Forex Trading |
Written by Dailyfx.com |
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:19 GMT
One of the most powerful pieces of information you can use to evaluate
your actions as a trader is a trading log.
With each trade, you should keep track of your thoughts and actions so
you can improve your approach to trading. Here are some of the popular
entries in a trading log:
3. Entry price
4. Number of lots opened
5. Initial Protective Stop level
6. Reason for entering into the trade
7. Target price (if any)
8. Exit price
9. Reason for exiting out of the trade
After you have logged at least 10 trades, you can go back to compare
your thoughts to how the market reacted after your entry. Some
questions to ask yourself include:
1. How did the market trade after I entered into the trade?
2. If the trade was profitable, how far did the market move against me
3. If the trade was a loss, how profitable did the trade become before
4. Where was my protective stop at the beginning of the trade and at
the end of the trade?
5. What was the direction of the trend on the daily chart when I opened
6. If the trade was profitable, how much of the move did I catch?
7. How close was I to the ideal entry point of the move and how could I
8. Was there a news release or other factor in the move of the market
9. Could I have managed the trade better?
10. Was my position size good or does it need to be adjusted?
These are of course just some examples. With time, you may need to log
more information or ask yourself tougher questions. But analyzing your
actions is the best way to see if what you are doing needs to be
improved or changed. Certainly, your account balance from month to
month lets you know if what you are doing makes sense, but getting
better is the key to successful trading and keeping a log of your
actions and thoughts is the best way to be able to accurately analyze
your actions as a trader.
Written by Dailyfx.com