First, this is going to be a paper trading journal. I already have another journal in which I maintain my real account performance(FX+ES trading). Why A New Journal: This journal will help me develop my skills as a swing trader and help me improve my portfolio management skills. The real account has a very small balance (4 figures only). Also, I hold my trade from few seconds (scalps) to few hours and rarely for > 1 day. Hold time for trades in this journal would be intraday to years. There will be increased emphasis on managing portfolio risk, instead of managing single instrument risk (like in my real account). Trading Approach: Fundamentals, Technicals, News & Special Situations Instruments: Global Macro Instruments viz. FX, Bonds, Equity Indices, Commodities Futures and sometimes Options. Single name equities very rarely in case of special situations like overvalued IPOs, Bankruptcies, Lawsuits etc. Starting Paper Balance: 100,000 USD Trades: I will post all my trades here, with some commentary, more or less in real time. Performance Appraisal: There will be detailed weekly, monthly and quarterly performance analysis. My Expectations From This Journal: Hopefully, I will build few tools to understand and manage portfolio risk in a better way. I will be able to see if I am net profitable or not, trading in this manner.