Update on Cryptocurrencies as of October 15, 2021 By, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

We did not publish a Crypto Update last month in mid-September. My laptop had crashed (the whole motherboard had to be replaced) and we started driving back home to North Carolina from Las Vegas. Thus, I have a lot to catch up on with you this month. Bloomberg announced in May 2018 that they had formed the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index which was significant for several reasons. First, Bloomberg only caters to institutional clients. An index of this nature was the first step to widespread institutional involvement. The index tracks …

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Do Routine Things Routinely By, Ken Long

Trading is all about taking action. That is, taking the right action according to your rules for Standard Work. We have Standard Work for normal conditions (what to do when things are normal) and we have Standard Work for abnormal conditions (what to do when things are interesting). Your relationship with your Standard Work defines your mindset, habits, and approach to trading as a serious person. In a legendary comedy routine, the ventriloquist artist Senor Wences would ask Cecilia Chicken how she knows that this egg is her “son.” Then, …

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Market Volatility and Systematic Approach By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

I keep a close eye on various volatility measures more than anything else in the markets. Sure, price is king, but without a context for how price is moving, I have a difficult time making decisions. For example, a one-dollar move in the utility Southern Company (SO) is a much bigger deal than a one-dollar move in the more volatile tech/real estate company, Zillow (Z). Currently, even while near a market high, the volatility we see is quite unusual. Textbook technical thinking would tell us that when stocks get volatile …

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September 2021 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

There are numerous ETFs that track everything from countries, commodities, currencies, and stock market indices to individual market sectors. ETFs provide a wonderfully easy way to discover what’s happening in the world markets. I apply an index-based version of my System Quality Number® (SQN®) score to measure the relative performance of numerous markets in a world model. The Market SQN score uses the daily percent change for input over a 100-day period. Typically, a Market SQN score over 1.47 is strongly bullish, and a score below -0.7 is very weak. …

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September 2021 Market Update Strong Bull Quiet Market Type By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

I always say that people do not trade the markets; they trade their beliefs about the markets. In that same way, I’d like to point out that these updates reflect my beliefs. I find the market update information useful for my trading, so I do the work each month and am happy to share that information with my readers. However, if your beliefs are not similar to mine, then this information may not be useful to you. Thus, if you are inclined to go through some sort of intellectual exercise …

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An Example of Applied Craftsmanship By, Ken Long

Being prepared to learn is more important for your personal development than any magic insight your teacher might give (speaking from my own 20-year experience in delivering graduate-level management and strategy education to a variety of student populations). The Modified Cornell Notetaking Method is a working example of how you might synthesize and organize a 2-hour lecture from our April 2021 Foundations training course in such a way that you get all the big ideas in a single, formatted, and organized sheet, including timestamps to key parts of the lecture …

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A Tesla Review and Van’s Driving Trip Around The United States By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

In December of 2014, I bought one of the first Model S P85D vehicles from Tesla. It had 619 horsepower, making it one of the fastest production cars ever at the time, with about 250 miles of range. In May of 2015, I drove it to California and back. At that time, there was only one route across the country. I had to drive up through South Dakota, down through Wyoming, and then travel over the high mountains near Denver, dealing with snow in Wyoming and Colorado. I shared my …

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Audio Piece: The Walking Man By, Ken Long and Bill Scheidt

Genius of rhythm, Bill Scheidt, has paired up with Ken Long to present, The Tortoise Album. In this track, we hear about The Walking Man and His Five Ways of Knowing: Head, Heart, Gut, Hands, and Feet, on the chosen path. “It’s an ongoing dynamic cycle of life and an ecosystem that shapes who you are and which is shaped by who you are and what you’re becoming along the way… Looking forward to our journeys together” —Ken https://youtu.be/GkVI3hKll6k

Tactical Trading Tip: The Psychology of Standard Work in Trading By, Dr. Ken Long

In our planning process, we seek to develop a list of tradeable targets that are in a critical state. In a previous article, I described a critical state as being postured to make larger than normal moves, in either direction, in shorter than average periods of time. We use our set of indicators to identify these through a statistical lens against historical norms. Once we have a manageable set of potential targets, we enter the preparation phase. Here we develop detailed decision points that offer favorable reward-to-risk ratios that give …

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