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Trading Journal Template

4.76 (25 reviews)

No new software, all in Excel. User-friendly Trading Journal Template developed for casual traders and professionals. Works on Windows / Mac.

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TEMPLATE DESCRIPTION

Keeping a trading journal is one of the most important tasks for serious traders. Due to It helps to track the development and makes it easy to decide on the next move. However, this task becomes quite time-consuming after a while especially for high volume daily traders. For this reason, we have built an easy to use yet strong Trading Journal Spreadsheet Template. The best part is, all in Excel! So, you don’t need to spend time on learning complex software or web services for this job.

We have developed this template with the help of Ayers Capital Pty. Ltd., an international trading firm from Australia.
Bryce Edwards, owner of Ayers Capital, explains how he uses this Trading Journal in his daily processes.
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Trading Journal Template Sections:

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Raw Data:

This is where you input your raw data (which you can export from your broker or agency software). We have prepared three different versions for easier raw data management (the trading journal package contains special versions for IRESS Trader and Viewpoint).

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You will simply input your data to the white cells. We have put some dummy data, please don’t forget to replace them with your own. You can control commission rates from the top section.

In addition, if you want to define different rates per broker, you can do this at Settings section. You can also write different commissions for each row manually. (Manual inputs have priority in calculations)

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When you are done with putting your data, press “REFRESH” button to reflect changes to Trade Log section. Some rows can be ignored if data is missing, there is an open position or date format is wrong. So check the Data Control Messages. Finally “Reset Table” button clears all existing data.

Trade Log:

This is where your raw data is being calculated, filtered and displayed per transaction. Because as we mentioned before, this section is being fed from Raw Data. So, if you need to edit something please work on Raw Data section of Trading Journal.

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If you think your transactions look good and correct according to your data, you can proceed to analysis dashboards to check your development and trends.

At the right side of this section you will notice the Metadata selections, which feed the Metadata Analysis we mentioned below.

Weekly & Monthly Dashboard:

Here you can see the weekly/monthly performance of your transactions. You can make the selection from top section (multiple selections allowed). New days and filters will appear as you add new data to Raw Data section.

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All Trades Dashboard:

Here is the dashboard of trading journal where you see the overall performance of your logs. Cumulative Net Profit / Loss chart will give you a good idea about your decisions in the long term.

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Metadata Analytics:

This section is fed from the data you input at the right side of Trade Log. (You can edit these metadata drop-downs at Settings section)

Broker Call Tracker:

This is an independent section at which you can input some specific data for your trading log. Similar to the metadata analytics, these drop-downs can be edited at Settings section.

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Settings:

In this section, you can input your source data for the drop-downs used throughout the trading journal. This will affect the metadata analytics and broker call tracker sections as mentioned above.

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You can also manage Entry Time calculation here. Furthermore, you can define intervals for different categories. What you input is the start time for that category. So if your Date field at Raw Data section also consists of Time data, the tool will automatically calculate and reflect it to Metadata Analytics report.

Trading Journal Spreadsheet Template Features:

  • Easy to use trading journal for traders
  • Works in Excel, no need for complex software
  • Compatible with both Mac and Windows
  • No installation needed, ready to use
  • Professionally designed dashboards
  • Full Print Ready stock journal
  • White Label
  • Daily / Weekly / Monthly Views
  • On Sheet Instructions
  • Compatible with Excel 2010 and later versions

This Excel template ready-to-use and don’t include any customization. If you want it to be modified according to your own needs, please refer to our Custom Services.

PRODUCT VIDEO

Watch the video below to see the template in action! Presentantation also includes usage notes, explanations and tips & tricks about the template.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Trading Journal Product FAQ

Why am I getting open position alerts? All my positions are closed.

Probably they are not closed.

This is one of the most asked questions we receive. So, let’s explain this in detail.

First of all, the logic is very simple for a trade to be closed: your bought and sold amounts should be the same for a ticker.

Example 1:

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Here we buy and sell same amounts in two parts. Pretty simple.

Important thing to note here is: contract date of a trade is the date when position gets closed (regardless of when it started). In this example, position gets closed at 31st. So, this is the contract date.

Example 2:

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Here we sell 250 volumes but buy 150. If you leave it like this, trade journal will ignore these transactions due to open position.

You can still update the dashboards. Just know that this trade will be excluded while calculating profits and other metrics.

Note that, you can continue buying and selling the same ticker. Position will get closed once balance reaches zero. See the third example below.

Example 3:

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In this example, we start with buying then switch the action twice during the course. It doesn’t matter as long as balance reaches zero.

