Futures Trading System Workshop

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Futures Trading System Workshop - March 8, 9, & 10 2019
Special Price $3,295.00 Regular Price $3,995.00

Learn to Trade Three Futures Trading Systems with an Edge

  • Did you notice the strong & smooth uptrends in the US Stock indices (starting at the end of 2016)?
  • Do you remember the big swings up and down lasting over several months in metals and energies (such as precious metals and oil)?
  • Why don’t you trade moves like these in your preferred timeframe at a time during the day that fits you?
  • I have a strong belief that in these trending markets following the trend is key. Why?

The stronger the trend, the more counter-trend traders are attracted into the “Market Traps” that are set-up by the specific patterns of my three systems.Getting stuck in any of the traps can be a very painful experience – benefiting from it is a lot more fun.

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!

Join us for this three-day workshop and leave prepared to trade the system right away. Plus, we will offer Two days of live Futures trading so you can trade the systems live!

Liquid Futures:

Trading liquid futures through the CME Globex platform allows for electronic trading nearly 24 hours per day, across the globe. Wherever you live, and during whatever time you want to trade, you can benefit from the global markets by choosing from a variety of liquid futures (preferably mini-futures) across different asset classes.

Your Instructor:

Your presenter, Gabriel Grammatidis, is a professional trader trading Futures and Forex. He has worked very closely with Van Tharp over many years. Gabriel now wants to share some of his best trading systems with you. He has a passion for teaching people and seeing them grow in many aspects of their life.

Gabriel has a varied and fascinating background. Since his adolescence, he enjoyed trading with options, stocks, and ETFs. Still minor in age, he already had his first commodity futures account. His passion for the capital markets led him, after his degrees in business administration, to seek a job in the Asset Management industry. He has been working for PIMCO and a top 5 global investment manager for over ten years. Gabriel decided to pursue his passion for trading and personal development by leaving his successful financial career and enrolling in Dr. Tharp’s Super Trader program. In the program, he had to unlearn most of what he had been taught and adopt new ways of thinking that would allow him to start winning consistently in his trading. Gabriel graduated in 2010 from the Super Trader program in only two years, and, since then trades full-time the capital markets.

Born in Switzerland of Greek and German parents, Gabriel has always felt a natural attraction to the international nature of capital markets. The grown-up in Germany, he is worked and traveled extensively in the US, Asia, and Europe. Now, living on different continents during the year he enjoys the electronic 24h futures market that allows him to trade different timeframes at times of the day that best fit his lifestyle.

The Method:

The Method Gabriel teaches some low-risk trading ideas at his workshop. All three trading systems are trend-based and involve a visual pattern based on the psychological dynamic of buyers and sellers. Looking at the price charts, you can easily observe how price action creates the patterns. His systems can be traded in a wide range of timeframes across a good selection of futures in different asset classes — be it Stock indices, Energies, Metals or Interest rates. Just recently Gabriel added the new Bitcoin future on his list of tradable futures. Gabriel’s preferred trading style is Day, and Swing, trading using primarily 1- and 5-minute as well as 60- and 240-minute candle charts. Once the trade develops well, he may decide to transition it into a Swing Trade on a higher timeframe. His trades usually tend to evolve over a period of anywhere from 15min to a couple of days (or even weeks, in the case of strong trends). A selection of the futures, preferably mini-contracts, that Gabriel trades are: YM, ES, QM, YG, TY, XBT.

The Systems:

All three systems taught are trend-following systems due to the typical price action behavior of future markets. The systems involve specific visual pattern based on the psychological dynamics of buyers and sellers. With a focus on patterns and price action, the use of indicators is limited; some indicators are used as a counter-signal to attract counter-trend traders into a “bad trade.” The strength of the systems lies in the application of markets traps and failure signals that tend to give you the best entry signals with strong follow-through. It is always better to use the market trap in your favor instead of getting caught up with the crowd.

 But not only that — it is more fun and profitable!

Gabriel teaches clear setup rules with precise entry and stops levels. His exit algorithm involves several components to acknowledge for different profit levels achieved, volatility, time and special situations. The exit is customized to each system, and once in the trade, it can be executed either in a fully mechanical way or by applying some discretion. All three systems require a “failure hook” against trend direction just before entry. This hook that protects your initial stop represents the “last kiss” that separates the novice trader (usually trading counter-trend) from the professional.

