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Super-Trading the Futures Markets: Begin Your Journey to Mastery


Dear Traders,

Over the years, I have found that many traders (both novice and experienced alike) talk themselves out of trading the Futures Markets. This is unfortunate as Futures represent one of the most effective trading vehicles you can find trading the markets.

You surely have noticed that a good number of commodities have started to move in spectacular ways since 2019/2020. Think about the strong V-shape recovery of US Equities (after the Corona drop), the break to new highs in Gold (beyond the $2,000 mark from back in 2011) and the drop in Crude Oil to well below $10 in early 2020. These are remarkable moves and Gabriel, together with his traders, has beautifully been able to benefit from these.

I foresee more volatility coming up during these times of uncertainty. Volatility is good news for traders, especially Futures traders. Do not miss the big number of opportunities presenting themselves to you now and in the years to come.

Take your trading to the next level!

Why don’t you trade Futures already? I believe in most cases, it simply comes from a “fear of the unknown,” and that fear limits your ability to reach a higher level on your trading journey.

For instance, see if you agree with any of these statements, or others like them, about trading the futures markets:

“I’m really afraid of the gap risk when the market opens the next day.”

“I need a much larger trading account.”

“The Futures contract specifications seem so complicated. I wouldn’t know where to start.”

“I don’t want to take physical delivery…where would I put it?”

It’s unfortunate because it’s here, in the Futures Markets, where some of the world’s best traders go to create immense wealth and consistent profits for themselves (whatever the direction of the market).

Every day in this almost 24h market, smart traders at every level use Futures to trade different Asset Classes both Long and Short to achieve their goals in this global marketplace. Examples include the SP500 with ES, the Dow with YM, Gold with GC, Crude Oil with CL, Natural Gas with NG, T-Bills with ZB and Bitcoin with BTC.

Today, thanks to one of my most ambitious and accomplished Super Trader graduates, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the EXACT way he trades these markets. He calls it, The Metrix Experience, a blend of the story from the movie The Matrix, and Metrics, the numbers behind it.

This workshop has been specifically designed to give all traders the courage and confidence they need to profitably trade the Futures Markets. Please read on to learn more about this unique opportunity.

—Van Tharp

Workshop Dates:

Thursday, September 29th

Saturday, October 1st

Sunday, October 2nd

Time: 9 AM - 5 PM ET

End time will vary depending on the progression of each day. Allow extra time each day. Click here to see what time it's airing where you are!

Recordings: Recordings of each class will be posted the next day and available for review for 4 weeks following the air date.

Meet Gabriel, Your Guide to Trading Futures.

Your instructor, Gabriel Grammatidis, is a professional trader with more than 35 years of successful trading experience trading Futures, Forex, Cryptos, Stocks, and Options. He began investing as part of a school project, and before leaving grade school to attend college, was in the mid-'80s already actively trading the commodity futures markets. He earned international Masters’ degrees in both Economics and Business and went on to hold executive positions at both PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors — two world-class firms in Investment Management.

After working in the corporate world for more than a decade, he decided to take his passion for trading and personal development to the next level. He enrolled in our Super Trader program in 2008, and 2 years later, began professionally trading the Futures and Forex markets full-time as a graduate of our elite program.

Gabriel has a passion for teaching people and helping others in their trader development process. Over the years Gabriel has developed a very effective approach for traders to develop based on the principles of Deliberate Practice. Gabriel is known for developing trader talent through workshops, group mentoring, and individual coaching. His personal mission is to develop full-time traders within less than a year (which he regularly does). Now, he’s ready to coach you to success in the Futures markets.

What Gabriel Will Share With You:

Day 1 

Gabriel will begin to take a deep dive into the futures markets, where you will discover:

  • Why Futures, due to being traded almost 24hrs a day, let you manage risk significantly better than equities
  • Which Futures contracts and Asset Classes are great for trading and in which timeframe
  • How specific “market traps” give you numerous opportunities to trade low-risk ideas to your profit
  • Which “counter-intuitive” trade ideas are your best friend, and how they allow you to recognize an edge before the crowd
  • How to mimic Gabriel’s belief set so that you have a good chance to quickly become profitable

Before the end of Day 1, Gabriel will cover all of the parts of his first system, breaking it down for everyone to learn. It’s during this time that you will know and understand:

