Gabriel Grammatidis

About the Author: Gabriel Grammatidis is a successful full-time trader and graduate of the Super Trader program. He has extensive experience trading Forex and shares his knowledge at his Forex and Live Forex Trading workshops, held regularly at VTI.

Read about the system – System 1: Busted Breakout. Learn more about the flexibility that Forex offers you by watching a video segment from the workshop (What is the reality of Forex trading?). You can see some practical example videos of the system trades on Gabriel’s website, IntuFX.com.

For more information on the Busted Breakout psychological dynamics see his article in the Traders’ magazine. Gabriel can be reached at gabriel “at” vantharp.com.

Developing Trader Competence, by Gabriel Grammatidis

Many traders I meet at the Van Tharp Institue — both novices and veterans — have gone through periods of confusion, frustration, or maybe even outright desperation. Regularly I have witnessed how from such states they were then able to produce great improvements in their trading competence. It is astonishing to many, but ‘struggle’ is an important and necessary component for learning & growth. Follow your trading goals and you will eventually struggle or find resistance — be it mental or physical — before you achieve trader competence. Having gone …

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Top Ten Reasons to Trade Futures, by Gabriel Grammatidis

Until about 15 years ago, futures markets were dominated by trading in the ‘pit’ — the physical trading floor. Pit traders yelled out their buy/sell orders to find a fellow floor trader to assume the counterpart. Known as ‘Open Outcry,’ this was a very authentic (and fun) process though it represented a very slow, manual and error-prone order matching mechanism. Improvements in computer technology and competition from various futures exchanges has changed futures trading quite a bit. The futures marketplace has become electronic and the bulk of trading activity has …

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Futures Trading: an Interview with Gabriel Grammatidis, by RJ Hixson and Gabriel Grammatidis

Editor’s Note: Gabriel is a successful full-time trader, a VTI workshop instructor, and a dedicated coach to traders who use his systems. Since his graduation from Van’s Super Trader program in 2010, he has mainly traded Forex and futures markets. He will share his extensive experience and trading knowledge at the two upcoming Futures Trading workshops in March at the Van Tharp Institute in Cary, North Carolina. We talked with Gabriel about what drew him to trading, his style of trading and about trading futures contracts in particular. Q. Tell …

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The Boom & Bust Cycle is an Important Hurdle to Overcome in Trader Development, by Gabriel Grammatidis

Every trader goes through certain stages of development. Part of the first stage is to find a good trading system that fits the trader who also commits to fully following its rules. Learning and internalizing the rules of the system, the trader will need to build extensive experience trading the system. In this phase, the trader will become able to discriminate between the components of a good setup and be able to spot a high quality pattern (this typically takes about 1-3 months). The trader then enters into the second …

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A Good System Relies On A Robust Trading Process, by Gabriel Grammatidis

A few years back I started teaching a 3-day Forex Systems Workshop based on three systems I actively trade. The systems use a simple and precise set of pattern-based rules so even novice traders can adopt the systems fairly quickly. If you trade systems based on visual pattern recognition, you need to learn to identify these patterns. With some experience, traders are able to discern a very good pattern from a below average quality pattern. The human brain is wired towards successful pattern recognition and the subconscious mind (right brain) …

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