By . Tracking Spreadsheet. At Saturday, May 01st 2021, 23:00:24 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.
The electronic spreadsheets have become an office standard ever since the first such computer programs became commercially available more than 20 years ago. And with its popularity there has become a need for spreadsheet training to keep employees up to date with their knowledge and skills or using it. Back during the infancy of this software, most people would use it for just two reasons: to store data (especially customer database) and as a glorified calculator. Perhaps because those are a spreadsheets intended or more practical uses or that people are not really that trained to use its features to the fullest. You would even be surprised that up to now there are office employees who, when they are prompted to make some calculations, they would open their spreadsheet software and do the calculations there.
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!