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Since 2007, TJS has been a leading provider of Excel-based spreadsheets for traders, and a small business dedicated to providing the best Trade Tracking & Analysis software.

TJS is based out of Summerlin, at the edge of the Spring Mountains, about 12 miles west of the Las Vegas strip.

Greg Thurman, developer of the TJS, devotes his days to maintaining, progressing and supporting the Trading Journal Spreadsheet for its many thousands of users across the globe.

Company Mission

  • To provide valuable tools to traders who aspire to excel in their trading business.
  • To help traders evaluate their true market ‘edge’, giving reason to exploit those opportunities.
  • To help traders recognize when specific actions are becoming detrimental to their account.
  • To always offer the very unique Trading Journal Spreadsheet at a viable cost, and to give each client specialized service, and value for their money.

Timeline

The Trading Journal Spreadsheet began in 2005 as a way to track my own personal trading progress. By early 2007, I had shared what I created with a handful of other trading cohorts. They all loved it, and more importantly, they benefited from the analysis it provided, and were adamant that it should be available to other aspiring traders.

In March of 2007, the very first TJS was purchased (on Ebay) by a trader in Germany. A positive review came TJS Timelineshortly after, and the quest began to provide a TJS to traders around the globe. The TJS product has gone through countless improvements since those early days, and is now being used by thousands of traders in nearly 100 countries. View the TJS Timeline ⇒

Personally, the TJS has turned out to be my very best ally, and from the 100’s of positive feedback reviews, it proves to be a favorite piece of arsenal in many other traders tool chests as well. There is no way I’d trade without it, and am blessed each and every day that I get to help other traders track and analyze their trades. Cheers to you!

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Where are you on the Progress Pyramid?


PYRAMID DEFINITIONS

Unconscious Competence

Rarely found in trading. All rules and strategies fall into place without effort… “Elite” Traders!

Consciously Competent

What traders should strive for (realistically). Now educated and executing their own strategic trading ‘plan’.

Consciously Incompetent

Still uneducated, but now aware of their ignorance. Many now start to look for outside training.

Unconsciously Incompetent

Totally oblivious to what the markets have in store for them.


 Seven Ways to Help You Achieve the Behavior / Psychology Needed
to Reach Your Goals of Becoming a Competent Market Trader.

1) BALANCE

It’s true that profitability is the real benchmark of defining success in the markets, but what else can we define (or do) to achieve success?

Wouldn’t it be wise to define success as having or finding a “balance” between trading and other activities in life, like spending time with family, hiking with your pet, taking up a new hobby, etc?

2) MOTIVATION

How did you begin trading… Was it out of necessity (job loss, lost investments, etc) or did you already have knowledge and passion for the markets?

Those that are already fascinated with trading need little motivation; fascination equals fun, right? However, periods of time go by when trading activities begin to waiver and losing streaks ensue. Re-reading your favorite trading book or attending a live or online seminar can be reinvigorating!

3) TRUTH

This can be debated, but from my time in the markets, from talking with other traders, and from reading posts and articles from well-known traders, the average success rates are as follows.

Professional traders tend to average around 4 wins for every 10 trades they take, a 40% winning percentage.

⇒ It’s estimated that half of those (4 out of 10) winning trades, are only small profitable winners.

So, keep your cool during those losing trades. Learn to love small losses, and know it’s likely that only one or two (out of ten) of your trades will be the ones that provide a consistent profit /income.

4) CHANGE

What do you do after encountering a losing streak?

Most new traders are compelled to revise their trading plan as soon as a few losses are recorded for a particular strategy. Before doing so…

There are questions to ask:

Is this a new strategy? If so, give it some time to develop. Commit a very small risk percentage (of capital) on new strategies. Let the numbers play out (at least ten trades) before throwing in the towel. You may find that the next few trades give you a winning streak that produce gains beyond that of your losing streak losses.

Is this a proven strategy that has had success in the past? If so, know that losing streaks are inevitable – they happen! Markets consistently change their demeanor, and sometimes just recognizing this and staying out of the market during ‘times of change’ is all that is needed. When losing streaks like that happen, it may be time to make changes to your Trading Plan, stating how you’ll benefit by “sitting on your hands” the next time a similar event occurs.

Remember, Trading Plans should be dynamic, but never change the rules of your plan during a trade. Again, let the numbers play out and develop a string of trades. That ‘string’ will be your guide as to what to do next.

5) PRAISE

Traders tend to motivate themselves more through punishment than they do by simply praising themselves for correct ‘trading’ behavior.

Do you focus on losing trades more than you do on winning trades? If so, most psychologists would agree that punishment does not reinforce correct behaviors; positive reinforcement though… does!

In the TJS Elite spreadsheet, users are given columns to help evaluate their mistakes, as well as entry and exit notes, and even a “what would I do different” column. Many times I see only negative comments being entered into these sections. Although it’s good to note mistakes and errors that we commit, as we do need to know this, but we also need to recognize when our trading plans are followed properly, via positive recognition.

Nobody wants to face psychological negativity and punishment every working day. Your TJS spreadsheet should become your friend and ally, and a place of calm and serenity. So use it wisely to note the mistakes and errors you commit, and learn from them. Use it also to give kudos when a pat on the back has been earned.

6) TIME

Beginning traders always want to know how long it will take to achieve a consistently profitable income.

First, the reality is that not all traders will achieve success in the markets. For the survivors, it may have taken many months (or years) to reach a state of profitable consistency, and the learning never stops.

It can be said that ‘trading’ is one of the hardest professions in the world. Do doctors, engineers, educators, etc. spend years upon years learning their trade in graduate schools? Sure they do… but what about traders? It’s going to take more than a random trading book purchased at the local book store to be among the trading elite.

Elite traders have all (or most) of these attributes: Patience, Persistence, Discipline, Consistency, and Experience. New traders should strive to develop or improve upon these key attributes.

7) TOOLS

If you’re reading this, chances are you have one of the finest trading tools on the market, the TJS Elite. Having the right tools at your disposal can increase your chances of success, and lessen the time you spend achieving greatness by knowing your Strengths & Weaknesses. New traders can spend so much wasted time trading a vast array of strategies, only to find themselves in an endless maze, and never getting the prize.

”When you have Analysis to back up your decisions… it’s a huge confidence builder. When you don’t… well, it can leave an empty feeling when you constantly pull the trigger realizing you shouldn’t have, or worse, not pulling the trigger on a trade that settles somewhere in the sunset of profitability – without you.”

Conversely, when your data tells you when a strategy is not working, you’ll know when & where to spend your resources… learning, developing or abandoning a trade situation all-together.

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