By . Tracking Spreadsheet. At Sunday, April 25th 2021, 16:38:34 PM.
After being rejected and coddled by the market one too many times, I came to the realization that I was literally spinning my wheels with no chance to succeed unless I could figure out exactly what was adding to my bottom line and conversely, what was keeping me from being just another "break-even" trader. I had already created a simple trading spreadsheet that told me the basics, but I had no way of tracking the overall performance of my trading activities. I finally resolved never to take another trade unless the primary reasons for taking it could be analyzed over a sample number of trades. The result? I created a multiple categorical performance tracking sheet that would soon have me climbing the ladder of success. Lots of work and planning went into this project, but afterward I had concrete evidence that told me when I should step on the gas, or when to put on the brakes. What I created told me key statistics in six different categories, which led to a confidence boost that cannot be described.
As a full-time day trader now for nearly six years, I know what a roller-coaster life can be when first entering the market arena. I also know how much easier your trading life can be with the proper tools, tactics and mindset. While all three are extremely important to your overall success as a trader, this article delves into the often neglected record-keeping aspect of your trading business. Why? Again, because it is very often neglected, especially by newer traders who are unaware of the challenges that theyre up against in this business endeavor known as trading - an endeavor that is well known to have a 90% failure rate amongst retail traders. Personally, my early days were akin to navigating a jungle full of killer predators, without a local guide to keep me from harms way. An old trading partner of mine summed it up best when he said, "The Market will eat you up and spit you out and cuddle you back into her arms every day. And when you get fed up she will outsmart you, entice you and bring you back all over again." As a novice trader trying to take his pittance from the Wall Street jungle, I found that to be the truth!
If you are experienced with spreadsheets you can also add extra features such as the ability to create graphs from the data you entered. Graphs make it easy to get a quick view of your current financial situation. The graphs will allow you to easily spot trends and areas that are in need of attention in order to keep you on budget. If you find creating financial spreadsheets a task that is a little to advanced for you, dont fear. There are other options for you that can combine and even exceed all the features even the most advanced personal finance spreadsheets can offer. The other options such as personal budget software may cost more than a spreadsheet you create at first, but are also powerful enough to pay for themselves with the advanced budgeting features they provide.