The ultimate program for traders who are
committed to being the best.
The mission of the Super Trader program is to not only transform your trading but also your life.
To accomplish that mission, you will commit to investing a substantial amount of your time, money, and effort over the next few years.
Regardless of your previous trading experience, you will work together with Dr. Tharp to define specific objectives for you to meet during the program and together you will also create a customized curriculum to help you reach those objectives.
A Unique Program
The mission of The Super Trader Program is to totally transform both your trading and your life for the better. To accomplish this mission, you must be prepared to invest in yourself in many ways. While investing in your trading education is a big step financially, we are confident that your returns will be huge when you commit to investing your time & best effort, and approach the program with an intense desire to transform into the best version of yourself. This is a process you will engage in over the next few years, and does require careful consideration.
Regardless of your previous trading experience, students will work with Dr. Tharp to define specific objectives to meet during the program and create a customized curriculum to help them reach those objectives. This program is unique because each student comes from a different history, and also have different trading goals. Students will be complete Dr. Tharp’s Super Trader lessons, attend regular workshops, and send weekly reports to Dr. Tharp describing their progress. He will also help guide you to solve all the issues that hold you back in your trading life - many students realize that these same issues are mirrored in their personal lives as well. They are what keep you from being happy for no reason at all.
The Core of the Super Trader Program
The primary mission of the Van Tharp Institute (VTI) is to help people transform, which we accomplish through the trading metaphor. The Super Trader Program is the most comprehensive and effective way to achieve our mission — and we are able to accept a limited number of qualified, motivated students into this program each year. Super Trader is so much more than just figuring out how to trade more profitably. In fact, most students in our Super Trader program say that their personal transformations were just as important, if not more so, than the trading/financial improvement they saw as a result of their perseverance throughout the program. We are honored to be such an important part of their transformational journeys, and that we can support their trading goals in this way.
If you were to change that sequence of mental events just a little, even by hesitating a little by asking yourself what could go wrong, then it is likely that you would imagine something going wrong, not feel good as a result, and then be unable to take action at the appropriate time. Notice that even the action phase of trading is psychological. Because trading is entirely psychological, any unresolved psychological issues will show up in aspects of your trading. Psychological issues are revealed in peoples’ personal life as well, but the markets are an especially expensive place to learn about these shortfalls. Out of the entire program, the psychological phase typically takes the longest time to complete.
To graduate from the program, students must demonstrate knowledge, and also the application of that knowledge, in the markets as evidenced by live trading results.
|The Five Steps of the Program|
Dr. Tharp has taken the core elements for successful trading and developed a five-step process for the Super Trader Program, addressed in each of the segments of the Super Trader Program. The program is divided into Super Trader I, II, and, as of July 2016 a new level III. To graduate the program, you must complete all five components to Dr. Tharp’s satisfaction.
Step 1 - Requires students to have a thorough understanding of Tharp Think principles of trading. This includes the information contained in Super Trader and Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom. Students 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: www.vantharp.com. In addition to these basic tenets, students will become proficient in the basics of position sizing™ strategies by playing the Position Sizing Game, completing the Position Sizing e-Learning Course, and passing the self-test in the Definitive Guide to Position Sizing Strategies. One of the first lessons of the program involves installing these beliefs into your neurology so they become second nature to you. However, before students accomplish this, they must thoroughly understand the concepts in order to make sure that they fit them.
Students really have quite a bit of freedom in this self-paced program – how quickly students move through the lessons depends upon the amount of commitment you are willing to give to your trading education. We will still allow for traders to take up to six years to complete the program, with the understanding that additional tuition will be due after the first three years of the program.
|Super Trader I - The Awakening Program|
Criteria for Admittance
Objectives of Super Trader I:
What You Will Receive in Super Trader I
A Note on Trading Workshops in Super Trader I
Students are discouraged from attending technical workshops during this phase, though you are allowed to do so. If students in Super Trader I choose to attend a technical workshop, they may pay discounted tuition of $2,000 per workshop, which is refundable up until 14 days prior to the commencement of the workshop in question. If the student cancels their attendance at a technical workshop less than 14 days from the event, their payment will not be refunded. Payments made with the intent to come to any technical workshops are outside of the program structure and no credits will be held over for later use to apply toward future tuition due, if any.
|Super Trader I Cost and Payment Structure|
Effective August 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 (the price will increase as of March 1, 2018 to $67,500)
Super Trader 1 Payment
Based on a three year program the average amount is $20,000 per year.
These tuition payments cover a continuous three-year period in which to complete the program. The exact tuition due will vary based on credits you are eligible to receive, as a result of previous purchases and workshops attended. Currently, you may receive 100% credit for purchases and workshops attended within three calendar months of your proposed start date, which is typically assigned to the first of the month. Purchases outside of this timeframe will be credited at 50%, up to 10 years prior to your proposed start date.
There will be no tuition due upon entering Super Trader II, provided that you have at least 12 months remaining on the initial 3-year tuition period. If you have less than 12 months remaining, then tuition will be assessed in one year increments, for up to three consecutive years. Your tuition for an additional year (if due) will be $20,000 for an additional year. If it is required for you to extend your program to complete any portion, the tuition will be calculated at the yearly rate that was in effect at the time of your initial acceptance.
If you finish both Super Trader I and Super Trader II, and you still have at least 12 months remaining on the initial 3-year period, then there also will be no tuition due for Super Trader III. Again, if you have less than 12 months remaining you will be assessed tuition as described above for an additional year.
