Reader’s Question: Trading Journal Spreadsheet or Forex Smart Tools ?

I received an email from a reader, “P”, asking about the main difference between Trading Journal Spreadsheet (TJS) and Forex Smart Tools. I had the exact same questions before, I thought It might be helpful to post my reply here.

Here is P’s Question

TJS or Forex Smart Tools

Gav, I trade only forex. Which of these pieces of software in the
subject is better or,if neither, what are the major pros and cons of


My Answer:

Hi P,
First of all, both are good tools. But they serve different purposes.

Trade log (number crunching)

  • Trading Journal Spreadsheet (TJS) ┬áis a spreadsheet for you to keep your trading record, and it calculates all necessary matrix for you such as expectancy, drawdown etc. It is real good for statistics purposes. And you will need these numbers when reviewing your trading performance.
  • Forex smart tool has similar function, but not as flexible as TJS, personally, for trade log function, I would prefer spreadsheet like TJS.


  • As Trading Journal Spreadsheet is a spreadsheet, so it is highly portable. You can copy to any machine with Microsoft Excel installed.
  • While Forex smart tool is a complete software package, so you will need to install the whole package into the machine that you are going to use. And there is a limit of license, (my last check, I think you are entitled for 2 licenses for every purchase)

This is the Main difference between two of them.

  • Trading Journal Spreadsheet , again, a spreadsheet base, real good at numbesr, and maybe some text for you to keep a simple journal.
  • Forex smart tool shines in this area. First you can keep your trade log (numbers) just like TJS , you can also write down your journal (in text) and attach charts. I found it to be very convenient when reviewing each trade, where I can see the numbers, charts, and my journal (I wrote down the market condition of the day, why I entered the trade, what mistake I made etc for every trade). And if you want, you can also print out each trade as a PDF for review purpose.

Now, what do I use?
As I swing trade FX, so Forex smart tool serves me very well for record keeping, charts, numbers etc in one place.
And also I day trade futures, so numbers are crucial to me, that’s why Trading Journal Spreadsheet plays a big part in my business.

What do you need?
These are just tools. Good tools I would say. It comes down to you to decide which one fits into your routine and plan.

I had previously wrote review for both of these tools. Just to clarify, these are the tools that I personally use. So any comment or recommendation are from my experience of them.

Tools I used: Trading Journal Spreadsheet

Money management tool : Forex smart Tools

Hope it helps!

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