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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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How to Raise Your Self-Esteem By, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

Many schools of psychological theory involve the notion that individual personalities are made up of many different parts. It doesn’t matter if this is true or not. What is important is that using this notion of many different parts is USEFUL. If you are a frequent Inbox Coaching reader, you have heard this before. Today, I would like to continue on with this topic and cover the next level—self-esteem. If you understand the parts paradigm, you can probably see how your parts can have a profound effect on your trading. …

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The Coachable Moment: A Lesson on Self Coaching By, Ken Long

The following is a trader’s check-in report, submitted to me a few months back. Ken, two things – 1. There’s a good trading education opportunity I have become aware of. It costs $4k. Do you think it is worth it? Not only from a value and learning standpoint but also from the point of view of my trading development – is it a good idea for me to learn new stuff? Or should I keep focusing on making bricks in the usual way? 2. Monthly Check-In: You challenged me last …

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How Competent Are You as a Trader? By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

How good are you as a trader? Do you make money every year? Do you make any money at all? Can you live off your trading? Maybe you make money, but not enough to cover all your trading expenses? Or, perhaps you made a lot of money once, lost it all (and then some), and now you are just trying to get it all back. Is that you? Considering all the questions I just asked, rate your competence as a trader on a one through ten scale. Let’s say that …

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A Look at the USD Index Future and the Impact of a Weakening Dollar By, Gabriel Grammatidis

In this video, Gabriel explains in detail the impact of a weakening Dollar on other asset classes, as represented by the USD Index Future – the DX. As the DX has triggered an important long-term, short entry signal (Quarterly chart), we should see a ripple effect on the other asset classes in the way that hard assets should increase in price considerably. We are already seeing a rise in prices of US Equities, Metals, and Energies. Let’s see if Natural Gas (NG) is the last one to join the crowd …

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The Trade Framing Process: Standard Questions for Preparing a Trade By, Ken Long

Trade Framing is our name for constructing a decision-support framework to trade symbols that are in a critical state. A Critical State is a moment when there is an abnormally large probability of: A larger-than-normal move, In either direction with a reasonable probability, In a Shorter-Than-Normal period of time, And where the “execution risk” is much smaller than the reasonably available gain, in both directions. When we find a critical state, we frame the trade in both directions by systematically answering the following standard questions: For a trade frame: What …

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How My New Big Picture Outlook Changes Everything By, Gabriel Grammatidis

The Big Picture Outlook represents an important foundation for your investment and trading decisions. Van regularly points out that a very long-term analysis is critical for success trading the markets. The Big Picture Outlook impacts your trading strongly in terms of what asset classes to trade, which trading systems to employ, which trading instrument to use, and which holding periods best apply. What follows is my personal, new Big Picture Outlook and what it means for trading the markets in the remainder of the 2020s. My New Big Picture Outlook …

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August 2021 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report By, RJ Hixson for Van K. Tharp, PhD

If you would like to read this article in a downloadable pdf format, click here. 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 …

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