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 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.

Ken is currently supervising several Masters theses this year on applying AI to military decision making.

TSLA Swing Trade and Master Class (VIDEO) By, Ken Long

  This four minute video details Ken’s internal struggle between his beliefs about TSLA and what his system’s rules recently told him to do. Ken says, “You should tattoo into your consciousness the importance and limits of predictions and beliefs and rules and management. These are certainly tattooed into my consciousness. The video reinforces all of the Tharp Think principles I believe.”  

Ken’s Corner – Case Study

  This is one example of a monthly “check-in” where students do the work to apply our principles to their trading and gather the evidence needed to make strategy-adjustment decisions. This exercise involves self-reflection, self-awareness, and self-mastery. “Lifelong learners, students of the market” do this on a regular basis to stay aligned with an ever-evolving market.   Hi Ken, A prosperous New Year to you and the Tortoise community! This year started well for me. I think I am beginning to get the real value of intraday techniques in my …

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A Case Study on Coaching and Trading Improvement By, Ken Long

  Here are 3 snapshots of a “1-page monthly performance summary” from a trader learning day trading and hybrid swing trading systems. He has been trading now for three months after taking a home study course from VTI. One of the ways to sharpen your most important tool (your mind) and to improve your practice is to act as a coach and think about what it means to give feedback to others about their performance. Think of these 3 charts from 2 perspectives: (1) If you were the trader who …

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Ken Long’s Trading Quiz, by Dr. Ken Long

Today’s quiz actually has two case studies with two charts each. Part one offers an example of our favorite hybrid trading style that blends the best of swing trading and daytrading, a technique we call core and turbo. Swing trades form the core position in which we use swing trade patterns to give us a directional bias for the opportunity that may unfold in the next few days. These are moves that are larger than average and which occur in shorter than usual periods of time. When our swing trade …

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A Case Study in Shorting the June 25-26 Market Decline, by Ken Long

Dr. Ken Long provided us the following charts yesterday to help demonstrate a variety of ways someone could have traded the market decline on June 25 and 26 using one fractal pattern of the many he teaches. The first chart shows daily bars for SPY which indicates an initial pattern of decline after a peak. You can see this in the price bars as well as below in the “seasonal change” of the MACD. He calls this price pattern the “Collapsing Dragon” which alerts traders to the probability of downtrend …

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Day and Swing Traders for The Week of June 10th, By Ken Long PhD

This week, you have a choice of watching a 3 minute day trading video or a 21 minute swing trading video from Dr. Ken Long. In the day trading video, Ken details multiple trades in 5 symbols from Monday morning, June 10th that were set up by the weekend’s swing trading signals. For the swing perspective from the weekend, watch this video where Ken reviews 65 daily charts (a few seconds for each) of 30 Dow symbols and the most liquid ETFs. To understand more about Ken’s swing trading system, …

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+12R by Lunch From 2 Trades in DIA by Ken Long

This +9R trade featured 4 short scale ins in DIA during the Friday morning session. It was absolutely routine trading based on the techniques I teach and the way we trade every day — swing trade framing to identify likely movers, taking advantage of our awareness that the market was in a critical state, identifying intraday weakness which pointed out the downward momentum. . . . and we simply followed through in our usual way. This trade captured 480 index points with a risk-managed 50 points the whole way. I …

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Tweaking Systems That Aren’t Broken, by Ken Long

Dr. Ken Long, a VTI senior trading systems instructor, shared this recent email dialogue with another trader. We thought our readers could benefit from this email content as well. Hi Ken, I have been looking back at a number of market and trading factors to see if I could improve the expectancy of your 551W system by narrowing/selecting what trades to take and when to take them. During the process, I serendipitously discovered that a 541W setup delivers better results than your 551W setup. After reading your one hundred trading …

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The Positive Effects of Meditation, by Dr. Ken Long

Meditation can have a powerful effect on the performance of your investment system, and your personal life. Even without a great deal of experience, the practice of meditation can have profound positive impacts in many dimensions of your life. Allow me to share some of my own insights with meditation and how it has helped me. I am coming from a perspective of an informed layman, an active practitioner who has adapted and developed the practice of meditation for my own use, making no claims for expertise or assertions of …

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Trading the Swing Timeframe for Positions Traders AND Day Traders, By Dr. Ken Long

Ken explains how understanding the swing timeframe can be useful to almost any trader. Day traders and position traders can incorporate swing price movement information into their preferred holding period. My general approach to swing trading begins with the context of three general time frames that I use to govern all my trading. The three time frames relate to how often I have to make decisions to be effective: monthly, swing trading and intraday. I think of these as three separate and distinct environments with some overlap between them whereby …

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