  • The 6 main building blocks of each setup that Gabriel trades
  • The “sweet spot” moment you need to look out for to increase your probability of success
  • How an excitable Test Bar looks like and how it can be used – similar to a slingshot - to run for other peoples’ stops
  • What chart patterns to look for as well as avoid and how to recognize them early
  • You will learn a lot about the fight, or emotional war, that goes on between the Bulls & Bears, how to stay safe, and then go with the winner at the right moment
  • What different types of trends there are and which trend type allows you to trade which system

Day 2

After going through some of the trade screenshots of System 1, Gabriel will introduce you to the EXACT trading simulation tool he and his students use to get up to speed with any of the new systems. Each of the three systems Gabriel will share with you has been enhanced by its use. You will learn:

  • Why simulation matters when learning to trade new systems and how to hugely accelerate your learning curve and thus success with it  
  • Why the “hook” coming from a volatile counter-trend price move is so crucial for all three systems, and what it adds to your entry confidence
  • How to determine the quality of a pattern, enter at a precise entry-level, and follow a multi-component exits algorithm
  • How to dramatically increase your confidence as you practice in the group optimal entry/exit strategies including swing trading a day-trade


Gabriel will also cover how to reach the appropriate mental trading state BEFORE starting your trading day. This is invaluable to everyone in attendance.

Later in the day, Gabriel will break down system 2, a harmonic price pattern, which offers both the highest Expectunity and SQN of all the systems he trades. You will gain several insights here, including:

  • How to determine the unique structured harmony that this pattern requires
  • How to trend trade a false counter-trend market break
  • What traps and hooks to look for during the market phase of an emotional battle
  • What system 2 patterns are NOT tradable, keeping you out of harm’s way 


Day 3

Finally, Gabriel will again help you put into practice what you’ve already learned, and trade in a simulated environment.

During all practice sessions, Gabriel simulates at the front screen demonstrating correct trade analysis, evaluation, and execution. As the trades go by he will ask for more & more group involvement. Many former students have said that this exercise was crucial to fully understanding the nature of the systems.

He will break down system 3, which can give you the highest Win Rate of all the systems offered. Gabriel will again show you the ins and outs of various entries and exits, as well as share with you additional, in-depth Super Trader techniques for getting into the proper state for success.

Before the close of the workshop, he will talk about a student’s typical trader development path and how the different levels can be achieved quickly by applying the concept of Deliberate Practice. He will explain what flawless execution looks like, and why THAT should be your goal.

Because Gabriel is a Super Trader graduate, he knows that if you adopt the beliefs, mental states, and strategies of exceptional traders, you can achieve similar exceptional results.

By registering today, you have the opportunity to join him along with a small group of fellow traders, including some in my current Super Trader program. As you join, be prepared to put into practice what you’ll learn… you will not be disappointed.


Get Post-Workshop Instructor Support.

You will finish this course with an extensive Workshop Manual that students use to review the Workshop time and time again.

Approximately three weeks after the workshop, Gabriel will hold a 2-hour online follow-up group call to see where everybody stands, answer questions and offer support as needed. As well, he will provide very useful additional trading tools for you to use when starting to trade.

As a Bonus, he has agreed to offer ongoing email support for another 3 months after the workshop to encourage and assist those traders with additional questions about trading the futures markets.

Gabriel has a passion for his students to grow in trader development so they are able to trade the systems back home in a profitable way.

He offers various degrees of mentoring support after each Workshop to reach this goal through Group Mentoring and Individual Coaching. Gabriel is known for developing trader talent by applying Deliberate Practice. From his workshops we regularly see successful traders emerge.

For those who attend as well Gabriel’s Futures Live Trading Workshop, you will be invited to join the MasterMind Group ’FuturesTradersHub’ - a closed Blog that works great for networking and sharing ideas. Gabriel offered to post live market Trade Ideas for weeks following the workshop.

In addition, Gabriel offered to invite you to his next 1-day Live Futures Online Trading Event he regularly organizes for his Masters’ class of traders.

This is a great example of how our team of experienced instructors is willing to help you make real progress on your journey to mastering the trading game. They truly want you to succeed and are willing to offer ongoing support and encouragement.

Hands-On Trading and Crypto Bonus When You Sign up for Futures LIVE!

We are proud to announce this additional “2 Plus 1”-day workshop with Gabriel featuring LIVE trading of the futures markets in REAL-TIME: Futures LIVE Trading Workshop.

