Everything you need to know about tags, managing and organizing tags in TradesViz trading journal
Tags have been interwoven into almost everything in TradesViz and we've always placed a high degree of importance on tags in trading. The reason is, tags are the only trading attribute that a user can add that can bring qualitative analysis to your trading journal.
There are many features of tags and many ways to interact with them on TradesViz. We will list them all in this blog post as a comprehensive guide.
Some ideas on what to use as tags
TradesViz has 100s of technical charts that use the stats derived from your trades. From price ranges, best exit PnLs, MFE/MAE, R-value, etc., there are stats that would help every type of trader. However, there are some cases where what a trader needs is more than just technical statistical/numerically derived values. This is where tags come in.
The concept of tags allows you to define your own label and add it to a trade/trading day. This in turn can be used to create charts/metrics that were previously not available and ones that are very specific to the trader in question.
Due to this reason, we have thought about some general guidelines that one may keep in mind when designing tags. These may not apply to everyone and of course, there are no restrictions on what you can enter - but, there are just generalized ideas that may help you when creating a lot of tags.
- Check if the stat/tag's meaning is already converted through another stat. You can use the search box at the top of your dashboard (click on the pie icon to switch to charts-based search) to search for all the stats/charts in TradesViz. For example, it's not really worth your time to label the trades based on price range or time of day/day of the week, etc., because all of these can be found in pivot grids, and in pnl analytics charts in TradesViz.
- Focus on brevity. A tag that relates to a MACD strategy can be named `S_MACD` instead of `MACD_Strategy` - i.e., keep it short and simple.
- Tags should be atomic. Meaning, a single tag should convey/contain 1 piece of information. For example, don't use BacktestingStrategy1MACD, or BacktestingStrategy2MACD - you are repeating information and making it harder to search and analyze your tags here. Instead, use S_MACD_1, S_MACD_2 and group these 2 under "Backtesting" tag group.
- Don't use special characters like *, %, $, etc., this makes it harder to search for tags. Try to keep your tags alphanumeric with hyphens (-) and underscores (_) if necessary.
- If your tags have multiple parts in the name, make sure to order them. For example, S_MACD_2 and MACD_S_1 may convey the same information to you, but when you want to search for, say, just strategies, you can't do so here. Whereas, if the tags are named S_MACD_1 and S_MACD_2, then you can easily search using `S_%` which is short form for "find all the tags that start with S_ and ends with anything". Wild-card-based searching is only possible on TradesViz and if you name your tags keeping these simple rules in mind, you can make your trading journal work for you efficiently!
Different ways to add/delete/modify tags
As with most features on TradesViz, there are multiple ways to achieve the same goal/functionality. Before jumping into the different ways to add/modify tags, you need to understand how tags are processed and stored in TradesViz.
- There is no need to add tags to a central area or to your account before you can use them in the trades. When you add a new tag that you have not used before, TradesViz automatically creates entries for that tag.
- Once you have a tag attached to at least one trade in your account, it will automatically appear as a suggestion whenever you start typing in any of the tags' input areas.
- There is no need to manage tags separately - everything is taken care of automatically.
- A tag will exist in your account as long as it is attached to at least one trade.
- If a tag no longer shows up in the auto-suggestion drop-down, it means it is not linked to any trade - i.e. essentially the tag does not exist in your account.
Here are the different ways you can add tag(s) to trades:
- Adding each tag manually by clicking on the pencil icon in the trades table
- Exploring a trade and clicking on the yellow gear icon or the 3 dots icon on the top right corner of the tags section
- Adding a tag to all trades during import by entering tags in the tags area on the import page
- Applying tags in bulk using Group apply function on the trades table.
- You can also add tags in bulk to be used later using the bulk add tags feature in your account settings. Learn more here: https://www.tradesviz.com/blog/bulk-add-tags/
Here are the different ways you can modify existing tags:
- You can replace tags in trades using group apply in 2 operations where first you will search for the tag > remove it and then group apply again and apply the new tag.
- You can rename tags using the "Rename tags" function in your account settings
Here are the different ways you can delete existing tags:
- You can clear tags in trades using group apply where it will clear a matching tag
- You can completely delete all instances of a tag by using the "Remove tags" function in your account settings
- Deleting all trades that have a particular tag will also remove the tag from your account
For trading days, you can only add/remove/delete tags via the day explore page.
How to search for trades with tags
One of the reasons to tag your tags is to find trades easily. Of course, you can filter by price, date, name, etc., but tags can represent a group of numeric indicators and more that cannot be inferred by the system.
Here are the multiple ways to search for trades with tags:
- Using normal trades table search. We have an in-depth guide written about this here: https://www.tradesviz.com/blog/efficiently-filter-trades/. At the bottom of every column in the trades table, you will see an input box. You can type in your tag name there and get results immediately. Interesting features include: AND/ORsearching (tag1/tag2 for OR and tag1,tag2 for AND), exclusion search (!tag), and wildcard search (ta%).
- Using the filter button at the top right corner. All the rules as mentioned above and in the efficient filtering guide apply here. The difference between the table-based search and filter-based search is that any change in filters applies to the entire dashboard whereas the text search in tables applies only to the current table you are working on.
- Finally, the pivot grid provides a lot of very easy ways to search and analyze tags. You will be able to both search for and select tags as categories once in pivot mode.
How to organize tags
Organizing of tags can be split into 2 sections: properly naming tags and properly grouping them. We have explored ideas for naming at the beginning of this blog post. We have explored tag groups and how to use them effectively in another dedicated blog post: https://www.tradesviz.com/blog/tags-grouping-analysis/
How to analyze using tags
All of your efforts in tagging your trades are so that you can achieve 3 things:
- Easy visual identification of trades
- Easy filtering
- Qualitative analytics
We have explored the first two in this post as these are very objective topics. Analysis, however, is a very subjective topic where each trader's way of analyzing would differ.
We have seen plenty of online journaling solutions where there are very limited tagging features and because of that, we've seen users putting off trading as a difficult task. With TradesViz, this is not the case. You are looking at the most versatile journaling platform in the world that has processed hundreds of thousands of tags inputted by traders.
With all the features we have explained above, tagging your trades - even if there are 100s, takes mere minutes to do.
Once you tag them, you can get analytics from these features:
Trading performance analysis > Tags charts
Trading performance analysis > Tag group charts (More info on tag group analysis)
Trading performance analysis > Tag group summary (More info on tag group analysis)
Artificial Intelligence analytics > Limitless potential in getting previously unobtainable insights that are derived from multiple data sources (More info on advanced AI query)
Without using tags, you are limiting yourself and the full potential of these features to help you find better insights.
Tags are the ONLY qualitatively analyzable data you add to your trades. Do not compromise on it.
We hope this guide has provided you with all the information you need to know to effectively utilize the tag features of TradesViz. There is no other platform with this level of flexibility and ease of use of tags - MUST use feature/attribute if you trade a lot. With our recent addition to AI analytics and pivot grid, all of your tag's and tag group's analytics have gone up by a lot. Meaning, there are now multiple ways to combine and dig into your data to find insights that were previously not possible.
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