This is a perfectly valid example of a closed position.

My data is in dollars but raw data section asks for cents. Can I change that?

Yes, it is quite easy. You can change it here:

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Just choose the correct unit for your prices (e.g. if your raw data prices are in dollars then choose dollars) Actually this doesn’t change any calculation logic but saves you multiplying/diving your data by 100 every time you import new data.

I am an existing customer and don’t see this feature on my trade journal??

This is a long-awaited feature and we have implemented this from Version 11 onwards. We’ve sent the new version to existing customers but in case you haven’t received the emails, just get in touch with us.

I deleted the data and refreshed but getting this warning that I should put 2 rows!

We are talking about this message:

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Trade journal needs at least one transaction (2 rows) to be able to update Dashboards, Log and Analytics sections. Otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense to show blank reports and charts, right?

I did input 2 rows but I still can’t refresh 🙁

You’ve probably input dummy data which is not valid. Hence, trade journal still can’t update the dashboards.

Just input some valid transactions and make sure the position is closed (see the faq item above for open position explanation).

Can I use this template for Tradingview / AMP Futures / Forex etc.?

This Trade Journal template has been developed for stock markets. Other markets or financial instruments may have different variables and data types which may not be suitable with our template structure.

I am from USA / Canada / UK / Germany / Japan etc. Can I use this template for my country's stock exchange?

Even though this Trade Journal template has been developed especially for Australia (ASX), we had some customers in the past who successfully used the template for their own markets. However, this may need some customization for your specific needs. Take a look at our custom development service in case you need.

I downloaded the template, tried to open and it doesn't work. What can be the problem?

Most of the times, the reason is very simple: just don’t forget to unzip the package you’ve downloaded 🙂

If that is not the case, you can check our faq pages for further information.

And as always, if you can’t solve it by yourself, feel free to get in touch with us.

Does it work with Mac?

Yes. It works with both Mac and Windows.

Please note that this is an Excel Template and you will need Microsoft Excel (min. 2010)

It doesn’t work with Mac Numbers software.

Why do the results differ when the data entry order changes?

You can enter the data by following two different orders;

‘date’, or ‘buy & sell’.

To understand the difference between each case, let’s have a look at them in detail.

  • Case 1: Entering the data according to the “Buy and Sell” order

This is what usually happens in trading.

 

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See below the mathematical calculation for this case.

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  • Case 2: Entering the data according to the “Date” order

This case is not so common but can happen from time to time.

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For example, in this case, the first switch from Buy to Sell sets the trade volume at 84.948. From now on, wave height does not matter, and this will continue until position balance reaches zero.

See below the mathematical calculations for this case (the exit volumes and prices).

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USER REVIEWS & COMMENTS

25 reviews for Trading Journal Template

  1. Sanjay Venci

    I downloaded the template and everything works properly except the “Refresh” button. Why I am not able to use it? Is it something related to my Excel Version? This would be great if you could help me operate the button.

    • Someka

      Hi Sanjay,
      First of all, let us ask some questions to figure out what’s wrong. Can we learn your Excel Version? Are you using Microsoft Excel (desktop version) or another tool such as Numbers or Google Sheets?

    • Sanjay

      I was using Microsoft Excel online. Should I use this template just on the desktop version?

    • Someka

      Hi again,
      The macros might not work properly on the online version of Microsoft Excel. Can you also try to use this template on the desktop version? If those buttons are still not working, please let us know immediately. Thanks!

  2. Mark Anear

    Hi does this journal allow micro stock prices or round them to the next cent ?

    Can you put in a buy date & sell date to see how long you’ve held the stocks ?

    • Someka

      Hi Mark. Some of our users were also getting confused with this in the past. So, starting from Version 11, we have added this flexibility to the template. Hence currently it depends on your selection. Let me show you:

      Someka Trade Journal Dollars Cents Selection

      Even if you choose “Cents” you still have 2 decimals which is quite enough even for micro prices.

      And regarding your second question, yes of course you can place buy-sell dates either for each transaction or ticker group according to how you want to analyze your performance.

    • Mark Anear

      Great! One more question. can I input my data manually in all sections ? (also formulas)

    • Someka

      As a general rule, you have full authority on your template and you may include manual input in any section/sheet you wish. Just remember not to corrupt any formulas or code during manual input so the template continues working properly.

      We sometimes lock some parts of the template in order to prevent user mistakes. If you’d like to customize a locked sheet, please remember to unlock it first as shown here:
      https://www.someka.net/blog/unlock-sheets/

      Hope this helps!

