It’s All About You By, Van K. Tharp

Editor’s Note: Dr. Van Tharp’s content is timeless and our goal is to continue to share his material with our readers. Today’s tip is material from a past article, “17 Steps to Becoming a Great Trader“. Although it’s difficult to grasp, did you know that nobody actually trades the market? Instead, you always trade your beliefs about the market. Keeping this in mind, among the steps Van has laid out for becoming a great trader, one is most critical: First, assess your beliefs about trading and about yourself. Today, let’s …

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Bear Volatile Market: Market Update July 29th, 2022 By, RJ Hixson

If you would like to read this article in a downloadable pdf format, click here. Part I: The World Market Model At the end of June, the only green field in the World Market Model was the US Dollar and most of the tables below were red. The end of July has the same single green symbol (UUP) in the model, however, red no longer dominates the tables. Now we see quite a bit of brown and yellow. That’s not healthy yet, but at least better than June. Let’s take a …

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The Macro Trader Trap: A Unique Situation in the Futures Markets By, Gabriel Grammatidis

The USD Index (DX) has generated a Quarterly Short Failure signal, meaning the USD should gain in strength showing a quick, strong momentum move. Basically all asset classes that are already in long-term bulls may see, as a consequence, some volatile countertrend reactions within the overall uptrends. Volatility is a trader’s best friend, and, a Trader Trap is doing exactly that: generating strong, volatile, one-leg moves. Such a higher timeframe move allows for great pattern entries in lower timeframes. Hear Gabriel explain in the video below.   Watch Video

The Line in the Sand (That’s Now a Long Way Away) By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

Well before the Covid pandemic, and even before there was much of a trade war between the U.S. and China, I wrote about the concept of drawing a “Line in the Sand” as it related to a simple moving average in the S&P 500 that just wouldn’t be broken for many years in a row. Today, I’d like to revisit this very interesting and useful idea from a couple of different perspectives: The Origin of drawing a line in the sand. Then, revisiting my example from the S&P 500, looking …

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Self-Sabotage in Trading is Not Pursuing Happiness By, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

Editor’s Note: This article was partially excerpted from the 2010 archives. Dr. Tharp wrote this article after developing a new workshop with exercises and processes designed to accelerate happiness. For the last ten years, I have relied on three different models to help people understand self-sabotage. The matrix model says, “You are programmed to do non-useful things and you must undo the programming.” While this model works, it cannot really explain a lot of things that I’ve observed in witnessing many transformations. In the second model, we experience self-sabotage when …

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Update on Cryptocurrencies: July 15th, 2022 By, Nolan Loxton

Editor’s Note: Dear Loyal Readers, If you’re like us, you have really missed Van’s astute mid-month assessment of the cryptocurrency market. We took some time to evaluate who might be best to step into Van’s shoes on this topic and we are happy that our most recent Super Trader Program Graduate – Nolan Loxton agreed to help. Van regularly asked Nolan for his perspective on crypto market topics because Nolan has traded cryptos on a daily basis for several years. Prior to going through the Super Trader Program, Nolan had …

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Amazing and Unique Times in Global Markets: Forex and Futures By, Gabriel Grammatidis

I do not remember having seen before such a clustering of important charting events! Forex: Three important PAR level numbers close-by or broken through: EUR, USD and CHF. Additionally, a lot of momentum going on in many pairs. For example, JPY weakness. Thus, something is brewing, Beware the Big Currency Shifts! Futures: While we are in a Commodity Super-Bull Cycle with basically all asset classes up, the USD has generated a bullish signal. With commodities up, we should see a weak Dollar. But this is not so. A very strong bearish USD …

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Nostalgia and Inflation – Plus a Trade Gone Wrong and Trading Emotions By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.” —Peter de Vries, American satirist Who doesn’t love sitting around with old friends, reminiscing about the good old days? Even the most jaded soul will have plenty of fond memories stored in the recesses of his or her mind. But inflation talk is ruling the markets right now. The one number kicked around more than any other yesterday was 9.1%. That was the inflation number here in the U.S. as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed up as higher than expected. Indeed, the …

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Systems Need to Fit! By, Gabriel Grammatidis

Editor’s Note: This timeless tip was previously published in our Inbox Coaching. Many traders and investors are involved in the search for the “Holy Grail” with the goal to find the perfect trading system. Does it really exist? Yes, it does! However, you will not find the right indicator or a long-hidden set of trading rules looking “outside of you.” Van consistently maintained, time and time again, that the real key to trading success is “inside of you.” The systems you are trading (as well as the markets you trade) …

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Strong Bear Volatile Market Type June 30, 2022 Market Update By, RJ Hixson

If you would like to read this article in a downloadable pdf format, click here.   Part I: The World Market Model What do you see when you look at the world market model table for the last day in June? Look hard. In the whole wide world, do you see the solitary green Market SQN® score? In all the equity markets around the globe, among all the currencies, and within all the equity segments and equity sectors in the US markets and globally, there’s only one Market SQN score that …

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