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Keeping a Futures Trading Journal, Economic Reports & Levels 8.28.2014

August 27th, 2014 Filed under Future Trading News | Comment (0)

Hello Traders,

For 2014 I would like to wish all of you discipline and patience in your trading!

 

The EXTREMELY low volume today ( as well as last few days…) made me go look in my trading journal where sure enough I wrote down that the week before Labor Day is usually lower volume and a good time to take some days off….( too bad I did not schedule some vacation time LOL)
The point of the story is that keeping a trading journal has MANY ADVANTAGES….and I highly recommend it.

I keep notes on the following:

  • different methods I test
  • Market behavior during different economic reports
  • Things I did well, mental state of mind
  • Mistakes I have made, the reasons I did and how I can try to avoid these mistakes
  • Different indicators, chart settings, ideas I read about
  • Different codes I created for my charts
  • Much more…

Many times the journal will help me put closure on a bad day but more so it helps keep track of work I have done so I don’t have to do it again.

 

Try it. It is not easy, especially after bad days….it takes time, energy and consistency – just like trading. I keep mine on a word doc so I can easily access it ( plus my hand writing is terrible). Hope this tip helps and wishing you good trading!
PS: About low volatility and volume, its a cycle and times of much higher volume and volatility are proably very near…. Read the rest of this entry »

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