Creating a trading journal to track my 401K progress and trades. I'll start with a summary of where I've been and what my goals are. I will use real dollar amounts here, because I think it's a good learning tool and will help others understand exactly what my risks are, and where I'm coming from. This will be good for my accountability as well. I will try to post any time I make a trade, and will post my current portfolio in my next post. EDIT: EVERYONE SHOULD FEEL FREE TO POST IN HERE ANY THOUGHTS/CONCERNS/CRITIQUES/ETC. History I started in my current position in March, 2015. My company gives me 6.4% (not matching, they just give it) into my 401K, and I was putting in nothing to start. I didn't discover that I could manually invest my 401K into the stock market until 1 year later. Currently I'm putting in 7% of my money I believe, and 6.4% company money for <13% a year. Below are my returns by quarter. As I track in this journal, I'll use weekly and update as I can. Goals When I originally made my plan, my hope was to make 10% a year. I figured if I leave my 401K in cash (uninvested), after 30 years my 401K would be worth ~$600K at 56 years old. If I make ~10% a year, that number grew to a little over $2M. That was how I set my goal. It might be made another thread (I'll start with this one), but I had essentially the same goal for my savings account. Make that another $2M by saving ~$1K a month and investing it for a 10% return. Below is the plan by year. Current Portfolio Note: I have had at least some AMD since it was $4.16/share. I am currently sitting on ~$40K cash and looking for positions. AMD I just sold a lot of (it was the very very large majority of my 401K (like 80%) of all my money. I've been intimate with it since the $4's when TTT made it a known commodity around here. I plan to hold what I have in it for quite some time unless things change. I will add more periodically as I see good buying opportunities. YEXT I just got in. 448 shares at $17.79 today. Trading plan is below. I plan to post all my trades with this format when I enter. Green is the target price, red is my stop. These can change with new information, but that's what I'm going for at the time of entry.