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Monthly Top-Down Analysis: Forex and Futures Trend Scans By, Gabriel Grammatidis

Sit in on two higher-timeframe analyses as Gabriel Grammatidis examines recent Futures and Forex market action in the following videos. Monthly Futures Trend Scan (June 2022): The USD Index (DX) is at a critical level that may deliver a pattern failure signal leading to a sudden strength in the USD. For confirmation, I recommend waiting for the quarterly bar close end of June. The picture of other asset classes is quite diverse and a bit confusing still. While US equities might drop 20%, crude oil could break to new highs, …

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The Tragedy of the Commons Meets Its Match in True Storytelling for Traders! By, Dr. Ken Long

Advice on how to build voluntary, high-performance, mutually supporting teams! During the Van Tharp Institute weekly webinar on June 13, 2022, the topic under discussion was the use of True Storytelling Circles as an effective technique in developing collaborative learning environments based on the principles of Safety, Trust, Truth and Opportunity. The general idea is that self-directed collaborative teams, who trust each other and are open to the creative insights of others (without judgment or criticism) are able to generate a number of extraordinary new opportunities. But before you reach those transformative opportunities, …

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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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What Kind of Trader Am I? By, Ken Long

A VTI student asked for ideas on how to address that question in an organized way. Below is my offer to them. Your situation may be different but taking into account the criteria by which you evaluate yourself can help answer your own questions. My Offer to Them: You are not a Day trader. You would know already if that were the case, and nothing anyone can say could persuade you otherwise. If you DON’T have that mindset in your bones, you are not a day trader. Then it’s just a …

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What the Fed Said (A Month Ago) De-FANGs Big Tech By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

The magnitude of day-to-day and intraday market moves is a bit mind-blowing at the moment. Yesterday (Wednesday, April 6, 2022) gave us a great case in point. Microsoft (MSFT), which has been the on-again/off-again market capitalization champion over the last 23 years (more on that below), got slammed. And so did the rest of Big Tech—the group formally known as FANG. In fact, MSFT itself dropped well over -3% yesterday losing about $115 Billion in market cap. Said another way – in one day, MSFT lost the equivalent of one …

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14 Mindsets Traders Can Adopt to Generate Insights By, Ken Long

My good friend, inspiration, and research partner Professor Angus Fletcher of Ohio State University had a problem. He was trying to figure out how to expand the outreach of his world-class research into creativity that uses the power of storytelling and narrative to help professionals in diverse fields. These professionals included Hollywood screenwriters, medical doctors and surgeons, entrepreneurs, military special operations forces, leaders in the Department of Defense, general contractors, and academics. Because Angus and I were working on a collaborative research venture here at the military college where I …

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What Happens After the First U.S. Rate Hike? By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

By the time you read this, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is almost a lock to have raised interest rates for the first time since my dad’s birthday in 2018 (that’s December 19th, for those of you who don’t know him well). I said that it is almost a lock that we get a rate increase today and here’s why: Traders who are hedging positions or speculating on the FOMC outcome currently (as of pre-market Wednesday) give the Fed a >96% probability for raising rates by one quarter of …

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Living an Intentional Life By, Dr. Ken Long

It has been my privilege, honor and joy to have had a 26-year personal and working relationship in the Van Tharp Institute with my dear departed friend Dr. Van Tharp. It started in 1995 when I attended my first VTI workshop in systems development as a young Army Captain, on active duty, raising a young family in a dangerous world. I took a measured risk to attend and discovered, to my surprise and joy, that I had found my people and my tribe—traders with heart and soul who were professionally …

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How Markets Tend to React After Major Geopolitical Events By, D. R. Barton, Jr.

“Uncertainty actually is the friend of the buyer of long-term values.” –Warren Buffett The overwhelming amount of turmoil in the world right now is sending the financial markets through neck-snapping reversals. Some happen in overnight markets as events of armed conflict in Europe unfold. But we are also getting monstrous intraday swings both up and down every time a little bit of pertinent news comes out. New information out of Ukraine will send the market one direction. A U.S. central bank rumor will send it on a U-turn the opposite …

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Essential Trade Framing Skills By, Ken Long

In this video, Ken Long explains one of the essential skills in his Foundation Course: How to frame a trade with “Standard Work”. This executive summary shows us trade framing for any time frame and any system. Ken then follows up with examples of this Standard Work, analyzing trade frames that have been offered by students. https://youtu.be/CbeH2wlYbK4 You can join Ken’s Nightly Strategy Podcasts when you attend his next quarter of courses, starting April 1st! Click here to learn more.

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