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Understanding the Roles of Market Participants By, Chuck Whitman and Van Tharp

Editors note: Van and Chuck recently had a lively conversation about market structure. This article is a transcript of sections of this conversation. Chuck: Every market we trade has a legitimate business purpose and commercial firms legitimately use that market to manage their business. Without that, the market does not work. I believe that traders benefit by understanding this concept – that markets play an important business purpose. When you ask a lot of people about trading, they’ll say trading is a form of gambling. Look at the definition of …

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June 2020 Market Update Bear Volatile 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 …

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Rising Markets Are Now a Public Good by, D.R. Barton, Jr.

  First, what is happening? Well, we’re in the middle of some of the worst global crises in a long time… The worst health crisis in a century and . . .The worst economic crisis in twelve years, if not longer, because of that health crisis and . . .The worst geopolitical tensions since the end of the Cold War three decades ago and . . .The worst civil unrest in more than 50 years and . . . . . . the Nasdaq is making new all-time highs. Employment …

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May 2020 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report by, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

  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 a 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 …

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Something Deceptively Simple May Be Holding You Back by, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

  One of my clients gave me a book by Carol Dweck called Theories of Self: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development. In it, Dr. Dweck states: My work is developed around the idea that people develop beliefs that organize their world and give meaning to their experiences. These beliefs may be called meaning systems and different people create different meaning systems. Wow, I was blown away, I never thought I’d hear a psychologist talk about the importance of beliefs. Many years ago I became disillusioned with the professional …

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April 2020 Market Update – Bear Volatile 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 …

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Ken Long’s Masterclass – Updated April 23, 2020

  Masterclass (4/23/20) DVN, CLF Watch Ken’s Strategy Podcast From Last Night The link above takes you to Dr. Ken Long’s nightly strategy session recorded on Wednesday, April 22 where he provided some important advice on peak performance maintenance, analyzed the market, and identified several trades setting up for Thursday. He went into depth on one great example of his core and turbo trading strategy (the essence of his adaptive hybrid trading method) using TSLA. The images below highlight the market state and two symbols Ken traded on Thursday morning …

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Trade Through “Mindfulness” By Van K. Tharp, PhD

  What would happen if you could just pay attention to what the market is doing right now? You’d be totally in the present with no preconceived ideas or biases to influence you. If you did that, your trading probably would accelerate to a new level. You can trade that way if you practice “mindfulness.” Short-term reactions to news tend to be large in bear markets; however, if you just watch what is going on, it is obvious. Most people have trouble with this. They can’t watch what is going …

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Update on Cryptoassets as of April 15th, 2020 By Van K. Tharp, PhD

  Market Summary On Feb 14th, the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index was at 525.32. A month later we had close to a 50% drop in the price of BTC and the GBCI was down to 241.61 after reaching a low of 17.75. And the total market cap of cryptos dropped by about $120 Billion. Today, after another month, we have some recovery to 309.68 as of 11:40 on the 16th of April. So what happened? Yes, there is a global pandemic going on that could destroy the economies of some …

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Post-COVID – Investing In the Return to Normal by, D.R. Barton, Jr.

  I’m really relieved to see the first signs of the slowing of the coronavirus in Europe. In the U.S., confirmed cases and deaths from the virus are growing more slowly. Many science and medical experts say that the social distancing and other mitigation measures are starting to work. I believe, however, that the coronavirus pandemic and the “pause” we put on the economy will leave its marks. We will re-enter a different world post-virus. Some of what we took for granted about business, the economy, and human behavior have …

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