In effect, this is an extension of Gabriel’s teaching as many ideas and concepts of the systems, as well as the scanning & trading process, can best be explained and taught in practice. Watch, listen and learn as Gabriel shares with you the exact steps he takes to prepare for the trading day, find opportunities, and deploy his specific systems during the trading day.

You’ll watch, in real-time, the step-by-step process Gabriel uses daily in his own trading so that you can become more comfortable trading the futures markets, and accelerate your trading confidence!

And on top of that — and this time probably the last time for free: Gabriel has organized an additional 3rd day of this Futures Live Trading Workshop to teach you how to trade/invest in Cryptocurrencies by applying his strategies. From the feedback we get, this is a great opportunity that you should not miss! 

Q & A With Your Instructor, Gabriel Grammatidis

Q: How many systems and what kinds of strategies will we be learning?

A: I will teach three different systems that are based on low-risk ideas. All of them are trend-following in nature and involve a unique visual price pattern based on the psychological dynamic of buyers and sellers. Using price charts, you will learn the patterns and understand the specific edges of the setups. Being counter-intuitive and involving an excitable price action event, they are initially not easy to execute, but this is the exact reason why they work so well!

Q: What are the Asset Classes the systems are designed to be traded with?

A: Basically, all asset classes of the futures markets can be traded. This gives you an edge already as you are not limited to only trading Equities/Stocks Long. With trading Futures, you are not only flexible with what asset class to trade but as well in which direction – Long or Short. Most of my students (including myself) trade the Equity Indexes, Metals, Energies, Interest Rates, and Other such as the Bitcoin Future. Each of those asset classes offers multiple Futures contracts to be traded (eg for Metals they are: Gold, Silver, Palladium, Platinum, and Copper).

Q: What are the timeframes the systems are designed to be traded in?

A: Here again, you are free to trade any timeframe as the three systems are based on human psychology. And in this respect, the markets are completely fractal. All three systems can be traded in timeframes such as 1min, 5min, and 15min to 60min, 240min, daily, and even up to Weekly or Monthly charts (some of my students prefer even to trade 5 and 15 seconds charts).

I prefer Day and Swing Trading, and, once the trade develops, I may decide to transition it into a Swing Trade on a higher timeframe to let it develop into a BigR multiple. My trades tend to evolve over a time period of anywhere from 15min to a couple of days, and in some cases of strong trends, even over weeks. As an example: for my students, I called out an S2 trade Long on Gold Monthly mid of last year 2019, as well as just lately a Silver Long Weekly trade based on S1. Both trades, which are more like an investment, have been swing traded now and are still on with a big gain already!

Q: What is the SQN of the systems?

A:  The SQNs of my systems are between 3.0 and 4.8, ranking them all in the “Excellent” category of Van’s trading system classification. I believe that markets operate in a fractal nature, and the systems work equally well on any timeframes. You’ll have the flexibility to adapt the systems I present to fit you and your trading style in whatever timezone you live.

Q: I understand that the biggest Futures exchange is in the US. Do I need to trade during the US open hours?

A:  No, not at all! True, the biggest Futures exchange is the CME Global platform located in Chicago. But as the name states, this is a global futures trading platform, and, for 20 years, trading Futures has become a real global marketplace. I only trade the Liquid Futures listed on that global platform and they trade basically 24h a day (with just a small break). These global contracts are so liquid during the 24h cycle that transaction costs (mainly the spread) are very, very low. This is the reason why you can trade down to a 5-sec chart. My students trade the markets from all over the world - be it the US, Europe, or Asia-Pacific.

Q: How would you describe the nature of your systems?

A: I like to trade clean charts with not too many indicators by following a very structured approach. As an example, they do not require 2nd guessing on entry and how to apply the exits. Well, initially, you need to decide if the trade quality of the pattern is good enough to be traded. All three systems are counter-intuitive in nature and are based on a Market Trap to lure in counter-trend traders. Market Makers do join the crowd as they love this trap that generates lots of volume – this offers you big pockets of instant liquidity to capitalize on.

First, I want to see an excitable price action even against trend direction – the Hook or the “last kiss” – that offers a great low-risk entry. All three systems require this as well as at least one stop-run level in trend direction. This is the level that price is drawn towards and huge stop-run moves are experienced when running for other peoples’ stops – all to the traders’ benefit. Once the counter-intuitive logic of the systems has been understood and implemented, it is not only fun to watch, but very profitable, too. You can sit relaxed and observe how counter-trend traders are squeezed out of the market as they have to cover their position in a panic.

