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How to Develop
Winning Trading Systems
That Fit You

3-Day Systems Development Workshop
Developed by Van Tharp

Presented by R.J. Hixson and Van Tharp

RJ Hixson
Do you want bigger and more consistent profits from the market?

If you want consistency and would like to make profits from the market, you'll want to attend this three-day workshop. We'll show you little-known, closely guarded secrets that you're not likely to find unless you accidentally stumble upon them yourself.

Are you a low-risk investor who just wants to make small, consistent profits each month with only an occasional loss? We can show you how to develop a system that will allow you to develop a unique methodology that will give you that kind of consistency!

Are you a gutsy trader who'd like to make yearly profits of 100%, 200% or even 1,000% per year? Although risky, it is possible, and we can show you how to do it! The interesting thing is that you can do it in such a way that the only money you're risking is the money you've already made from the market. That's real leverage!

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Why develop my own system? Isn't it easier to just go buy a system with proven results?

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of trading systems that work. But most people, after purchasing a preexisting system, will not follow the system and trade it exactly as it was intended. Why not? Because the system doesn't fit them or their style of trading.

One of the biggest secrets of successful trading is finding a trading system that fits you. In fact, Jack Schwager, after interviewing enough "market wizards" to write two books, concluded that the most important characteristic of all good traders was that they had found a system of methodology that was right for them.

When someone else develops a system for you, you don't know what biases they might have. Developing your own system allows for compatibility with your own beliefs, objectives, personality and edges.

Furthermore, most of the system development software for sale really encourages some of the trading biases that I see as detrimental to overall trading success.

For example, give a system developer enough leeway and that person will have a system that perfectly predicts the moves in the market and makes thousands of dollars on paper with certain historical markets. Most software allows people to optimize to their heart's content. Eventually, they will end up with a meaningless system that makes a fortune on the data from which it was obtained, but performs miserably in real trading.

Most system development software is designed because people want to know the perfect answer to the markets. They want to be able to predict the markets perfectly. As a result, you can buy software now for a few hundred dollars that will allow you to overlay numerous studies over past market data. Within a few minutes, you can begin to think that the markets are perfectly predictable. And that belief will stay with you until you attempt to trade the real market instead of the historically optimized market. Many trading accounts have plummeted from this very thinking. One "sure-thing" trade placed without a proper position sizing™ algorithm can wipe some traders completely out of the game.

Only about 5% of the world's traders and 20% of the world's investors, consistently make big money. What these winners do is not complex. In fact, simplicity is one of the keys to making money. And you can do it too! I've modeled this process and can teach you how to develop your own trading system that fits your own style of trading.

Our job in this workshop is to teach you what you need to know to develop your own system. The material you will learn is not market or time-frame specific. So whether you trade stocks, futures, currencies, gold, etc., or whether you place 50 trades per day or 50 trades per year, you will learn all of the components that work in any system.

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Three critical secrets you can adopt to develop a superb wealth-building formula.

If you concentrate on these three secrets, which 95% of all traders and investors totally ignore, then you can vault yourself into a class that only a few have been able to achieve.

1.   You must concentrate on the most important task of system development. If you do it properly, it will take at least half of your time during the development process. When you learn what it is, you'll say, "Of course, it's important," but you'll still probably spend very little time on it.

That critical task is developing sound objectives.

Jack Schwager, after writing two Market Wizard books, concluded that the most important characteristic of the top traders and investors he interviewed was that they had adopted a trading system to fit them. But to develop a system that fits you, you need to really think about what you want. There are at least 30 questions you need to address when you develop a trading system. It's not a trivial task.


What is an objective?


Your objective is your goal, your target. It is the things that you want your system to accomplish.

Objectives set the roadmap for the entire system development process. How would one know how to get someplace if they didn't know where they were going first? It is easy enough to see that if one trader had an objective such as "I want a system that trades long-term stocks, that requires my attention only once each week and makes 20% per year" compared to a trader's objectives of "I want to actively trade my mother's retirement account for four hours each day, without holding overnight positions" two completely different systems would be required. The objectives or goals are very different. There are endless configurations of objectives. The point is, you need to specifically know what it is that you are trying to attain and only then can you develop a trading system that will help you attain it.

"I have to tell you how thrilled and excited I am about the systems course I was recently certified in. I believe that course was designed especially for me, I got so much out of it. You did a great job presenting the course material. You were fabulous, amazing, energetic and your enthusiasm was contagious! I also appreciate your personal availability between the scheduled meetings. It was an extra bonus to have some one on one conversations specifically about my trading system, testing methodology and personal coaching on how to overcome our problems with actually trading our system.