      Should you have any further questions please let us know.

  3. Blake Picton

    Used this alot last year, great product, but when I copy data from viewpoint with no grouping the buy/ sell column isnt in the same place as on the template, any idea what ive done wrong? Cheers!

    • Someka

      Hi Blake. In IRESS Viewpoint, layout can be changed from time to time. But it is quite easy to move the columns in Viewpoint, so that it matches the template order.

      Bryce has explained it for IRESS Trader in the video if you haven’t checked (it should be similar to Viewpoint as well):
      Trade Journal Video – Getting Your Data into The Template

  4. Marty Sammon

    Very helpful, and love the excel tools you have used. I have added some of my own sheets to help with stop losses and targets as well. Not sure about the error messages, and the 1 answers on Raw Data Error Checks – how do I fix?

    • Someka

      Glad you love our templates Marty!

      Regarding the error checks, you can add your own sheets for sure, but since this is a pretty complex spreadsheet, there is a possibility that they can effect (or maybe break) the other sections. That’s why we recommend getting an expert help when you need modifications.

      Just contact us with your file and let us check if it is a quick and easy change or a comprehensive one.

  5. Clay

    Hello, I am using the template already. Is it possible or what is the correct way to record an index trade within the journal. I put in the purchase price and contracts but figures were not correct.

    • Someka

      Hi Clay. By default, this journal framework uses “ticker codes” as a basis for group (aggregated) calculation. If you want to see a total trend of selected stocks (like index trading), you can give those transactions the same ticker code and update charts. This should give you an idea about how do those groups perform.

  6. Colin

    In Settings, I changed the “Interval Start” and “Entry Category Time” to reflect each hour of the trading day. Updated the spreadsheet. But when I checked how the information is then reflected in the Analytics section the times displayed are not in order. Instead of displaying 10am first, it displays 2pm, then 10am, 11am, 3pm, 1pm, 12pm. I’ve sent an email in relation to this matter. Thought I should also leave a message here in hope someone can answer how to display this information in its chronological order.

    • Someka

      Hi there,
      Thank you for reaching out to us.
      On the pivot table, just select the Entry Time cell and drag it to up or down to reorder. When you refresh, the order will be kept.
      https://www.someka.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Trade_journal_comment_pic.png
      Hope this helps!

  7. Tom

    Hi there,

    2021 is not showing up on my Someka trade journal. I’m assuming this is a common problem with a quick known fix. How do I get 2021 shown?

    Cheers,

    • Someka

      Hi Tom,

      The reason you cannot see the 2021 year is because of the filtering options available. When you clear the current filter from the slicer, the 2021 year will appear automatically. We attached a picture below to show you how.

      Please click the button we highlighted in red;

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      Now, you will also see the 2021 option on the Year Selection.

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      Hope that helps, thanks a lot for your interest!

  8. Josh Lees

    Hi guys,
    Any idea if the trading journal template is compatible with data from IG markets in Aussie?
    If not, any idea which brokers provide compatible data?

    • Someka

      Hi Josh,

      First of all, thanks a lot for your interest!

      Did you see our FAQ section for this Trading Journal template? we have answered this question on the fifth one.
      You can also find the other most frequently asked questions as well. Maybe some of them are also in your mind.

      Hope that helps!

    • Josh Lees

      Hi team,

      I didn’t see that faq section before. Thanks for your help. I will check it.

  9. J Magnums

    Hello,
    I keep getting issues when I enter my data into the trading journal.
    One of the problems is the Win/Loss not showing up on the trading log, once I entered my data.

    • Someka

      Hi J,

      First of all, thanks a lot for your interest!

      Have you deleted any rows from the Trade Log section? This could be the cause of the issue.

      Please be careful not to delete anything from the template except data.

    • J Magnums

      Hello,

      Yes, I think I deleted some cells there the other day. (Just started using the journal)
      I think I tried to paste the data into the “Trading Log” section then deleted it.

      I was just clicking on the cells down the column and they were blank. It was only about 8 more rows down did I see the formula reappear. I’ve never really used excel before so still getting used to it.

    • Someka

      Hi J,

      You should not delete any cells which contain formulas. Additionally, you only need to make all your adjustments on the Raw Data Sheet. The Trade Log section automatically retrieves data from the Raw Material page, so you shouldn’t do anything manually in the Trade Log section.

      Hope that helps!

    • J Magnums

      Hey mate,

      Thanks for getting back to me. Yeah, I realised what I’d done only afterwards.

