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Remembering Van Tharp By, Gracia Rosslow

I was asked to say a few words about my memories of Van Tharp but this may be more than a few words since I have known him for more than three decades. This means I have known Van for half of my life. During that time, Van has been my teacher, a mentor and a friend. Like most people, I met Van through his work and my interest in trading. I started with the Peak Performance Home Study Course after I listened to one of his lectures at the …

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Bitcoin and Cryptos: Are They Still Their Own Asset Class? By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

I’m really excited for spring to come to my home state of Delaware here on the east coast of the U.S. But after one warm spell last week, we’ve been hit with chilly weather and even had frost warnings over the last couple of nights. Despite the short-term weather, my backyard is starting to come alive. I found two weeds growing in a mulch bed and had to look them up to see what they were before pulling them. One I found was a common chickweed. It has shallow roots …

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What the Fed Said (A Month Ago) De-FANGs Big Tech By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

The magnitude of day-to-day and intraday market moves is a bit mind-blowing at the moment. Yesterday (Wednesday, April 6, 2022) gave us a great case in point. Microsoft (MSFT), which has been the on-again/off-again market capitalization champion over the last 23 years (more on that below), got slammed. And so did the rest of Big Tech—the group formally known as FANG. In fact, MSFT itself dropped well over -3% yesterday losing about $115 Billion in market cap. Said another way – in one day, MSFT lost the equivalent of one …

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Market Timing Update March 14, 2022 By, Chuck Whitman

The problem with the stock market is that breaks in the market come so fast. Before you blink, your portfolio is taking on large losses. Then you go into hope mode and wait to see if it comes back. But what if it doesn’t…Let’s look into the latest Market Timing Update from REED$TRADER. We got short-term model sell signals in the market on January 13, and a few days later we got an intermediate-term correction warning (This is the methodology we follow and that we teach through VTI, and that …

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Ken’s Corner – An Intraday Bitcoin Trade With Controlled Risk

Ken’s Corner is a place you can pop in to see what kind of trading tid bits trader and instructor Ken Long is sharing. This week Ken shares the learning journey of one of his students. While students are still learning the patterns and methods, in the 3rd week of a 10 week course this student is applying the techniques he’s learned to intraday trading in Bitcoin and managing 37R in 2 days with very controlled risk.  In his workshop Ken uses chart markups to help him improve his exits …

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Covid Food Supply Chain Follow-Up: As Predicted – No Widespread Food Shortages By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

  Barely a month into the COVID pandemic and lockdowns, we had already experienced bare shelves at the grocery store back in early April. First, stores ran out of toilet paper and disinfectant wipes. Then stores ran out of canned foods and rice. Then in mid-April, headlines started talking about longer-lasting “food shortages.” Meat processing plants across the country were closing down as the cramped work spaces sparked COVID outbreaks. Combine those headlines with the occasional empty grocery store shelf and people started to get scared – which of course …

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Futures Help Solve Your Trading Problems By, Gabriel Grammatidis

  Are you trading Futures? If not why not? Futures can help solve a number of common trading problems. See if you have any of the problems listed below – Problem 1. You can’t trade live market hours for the New York or Chicago time zones. You can easily trade Liquid Futures markets if you live in another time zone and even if you don’t live in the US. You can trade the most well-known Futures on the CME Globex Exchange around the clock and from more than 150 countries. …

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The COVID Surge Is Real –Why Is the Market Pushing Up? By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

  Over the last two to three weeks, new Coronavirus cases in America have gone up over 80%, mainly in the South and West. California, the first state in the US to lock down originally, reported a new daily record for the state of 9,897 cases on Tuesday. Just under half of those new cases came from Los Angeles County and no, this isn’t just because of more testing. The number of Californians hospitalized because of COVID-19 has almost doubled in just two weeks.   Texas is arguably fairing worse. …

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Newest Changes to the Super Trader Program By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

  Our Super Trader program has just undergone two changes that are huge for those who have considered it or who have wanted to join. The changes don’t really impact the program for the current Super Traders although they could take advantage of the changes if they wish. The purpose of establishing these changes is to make the Super Trader (ST) program easier for those in the program and also more affordable.   Change #1 – Workshops First, all of our workshops through June 30, 2021 will be delivered online. …

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April 2020 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

  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 a 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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