consequence of the first.
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Not saying this is excellent but might give someone a start. Has rudimentary stats section that stays at top of page. (Need to delete all my entries but make sure to keep the formulas! Some of the early columns have less in them than the latest ones so best to paste in the formulas from the bottom columns into a top column underneath the stats before deleting the other entries.

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I hope this is not out of line, but there is also a website called Trading Journal Spreadsheet Log > Stock - Forex - Futures - Options
The guy has made different spread sheet journals for stocks, futures, options etc. It has all the normal entry criteria as well as areas for comments. It will plot an equity curve and provide win vs. loss data etc. I actually bought the futures version a long time ago and did not use it. I think the fact that I did not use it is one of the reasons I have not been successful. I plan to change that. I attached a screen shot as well. Oh, its less than $50. I am not associated with the company in any way.

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One of the most useful figures I want to know is my Profit Factor. When I can trade a strategy with a PF over 2.0 I know I can compound it.

Most systems are below 1.5

Another figure that gives me confidence in my strategy is in the number of trades to recover from a drawdown. Experience shows me this wants to be no greater 25 trades. So when you take a trade that sends you into a hole and you can get out of that hole inside 25 trades all is OK.

If it takes longer than that your edge needs sharpening.

So a PF above 2.0 will most always recover a drawdown in less than 25 trades.

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Thanks Mike ! Great ! Your efforts in going an extra mile to help others are really appreciated.

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I found an assortment of trading related spreadsheets that look interesting. Take a look at:

Kayline Strategies, L.L.C.

Free Finance Templates

Free Finance Spreadsheets Scroll to the bottom of this page.

There is a free version or should say an open source version:
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Also, this is worth checking:
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The real thing:
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This is also worth checking out:
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forex data converters:
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Trading spreadsheets for Excel:
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Various goodies in Excel for traders of course:
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free CVS data export:
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There appears to be some free add-on for MS Excel for both Stocks and Forex to download quotes.

TraderXL for TD AMERITRADE

Forex4XL for FOREX.COM

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Hello Big Mike.
I'm in need of trading journal and while searching, I found yours futures.io (formerly BMT) trading journal which I like. However I need to do some personal enhancements to meet my specific needs and I am illiterate in using Excel. I have two ways how to achieve my goal. First post my needs here on this forum hoping that somebody will be interested and help, and post your trading yournal to other( Financnik.cz - komodity, akcie, burza, forex) trading forum where somebody might help me too.
My question is if you mind me posting your trading journal on foreign forum. After the changes will be made, of course, I would post it here as well. Thanks Mike

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Hi all. I recently pulled something off the shelf and dusted it off. This was part of something I was working on a while back and I need a little help. This is great if someone can use it and for me to have the different charts up is what makes this interesting. Anyway this is set up for forex and I was hoping someone could change the imputs so I could trade the ES with it and the value for each trade has to be changed to 12.50 instead it is at one for forex.

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Hi all. I recently pulled something off the shelf and dusted it off. This was part of something I was working on a while back and I need a little help. This is great if someone can use it and for me to have the different charts up is what makes this interesting. Anyway this is set up for forex and I was hoping someone could change the imputs so I could trade the ES with it and the value for each trade has to be changed to 12.50 instead it is at one for forex.

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Don't trade this way but to change sheet values to 12.5 go to Data sheet and alter cell T6 to the Point/Pip value you require - I would suggest 50 for ES
then alter your factor for decimal places to zero.
One thing to note there is no accounting for commissions in this sheet - this is important. Esp if you start to trade multiple contracts - it will reduce the profits substantially I would suggest.

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Is it possible to provide me with the Trading Journal sample (Excel Spredsheet) ....

I`m not able to download this Spreadsheet ... tried it for several times but I failed.

Please send it to my e-mail: markus.m.goldgruber@aon.at ... need this tool urgently ...

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Is it possible to provide me with the Trading Journal sample (Excel Spredsheet) ....

I`m not able to download this Spreadsheet ... tried it for several times but I failed.

Please send it to my e-mail: markus.m.goldgruber@aon.at ... need this tool urgently ...

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Hi,

I moved your post (you created a new duplicate thread, instead of replying to the existing topic).

You'll need to be more specific as to what the problem is. Works fine for me in FF, Chrome, and IE. The attachment is in post #1. If you are having trouble, try right-clicking and select "save target as" on the attachment.

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This is one of the things that I need to keep up with and doing this is a nice excel sheet I will add this to my daily trading.


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Hello,

After an interest in weather all of my life, I surprisingly pursued weather forecasting after 1997-8. My interest was long range experimental. Thoughts went into space and mathematical angles planets as a 3-way geometry, predicting infinite time, or to compare global warming, but no interest in computer programming and these ideas were solo, so I found futures trading goals to be something to pass the time (money). This began in 2010 and in 2011 I was trading an account worth $80,000. In the beginning, made it as high as $220,000, which is enough to cover what would have been college, then the account dropped on some identified as anomalous activity. For the next few years, I went through some pretty odd experiences considering my person: Homelessness, jail, eventually mental hospital, all while attempting to plot futures data with money making goal in mind. I knew how to trade the futures in this time, but "energies" made it need to be science-based for presentation, and my laziness because life is always enjoyable. <3

After returning to family in 2015, I began to "heal" . In this time, I focused a serious effort on the market. 154,381 data points plotted, from most of 32 Futures in the time periods of 1day, 2day, 3day, 4day, 1week (thinkorswim). The result was what I expected: in the +/+ part of an X-Y graph, the next day had probability for positive price and a linear opposite correlation on the reverse side, -/-. See image below.



Of course, separated for grains-grains, currencies-currencies. It became silly plotting the market, because running positives were positive and running negatives,. The market is, on average, advantageous.

My research of mathematical studies showed one to be best in opposition of the market. This is what I began practice trading on November 18, 2016. The practice trade account, with TD Ameritrade was worth $100,000. Every day, moves were made, and most trades were reverse-pattern predictions. I have to be honest when I say that when my practice trade account moved into times when good presentation could become possible, I learned so much. Good-Bad, the significance of meditation. 173 trading days later, this same account is worth $645,000. 97 days have been positive days, 76 days negative. This is 15-20% chance. With average standard deviation of +6%, 15-20% also. I would like to be top 5%, which it was before the last 2-3 weeks. (has been a peaceful time but generally disinterested in the market).

This is my practice trade results:





173 days, 8 months and 6 days.

This doesn't include the statistical method which is still a work in progress because I don't have a computer fast enough to manage the level of Excel computing. It's 99% complete. The program is more than 400mb, and government record makes it difficult to get a short term job to afford better computer. Can trade futures well. Always open and willing to learn more.

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Nice one. It would have been better if items were described.




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Not saying this is excellent but might give someone a start. Has rudimentary stats section that stays at top of page. (Need to delete all my entries but make sure to keep the formulas! Some of the early columns have less in them than the latest ones so best to paste in the formulas from the bottom columns into a top column underneath the stats before deleting the other entries.


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One of the most useful figures I want to know is my Profit Factor. When I can trade a strategy with a PF over 2.0 I know I can compound it.

Most systems are below 1.5

Another figure that gives me confidence in my strategy is in the number of trades to recover from a drawdown. Experience shows me this wants to be no greater 25 trades. So when you take a trade that sends you into a hole and you can get out of that hole inside 25 trades all is OK.

If it takes longer than that your edge needs sharpening.

So a PF above 2.0 will most always recover a drawdown in less than 25 trades.

Cheers.

Shivaya

Sounds like a great nugget of info to incorporate into a trading plan, thanks for sharing Shivaya.

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