      I’ve put in more data today and it’s gone back to normal. I just wrote in manually “Win/Loss” where I had deleted the formulas.
      So all good mate, thanks

    • Someka

      Hi,

      We are happy to hear that you solved the issue!

      Do not hesitate to contact us anytime when you have further questions.

      Best regards,

  10. Paul Guch

    Refresh button is not working. Please help me asap.

    • Someka

      Hi Paul,

      To understand the reason for the “Refresh” button not working, we need to ask you some questions. Are you using Windows or Mac? Can I learn the Excel version that you are using?

      Did you use the Trading Journal template on the Excel Desktop version?

      We are waiting for your response to help. Thanks!

    • Paul Guch

      Hi

      I’ve worked it out. Wasn’t using excel desktop.

  11. Michelle La

    Hi there, I recently purchased the Trading Journal Template and have been very impressed by it! I love the layout and how easy it is to use.

    I have a question about inputting commission rates. One of my broker charges $5 per trade for all trades under $10,000 and 0.05% for all trades above $10,000. How would I go about inputting this in the ‘Settings’ tab of the template?

    Many thanks, Michelle

    • Someka

      Hi Michelle,

      First of all, we appreciate that you like our template!

      In the settings part, there is a table for you to be able to enter a specific account code for the trades you would like to implement a different commission rate. When you enter a specified code for that trade, the template automatically applies the specified commission rate.

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      On the other hand, we also have a column for manual commission rate entry on the raw data section if needed.

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      Hope that helps!

      Best regards,

  12. Martin

    Hi,

    I just purchased the Trading Journal and found it very useful. I just have a question: how do you input multiple commission numbers? Because in my case commission for buying is not the same as commission for selling. I could input different commission line by line, but that’s just not practical. Please help. Thanks.

    • Someka

      Hi Martin,
      First of all, thanks a lot for your time you spared to write this feedback!

      We have added a column to our customers who want to enter a different commission for an item. But, you need to enter that commission rate manually if you want to apply a different amount.
      Did you have a look at our Settings part of the Trading Journal template?
      There is also a part for entering Specific Broker Commissions according to the Account Code you enter. So, if you enter a specific account code and commission rate on the settings part, the specified commission rate will be applied in the Raw Data section by matching with the account code.

      If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.

      Kindly regards,

  13. Jon

    I found that the macros stopped working when the filename was changed. Not sure if it’s to do with being on a Mac, or design off trading journal?

    • Someka

      Hello Jon,

      Our development team has just contacted you regarding this issue. We’ll do our best to solve the problem ASAP!

  14. Allison Laube

    This template is really useful for me so far! Thank you guys.I am just wondering which other brokers or platforms this supports other than IRESS or Viewpoint?

    • Someka

      Hi Allison,
      Our Trading Journal template is created for the IRESS and Wiewpoint but it depends on the data that you taken from other brokers. If you are able to take it in the same as the data order, it will work properly. You can even enter the data manually, it is easy enough to do.
      If you have a further questions please do not hesitate to ask!

  15. Greg

    Very good, love it! An essential item for trading with the IRESS platform.

  16. michael agnello

    This is an invaluable tool for the active intra-day trader. Thankyou so much, Someka and Ayers for producing a brilliant tool to us retail punters.

  17. Erwan

    Invaluable product for any intraday trader – this Excel form has been of tremendous help in improving my trading.

  18. Sam

    If you are serious about trading, this is One thing you can’t afford to not have in your arsenal. Great product and helpful team. They customized the product a little also to suit my needs as well.

  19. Craig

    Thank you for this trading journal. It is fantastic and at a great price. It really fills a gap in the market for tracking your trading in a disciplined and quantifiable manner. 5 stars!

    • Someka

      Thank you Craig for taking your time to write your feedback! Glad it was useful for you.

  20. Mike W

    Great results – wd. The trade journal is a fantastic tool – bought it 2wks ago. Still got work to do, to get my consistency up to scratch – but this helps the journey..

  21. Issac

    I do really like this journal. Thank you and please thank Bryce Edwards for all of the work he has put into it.

    • Someka

      Hi Issac. Glad you liked the template and we will forward your thanks to Bryce for sure! 🙂

  22. Rosa Phonangi

    It lets you to have a good discipline on losses. But it gets a bit slower after 15k transactions. Still good though.

  23. xyen.g

    that looks great!! thank you been looking at making my own. Just don’t have that skill.

  24. singh23b

    Wow, I wish this was available a few months back. After spending countless hours building a trading journal template similar to this myself I can say this is very reasonably priced!

  25. Marie McCrea

    Unreal!! Thank you so much

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