"Of course, I must give some credit to my fellow attendees. They were great, and played all out, further enhancing the value of the course. But without your expert facilitation to encourage more participation it would not have occurred in the way that it did.


"Since I left North Carolina, I have had an opportunity to spend a week with my client to re-create what I learned in the course. We got down and listed our core beliefs, our objectives, and looked long and hard at our biases. From this information we designed an entry, exit and simple position sizing strategy that fit our objectives. Actually, we have a working system and it turns out that just a little modification to that existing system is what we really want to meet our objectives. Now I'm all excited, I can hardly sleep, because Chuck handed me the tools and methodology I needed to effectively verify and back test this new system. I just need to type faster to keep up with my enthusiasm." —B. Cupps

2.   A good trading system has 10 key components. Most people ignore six or seven of them when they do their research. In fact, you'll rarely see a book on systems development that covers more than six of them. That's the limitation the average trader has in doing research. You want big profits with as little risk as possible, so you want every advantage possible when you start to develop such a system.

You should be able to take advantage of 8 of these components easily after the workshop. And, with a little more effort, you'll be able to use all 10. If you use all 10 with competence, you'll be among the top 0.1% of all traders and investors in the world.

3.   Most people concentrate on the least important element in trading system design—entry. They also ignore the most important element—position sizing strategies. At the How to Develop A Winning Trading System That Fits You Workshop, you'll learn at least three types of position sizing systems that will help you lower your overall risk, while at the same time, helping you achieve more consistent performance.

If you're more adventurous, we'll show you how to go for really big returns using the market's money. When you use these super moneymaking techniques, you could make 1,000% on your money each year, risking only the money that the market has given you.

You'll learn exactly how one trader turned $10,000 into $1.1 million in less than a year. In addition, we'll also show you how a group of traders have taken over $100 million out of the market over the last 10 years! Learn the advantages and disadvantages of both these styles.

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Six more reasons why you'll want to attend this workshop.

1.   You'll get specific ideas for making better market entry and exit decisions. You'll also get specific position sizing principles. Your workshop notebook will contain lots of information you'll want to review over and over again.

2.   You'll be introduced to the psychological pitfalls that hold back so many people. Just knowing about them will help you avoid them.

In March 2005, I attended his first course that he hosted in London on System Development. I was just starting up trading and was steadily losing money as were the three others in my group. We four were quite new to trading whilst everyone seemed to be professional traders. I still trade and sometimes wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t attended that course? Did it make me an instantly successful trader? No- of course not, but what it did do was to almost instantly stop me being a losing trader and that was a part of the battle won because it meant I could continue to work on my trading knowledge without having sleepless nights. Prior to that course I really was waking up sweating wondering what I was getting myself into. I don’t have that problem any longer though I don’t mind admitting that I do lie in bed sometimes thinking whether I was a bit hasty in putting on a trade. When Dr. Tharp talked about the psychology of trading, I didn’t really fully appreciate it at the time but I do now. —M. Campling

3.   You'll learn new approaches to the markets and new techniques for analyzing them. There are many concepts behind most systems. Most of them, including some of the most popular, are meaningless. But you'll learn about the ones that work best.

4.  You'll get practical trading ideas, talk with fellow traders to compare notes, exchange ideas, and make new friends who share your interests. This kind of networking alone can be worth thousands of dollars. Some great trading teams have developed through contacts made at these workshops.

5.   You'll learn the ten elements of a good trading system. In addition, you'll go through trading games that will teach you the relative importance of the various components and how to apply them to your situation. These market games really drive home the important points about system development. In addition, they're fun!

6. You'll be assigned to a group to work on trading system development exercises to enhance your learning experience.

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Dr. Tharp's Secrets

Dr. Tharp discovered certain little-known secrets about doing research that you need to know if you want to develop an effective system that's right for you!

Dr. Van K. Tharp is a trader, author, modeler of peak performance results, and most importantly, a peak performance coach willing to help you make more money and lead a more effective life. He's collected psychological profiles from over 4,000 traders and investors. He's personally interviewed hundreds of top people in the field to determine what makes them excel and how they make immense profits.

In 1988, Jack Schwager interviewed 16 of the world's best traders and investors for his best-selling financial book, Market Wizards. Dr. Tharp was also interviewed as a peak performance coach in that book.

Dr. Tharp has been studying top traders and investors for over 20 years. In his research, he's learned how the best traders and investors achieve peak performance. All of these traders and investors developed a sound methodology and one key portion of their success came from doing the right sort of research.

