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The benefits of creating a journal in this forum

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My trading started to work better when I started / kept at journaling. My initial problem was I didn't know what or how to write about my trades. So I just started writing out what I did know and every couple weeks I changed it to match what I had learned and what I was doing different. I then created a checklist (see the Check List Manifesto by Atul Gawande) and that made another improvement in my trades.

This past week I was able to do five trades that worked exactly as I had planned:

Date Description Amount Net
8/8/2016 BOUGHT-CALL (WBA) WALGREENS BOOTS AUG 12 16 $80.5 (100 SHS) (Cash) ($157.58)
8/10/2016 SOLD-CALL (WBA) WALGREENS BOOTS AUG 12 16 $80.5 (100 SHS) (Cash) $243.46 $85.88
8/8/2016 BOUGHT-CALL (WBA) WALGREENS BOOTS AUG 12 16 $80 (100 SHS) (Cash) ($838.28)
8/10/2016 SOLD-CALL (WBA) WALGREENS BOOTS AUG 12 16 $80 (100 SHS) (Cash) $1,241.69 $403.41
8/11/2016 BOUGHT-CALL (KMB) KIMBERLY CLARK CORP AUG 19 16 $130 (100 SHS) (Cash)($2,522.76)
8/11/2016 SOLD-CALL (KMB) KIMBERLY CLARK CORP AUG 19 16 $130 (100 SHS) (Cash) $2,677.18 $154.42
8/11/2016 BOUGHT-CALL (GG) GOLDCORP INC COM NPV AUG 12 16 $18.5 (100 SHS) (Margin) ($1,082.76)
8/11/2016 SOLD-CALL (GG) GOLDCORP INC COM NPV AUG 12 16 $18.5 (100 SHS) (Margin)$1,277.21 $194.45
8/12/2016 BOUGHT-CALL (ANF) ABERCROMBIE & FITCH AUG 19 16 $21 (100 SHS) (Margin)($1,251.60)
8/12/2016 SOLD-CALL (ANF) ABERCROMBIE & FITCH AUG 19 16 $21 (100 SHS) (Margin) $1,756.36 $504.76
Each evening I went thru my checklist, put on OTOCO trades and let them run. I do look on during the day when I have time but I'm a consultant working on-site with a client and don't have control over when I can look at or make changes so it is important that I can just put the trade on and forget it.

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Journal Control Wish list

@Big Mike

First before I start this short list TY for having a Journaling option available.

Currently I've run into several of the points that Anna K has well outlined here and I agree. Having others comment on your journal can be outright distracting at times.

Since journaling is such an individual endeavor I would like to see more options given for the individual journal author.

My wish list for Journaling options:
1. Private Journal by invite only: A journal that a person can invite members individually to view, or no members.
2. Toggle control for: ___ All other members posting __ PM messaging off related to Journal
3. PDF Instructions for journaling

Some of these wishes may already exist for journaling and I have just not come across the instructions as yet.

Since essentially we are bearing our trading soul out there with a journal at a minimum I'd like to see the option to turn off all replies other than your own individual posts, while at the same time people could PM you or put a thanks on your individual journal.

Thanks again for such a great site. I think that by making these options available to members or better known if they do exist that more people would journal.

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Mike your original post is so true. Thanks
After 17 yrs of being outta it I decided to try again. Well after 1 1/2 yrs I only made a $100 back then it didn't seem worth my time.
I think a journal would help many. Especially beginners an paper traders. Myself have a small account an make few real trades, so far so good. Also getting into it after such a time I also have 12 pages of different strategies an theory's on paper.

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Thank you Big Mike for the benefits of posting/sharing journal.
I am truly believer that journal will be helpful to the person who post it. this is really a matter of accountability and of course, open for discussion in case there is an blindspot, which i hope i can learn from others fellow traders.

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I use and like this Excel based trading Journal. Has only a one time fee (low if you ask me for what you get) and is very comprehensive IMHO.

Trading Journal Spreadsheet ®Trade Tracking , for Elite Traders!


Good Saturday morning,
I have looked at this multiple times and have almost bought, I just saw your post as I am trying to figure out a better journaling method and was reminded of TJS. So I thought I would ask, do you still use it and does it do everything you need without a lot of extra effort?


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Hi All
I am brand new to trading. I've been playing on a SIM account for about a month now. It is still scary new to me. I hope to learn a lot from all of you.

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