The ultimate program for traders who are
committed to being the best.
The mission of the Super Trader program is a total transformation of your trading and your life. It requires a substantial commitment of time, money, and effort.
Regardless of your previous trading experience, you and
Dr. Tharp will work together to define specific objectives for you to meet during your two-year program. You and Dr Tharp will also create a customized curriculum to help you reach those objectives.
Receive over $120,000 worth of training for a fraction of the price.
|New Structure for the Super Trader Program|
In January 2012, we adopted a two-phase Super Trader Program as a result of lots of input from the current students in the program and from what Van has learned coaching Super Traders over the last few years. The new structure allows students more time to complete the program but also lowers the effective cost. For motivated traders, the new structure can actually lower the real cost of the program compared to the previous structure by up to 10%.
Students now have up to three years to complete Super Trader II. Thus, students can now take up to six years to graduate the program—three years in each phase.
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Criteria for Admittance
What You Will Receive
|Super Trader II|
Criteria for Admittance
What You Will Receive
|The Core of the Super Trader Program|
The VTI mission is to help others transform, which we do primarily through a financial metaphor. Most of our Super Traders say that their psychological transformations were worth the price of the entire program and the trading/financial part was a bonus. We wouldn’t be happy with the program if they didn’t say that.
We designed the program around the core elements that Dr. Tharp’s research has proven must be mastered in order to trade at the highest levels: transforming self, treating your trading as a business, and developing trading systems that fit you.
Finally, to trade well, traders have to use positive expectancy systems that fit them well. Doing so requires a thorough understanding of what kind of systems fit you, the parts of a trading system, and the systems development process.
The Five Steps
Dr. Tharp has taken the core elements for successful trading and developed a five-step process for the Super Trader Program spread out over Super Trader I and Super Trader II. Super Trader I covers the first two steps; Super Trader II covers the last three. To graduate the program, you must complete all five components to Dr. Tharp’s satisfaction.
Step 1 requires you to have a thorough understanding of Tharp Think. This includes the information contained in both Super Trader and Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom. You must also learn the Tharp Concepts and know all of the terms in our glossary—both of which can be found on our web site. In addition to these basic tenets, you must become proficient in the basics of position sizing™ strategies by playing the Position Sizing Game, taking the Position Sizing e-Learning Course and passing the self-test in the Definitive Guide to Position Sizing Strategies.
Step 2 focuses on your personal psychology. As you already have attended the Peak Performance 101 Workshop, you immediately go through the Peak Performance Home Study Course if you have not done so already. Dr. Tharp has written a set of sixteen Super Trader lessons that take you beyond the Peak Performance Home Study Course and help you explore your psychology more thoroughly. We also ask you to read several non-VTI books that focus on the spirit and self.
During this step of the program, you will attend our remaining psychological workshops: Advanced Peak Performance 202, Peak Performance 203 (The Happiness Workshop), and the Oneness Awakening Workshop. The next step is to complete Libby Adams’ 28-day course.
When you have completed the sixteen psychological lessons to Dr. Tharp’s approval and can document five major issues that have changed for you through the program, the psychological aspect of your trading transformation will be complete. Does this mean that you only have five transformations in your life? No, but once you’ve documented five, we feel you should be able to handle other things that come up during your trading.
In Super Trader II, you work on the third step of the program: creating a handbook for your trading business. The Blueprint for Trading Success Workshop provides a basic template for you to follow. While we used to require a traditional business plan, some Super Trader students started presenting their business plan materials in personal and creative ways. They actually enjoyed reading their plans because they were rich with their dreams and plans. This new business handbook format is now a requirement.
Step 4 is where you get a full understanding of the key factors in system design. The How to Develop a Winning Trading System that Fits You Home Study Course and the corresponding workshop, as well as our more advanced strategy workshops, help you create at least three systems that fit your beliefs, meet your criteria for trading them, fit different market types, and are non-correlated. Before you can begin to trade these systems with full position sizes, you need to know or estimate the SQN® score of each system in each market type before Dr. Tharp approves you trading each system.
In Step 5, you learn how to manage your trading mistakes. Once you determine the R-multiple value of each mistake you make over a one-year period of trading, you learn how not to repeat those mistakes so you can meet your one-year trading objectives. Once you have demonstrated proficiency at trading at a high efficiency level (at least 95% in three systems) for a sustained period (more than 100 trades), you can graduate from the program.
To be considered a true Super Trader, you must complete all five steps. This may take up to six years depending on your background, how much time you allocate to your work, and your commitment level.
