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.

How to Raise Your Self-Esteem By, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

Many schools of psychological theory involve the notion that individual personalities are made up of many different parts. It doesn’t matter if this is true or not. What is important is that using this notion of many different parts is USEFUL. If you are a frequent Inbox Coaching reader, you have heard this before. Today, I would like to continue on with this topic and cover the next level—self-esteem. If you understand the parts paradigm, you can probably see how your parts can have a profound effect on your trading. …

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How Competent Are You as a Trader? By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

How good are you as a trader? Do you make money every year? Do you make any money at all? Can you live off your trading? Maybe you make money, but not enough to cover all your trading expenses? Or, perhaps you made a lot of money once, lost it all (and then some), and now you are just trying to get it all back. Is that you? Considering all the questions I just asked, rate your competence as a trader on a one through ten scale. Let’s say that …

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August 2021 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report By, RJ Hixson for Van K. Tharp, PhD

If you would like to read this article in a downloadable pdf format, click here. 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 …

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August 2021 Market Update Strong Bull Quiet Market Type By, RJ Hixson for Van K. Tharp, PhD

If you would like to read this article in a downloadable pdf format, click here. 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 …

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­­Update on Cryptoassets as of August 18, 2021 By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

Market Summary BTC hit a new all-time high of $64,863.10 on March 13. Since then, it has been much lower but recently it broke out of a channel and made some significant gains. The following chart shows that quite clearly. Will it test $50K again soon? https://www.coindesk.com/price/bitcoin In late 2017, I said that cryptoassets were the biggest institutional revolution since the Industrial Revolution and that they represented the investment of a lifetime. Institutions were not ready or capable of participating in that revolution so they “pooh-poohed” cryptos. Let me put …

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Benefits of the Van Tharp Institute Educational Programs Part IV: Benefits 28-40 By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

Let’s continue to explore the benefits of our educational programs at the Van Tharp Institute in this final series installment. Benefit 28: Understand the Impact of Market Type When you apply systems thinking to the market, there are three primary systems that influence your trading success[1]. Those three systems are your trading system itself; your beliefs about the market and how it works; and the market type itself. These are shown in the diagram featured. For you to successfully trade, you must have a system that fits you (your beliefs, …

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July 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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Benefits of the Van Tharp Institute Educational Programs Part III: Benefits 15-26 By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

Let’s continue to explore the benefits of our educational programs at the Van Tharp Institute. Remember that one of our major goals is for you to develop Stage 5 Awareness in which you understand that your experience is an illusion that you create through your beliefs and judgments. By the time you reach stage 5, you should also find the joy inside of you and be happy for no reason. Benefit 15: Design Your Dream Life So You Can Live It When you design your dream life, you ask yourself …

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Benefits of the Van Tharp Institute Educational Programs Part II: Benefits 11-14 By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

In this article, let’s continue exploring the benefits of our Educational Programs at the Van Tharp Institute. You may remember from Part 1 that one of our major goals is for you to develop Stage 5 awareness in which you understand that your experience is an illusion that you have created through your own beliefs and judgments. By the time you get to Stage 5, you will be able to find joy inside of you and be happy for no reason. Benefit 11: Clear Out Repressed Emotions and the Beliefs …

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Update on Cryptoassets as of July 20, 2021 By, Van K. Tharp, PhD

Market Summary Bitcoin hit a new all-time high of $64,863.10 on March 13th but it has been going down since then and hit a low of $30,681 on May 19th. After moving sideways for a month, BTC hit another low of $28,893 on June 22nd. Then it rallied 17% in a single day and since then, it has been in a channel between $30K and $40K. The following chart shows that quite clearly. https://www.coindesk.com/price/bitcoin Thus, we are either due for more of the same or it will eventually move out …

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