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.

Masterclass: Applying the Weekend Strategy Report and Podcast to Monday’s Trade – November 23rd By, Ken Long

  The weekend strategy session spent some time exploring the possibilities and trade frames associated with: TSLA, PBW, GBTC, among other candidates. The trade frame review examined core and turbo ideas for: NIO, NKLA, DVN, X, AA. Good luck comes from the confluence of Opportunity and Preparation. You want to have a risk-informed hand on the tiller as well as a charted course that accounts for dangerous waters and safe channels. Keep a sharp eye posted in the crow’s nest to watch the horizon (as far as the eye can …

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Strategy Podcast – November 8th, 2020 By, Ken Long

  In Sunday’s Strategy Podcast, Ken reviews a dozen swing trade frames including AAPL, CAT, MSFT, and more… PLUS, gives a preview of the Systems Thinking course he is developing—applying Habits of a Systems Thinker (Waters Foundation Model) to trading! https://youtu.be/qgjOPi2uv5k

Live Trades From the Hybrid Trading Workshop – October 18th By, Ken Long

  With the chaos of the election coming closer each day, the weekend strategy podcasts set us up for some well-managed intraday trades as we enter a new week. Each of these four symbols below (EWZ, X, CLF, DIA) were framed and rehearsed this weekend, and reflect an application of our basic Hybrid Trading patterns.           Two additional live trading case studies from the Hybrid Workshop – routine performance of “Kata” with intraday opportunities every day, all-day.       Want to join the conversation? Follow …

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Scenario Trading From September 30th, 2020 The Morning After the Presidential Debate by, Ken Long

  We did a strategy session after the presidential debate Tuesday night in our nightly strategy podcast, to look at possible market responses to the circus. We developed several scenarios and planned our responses and targets. This is using “contingency planning and scenario development to produce a set of rapid-response trading plans.   Below is the outcome of the TSLA intraday long opportunity, and a couple of case studies (TNA and EWZ) from Hybrid Trading workshop students doing their live trading.     Want to join the conversation? Follow this …

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Hybrid Trading Workshop – Student Trades From Thursday, September 3

  Ken has a few trade samples from his Hybrid Trading course students – winners and losers included – from last Thursday when the upward bull move finally cracked. Thursday’s turn allowed for some effortless short-side exploitation intraday using standard work principles. The trades are excellent examples of what he calls “wu wei” or “effortless action” in actual practice. Ken believes the first day of reversal to a very strong trend should always feel like the easiest trade using hybrid frog techniques.             He also …

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Don’t Leave Money on the Table by, Ken Long

    Below is a chart marked up for Tuesday’s 20+ R day trade in TWTR along with three other trades using the standard Frog system rules in EWW, TQQQ, and EWZ.             Ken identifies trade setups like these every night along with providing his overall daily market assessment. VTI clients can register (no charge) for all of Ken’s nightly Strategy Podcasts in September here – https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4692224554974428685 Friday, September, 4th will be the last day the investment for Ken’s Hybrid Trading workshop will be $4,000. …

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July 2020 Student Check-in By, Ken Long

  Hi Ken, It’s been ten months since I restarted my journey with you. If I remember correctly, I am one of your early Gold subscribers. I have been receiving your lessons for free thru the old Yahoo group, and I reckoned it was time to pay my dues. My investment has returned a hundred-fold. I was able to incorporate your systems and methods into my own beliefs and preferred way of trading. The daily nuggets you impart, especially the masterclasses, coffee talk, and moments of Zen enabled me to …

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Hybrid Case Study By, Ken Long

  Here are a couple of ongoing case studies being worked live in our chatroom with Hybrid Trading workshop students as part of the “Apply” phase of our learning. The TQQQ trade is a swing trade we framed and followed through on during the past couple of days to lock in a very good gain. The trade featured both swing trading and day trading elements. The WMT trade is very interesting as a trade frame of a symbol that was underperforming abnormally until yesterday. By just following the rules, we …

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Why Wait for Monday? by, Ken Long

  One enthusiastic trader made a paper trade in the live EUR/USD market 15 minutes after the completion of Ken’s Hybrid workshop on Sunday. One of the patterns he learned, the SSC “ . . . leaped off the screen” and with a risk of 5 pips, he made a quick +2.2R. Not a bad start. Ken’s hybrid systems are so successful, he is considering offering an eLearning course. More on that to come . . .  

Big R Trades by Hybrid Trading Workshop Students on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 by Ken Long

  Note from Ken on Tuesday, May 26 Some of the Hybrid Trading Workshop students are actively trading now while also learning the techniques. Several gained 5R+ trades today (May 26) while applying the simplest rule set to our most basic pattern. More importantly, their self-assessment identified several places where they can improve their performance with some simple tweaks of their psychology and technique. In the strategy podcast last night, I covered those trades and the intraday technique “Supported Spring Crossing” we taught over the weekend. That pattern worked like …

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