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.

Excellent Opportunity in BLOK…by the Numbers Monday, February 22nd by, Ken Long

  On Monday morning, Ken saw the huge opening gap (-8%) in BLOK. He then applied several of his standard trade concepts – Hybrid Frog, Minimum Manageable Risk Box (MMRB), SSC, Kata2, and a Sniper Exit to capture a nice move. BLOK’s price closed the gap and the whole trade was over by mid-morning as illustrated by the two charts below. Ken covers these standard trade concepts in his Hybrid Swing Trading Workshop which will be starting its next session in early April.    

Blended Monthly Rebalancing in Action! by, Dr. Ken Long

  Ken teaches the Blended Monthly Rebalancing (BMR) system in the Core Trading Systems eLearning course and some of our clients have been running it for years. Ken shared an email he just received from one such satisfied trader – Hi Ken, On the webinar with Van, I heard you talk about how rock solid the BMR system has been over all these years and I want to add a hearty +1! That’s the system we’ve been using in L’s retirement account for years. We are hugely thankful to you …

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Nightly Strategy Podcast – December 21st, 2020 By, Ken Long

  In this video lesson, Ken Long and his students work through the details of 2 trades that netted 50R execution, with a VTI Super Trader making the decisions on how to manage the trade. https://youtu.be/g5IMojy5HtM       NEW COURSE ALERT! VTI is partnering with Tortoise Capital to offer you relaxed and adaptive learning with total flexibility. Dr. Ken Long has structured his line of Swing, Day, and Hybrid Trading courses to operate just like one of his graduate-level programs. This brand new course structure offers one lesson per …

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Cryptocurrencies and Weekend Strategic Planning by, Ken Long

    Opportunity trades in the cryptocurrencies and our prepared swing trade candidates represent the intersection of preparation and opportunity.   Plus, Ken offers an example of weekend strategic planning to create a plan for the upcoming week of swing trading. https://youtu.be/c8EwHDVSDQs Want more updates? Ken is running a special through the end of the year where folks can receive his daily reports and weekly case studies for only $100 $25/month by signing up at:   patreon.com/kenlong

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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