To duplicate their success, you must focus on the essential elements of system design while meeting your objectives.

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"This class really provided the mechanics and practical methods of how to create a workable system."—G. Kapraun

"Our team had a great experience in learning how important it is to lock in large R-multiple profits. This was a great lesson wit real-world applications."—Rick Freeman

"Intense and very challenging. Good structure and focus."—Jordi Llobet Serra

"A very valuable experience that drove home the importance of knowing risks, expectancy, position sizing and profit protection!"—Roman Franko

"Excellent! Even better than the first time I took it 8 years ago. No one does it better. Best information for real world system development and trading (giving us the best tools/equipment)."—Robert De Boer

"I feel energized. Trading game has shown me for the first time what happens to other traders as they trade, what emotions and thought processes they go through. As a results, I am no longer scared of 'them''[those] who are on the opposite side of my trades."—L. Valls

"Incredible weekend! I was a 'kid in a candy store' with so many like-minded people committed to trading and personal excellence."—Warren Beam

"The course exceeded my expectations. It was very worthwhile. It put into perspective the steps required to design a workable system. Sessions on exits, entries and money management were particularly interesting for me. I made some new friends that I will stay in contact with. I received excellent value for my time and money."—Mike McMinn

"Excellent! I wish I had taken this course before I started trading. The instructors have shown me lots of practical ideas to take home."—Pat Fong

"I was very pleased. As a novice investor/trader this course did an excellent job of laying out the pieces of the trading puzzle."—C.D., Indiana

"Well thought out and well presented. Tremendously informative...IITM presenters have only the best interests of their audience at heart. This is plainly evident in their enthusiasm, willingness to share and competence."—R.F., New York

"Excellent. Games really honed in for me the importance of objectives and how they drive my trading system development and that there are really several types of systems needed (trading, accounting, etc)."—D. H., Ohio

"Very useful and quite enlightening due to the emphasis on goals and objectives, which work as a great filter on making decisions."—D.M., South Africa

"Many intricate complications became defined and simplistic."—T.S., Bahamas

"I feel like I'm going home with bags of gold! It's a goldmine of information."—B.C., Utah

"Superb. Every section of the seminar was stuffed with information. I couldn't take notes fast enough (so I opted to just listen). Lots of creative ideas worthy of further research"—R.W., Colorado

"Super. The cost of the seminar was nothing in comparison to the value received."—J.D. Georgia

"Excellent! I never thought of how many separate elements went into a system. I now have the knowledge and confidence to develop a system for myself."—B.F., New York

"Very useful to see first hand the real risks of ruin, over-trading, etc. The seminar was very helpful to me in laying out the specific tasks I must complete."—B.C., Ontario, Canada.

"It was the most practical and best seminar I've attended in the last 10 years. Enjoyable too . . ."—W.R., Illinois

"The seminar helped me put things in perspective. I came away very satisfied. I have a new calm, yet resolve to improve my trading, and the confidence to know I can."—J.A., Illinois

"This helped me to understand the proper steps to take in my system development. I thought it was a good balance between the technical (Chuck) and the theory (Van)."—A.C. Florida

"Overall I found the seminar to be on the cutting edge of trading psychology and system development."—L.M., Louisiana

"Hugely informative, it has everything from the necessary basics to the very complex."—Tania Northey, Australia

"I believe it easily has the best (most valuable) content of any course I have done."—Peter Deck, Australia

"Gave us what we could not achieve by reading books."—David Sanders, Australia

"Excellent. Very productive and stimulating. Worth traveling a long way for."—Richard Luke, Australia

"Very good. Gave me a thorough grounding and many new ideas."—David Blissett, UK

"It was just what I needed to help me understand the comprehensive nature of a systems (it isn't just entry and exit procedure). I can use my creativity and enjoy the process of developing my strategy. I learned to dig in a try something."—Craig Jorgensen, MI

"Any trader who does not participate in this course has already made a major trading mistake. The principles of a successful trading plan are very rarely, if ever, explained fully except by Van Tharp."—S. Redgrave, Australia

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Is this workshop right for you?

Are you willing to roll up your sleeves and work at designing objectives and risk parameters for yourself? If you are, and you're willing to apply the principles we teach you, then you'll love this workshop. You'll leave with the keys to a system that's just right for you!

We'll teach you one of the real secrets of success—how to use all the system building blocks to design a trading system in such a way that it fits your personality and style of trading or investing. In the process of learning how to do this, you'll probably come up with dozens of winning systems that will work because they'll be based on criteria that fit your situation.

