By . Tracking Spreadsheet. At Monday, April 26th 2021, 20:44:43 PM.
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!
Our first step is to capture non-quantitative data in the spreadsheet, so we reserve a worksheet for that. This is used for location and condition information such as address, zoning category, residential vs. commercial, neighborhood, occupancy in the building and surrounding area, school district, etc. This will all be useful for financing and insurance purposes, as well as keeping track of a number of properties if you have a large real estate portfolio or a property management company. You might want to put it into a standard database format in case you want to save and analyze the information later. We want to look at costs, so we reserve a tab in the real estate spreadsheet for that. Here, you have a decision. You can either make a large list of standard rehabilitation and operating costs or a smaller list of costs specific to this property. The first option allows you to use the Excel spreadsheet for other properties which are probably not the same. The second option keeps things small and tidy and might work if this is a once-off investment. Either way, you will want to include all of the costs in a timeline schedule by week or month. This would include the re-roofing, paint, plumbing, electrics, landscaping, electricity if you are responsible for it, insurance, etc. The financing costs are likely to be the most complex because you need to estimate not only the interest rates of the loan or loans you get, but the principle amortization, mortgage insurance, etc. This can be complex from a calculations standpoint. How granular you get with costs is up to you.
These tables are quite efficient because they are automated with the same tabs that reflect a gain or a loss in normal ledger accounts. If at the end of the calculation the total is shown to tilt towards more expenditure, it appears automatically in scarlet numerals whereas if the total figure leans towards gains, then it is highlighted in a dark shade. This is often the lead that gives the user the assurance to go ahead planning using the same convenient table. Budget spreadsheets also aid in tracking expenditure due to the fact that they can be compatible with a number of similar technologies. They can be used in creating lists in emails as well as for being copied by browsers on a page to be viewed on another program. They can also be used to fill in data that has been scraped from any template because of their high compatibility.