TRADERVUE UPDATES SINCE LAST POST
- About a day after I asked, Greg (the owner/developer of the website) added the import for TradeStation. Great turnaround!
- He also pointed out that yes, I can easily embed and display linked charts in the journal (nice!)
- Other key reporting metrics were added (such as win/loss %)
- Many other exciting features are on his enhancements list
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE TAGS
Since I have updated several hundred entries now, one of the most exciting features of this journal is the ability to filter reports based on tags. As I'm updating each record, I'm entering tags for the following metrics with and included some examples of tags:
- Setup type:
pb2rz, qh, btfe, rogue
(pullback to retracement zone, quick hit, beyond the FE, no strategy)
- Target eventually hit?
hit-fe, hit-fe20, hit-runner
(eventually hit the FE, eventually hit the FE2.0, trended all day)
- Exit execution:
(I exited at good levels, I exited poorly and left money or lost money)
- Grade of setup:
A, B, C, D, F
- Market conditions:
(choppy-wicky conditions, low volume)
WHAT CAN I DO WITH TAGS?
So why is it important to be able to filter reports based on tags? So that you can ask useful questions and requests that will help you monitor and improve your performance, such as:
- How well has the "quick hit" setup performed this month vs. the prior month?
- How much would I have made if I only traded A or B grade setups?
- When the markets are choppy, how well (or poorly) do I perform?
- When I went "rogue" or into "revenge" mode, how much did that really cost me?
- Show me all examples of the pb2rz setups that have the A grade
- Show me the trades where I left money on the table
- And so on...
NOTE: Tradervue currently filters only by one tag at a time, but there might be some enhancements in the future (hopefully AND/OR type queries). In the meantime, I can still run multiple reports to answer most of my more sophisticated queries.I've also learned that based on looking at each journal entry with only the tags (without a chart), I can envision what that particular setup looked like, and more importantly, how I executed. So when you add the ability to drill down/query by specific tags, that's very powerful.
TRADERVUE IS FREE, BUT REMEMBER...
Yes, Tradervue is free (and I hope it always stays that way, or at least very reasonably priced). But highly effective use of the journal, both initially and ongoing, comes at a cost, especially if you never kept a detailed trading journal.
It takes a significant amount of time to go through each one of your historical trades to analyze it and tag/update each entry. I've gotten it down to about 1-2 minutes per entry. Multiply that by hundreds, and you'll see it's a big grind.
Garbage in results in garbage out, so don't waste your time if you're not serious. And your ability to be consistent with the grade or tag entries might be subjective and could vary slightly from day to day (e.g. is that a B or C grade entry?), but having decent metrics data is better than no data. Remember, you can always update the tags later.
But the result of all this work is that I'm building a custom analytical database of trades that's a reflection of me. I can ask it questions, and it will give me answers. There's nothing else in the world like it.
FINAL THOUGHTS FOR NOW
I'm over halfway through updating my trades, and I've gotten to the point where I'm understanding what type of trades I prefer, what setups I do well in, and what make me go tilt/revenge/rogue. There are some setups that I thought I did well with, but perhaps I need to reconsider. And others that I didn't think much of, but I seem to execute well.
This is all based on quantitative data, actual historical results, solid facts.
And on an ongoing basis, I'll be able to track my performance, determine whether the markets that are changing since a setup isn't working (or more likely, me), evaluate how well new strategies are working (or not), and find ways to adjust and improve like I've never been able to before.
Imagine any pro athlete that doesn't have a stats sheet to track and review their performance, they would be at a severe disadvantage. The same is true for a trader. As a trader, I need to utilize every tool possible to ensure that I'm headed on the right track, and to make sure I stay on the right track.
OK, back to the grind of updating my trading journal. Looking forward to it since I know I'll continue to learn much more...