He has a monthly readership of , traders and has taught over 20, students. Creating and maintaining a Forex trading journal is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle of professional Forex trading. I guarantee this will help your trading and mindset.
I am going to first explain to you why having a Forex trading journal is essential to becoming a professional trader, and then I am going to show you what my trading journal looks like so that you get an idea of how to make your own. By the end of this article you will be able to create your very own Forex trading journal, and this is a huge step in the direction of becoming a professional trader. First off, you need a trading journal because you need to track your trading performance over time.
Many aspiring traders get caught up on the results of each individual trade; however, the professional trader knows that their trading performance is measured over a long series of trades, not just one or two.
You can think of your trading journal as a constant and tangible reminder that your trading performance is measured over a series of trades. Having this type of reminder is very important, especially early-on in your trading career, it helps keep you focused and it helps to remove any emotion you might attach to any one trade.
Next, developing a track record is something you should take pride and pleasure in doing. So, as we can now see, creating and maintaining a Forex trading journal is a key element to any effective Forex trading plan. Creating and maintaining a trading journal gives you the structure required to build your trading routine on and it also helps you examine and focus on each individual element of a trade, which we will discuss below.
Essentially, Forex trading success is the result of doing a lot of things the right way every time you interact with the market, and a Forex trading journal helps you do everything the right way every time you trade. The images below are actual screen shots of my trading journal. However, this is the same trading journal I use; you can use it too if you like, or tweak it to your desire.
This is self-explanatory; the date you entered the trade, the date you got filled is what you want here if the order got filled. If the order never gets filled just delete it from you journal. If you are unsure which currency pairs are best to trade, check out this article: You will put your pre-determined stop and target price in these boxes.
To learn more about position size click here: What price did you actually exit the trade at? To learn about exiting trades click here: What was the pre-defined risk reward ratio of the trade?
What did the risk reward ratio actually end up being? Also, you will notice that if you take profits prematurely this greatly lowers your risk: Did you trade a valid price action trading strategy? Documenting your Forex trading results is a necessary component to becoming a professional Forex trader. As your trading journal progresses over a series of trades, you will start to see the significance of it more clearly. The power of risk reward and money management will become glaringly evident to you as you look over your trading journal after a few months go by.
Having this tangible piece of evidence to explicitly show you how discipline and patience pay off over time, is a critical element to attaining and maintaining the proper Forex trading mindset. The reality of Forex trading is that at some point on your journey of learning how to trade, you absolutely have to figure out a way to become a disciplined and organized trader, otherwise you simply will not become successful in the markets.
Creating and meticulously maintaining a Forex trading journal is the quickest and most effective way to develop into a disciplined and profitable Forex trader. You can download the Forex trading journal that I use — click here to download the forex trading journal spreadsheet excel file you will need ms office to open this file.
Perfect Sir, I am using just like this. Then I have a monthly data sheet where I write summary that includes number of trades, no of winners, losers, max loss in one trade, max profit in one trade, losing and winning trades in a row. Your the perfect coach to look forward.. Got all answer ready that shows your experience. Thanks again for your help and guidance. Excellent advice and spreadsheet; in general the breadth and depth of advice excellent; real world stuff!
This is the best article I ever read in the internet or any seminar about trading fourex. I have lost tons of money without a good trading plan and journal. Now, I am utilizing the trading plan setup with your suggestion above. I have hope to achieve my goal now. Hi there, of course this piece of writing is actually nice and I have learned lot of things from it concerning blogging. Thats what we all need is the tools to inch that much closer to our dreams.
Thank you for sharing your tricks of the trade. Thank you for the Journal which will act like a mirror, showing me my strength and weakness as well. Your journal is much clearer than mine esp excel format.
I will use urs…. All this time I was using a spiral… This is much more minimalistic to my lifestyle. God bless you for taking the time to write them and teach us. Thank you Nial, your trading journal is really simple to follow, will start using it from now on. Thank you Nial for the journal template..
I was wondering how I would make one. God Bless the work of your hands. Thanks for the Journal was looking for something similar.
Sorry for my english i am from Ukraine. Thanks a lot Nial for being such a good mentor and sharing all of your secrets with us. Thanks a lot for answering the emails and being there for your followers! Trading journal makes one really accountable, responsible and objective in your trading.
Following it religiously makes ones to be patient and focused. God bless Nial for us all. For me this is a help, because I can see that I sometimes set the SL to close, or get in to quick. So now I can follow up if my setup is right, but maybe my entry or SL was wrong. Thanks Nial, this will be a great help. All your articles are very helpful and easy to understand the trading concept. Thanks alot Nial, Your a wonderful mentor and I cannot believe the free stuff you give away here.
Guys, I do trade and this template which Nial has given you is awesome in many ways. Let me briefly explain:. Not only does it make you accountable, it gives you a thorugh trading plan. Too many amateur traders put money into the market and think there going to get rich on one trade. Even more painfiul is the fact that they think there accounts will triple or even quadruple in one trade. This will get you guys out of the habit of thinking about money and looking at the FX market more carefully interms of probability.
It will also teach you to take profits without being greedy. Guys, I cannot stress enough how trading is a marathon not a sprint! I have seen a few top trading professionals and let me be quite frank, they think interms of safety and not risk.
Be safe and use this tool too your advantage. It is dead easy! This is a gem. My own journal is too complicated, being more detailed, that is. Your contribution to me is priceless and as such take your advice and implement it as part of my trading.
Thank you for this article on the trading journal. Thanks Nial for the link to your trading journal which I have now set up for all my future trades. I already have my own journal.
I may organise my journal as proffesional trader like you. Usually mine, I will draw the P. A pattern as well. Was sitting down earlier today to start to creat a journal for my trading.
And now i have one. Hey Nial Great article! In additional to the journal, I also do video recordings of the trades that I will take. That way I can review the trades that I took and learn from it. I often get caught up in the trade that despite a fairly good winning percentage, I still lose the gains in one major loss. I think I need to review my trading strategies via a journal to track where I make my mistakes.
Thanks for this informative entry. Great post Nial, I will use it to replace my journal…. As someone who has taken your FX course and is a forum member I am beginning to realise that the discipline required to be a successful trader is critically important.
It is very insightful considering I have regular brain explosions. I am on the path to being consistent.More...