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If you’ve watched this channel before and
especially if you are one of the Duomonians on our full online course then you will know
for a fact that I am a massive fan of trading journals. Some of you are just going to be
blankly staring at me after that comment because I know it sounds kind of boring it’s like
I’ve just told you that I collect stamps or something. Fact is that you can take your
trading to whole new levels of kick-ass, awesome success just by using a trading journal properly.
“Awesome, Wow!” And you can’t say the same about a stamp
collection can you? So for this video I’m going to assume that
you’ve already got a trading journal because if you haven’t you’d better get the **** awesome!
Also I’ve heard rumours that if you don’t use a trading journal as a trader then Clippy
the little Microsoft Office assistant will climb through your trading charts, through
your screen and he’s going to kill you. You’ve been warned.
But all jokes aside if you haven’t already started a trading journal make sure that you
go to the link in the description box and sign up for our free Inner Circle mailing
list. Then spend some time reading the free e-Book ‘How to Trade like a TraderPreneur’
so you can find out about how and why I use Evernote for my trading journal. It’s truly
magical. Right let’s get back on track fellow trading
journal enthusiasts. I want you to take a quick look at your journal. What sort of information
is it that you are currently storing in there? “This…- what did he say?- Is a tiny piece
of paper, tiny little thing containing all of the information”
Yeah, that’s right you lazy arses- I am onto you, because most traders that I speak
to are completely underusing their trading journal they can’t be bothered, they prefer
to live by the phrase “less is more”. “It’s a tiny piece of paper”
Well traders let me tell you, less is more has no place in this area of your trading.
You can save that one as an excuse for your poor bedroom performance instead. When it
comes to your trading journal you need to be meticulous and thorough no excuses ladies
and gents. Now although there are many possibilities
of what you can be recording in your trading journal I just want to share with you a couple
of tips, a few suggestions for you to start off with and for you to really build upon
from there, Okay? So let’s start off with… The Mistake that a lot of Traders make
Dramatic enough for you? A lot of traders make the mistake of only
using their trading journal to track information about their entries and exits. Things like
their entry and exit price, the amount of profit and oss they made, the position size
all of that kind of thing. Now by all means, you should include that
sort of information it’s not going to do any harm and it might be quite helpful in
the future but let’s not forget that all of that information that I just said is already
available in your trade history within your trading terminal. So basically it is quite
pointless admin and yet most of you will find that’s all that you have been tracking in
your trade journal so far. Instead I want you to start tracking detailed
scenarios and for me a scenario is not just the data of the trade it’s telling me the
whole story of the trade as well. Yes it may take a while but if you just set aside half
an hour at the end of your trading session to record this information and maybe as well
set aside a half an hour or an hour every day or every week to revise and go through
the different notes that you have collected so that you really get inside that information
and understand the scenarios. Now there are three types of scenarios that
I want you to start tracking from today as I said there is many more of them, but if
you could just do these three you’re going to see a massive difference in your performance.
So number one: Opportunities that you have executed as trades.
Number Two: Opportunities that you didn’t execute as trades.
Number Three: Interesting scenarios or situations that you have come across in the markets.
So let’s kick it off with that first point: Opportunities that you have executed as trades.
Now for this one my template would go something like this:
At the top of the page, I am going to have the date and time of the journal entry. Then
I’m going to have the name of the asset that is being traded and the main timeframe
and I’ll also put in brackets the other timeframes that I was monitoring. Then I’ll
put the entry price and time, the exit price and time, the size of the trade either in
contracts or whatever it is that you are trading. The starting balance, the ending balance after
the trade was closed and the profit or loss of the trade. Underneath this I will have
any relevant screenshots for the entry, so actual screenshots of my charts which I will
also annotate to explain why I entered and why I put my stop loss where I did and things
like that. Then you need screenshots for the exit as well as what happened after you exited
as well so you can easily see in the future whether this was the best exit plan or not.