Q: What is the required capital needed to trade these systems?

A: I generally recommend a minimum of $20K. Though when starting out trading a real-money account, you should start smaller. To do so there are ways around trading a full Futures contract that has a fix position size. Alternative trading vehicles, depending on where you live (US or outside of US), that are fully correlated to Futures are available.

Q: How much trading experience should I have before attending?

A: Attendees at this workshop should understand the various uses of market, stop, and limit orders, and understand Tharp Think. Ideally, you have some chart-reading experience trading stock, ETFs, Forex, or anything else. I have seen, especially in my last trader group, fantastic advances in trader development within only a month or two. With guidance, novices can move very fast. Obviously, the more trading experience you have, the better! However, this is not a guarantee that you will move faster than others. You might need to un-learn some of the concepts you have acquired in your trading career so far.

Q: We see a lot of your Forex students coming to this workshop to learn the Futures systems. How do Forex and Futures complement each other?

A: Ideally you want to have more trade opportunities available per day as needed, then you can be more relaxed and selective on trade quality. The Futures market is very specific in its’ market structure and this requires a specific set of rules. While the fundament of a great FX trade is a high-quality consolidation pattern in volatility contraction and a tight stop, Futures requires increased volatility (and not even a consolidation), a Test Bar, and a very strong trend. For Forex traders to adopt the Futures systems is fairly easy as similar "ingredients" are used such as the known moving averages and the concept of multiple timeframes. However, the trend definition, setup rules, entry and exits are unique to capture the opportunity inherent in each market. Trying to apply the Futures systems to FX charts proves to be very ineffective, indeed.

Q: Will recordings be available?

A: Video recordings of the sessions will be posted the following day and available to review for four weeks.

Your Satisfaction is 100% Guaranteed

The team at VTI believes that our clients are the most valuable asset we have. As such, we want to exceed your expectations with our unconditional 100% guarantee.

Come join us for this upcoming Workshop and learn about the Futures Markets from Gabriel, while interacting with fellow traders and investors. If you are not completely satisfied with our workshop at the end of day one, you can request a full refund, no questions asked.

We gladly take this risk at almost every workshop we offer, believing that the value we give you far exceeds the cost for you to be here.

With your registration today, you’ll begin the process of adopting the successful mental states, strategies, and beliefs necessary to trade the Futures Markets. With Gabriel’s commitment to teaching, you will come away with the tools you need to trade this market and achieve the results you are striving for. 

You have a unique opportunity right now to invest in yourself, and do it at a great price!

When you register today, …

  • You will have locked in a (virtual) seat for yourself at this limited engagement workshop… guaranteeing yourself an immersive, top-notch learning experience from one of Van’s most talented Super Trader grads.
  • You’ll get post-workshop assistance from Gabriel himself via a Group Call, a Trade Blog, and extended Email support, ensuring your continued growth as a trader.
  • Most of all, you will head home knowing you have the tools necessary to trade the futures markets with confidence.

Take your trading to the next level!
To your success,

Dr. Van Tharp

Additional Resources:

In this Free Futures Video Series, Gabriel Grammatidis shares short lessons to help you start playing the trading game according to your rules, covering Successful Trader Examples, Growing Big Rapidly, Paradigm Shifts and more. Click here to watch now

Check out Gabriels’ website at IntuFX.com for written content on the Trading Systems as well as Trader Development: www.IntuFX.com

For a preview of Futures Trading and Gabriel's upcoming workshop, watch this trading video playlist.

Watch regular Video Updates and Trade Ideas Gabriel only posts on his website:

Articles Written by Your Instructor:

Article: Speedboat vs. Cruise Ship

Article: Trading Price Shakeouts in Futures

Article: Futures Trading Interview

Article: Top Ten Reasons to Trade Futures

Article: What Learning Type Are You?

Article: A Good System Relies On a Robust Trading Process

Article: How to Overcome the Boom-and-Bust Cycle

Article: Developing Trader Competence

Article: A Structured Approach to Trading Mastery

If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Gabriel at gabriel@vantharp.com or contact customerservice@vantharp.com

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The Van Tharp Institute totally guarantees that you will be delighted with this workshop. In fact, we will take all of the risks ourselves. If you are not satisfied after the first day of the workshop, you may request a full refund before the start of day two.

We expect that you will not only be satisfied with the course but will wish you had stayed on for the extra two days of live trading!