 After having entered your trade, you can sit relaxed and observe how the stops of the counter-trend trader are run over creating a strong follow-through to your benefit.

 The use of indicators is limited as the main edges of the systems come from the price pattern itself, i.e., the psychological footprint of the market actors. Gabriel strongly relies on the concepts of dynamic support and resistance (8 and 21 moving averages). The confirmation of the patterns in higher timeframes is part of the core rule-set of all three systems.

 In a strong trend, all three systems are complementary to each other offering a large number of trading setups during any time of the 24h day.

Why will you want to attend the Workshop?


Trading Gabriels’ systems (based on liquid futures) provides you with some advantages:

• Good number of opportunities trading a wide range of timeframes (from tick-/1min-charts to long-term charts such as 240min, Daily or even Weekly charts)

• Trading at any time during the virtually 24h day (independent of timezone you live in) 

• High liquidity and regulated market pricing at any time during the 24h day resulting in steadily flowing charts, low transaction costs, no/little slippage and limited price gaps

• Ability to trade very small timeframes (e.g., seconds or tick charts) allowing you to trade for a duration of only 1-2h per day efficiently

• Learn to read the charts by identifying visual patterns – let the trade reveal itself to you and trade against the crowd

• Capitalize on Market Traps and failure hooks that allow for well-protected stops and extended stop-runs of counter-trend traders

• Possibility to hold a position overnight (no gap risk of beginning-of-day)

• Ability to automate Gabriel’s exit algorithm allowing you to scan for additional opportunities

• Using the Higher Timeframe analysis to increase the system reliability further and protect your stop

• Ability to transition a good day-trade into a swing-trade potentially lasting for weeks/months. 

Overall, liquid futures offer you lots of flexibility and a large number of trade opportunities in an environment in which the risks, and your potential trading mistakes, are limited. Trading liquid futures is an ideal way to start trading futures and to capitalize on its’ benefits.

Trade Before You Leave the Workshop!

Have you ever attended a trading workshop that taught a lot of methodology and a bunch of rules, only to find that you had trouble trading it when you got back home because you had so little experience with it? Gabriel had that experience and wanted to prepare the traders at his workshop better.

Students in his course come away with a solid understanding of the trading process because they practice the setups, entries, and exits!

Gabriel makes extensive use of a trading simulator (live history replay) with which actual trades are traded in class as if “live.” So you go home already having a good idea on how to trade the systems.

After a thorough review of each system, he slowly walks you through some trades on each system that has multiple time frame charts—basically, the same screen setup that Gabriel uses to identify setups, entries, and exits. All of these trades use recorded historical data run on a software system that reproduces the price charts from the date and time in the live market. You will be able to watch the setups happen as he explains how to get ready for and make the entry, and then how to get ready for and make the exit. After walking the students through several simulations, Gabriel allows students to talk through several additional examples with minimal guidance from him.

You learn, not only by seeing and hearing but as well by doing and feeling the price action! When you get home, you will already have made some trades in each system — which means you will have a running start. Moreover, just to be sure: Gabriel provides everyone with an extended manual to take home and study.

Who will benefit from taking this workshop?

This course is best suited for someone who:

• Has some experience trading stock, options, ETFs or funds and wants to start out trading futures.

• A novice trader who wants to learn systems with an edge following Tharp Thinks in a fully regulated and liquid market.

• Already trades futures and wants to learn to trade visual patterns (market traps and failure hooks) that benefit after entry from steady stop-runs moves.

• Is a Forex trader who wants to complement his trading with other asset classes to allow for more trade opportunities (ideally you have many more opportunities than you need) 

Due to the size of standard future contracts, the course is not meant for traders with a limited trading account (min. account size to be 20,000USD). If you are a novice trader who wants to start out trading a small account, then the Forex Trading Systems Workshop is recommendable.

In what way is this Futures course different from Gabriel’s Forex Workshop?

Gabriel gets a lot of questions from traders trading his Forex systems on this Futures course. The three Future systems are different from the ones in Forex as far as setup rules, entry and exit algorithm are concerned. Gabriel’s systems are based on similar “ingredients” (such as his moving averages (8, 21 and 200) as well as his five timeframes setup), but each has a different recipe to capture the opportunity inherent in each market.

