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My Yellow Brick Road -by bd92154

Hi All,

Hopefully I am putting this in the right location.
I have been journaling my trading now for several years.
I am comfortable with my journaling now and have a mentor that I send them to daily.
What I am not comfortable with yet is my trading, but hopefully that will come in time.
In the meantime it is time for me to give back what I can, and some of that is my trip down the Yellow Brick Road in trading and journaling.

First to let you know the main programs that I use for journaling and input to my journal:
- Ninja Trader
- TDAmeritrade Think or Swim
- Open Office: both Spreadsheet and Word Processing (I will attach templates tomorrow)
- Fast Stone Capture
- Free Alarm program (18FEB2017: I don't use anymore)

OOPS just realized have to run.
Will post journal file and my templates tomorrow.

Best wishes to everyone.
Bill D. in San Diego

* I appreciate constructive suggestions from successful CASH traders. As we all know there is a big difference that takes place in your head when you switch from PAPER to CASH that affects even the best traders.


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The long and short of it:

- Journals are done daily as part of my daily routine.
- I am finally getting a quasi-set format to my journaling. (Here and I always thought quasi was quazi, have to love spell checkers.)
- The same name is used each day as I am switching from Open Office Format to PDF format to post. (since PDF does not show, I actually now post using JPG via screen capture using FastStone Capture for journal. Main trading chart is saved in JPG format using NT7)
- There is much room for improvement both in my trading and probably journaling as well.

Thanks to Big Mike and everyone else here.
Bill D. in San Diego

July 2016: Have set format for journaling that works for me now. I use a spreadsheet in OpenOffice coupled with text journal that is exported from NT7 daily. Works for me. Now when I can get my trading more consistent then maybe my journals will be worth reading, actually they are worth reading as I have kept most all of my mistakes in. (Yes some were so painful I just walked away from the machine not to return to journal.)


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Templates


Nothing really that fancy but I have two template files that I use during the day they are self explanatory.
I have converted them to an Excel template file and WORD file. Couldn't find word template option available in my version of Open Office.

If people want I will also post my actual Open Office Templates.

Well I think was only able to upload the template of the WORD file...
It will take me a day or two to get used to this interface.

Way past trading bed time. l8tr

Rather than making another post I'll just add the file containing all my templates:

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Register to download File Type: zip JournalTemplates.zip (65.1 KB, 193 views)

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01JUL2013 Journal trading

Some trade journal. HA
Today was spent with me on the side.
I had various reasons to enter and more reasons to SOH (Sit On HANDS) so that is what I did today.
Even though today was not a trading day I still journalled.

My journal is attached.

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2 July 2013 6 small trades - Tired

Journal is attached as I can't cut and past it all in here.
Just may start cutting and pasting the text though.
Maybe I should have called the journal my daily rant.
Oh well, the Yellow Brick Road is just as good. ;-)

TY for reading.
Have a GR8 day.

- Bill D. in San Diego (I'd say sunny SD, but overcast day)

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July 3, 2013

Spent most of the day just in SOH mode watching the market.
Volume way light for the day increasing vulnerability of getting whipsawed out of any trade taken.
Took afternoon trade.
Attached is both my journal for the day and video journal for the trade. I have a lot more work to do on the videos if I do them in the future. It did serve its purpose of distracting me long enough to maybe hit my target. Oh well live and learn.

Thanks to all.
Have a great 4th everyone.

Sincerely,
Bill D. in San Diego

p.s. Yes video needs lots of work in the future I will see what can be done for a better presentation.

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5 July 2013

Big down day.
Brain switched off in the afternoon.
My trading followed quickly.
Good thing I'm still in SIM trading mode.
9 LOT losing trade Video and Journal attached.

Mistakes too numerous to mention, but I did in journal and video.

Hopefully I won't forget them as I have repeated them in the past and with real money before.
Then again I can hear many say been there done that.



Best to all and have a great weekend.
Sincerely,
Bill D. in San Diego

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If you will upload video files as either MP4 or FLV directly (no zip), they will be directly playable from futures.io (formerly BMT) in our video player.

Mike

Just checked and my FastStone Capture screen recorder doesn't offer the option MP4 or FLV, yet.
I'll start looking for a conversion program.
Thanks.

Wonder if editing changes order. Also wonder where all my tags are coming from. Such a smart BBS


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Couldn't find word template option available in my version of Open Office.

I do not need a Word template, but if you want to save as a template in Office, you should be able to do a Save As. In this dialog there should be a drop down selection for Save As Type where you would select Word Template.

Hope this helps.

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