RJ Hixson

About the Author: R.J. Hixson is a devoted husband and active father. At the Van Tharp Institute, he researches and develops new products and services that help traders trade better. He is the lead instructor for several VTI workshops and a co-instructor alongside Van Tharp in the Peak Performance workshop series. He can be contacted at “rj” at “vantharp.com.”

June 2022 Market Update Strong Bear Volatile Market Type By, RJ Hixson

Part I: The World Market Model Let’s take a look at the global situation (literally and figuratively) via Van’s World Market Model. If you remember April’s tables, May’s tables will seem pretty familiar. Asian equities are brown and red. All the US equity segments are brown. Europe and Africa are mostly brown and red. The lone geographic segment with all positive Market SQN scores again was the Americas (except for the US). Brazil really bucked the trend with a very strong score. So, unless you owned Central/South American companies, May …

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System Design by Market Type By, Van K. Tharp and R.J. Hixson

Editor’s Note: Dr. Van Tharp’s content is timeless and our goal for the future is to continue to share his material with our readers as written by him. Today’s tip is an excerpt from a past article, “How to Design a Trading System to Trade a Particular Market Type”. System design and development become easier and more effective when you think about how prices behave in each market type. Let’s assume that what works in a bull market will also apply to a strong bull market and the same for bear and …

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May 2022 Market Update Bear Volatile Market Type By, RJ Hixson

Part I: The World Market Model Stepping back from the US equities, let’s start this month’s update with a look at the markets globally via the World Market Model. The model uses Van’s Market SQN® methodology which evaluates trend and volatility for the last 100 trading days in a single score. He added colors to help with a quick indication in the model about how each market is performing. The model uses ETF symbols as proxies for what’s happening in the markets. As you look at the following table, what …

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April 2022 Market Update Bear Volatile Market Type By, RJ Hixson

Part I: The Big Picture Here are some of the primary elements for the big picture right now: The yield curve has inverted in certain maturity combinations already, with a definitive inversion likely coming. The inflation rate is higher in the US than it has been in decades and has a higher forecast number than other developed countries. (Have you heard the word “transitory” combined with “inflation” lately?) Interest rates are still very low compared to recent decades; however, they have been rising and will continue to rise. The Fed …

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Update on Cryptocurrencies As of March 16th, 2022 By, RJ Hixson

We will return to publishing a more thorough crypto-update next month. This month, enjoy a mini update. Bloomberg’s Galaxy Crypto Index closed at 1,996 on March 15 continuing its downtrend since last November. On a longer-term basis, the index has been in a sideways mode since early 2021. Top Cryptos by Market Cap and DeFi Coins Tables Top NFTs and Metaverse Coins Tables The crypto market is not entirely quiet. You can find three-digit, four-digit, and even five-digit percentage point gainers in those lists. BTC’s Market SQN BTC is coming …

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February 2022 Market Update: Bear Volatile Market Type and System Quality Number® Report (Abbreviated) By, R.J. Hixson

This week as we offer you a very abbreviated market assessment. We will return on April 6th with a full Market Update, System Quality Number® Report and commentary. The S&P has been declining over the last two months or so. As you can tell from the S&P 500 weekly bar chart below, the growing weekly price bar bodies and wicks tell of increasing volatility. The second chart shows Van’s Market SQN Score which has been flirting with Bear territory for the last four weeks. It was back in Bear as …

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Psychology Patterns: Internal Conflicts by, RJ Hixson

  Have you ever thought or said something to the effect, “On one hand, I . . . while on the other hand, I . . .”? Has that kind of thinking ever affected your trading? If so (and it’s likely so), you have an experience of some internal conflict — which is entirely human. Different parts of you want different things and when two parts see something differently — as they often do — you wind up in conflict. Most typically, your logical mind takes control and makes a …

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Psychology Patterns: Dominant or Overwhelming Feelings by, RJ Hixson

  Do you know anyone with a feeling or emotion that seems to rule their life? Do you have such a feeling or emotion? Trying to trade effectively with this can be challenging if not outright self-sabotage. If it’s not you, consider someone who is continually anxious, angry, fearful, or sad and imagine how that emotion could cloud their ability to perceive price action, make good decisions (like entries & exits), and react well to adversity in the markets. Rather than trading with clarity, decisiveness, and focus, they would experience …

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Mental State Control By, RJ Hixson

  Have you ever traded when you were angry? When you were scared? When you were bored? If you haven’t done any of those, you haven’t traded very much yet. Trading from a mental state of anger, fear, or boredom — or other non-useful emotional states, happens for less experienced traders and these conditions invite mistakes — conditions where you don’t follow your rules. More often than not, you lose money when you don’t follow your rules. So what do you do? You change your mental state. But how do …

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Treat Trading Like a Business by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

  In the early 1990s, I did about 10 workshops with Jack Schwager’s New Market Wizards interviewee Tom Basso. In each of those workshops, Tom said, “I’m a businessman first and a trader second.” One of the major mistakes that most traders make is that they do not have that same business attitude. You need to treat trading like a business and prepare for the unexpected. When you don’t think like the CEO of your business, disasters will arise and cause havoc.   What if you were a hedge fund …

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