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.

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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Two Hour Strategy Session From April 26, 2020 by, Ken Long

This is a 2 hour strategy session conducted Sunday evening. https://youtu.be/HaYxtmiIK3k     HOUR 1: A detailed review of the pieces and parts of Ken’s Weekend Report (longer-term strategies) and the Daily Report for finding shorter-term opportunities. These reports combine the first 2 key steps in the Plan-Prepare-Execute-Assess process that Ken described in his podcast with Van HOUR 2: First 40 minutes: a thorough review of the 5 patterns Ken is teaching in the Advanced Hybrid Trading Workshop, from a detailed 2-page summary cheatsheet, supported by 10 more pages of …

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Ken Long’s Masterclass – Updated April 23, 2020

  Masterclass (4/23/20) DVN, CLF Watch Ken’s Strategy Podcast From Last Night The link above takes you to Dr. Ken Long’s nightly strategy session recorded on Wednesday, April 22 where he provided some important advice on peak performance maintenance, analyzed the market, and identified several trades setting up for Thursday. He went into depth on one great example of his core and turbo trading strategy (the essence of his adaptive hybrid trading method) using TSLA. The images below highlight the market state and two symbols Ken traded on Thursday morning …

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+11R Morning Just “Another Day at the Office” for Ken on Tuesday by, Ken Long

Market volatility is helping generate some bigger than “normal” results but the trade setups, entries, and exits that Ken’s systems generate right now are quite ordinary. While the systems helped make Ken +11R in the morning, he added to the earnings in the midday and afternoon sessions. Even in the less normal conditions right now, these trades come from the exact same signals that the systems generate every day . . . so Ken wonders why more folks aren’t joining his free evening strategy webinars which he offers for free …

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Daily Trading Master Class by, Ken Long

  Ken recorded two YouTube videos on Thursday, 3/26/2020 describing the morning session trades that generated a couple of losses before the market found directional traction. Ken finished the morning session well in positive territory with several larger wins.     Coming in June! Ken Long Live Stream The Advanced Hybrid Training Workshop Learn how to develop risk-managed action plans informed by different time-frames and trade well. Learn more HERE

Applied Systems & Strategic Thinking by, Ken Long

Here are 3 case studies for trade entries posted in the chatroom: trades in X, UDOW, SVXY The 3 trades were still open yesterday (Tuesday) when Ken sent them to us midday. He noted the US Steel trade with $400 risk capital would have paid for the upcoming Hybrid Trading workshop (see below) – and the trade hadn’t closed yet. You can see and hear Ken’s extensive analytical preparation for the US Steel trade from Monday night in the recording of the session at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y7KabkcCsE Listen in for his “analysis …

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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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