Ill then have three sections that I am going to write in, so these are the text sections,
so I am going to put text in these parts. The Fundamental analysis, the Technical analysis,
my Money Management and my mind-set. In my Fundamental analysis, I’ll give a
few sentences if any. You know sometimes you might not have some, for why I’m trading
that market or about any other events that were going on that I was aware of that might
affect the trade. Next in the Technical analysis, I am going
to write about why I entered the trade based on the chart analysis and whether this fitted
my system or not. Next I will be writing about my Money Management,
I will show the calculation of my position size, how much was at risk? And how much I
was set to earn from the trade? So what the reward was for that trade and whether that
was in line with my system or not. And then finally I will write about my mind-set,
how was I feeling during the trade? Was I emotionally neutral with my decisions? Was
there anything that was impacting my decisions from a psychological point of view? When I
came to enter or exit the trade. Then right down at the bottom of the page
I might also include a section right at the end for any kind of conclusion or any other
notes that I think are relevant. Now as you can see it is quite detailed and
it will take some time. It is probably going to take about five to ten minutes per trade
but it’s really important that you do this as it is going to help you improve so much
quicker. It’s going to help you when it comes to optimising your trading system and
it’s going to keep you disciplined and honest when sticking to your system. This is really
the way to get the very best out of yourself as a trader.
So let’s move on to point number two this is the opportunities that you didn’t execute
as trades. For this one you basically want to follow the same points that you had for
number one except this time you are going to write it down as if it was a real trade
so this time you’ve got to be really honest with yourself about where you would’ve entered,
where you would have exited and all that kind of stuff and also make it very clear in this
note in the journal entry that it wasn’t a real trade because when you come back to
it in the future you may get confused and think that it was a real trade. So you want
to make sure that these ones are defined as opportunities that you didn’t execute as
a trade in the end. For this one you also want to add an extra section at the end which
explains why you didn’t take the trade? Whether it was a correct opportunity and whether
you should’ve taken it? And what you would do differently in the future so it’s really
important that you really describe the reasons why you didn’t execute that trade if it
was an opportunity. And finally let’s come onto point number
three which are the interesting scenarios which you come across in the markets. This
one’s really straightforward guys I want you to be taking screenshots and annotating
the screenshots of different things that happened like when the markets reacted to different
news releases or when market activity changed, different types of markets that you experience,
different candle setups you know different things, different significant levels and how
the market behaved around those. I want you to build a database of different
scenarios that you found interesting that you feel that you can learn from. Just make
sure that you annotate the actual screenshots so that you know what’s going on and then
have a text section below where I would include things like the Fundamental analysis if there
is any. The Technical analysis points, the reasons why you find that scenario interesting
and what you would do in the future. Whether you would take it as a trade? What you could
do to monitor those situations? And so on, just provide some qualitative data so that
you have some information in the future for when you want to optimise your system, whether
you want to try to incorporate something that is going on there. Either as a filter to stop
having that affect your trades or having it as a filter for taking trades.
OK guys so those are the three points and I do know that it sounds like a complete pain
in the arse but any company has admin like this, in any company you need to track things
and we need to start behaving like our trading is a business rather than just a random flutter
down at the Casino because that is not going to be consistent for us, whereas running it
like a business that is where you are going to start making some money.
And of course there are apps and there are websites that do some of those jobs for you
that we just discussed. But I’d rather that you do them manually at least to start with
because it is going to help you to get disciplined, it is going to help you feel more connected
with your trades and connect with the markets in the different activities that you’re
tracking there rather than a website doing it for you and you glancing over it. I want
you to really get into the information so don’t feel like you can cut corners, I want
you doing it all manually. And guys and if you do become a Trading Journal
enthusiast like me then in the future, I promise you I‘m going to release more videos giving
you more hints and tips, guidance about how your Trading Journal into a Super Journal
but first of all I want you to be tracking those three points that we have said today
and then after that I will give you some hints into turning it into something phenomenal
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