Importance Of A Trading Journal

Keeping a journal while trading is very important as it will enable you to have a track record and analyse past performance.

In this episode, Mike and Rory discuss how they keep a journal and also demonstrate the importance of having one especially if you are approaching an employer with reference to your trading performance. Many people will not consider your trading experience without a track record or journal.

In the podcast, Mike and Rory talk about some of the most commonly used ratios and explain some of the features they would include in a trading journal. Rory mentions how having a P&L isn’t the only way to keep score. There are lots of other metrics needed in order to show where capital is correctly and incorrectly being allocated.

Mike also shares his thoughts around monitoring the assets you trade. Simply having a strong or weak Profit & Loss will not help if you can’t determine where you make your money.  Mike and Rory both agree if you have lots of losing trades you need to know what asset the losses come from and not to waste time “working on that asset” instead, focus on your strength and trade what you know.

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Rory McMullan- Host

Rory is a final year student studying Accounting and Finance in London, He started his trading journey over 2 years ago but has came quite far in the process. He traded most asset classes starting with FX and Commodity trading, trading crack calendar spreads within the energy market to now running his own Long/Short equity options portfolio. The book that he trades is a systematic, top-down bottom up equity portfolio.

Rory has a strong passion for the financial markets and really hopes he is able to be of assistance to anyone either starting their trading journey or looking to further their knowledge.


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Mike Gearty – Co host

Mike is a recent graduate that has background in economics and business. Since leaving university he has gained an array of exposure across a number of different markets including: Real assets, FX, Fixed Income and Private Equity. 
Mike has used his industry experience along with a number of alternative resources to develop his understanding of the financial markets. With an interest in most asset classes, Mike uses both macro and technical analysis to form his outlooks. 




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