From a prior Super Trader:
|The True Value of the Super Trader Program|
The cost of the Super Trader program may seem steep—that is, until you consider the value of the products and services that the program provides. Here is a list of what you get as a Super Trader:
2. Attendance at every public Van Tharp Institute workshop.
This is a large part of the value of the program. Over the span of the Super Trader Program, Van spends a number of hours with each Super Trader reviewing and advising them on the following materials:
With all the above mentioned products and services, the total value of the entire Super Trader Program is well over $120,000. This should make the program costs seem significantly less than they may have up front.
|Exclusive Super Trader Events|
The Super Trader Summit
The Super Trader TurboCharge Workshop
New Van Tharp Institute Workshops
Video Recordings of Technical Workshops
Recordings of our technical workshops are available for screening at the VTI office for active Super Traders by request. In addition, we offer a special screening of the 2011 Options Workshop once each year in the summer.
Effective July 1st, we will be raising the price slightly, however, the old price will still be available to program entrants who make a deposit before July 15th.
If you are among the many people who were planning on joining the program soon, please take note, as we will reserve up to 10 Super Trader slots at the current price. The new price will also affect those people on sabbatical from the program who plan to rejoin after July 1st.
The first one to three years of the program, known as Super Trader I (STI), will remain at the current price of $35,000. The cost for Super Trader II (STII) will go up by $5,000, effective July 1st. The cost of the Super Trader II portion of the program depends on the pace in which you complete Super Trader I. This price increase does not impact anyone currently enrolled in the program or anyone who reserves a slot for 2013 with the non-refundable $5,000 program deposit before July 15th.
The following table explains the differences between the current and new pricing structure:
|Refunds and Sabbaticals|
VTI guarantees all of our products and workshops; however, we provide no refunds and no guarantees for the Super Trader Program. Why? We have two reasons. First, you should only apply for the Super Trader Program once you are certain of the quality of our services. Most commonly, traders enroll in the program only after they have completed a home study course and attended one or more workshops. They have experienced the quality of our programs first-hand and have no doubts about the value we deliver in our training. Second, Dr. Tharp only wants to coach people who are completely committed to becoming great traders. It can be difficult to judge someone’s true level of commitment before admittance to the program. If you feel like you need to have a refund policy, the Super Trader program isn’t for you just yet—or maybe it’s not for you at all.
Acceptable Reasons for Sabbatical
Unacceptable Reasons for Sabbaticals
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|FAQ with Dr. Tharp|
Is your objective for Super Traders to be able to trade great systems at 95% efficiency?
Can anyone join the Super Trader program?
What kind of money do I need for the Super Trader Program to make financial sense?
Why don’t you let students attend technical workshops during the first part of the program (Super Trader I)?
If I complete the program, will I be able to trade other people’s money?
I have read that Dr. Tharp invests his money with Super Trader graduates. Is that true?
Is it a disadvantage to go through the program if I live outside the US?
What are the most common commitment-point obstacles in the program?
What if something happens and someone can’t continue the program?
What percentage of the program requires tasks, activities, efforts, etc. that only Dr. Tharp can do?
What if something happens to Dr. Tharp while I’m in the program?
Since the new program takes 4 to 6 years and Dr. Tharp is nearing retirement age, how can I be sure that Dr. Tharp will be committed to the program for another 4 to 6 years and won’t decide to retire?
Furthermore, I have no desires to retire. I have the freedom to do only what I love to do so I feel like I’m already living the ultimate retirement. All aspects of the business that I don’t want to be involved in have been handled by a very capable staff for a number of years already.
Have any participants had problems with Van’s emphasis on Oneness?
Oneness accelerates the transformation process, which is the object of the program. I have seen the most dramatic shifts in short periods of time the Super Traders since we started using Oneness processes. Almost no problems exist among those students who understand the impact the Oneness awakening tools have on transformation. One Super Trader has experienced such a monumental shift in his consciousness that he stopped trading completely and has become totally involved with the Oneness movement.
What percentage of students who have completed the Super Trader program go on to graduate and meet the criteria of trading at 95% efficiency in 100 trades over three systems?
In about 2008, I started adding Super Trader lessons and completion requirements for them to the program. In 2009, we developed the separate ideas of completion and then a level of achievement beyond simply “doing all the lessons” to complete the program. One year later, we came up with the strong criteria for graduation and that’s what you read about now.
Since 2009, we have had around fifteen Super Traders officially complete Super Trader 1. Some people get to that point and are very happy with their transformed lives and trade on their own or go on to other projects. For example, one person is writing a novel, another is focused on developing a food business – though both still trade. Others want to achieve the level of trading required for Super Trader graduation. In 2013, we have seven names on the “Super Trader Graduate” plaque in our training room and there will be more going on in the next year.
What percentage of students has failed to complete to the Super Trader training because of the 95% efficient trade criterion?
How many Super Trader graduates have maintained that 95% level of efficiency after graduating?
If I’m interested in the Super Trader program, what do I need to do?
What if I have more questions, can I just email them to you?
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Thank you for your interest in the Super Trader Program. If you have additional questions, we are ready to help by phone (919-466-0043) or by email (email@example.com).
Your next step is to register for either Peak Performance 101 or Oneness Awakening. Click here to see our workshop schedule.
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