The concepts and ideas you will learn in this workshop could easily improve your trading overnight. Most importantly, the information you learn, once it's properly applied, could easily vault you into a new superstar wealth and success status within a few years. You'll understand why super traders continue to make money while everyone else is losing their shirts.

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Our Guarantee
If you're a success-driven person who is willing to really take the building blocks (plus the model given) to create a masterpiece, then I'm willing to guarantee that you will be totally satisfied with the workshop. In fact, I'm willing to offer the best guarantee that anyone has probably ever offered you in a trading workshop.

Come to the How to Develop a Winning Trading System That Fits You Workshop, listen to the discussions and participate in the trading exercises. Then, if by noon on the second day you are not totally satisfied with the course, just return the workshop materials to a staff member and we'll refund every penny of your tuition. You'll get the benefit of the first half of the course and we won't charge you a cent. That's a totally risk-free opportunity for you.

Why such a guarantee?


When we absorb all of the initial risk, you'll be more likely to come. Our objective is to really help you. As a result, Dr. Tharp is willing to make it very easy for you to attend.

Dr. Tharp can afford to take all the risk because he knows the quality of the course and the quality of the materials that will be presented. Consequently, he knows that chances are you'll be delighted with it. That means you'll be happy and you'll want more of our products and services.

Most traders who are really committed to doing research will probably spend a significant amount of money and time just to find the same information that will be presented at this workshop.

This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to design a consistent, top performing system that is just right for you.

Registration for the workshop begins at 8:30 am on the first day and the workshop starts at 9:00 am. It is therefore best to arrive the evening before the workshop begins. The workshop will end at approximately 5:00 pm on the last day.

Dr. Tharp has done the hard part for you!

The research has already been done for you. Think how much time, energy, and money you can save by coming to this workshop. You'll focus on the more important aspects of trading system development and Dr. Tharp's model. Most of you will probably save tens of thousands of dollars—certainly many times the cost of the workshop.

Call right now while you're thinking about it. We're at 919-466-0043 or you can fax us at 919-466-0408. We'll be happy to answer your questions.

Remember, the workshop is a risk-free proposition to you. If that makes sense to you, enroll now. It's that simple.

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Q:    I trade the stock market exclusively, will this workshop cover stock trading?

It's designed around systems not markets. We estimate that in the past, at least half of the attendees are stock market traders. However, our goal is to help you design a system that fits you, no matter what market you trade.

Q:    I am a short-term day trader. My friend recommended this workshop to me but he would be classified as a long-term investor. How can one workshop meet the needs of our very different trading styles?


We discuss the parts of a system in detail and most of those parts remain the same no matter what your style of trading may be. We then group you with other like-minded traders to work on system design. Thus, if you are a day trader, you'll be with other short-term traders. If you are a long-term trader, you'll be with other long-term traders. Over the years, we've found that this method works very well and everyone gets what they are looking for.

Q:    I don't know much about systems and research. Will I be lost?


Although the information we present is very advanced, we will present it in such a way that anyone can understand it. We strongly recommend reading Dr. Tharp's book Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom and The Definitive Guide to Position Sizing- both are excellent reads and provide resourceful information prior to the course.

Q:    Who should attend?


People who want to make trading or investing more consistent and profitable:


Private Traders Brokers
Beginning Traders Experienced Traders
Long-Term Traders Short-Term Traders
Day-Traders Investors
CTAs Floor Traders
Stock Market Traders Bank Traders
Portfolio Managers Part-Time Traders
Futures Traders Day Traders


These are the type of individuals who have come (literally from all over the world) to attend our workshops. Imagine the synergy of results one could realize from the networking, ideas, and experience at this workshop.

Q:     Can I talk to prior attendees before I make my final decision?


Yes. We'd be happy to let you talk with people who have attended in the past. They'll tell you our workshops are of the highest quality and packed with information. Our attendees tell us our workshops have transformed their lives and increased their profits.

"Words fail me—perhaps second-to-none. A must for any novice and master trader alike!" —B.M., S. Africa

"It was an outstanding event and most educational. My goal is to become a world-class trader and I know with your guidance that reality is inevitable."  —V.B., TX

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Supplemental Resources

Take a mini-evaluation to test your current system development level.

System Development Articles:

  • What Can we Expect from a Trading System?
  • Exits - Are Your Stops Too Large or Too Small?
  • System Performance, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
  • Don't Take Just Any Ol' Entry
    Click here to read all.

Down Free MP3 Audio Files. System Development Teleconference with Van Tharp, Chuck LeBeau and D.R. Barton. One hour teleconference.

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