Dr. Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

About the Author: Trading coach, and author, Dr. Van K. Tharp is widely recognized for his best-selling books and his outstanding Peak Performance Home Study program – a highly regarded classic that is suitable for all levels of traders and investors. You can learn more about Van Tharp www.vantharp.com.

May 2021 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

There are numerous ETFs that track everything from countries, commodities, currencies, and stock market indices to individual market sectors. ETFs provide a wonderfully easy way to discover what’s happening in the world markets. I apply an index-based version of my System Quality Number® (SQN®) score to measure the relative performance of numerous markets in a world model. The Market SQN score uses the daily percent change for input over a 100-day period. Typically, a Market SQN score over 1.47 is strongly bullish, and a score below -0.7 is very weak. …

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May 2021 Market Update Bull Normal Market Type By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

I always say that people do not trade the markets; they trade their beliefs about the markets. In that same way, I’d like to point out that these updates reflect my beliefs. I find the market update information useful for my trading, so I do the work each month and am happy to share that information with my readers. However, if your beliefs are not similar to mine, then this information may not be useful to you. Thus, if you are inclined to go through some sort of intellectual exercise …

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Special Update on Cryptoassets as of May 26, 2021 By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

“I’d rather own Bitcoin than Bonds.” Dalio, Ray. Ray Dalio: ‘I Have Some Bitcoin’. “CoinDesk Forum.” 24 May 2021. I’m doing a special update on cryptos because of the recent crash. My belief says we just had a mini-bear market within a major bull market and there is still great opportunity ahead in this market. Market Summary First, our Super Trader system stopped out of BTC on May 15th at $46,877.18 when it closed below our exit price of $49,090. I was a little stunned by that as I thought …

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Update on Cryptoassets As of May 15, 2021 By, Van K. Tharp PhD

PLEASE NOTE: This update was written over the weekend on May 15th and 16th. Since then, cryptos went through a blood bath Tuesday night. Our models use closing price data so I did not re-run the numbers because the spreadsheets would not be able to reflect the big drop until tonight’s close. While I don’t have closing data for today yet, it’s obviously going to be pretty bad for cryptos. Market Summary BTC hit a new all-time high of $64,863.10 on March 13 but it has been going down since …

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Personality Parts and an Exercise to Address Internal Conflict By, Van K. Tharp PhD

Most forms of psychotherapy assume we have a multitude of internal parts operating on a subconscious level. For example, Freud’s theory of personality assumed that we each have Id, Ego, and Superego—parts that certainly could be in conflict. Transactional Analysis assumes we have a parent, child, and adult part. I could go on listing theories all the way to Psychosynthesis, which assumes that we are all composed of thousands of parts and the primary job of therapy is to get the parts to work together as a unit. Who knows …

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April 2021 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

There are numerous ETFs that track everything from countries, commodities, currencies, and stock market indices to individual market sectors. ETFs provide a wonderfully easy way to discover what’s happening in the world markets. I apply an index-based version of my System Quality Number® (SQN®) score to measure the relative performance of numerous markets in a world model. The Market SQN score uses the daily percent change for input over a 100-day period. Typically, a Market SQN score over 1.47 is strongly bullish, and a score below -0.7 is very weak. …

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April 2021 Market Update Strong Bull Quiet Market Type By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

I always say that people do not trade the markets; they trade their beliefs about the markets. In that same way, I'd like to point out that these updates reflect my beliefs. I find the market update information useful for my trading, so I do the work each month and am happy to share that information with my readers. However, if your beliefs are not similar to mine, then this information may not be useful to you. Thus, if you are inclined to go through some sort of intellectual exercise …

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Paradigm Shifts, Part II & III Implementation for Trading Success By, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

In this 2-part article, we will continue to explore common beliefs about money and wealth. To the extent you are attached to these beliefs, you are trapped in your current situation. These beliefs, however, are just mental maps or paradigms — paradigms that you can change. Today I will share five paradigm shifts related to trading success and techniques you can implement to make your own shifts — in any area of your life. Five major paradigm shifts most traders and investors need to make: 1) Trading success has very …

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Update on Cryptoassets As of April 16, 2021 By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

Market Summary BTC hit a new all-time high of $64,863.10 on March 13th, but the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index (BGCI) had almost the same value as the prior month at 2195.6. Fast forward one more month. BTC again hit a new high of $64,836.10 on April 14th and the BGCI is now at 2931.8. Let me put this into perspective. In late 2017, I said that cryptoassets were the biggest institution revolution since the Industrial Revolution and that they represented the investment of a lifetime. Institutions were not ready or …

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March 2021 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

There are numerous ETFs that track everything from countries, commodities, currencies, and stock market indices to individual market sectors. ETFs provide a wonderfully easy way to discover what’s happening in the world markets. I apply an index-based version of my System Quality Number® (SQN®) score to measure the relative performance of numerous markets in a world model. The Market SQN score uses the daily percent change for input over a 100-day period. Typically, a Market SQN score over 1.47 is strongly bullish, and a score below -0.7 is very weak. …

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