By . Tracking Spreadsheet. At Thursday, May 06th 2021, 02:34:38 AM.
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!
Are There Software Solutions? The good news is that there are many software tools specifically designed to help you manage your finances better. Some tools are more complex than others. If you have never used a budgeting software before, pick out one with a platform that you can understand. You shouldnt have to be very techie to be able to use the tool. A good software intuits the needs of its users, and helps them along by simplifying the process as much as possible. Evaluate, Update At the end of a certain period, assess how helpful your spreadsheet is to you. Were you able to see how youve been spending your money? Have you finally figured out which areas of your spending to cut back on? Can you now estimate how much you can reasonably set aside as savings every month? Keep your budget spreadsheet up to date so you can use it to make an informed decision about your finances anytime, all the time.
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.