At the end of Super Trader III, you will not be required to pay additional tuition as long as you have met all previous requirements, and each of the three systems have been approved by Dr. Tharp. All students will likely have additional work they need to complete for graduation, that may continue after the initial three-year period. For example, one of your systems may be designed to work in a long term capacity – in this scenario, it could take some time for this system to produce trade results. Graduation will occur in the future, but it’s not necessary to pay tuition while the action of your system is happening. However, once your tuition timeframe has come to a close, you will not be able to attend workshops or other VTI programs as you had while actively studying within your program. There are certain instances where special arrangements can be made in this regard, at the discretion of Dr. Tharp.
Super Trader I Extensions
On very rare occasions, some students have not put forth the effort it takes to achieve real results and see quantifiable progress on their lessons. In the unlikely event that a student remains in Super Trader I throughout the three year tuition period, options available to them will depend on what they have accomplished to date.
|Super Trader II - The Masters Program|
Criteria for Admittance
What You Will Receive In Super Trader II
Completion requirements for ST2 will be the completion of all the lessons and acceptance of your trading business handbook.
|Super Trader III - The Graduate Program|
Dr. Tharp has restructured the program to now include a third level.
This section of the program offers another year to flesh out and develop your systems. It will include support for you to accomplish all of the following:
As mentioned earlier, if you have 12 months or more remaining from your original three years tuition, then Super Trader III does not have any further tuition due. If there is less than 12 months remaining upon completion of Super Trader II, then the student must pay tuition for the upcoming year prior to entering the next phase. However, once a student’s systems have been approved, there is no additional charge for the time it might take to graduate. We expect that virtually everyone should be able to complete the Super Trader III system approval requirements within the allotted year.
The purpose of Super Trader III is to become a Van Tharp Institute Super Trader Graduate. Once you have your systems approved, then you will have unlimited time to graduate. To become a graduate, students will have successfully completed Super Trader I, Super Trader II, then completed Super Trader III requirements including executing 100 trades profitably and at 95% efficiency with at least a 10% contribution to the 100 trades coming from each of the approved three systems. Most people have no idea of the power of having three non-correlated systems with good SQN® scores that work in different market types, and that they can trade at 95% efficiency or better.
Criteria for Admittance to Super Trader III
100 trades completed at 95% or better efficiency. These 100 trades must include at least 10 trades from each of three approved systems, and must include consecutive trades during your defined trading period. Students are not allowed to “cherry-pick” 100 trades out of a larger number of trades.
What You Will Receive In Super Trader III
Super Trader III Program Cost
|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 $200,000. This should make the program costs seem significantly less than they may have up front.
Until 2011, the program cost $50,000 and Super Traders signed up for a two-year commitment, that's $25,000 per year. Now the full program (both Super Trader I and II) can cost you much less.
|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 most our technical workshops are available for screening at the VTI office for those active in Super Trader II & III, by request.
|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 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?
|Back to the Top||What it Takes to Be a Super Trader|
Most of you have probably heard me say that trading isn’t easy. Considering how simple it is to go into a brokerage company, open an account, and—as soon as you figure out the buy and sell buttons—start trading, you’d think that even an E-Trade “baby” could do it, but without experience and training, your results will probably be disastrous.
We believe that good trading takes as much training as any other profession. In fact, Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers suggests that it probably takes 10,000 hours of great practice to really be “super” at anything. We tend to agree.
We first recommend taking our ABCs e-learning course if you know nothing about trading and investing. That takes about 25 hours to go through and it only costs $50. Then we recommend reading books like Trading Beyond the Matrix, Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom and Super Trader. Taking the Tharp Think Essentials video workshop would be helpful. Notice that if you mastered all of this, it would take you about 145 hours or a little nearly a month to do full time. Tharp Think refers to a set of principles that define the approach to trading Van teachs through courses and workshops. Tharp Think involves discovering who you are as a trader, understanding risk, managing risk, and learning how to make your personal psychology work for you.
The next step is to master yourself and this is the part that takes Super Trader candidates so long to do. The next table includes our offering in that area.
The cost column has the list price first and then the early enrollment discount we usually give in parentheses. “Hours Required” represents how many hours it usually takes to complete the course and all of its assignments, and “Number of Times Necessary” represents the number of times, in Van's experience, most people need to take each course before they master the material. For example, the Peak 203 workshop is three days long, but it also has a six-week follow up course; together, they take about 140 hours to complete. However, most people need to take the workshop three times before mastering all of the material, so the total number of hours for Peak 203 is 3x140, or 420 hours.
The Blueprint course gives you an overview of everything you need to be successful as a trader and prepares you to write a business plan. The Blueprint course is about 25 hours long, but it probably takes 125 hrs (or more) to do all the exercises and complete a business plan for 150 hrs. Most people have to attend the workshop twice to finish off a great business plan, so the total number of hours required to complete the material is about 175. We also recommend studying the How to Develop A Winning Trading System home study course and all our material on Position sizing, which includes the Introduction to Position Sizing Strategies eLearning course and the Definitive Guide to Position Sizing™ book. To master all of the material in these workshops, courses, and books, it would take about 373 hours, or about ten weeks working at it full-time.
Right now, we have five technical workshops, including the Forex workshop..
We recommend that most of our candidates attend the annual three-day Super Trader Summit at least three times. In addition, we recorded special two-day Options course, which we’ll show again at various summits.
*We only offer Libby’s course once in the Program, but most of the Super Traders do extra work with her so we’ve estimated two times.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your next step is to register for either Peak Performance 101 or Oneness Awakening. Click here to see our workshop schedule.
Super Trader Summit 2016 Photo
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