As an example: his first futures system—the Gecko trade—is based on the same core idea as the “Busted Breakout”—a breakout failure. However, a pronounced consolidation with clustered stop-run levels is no longer required. Out of 10 Gecko trades maybe only 1 or 2 might match with the rule-set of the Busted breakout (S1) setup. True, you can apply the Forex systems the same way in the futures market. However, due to its’ less ranging-type of behavior, you would miss a large number of opportunities that offer themselves.

Take your trading to the next level!

More information on the workshop and the individual systems to come!

If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Gabriel at - Gabriel @ vantharp.com - or contact customer-service @ vantharp.com.

Articles are written by your instructor:

Article: Gabriel Discusses Forex Trading, Part One and Part Two

Article: Interview with Gabriel

Article: Busted Breakouts in Forex

Article: Three Upcoming Currency Opportunities

Article Yen Crossing Opportunities

Article: Reading Psychological Footprints for Low-Risk Ideas

Article: Top Ten Reasons to Trade Forex

Article: Rich Man's Panic?

Article: Opportunities in the Current Market Environment

Article: Starting Signal For Major FX Trend

Article: The Swissy Unpeg Some Practical

Article: Hedging Your Unconscious All-In Currency Trade

Article: Walk Away from The Shell Game to Play A More Profitable Game!


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 by noon on the second day of the workshop, you can request a full refund. Just return your notebook to a staff member, and we will refund your workshop fee even though you have already had the benefits of part of the workshop.

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!

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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 by noon on the second day of the workshop, you can request a full refund. Just return your notebook to a staff member, and we will refund your workshop fee even though you have already had the benefits of part of the workshop.

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!

What to Expect When You Attend Our Workshops

The three-day workshops begin at 9:00 a.m.; registration on the first day begins at 8:30 a.m. We suggest that you arrive the evening before the workshop starts. Each course ends at approximately 5:00 pm on the last day.

Dress is casual.

Attendees of our courses come from literally all parts of the world. You will meet all types of traders from all aspects of trading, as well. Through their casual conversations about trading and investing at these events, we often hear how much attendees learn from each other.

Our courses offer a relaxed, noncompetitive environment in which you will learn some of the most cutting-edge and sophisticated trading concepts and strategies available. Our speakers are handpicked by Dr. Tharp for their expertise. They are open, they welcome comments and questions, and they share in Dr. Tharp's philosophy of generously imparting their knowledge.

Materials & Supplies

Most of materials that you need are provided at the workshop. Notebooks are provided for certain workshops. For our more technical workshops, however, we sometimes provide your notes via a flash drive. For these workshops, you will need to bring a laptop. Contact us if you have questions.

If you need to bring a laptop, we will let you know. If you want to bring your laptop regardless, you are welcome to do so. The workshop room has ample electrical outlets (international clients: remember to bring your converters for US outlets). Wireless internet connectivity is available. Note that the Peak Performance workshops do not use tables, so we would recommend not bringing laptops to these workshops.

A community computer and printer are provided for student use which is useful for printing boarding passes or checking your email.

We also provide workshop necessities such as paper pads, notebooks, flash drives when needed, pens, etc.

Course Schedules

Registration on the first day begins at 8:30 a.m.

The three-day courses begin at 9:00 a.m.

Courses end at approximately 5:00 pm on the last day.


When traveling to a three-day course, it is best to arrive the evening before.

See Travel and Hotels for information about making your travel arrangements. 

What You Should Do Before Attending 

We highly recommend that you read Dr. Tharp's books before attending a workshop. Ideally we'd like to see you come in having read several of them, but at a minimum read the following.

If you are attending any of the Peak Performance workshops, Oneness, or Blueprint for Trading Success, read Trading Beyond the Matrix first.

If you are attending How to Develop A Winning Trading Systems or one of the Systems related workshops (Day Trading, Swing, Forex), read Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom before attending.

Where are the Courses Offered

All workshops (other than international locations) are held in Cary, North Carolina, USA, at the Van Tharp Institute’s on-site workshop facility. (See Hotels and Travel section below for international locations)

Facility Address:

102A Commonwealth Court

Cary, NC 27511


See Travel and Your Stay in NC for information about making your travel arrangements and hotels.           

Dress in layers. We find that while one person is too warm another is too cool; short sleeves with a jacket or sweater work best for your comfort.

