I was looking through this sheet. Very helpful, thanks Mike and vvhg.
A quick note: I think the commission calculations are wrong if you pay commission/contract. If you look at sheet "Journal", in column AA, the commission calculated is a flat fee (e.g. $4.50 for ES). So no matter if you trade 10 or 1 contract, it always shows $4.50.
Not to mention If does not calculate the exit commission.
Anyway, for me this forumla works better in column AA:
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Let me explain: the changes I made are for up to three contracts (although this could be adjusted).
If you trade three contracts with three targets then you have only one contract per target hence (presumed the commission is RT) the calculation is correct (IMHO).
If you trade three contracts with only one target you would have to fill the (identical) exit price into e1, e2 and e3.
I know it's not ideal.
Perhaps it would be better to have vol columns next to the exits?
I think I will just fiddle around with it a bit more, perhaps a grading option on how well the trade was carried out would also be interesting?
have you got any additional ideas as to what else to stick in there, especially any stats that might be interesting from a psychological perspective ( especially as this is the main reason for journaling in the first place!)
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I have read this thread and I miss something. The benefits of a track record it to improve trading, by this I mean that we are interested in the minimal stop loss and max profit that we can do with our trading plan.
I think the best spreadsheet is the one with the following information:
- The maximum adverse excursion (how much a trade moves against you)
- Realized MFA
- Unrealized MFA (how much a trade moves in your favor)
Whit this tree numbers a calculation can be made by exel to determine the STOPLOSS and TARGET so we can improve our trading.
IŽam not so good with exel so if some one can look at it.
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I have looked at the shead of BM but I can not find the calculation that I talked of.
If we can put in a shead how much a trade moves against you, how much a trade moves in your favor and the realized MFA, whe than can calculate the stoploss and target. So if we have the data say from the last month we can than trade with the stoploss and target from the exel shead.
At the bottom of the exel shead there must be 2 colums with the calculation for best target and stoploss.
So if we can tighten the stop for say 1 tick we are not giving away that 1 tick whit every losser and if we can move our stop with 1 or 2 ticks we then earn 1 or 2 ticks per winning trade. That is money management.
It is not important to know how much you have earned.
It is some kind of back testing to perform your stop loss and target.
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IŽam gone explain it with a spreadsheet that I have made were I put al my trades by hand in it.
The 4 most important information is:
- MAE - The maximum Adverse Excursion, measures how much a trade moves against you.
- MFE - (in my shead MFA error must be MFE) the max. favorable excursion, measures how much a trade moves
in your favor.
- R.MFE - Realized MFE.
In the spreadsheed you see are the trades that I made yesterday on the 6E. I used a stop of 6ticks and a target if 8 ticks. So I made 5 trades, 3 were winners, 1 loser and 1 breakeven. I made 18 ticks.
I donŽt use multiple targets, I like to use one fixed target for al my contracts.
If you now look at the spreadsheed you can see that if I where using a stop of 3 ticks and a target of 11 ticks instead of the 6tick stop and 8 ticks target, I had made 30 ticks of profit, that is a difference of 12ticks that I trough away yesterday.
Off course this is only the data for 1 day but if you have data for say 1 month you can than calculate the best stop and target to use for a specific market. So every month you can than adjust your stop and target because markets are always changing.
I hope this will clear thinks.
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