Dr. Ken Long

About the Author: Dr. Ken Long retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and teaches at the U.S. Army Staff College. He is a proud father of three, a husband, teacher, student, martial artist and active trader.
 
Ken started investing in mutual funds in the 1990s but has grown over the last fifteen years into an outstanding big-picture thinker and tactical trader. He also instructs dynamic trading workshops for the Van Tharp Institute, including Adaptive Swing Trading, Day Trading Systems, and two video workshops covering swing trading and long-term core systems. He has evolved his strategies over the years and teaches his latest advancements in his workshops.
 
Ken is currently supervising several Masters theses this year on applying AI to military decision making.

Video: Swing Trading Opportunities and Preparing for Battle Stations! By, Ken Long

Nightly Strategy Podcast: Saturday, October 1st, 2022 On Saturday, Ken Long’s Nightly Strategy Podcast produced a spontaneous discussion on how we view Swing Trading and how it connects to Day Trading, Core Trading and Hybrid Trading. In this video replay, hear insights into our fundamental assumptions about how it all ties together. Ken will also present a detailed review of Swing trading opportunities and trade framing that made him and his students very well prepared for the “surprise” (not surprising) market bounce within the past week. This is a powerful …

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VIDEO: The Importance of Accountability Partnerships By, Ken Long

Three Creativity and Resilience students share a 45-minute testimony about the importance of having an accountability partner and good coaching in developing your trading skills. In this video, you’ll hear an honest conversation on motivation in trading education and learn what a difference strong peer support can make! Ken Long’s next Creativity and Resilience course starts soon. Learn more here!

The Tragedy of the Commons Meets Its Match in True Storytelling for Traders! By, Dr. Ken Long

Advice on how to build voluntary, high-performance, mutually supporting teams! During the Van Tharp Institute weekly webinar on June 13, 2022, the topic under discussion was the use of True Storytelling Circles as an effective technique in developing collaborative learning environments based on the principles of Safety, Trust, Truth and Opportunity. The general idea is that self-directed collaborative teams, who trust each other and are open to the creative insights of others (without judgment or criticism) are able to generate a number of extraordinary new opportunities. But before you reach those transformative opportunities, …

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What Kind of Trader Am I? By, Ken Long

A VTI student asked for ideas on how to address that question in an organized way. Below is my offer to them. Your situation may be different but taking into account the criteria by which you evaluate yourself can help answer your own questions. My Offer to Them: You are not a Day trader. You would know already if that were the case, and nothing anyone can say could persuade you otherwise. If you DON’T have that mindset in your bones, you are not a day trader. Then it’s just a …

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14 Mindsets Traders Can Adopt to Generate Insights By, Ken Long

My good friend, inspiration, and research partner Professor Angus Fletcher of Ohio State University had a problem. He was trying to figure out how to expand the outreach of his world-class research into creativity that uses the power of storytelling and narrative to help professionals in diverse fields. These professionals included Hollywood screenwriters, medical doctors and surgeons, entrepreneurs, military special operations forces, leaders in the Department of Defense, general contractors, and academics. Because Angus and I were working on a collaborative research venture here at the military college where I …

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Living an Intentional Life By, Dr. Ken Long

It has been my privilege, honor and joy to have had a 26-year personal and working relationship in the Van Tharp Institute with my dear departed friend Dr. Van Tharp. It started in 1995 when I attended my first VTI workshop in systems development as a young Army Captain, on active duty, raising a young family in a dangerous world. I took a measured risk to attend and discovered, to my surprise and joy, that I had found my people and my tribe—traders with heart and soul who were professionally …

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Essential Trade Framing Skills By, Ken Long

In this video, Ken Long explains one of the essential skills in his Foundation Course: How to frame a trade with “Standard Work”. This executive summary shows us trade framing for any time frame and any system. Ken then follows up with examples of this Standard Work, analyzing trade frames that have been offered by students. https://youtu.be/CbeH2wlYbK4 You can join Ken’s Nightly Strategy Podcasts when you attend his next quarter of courses, starting April 1st! Click here to learn more.

Crafting the Trader’s Mind and Developing the Trader’s Toolkit By, Ken Long

I was reviewing the “Future of Jobs Report 2020” by the World Economic Forum, which lays out the top 10 cognitive skills needed to survive and thrive in the world, as an individual and as an organization. It was as if I had been hit in the face with a wet fish. You know what that feels like already, even if it hasn’t happened to you personally. These top 10 cognitive skills describe what I have been thinking of as “The Trader’s Mind”. I have been reviewing our many lessons …

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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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The “Virtuous Circle” and The 37 Strategies Ken Long’s Nightly Strategy Podcast By, Ken Long

Sit in on this recording of Ken Long’s Nightly Strategy Podcast from Tuesday, December 21st, for a discussion of The Virtuous Circle, which represents his approach to a “Community of Practice.” Plus, we see a 15R and 22R trade from our Foundations students in Bitcoin. 37 Strategies Student Flashcard Ken also shares a deep-dive document from one of his current Foundations Course students. This detailed summary of the Foundations sub-course, The 37 Strategies presents a map to Ken’s approach of Plan, Prepare, Execute, and Assess. Click the image below to …

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