Joined: 09 Aug 2004
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2005 5:52 am Post subject:
This is the latest one I'm aware of.
What is Bracket Trader Logger
Bracket Trader Logger (Logger) is a simple application in Excel Visual Basic made for simplifying your everyday´s records. Logger will generate a
frame of your trading log like a table with pre-filled cells. All neccesary data are taken from regular Bracket Trader´s log file. You won´t waste your
time anymore thanks to Logger. All what you need is to generate a frame of your trading log via Logger and to refill it with your personal informations
like comments, insights, evaluations etc.
History of Logger
First Logger was developed by me and mainly my brother (he is much better programmer than me, his nick is LMjr) about 6/2004. We were using it
couple months for our personal trading journals only. We didn´t consider it exceptional but after some time I was asked by Cent.Hunter to share this
tool with others. I posted it on E-minitraders.com forum and was very surprised how many people downloaded it. Some problem with international date
format occured but bug was promptly fixed thanks to Cent.Hunter (I was on holiday that time). Bracket Trader Logger 2.xx had fixed time zone
problem and some new features added (new template for non-CCI traders, trade auto-number, bookmarks auto-colour and auto-performance of the
day). Than we made new optional section Statistics including MAE, MFE and Time in Trade and added in into all templates. Now we release Bracket
Trader Logger 3.0x.
New features and changes in latest version
The newest version maintain all function of Bracket Trader Logger2.xx. The only change is reduction a number of templates. There are available six
templates in the latest version right now . First and second templates are old templates with and without pre-defined fiels for entry and exit reasons
and without stats section at the bottom of the log table. You also can hide MAE/MFE collumns in these templates. Third and fourth templates are new
with additional section for classical and GB007´s trade stats. It is not possible to hide mentioned collumns here. Template 5 and 6 are simlified
The main improvement is overall daily statistics. Now Logger calculates your daily results statistics. We included classical trade statistics along with
GB007´s money management statistics and overall comments fields up to 9 text row. This features were build for the sake of wishes some current
Logger users. Many thanks to NickTrader for his help with implementation GB007´s money management statistics.
How to use Logger
1. You can place Logger anywhere you want. There are no limits in placement of the file.
2. You need set up Logger before first use. You can do it on page SETUP. See bellow how to do it.
3. When you want to generate record of your trade or trades simply press button RUN or CTRL+M and your trading log will be generated. There are no
limit for use. You can generate log after trading is finished or arbitrarily during trading when your current trade is closed. So you can write down your
comments about your trade immediately and keep your log "fresh". You can trade more contracts and use how many exits you want. You can EVEN
trade more trades (markets) at the same time and cross your entries and exits this way. Logger should handle almost every possibility.
Date - you must set up day for log to generatate, usually actual date, but you can generate historic logs as well
Bracket Trader logs directory - specification, where regular Bracket Trader´s logs are stored (e.g. C:\Program Files\Bracket Trader\2005\Logs)
Trader - you can input your name, it will be show before date in header of log table
Preffix, Suffix - you can specify some preffix or suffix for name of your logs in bookmark at the bottom of the Excel sheet, program will create new
pages in format (Preffix_)Date(_Suffix), it is optional
Trade Auto-Number - YES for automatic number of the trade, NO for doing it by hand
Bookmark Auto-Colour - YES for automatic setting bookmarks depending on daily performance (green - profit, light grey - break even, red - loss),
NO for white bookmark, this function works only on Excel 2000 or Excel XP !!!
Hidden Statistics - NO if you want to see Statistics section, YES if this section shall be hidden
Auto-Date - YES for automatic setting current date, NO if you can set it by hand
Template - you can chooce a look of your trade log, there is 4 templates at your disposal right now:
1. Log with pre-defined fields - table has list boxes with pre-set items for Entry and Exit fields, it is not possible to write anything else, items are
defined on the SETUP page 2. Log with free fields - the same as 1 but table has no list boxes for Entry and Exit fields so it is possible to write
anything3. Log with pre-defined fields and statistics - new template for daily statistics, full layout without option to hide collumns MAE, MFE and
Time in trade and list boxes with pre-set items for Entry and Exit fields, it is not possible to write anything else, items are defined on the SETUP page
4. Log with free fields and statistics - the same as 3 but table has no list boxes for Entry and Exit fields so it is possible to write anything
5. Simplified log with statistics - lately added template for log without fields for Entry and Exit reason
6. Simplified log without statistics - the same as 5 and without daily statistics
Entry signals - this is list of items for Entry signal list box in layouts 1 and 3
Exit reasons - the same for Exit reason list box
Performance of the day - list for Performance of the day
Subjective rating of the trade - list for Subjective rating of the trade
Limits - you can set your own limits here for Auto-Performance of the day and for colouring trades by their result, BREAK EVEN condition is taken in
consideration for this purpose only (e.g. every trade with profit <$10 or loss<-$10 will be considered as break even)
Today´s traded markets - in this box you need to specify up to 5 markets which you were trading given day, specified markets are used for
Win:Loss Tick ration statistics at the bottom of log page, if you daytrade less markets simply let some cells empty, if you daytrade more markets let me
know I can prepare special layout for you, master
Markets - list of markets for up mentioned box, you must set value of minimal movement for every market for correct tick statistics, alphabet order of
tickers is made everytime when log is generating so you don´t need to sort tickers by hand
Important note: if you are not interested in WCCI, BLine trading at the like you can replace initially pre-set items with your own but be aware
ONLY GREY BOXES CAN BE CHANGED and don´t removed any cells of them just rewrite old item with new one
1. Please be aware the tool was primarily made for our use and for that reason has very poor protection against other user´s mistakes. Protection
was improved as possible but from time to time you can get some "run-time error". In that case you should close the file and start it again.
2. You can work with Logger as usual with normal Excel file but only after your whole trading log is generated and finished. After a record of trade is
generated you can refill it with your comments but don´t remove any rows or columns if you want trade further. The program shouldn´t work correctly
after. After trading is finished and you won't generate trade log anymore you delete or rename pages, format as you like etc.
3. Please be aware Logger file also contains hidden Excel pages please don´t delete or rename none of them. Functionality of code would be corrupted.
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