Coffee, beverages, bottled water, and healthy snacks are provided throughout each workshop day. Lunch is not provided on site, but there are several restaurants within walking distance.

Our workshop room has comfortable seating, a large projector screen and a smaller ”smart board” screen. Maximum capacity (with tables) is 30 students, so you will be able to hear and see well from every seat.

We have staff on-site to help you know where to go for lunch, call a cab, give you directions to the mall, and assist you with whatever might arise. 

Hotels for Cary North Carolina

Hotels Near Our NC Workshop Location click here.

Click here to see of list of recommended hotels. Note that the top two hotels have week-day shuttles and Homewood Suites offers weekend service as well.

  • Comfort Suites (has a shuttle)
  • Homewood Suites (has a shuttle)
  • Hampton Inn
  • La Quinta

These four hotels are close together and are where most clients stay. This makes catching rides and after hours dinner plans more convenient. If you are not getting a rental car we strongly advise you stay at one of these four.

If you know other students and wish to share a room, consider the Homewood Suites.

Do not hesitate to let us know if you have questions. Call 919-466-0043.

Click for Hotels Near VTI

Hotel for London, England October 2018

Join us in October at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel situated within minutes of the stylish shopping districts, and within walking distance of the West End Theatres. Each of the 174 bedrooms has an elegant blend of lavish furnishings, marble bathrooms and cutting-edge technology, including flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Book soon to ensure you can stay in the same hotel as the workshops.

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel


9-13 Bloomsbury Street

Nr Covent Garden

London  WC1B 3QD

LAT: 51.5176 LONG: -0.1277

Bedroom Reservations: resbsh@radisson.com

Phone: + 44 (0)20 7636 5601

Use the link below for special rates for Van Tharp Institute Students.


The ultimate blend of luxury and contemporary style.

Car Rental, Airport, Etc. (North Carolina Only)

Book your flight arriving to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

Click here for more information about RDU.

Car rentals are recommended.

Click for information about renting a car from RDU airport.

When traveling to a three-day course, it is best to arrive the evening before.

To help determine your arrival and departure times, see What to Expect When You Attend Our Workshops.

Click to see a map from location of the top three recommended hotels to VTI.

Click here to see some of the people you may meet during your stay.

About Raleigh/Cary, NC

Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina. Cary is a suburb of Raleigh. Other nearby cities include Durham and Chapel Hill. The area is known as the Research Triangle Park (RTP), a globally prominent, high-technology research and development center.

Our strong university system, which includes Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and a number of other area universities/colleges, gives us one of the highest per capita Ph.D. populations in the US.

We are in driving distance of the beach (2-4 hours), the mountains (3-4 hrs), Charlotte (3 hrs), Washington D.C. (5 hrs) and Atlanta (7 hrs). North Carolina beaches and mountains are known for their beauty and are popular vacation spots.

NC is well-known for its golf courses. The world-renowned Pinehurst Resort is only a one hour drive from Cary.

Go to http://www.visitnc.com for fun ideas or go to http://www.visitnc.com/raleigh-durham-the-triangle or http://www.visitraleigh.com/things-to-do/

How to Save $500-$700 and Other Discounts

Early Enrollment Discounts

Most workshops have a $700 early enrollment discount that expires about three weeks before the start of the workshop.

This is our best offer and we encourage all students to take advantage of this pricing!

Check the workshops course list to determine which discounts are offered.

Bring a Friend and You Both Deduct an Additional $200!

If you bring a colleague who is new to Van Tharp Institute (not already a customer or subscriber), you can both deduct another $200 off the price, even if you take advantage of the early enrollment discount offer! (Discount applies to workshops priced at $2,295 or above.)

If using this discount, call to register. The shopping cart registration system does not deduct the "Bring a Friend" discount. Contact us at 800-385-4486 or +1-919-466-0043.

From time to time, special discounts are offered for courses. Back-to-back workshops generally offer an additional discount when attending both.  Check the workshop schedule to learn more.

We always send out notices and reminders regarding dates and special offers to subscribers of our Tharp's Thoughts Newsletter.

Be sure to subscribe if you'd like to get these notifications.             

How to Get a Custom-Designed Workshop

We can tailor a workshop to a topic, to your group size, to your location and more.

Call 800-385-4486 to learn more. As an initial point of reference see Consultations with Dr. Tharp.

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