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My Journey With Van and The Institute By, Gabriel Grammatidis

During the 15+ years that I have known Van personally, a lot of things have changed in my life. As you likely know, the Van Tharp Institute stands for “personal transformation while using trading as a metaphor.” Over those years, I can say that I have transformed as a person on many different levels – psychologically, spiritually, as a trader, a teacher and as a coach. Mission completed! How I Met Van During the early 2000’s, I was working for Corporate America at one of the world’s biggest asset management …

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The Market Rewards You With Big Rs, But… By, Gabriel Grammatidis

You Cannot Control the Market The market gives and takes. And, we have little—I would even say— no control over that. Still, most traders are trying to do exactly that: trying to control the market so that it goes in the direction they want. We all know this is not possible. So, why are traders trying to do exactly that? Because, this is how we are conditioned to be successful in life: the bigger our dreams, the stronger our intention. And the more effort we put into achieving something, the …

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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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January 2022 Market Update Sideways 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 exercise …

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Ken’s Corner – An Intraday Bitcoin Trade With Controlled Risk

Ken’s Corner is a place you can pop in to see what kind of trading tid bits trader and instructor Ken Long is sharing. This week Ken shares the learning journey of one of his students. While students are still learning the patterns and methods, in the 3rd week of a 10 week course this student is applying the techniques he’s learned to intraday trading in Bitcoin and managing 37R in 2 days with very controlled risk.  In his workshop Ken uses chart markups to help him improve his exits …

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Big Money Power Games: The New Move Into Cryptoassets By, Van K. Tharp

Our readers will have to patiently stand by for the December Cryptocurrency Update until next week. Wednesday, the 15th of December (the last day of data collection) closes late, delaying our publication. So, today I want to focus on some of the material that likely would have gone into that update. Let’s start with 2017, when I first said that cryptoassets were the opportunity of a lifetime. Here are some examples of “Big Money” quotes at that time. Avoid BTC like the plague. There is nothing to support BTC except …

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Update on Cryptocurrencies as of October 15, 2021 By, Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

We did not publish a Crypto Update last month in mid-September. My laptop had crashed (the whole motherboard had to be replaced) and we started driving back home to North Carolina from Las Vegas. Thus, I have a lot to catch up on with you this month. Bloomberg announced in May 2018 that they had formed the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index which was significant for several reasons. First, Bloomberg only caters to institutional clients. An index of this nature was the first step to widespread institutional involvement. The index tracks …

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Do Routine Things Routinely By, Ken Long

Trading is all about taking action. That is, taking the right action according to your rules for Standard Work. We have Standard Work for normal conditions (what to do when things are normal) and we have Standard Work for abnormal conditions (what to do when things are interesting). Your relationship with your Standard Work defines your mindset, habits, and approach to trading as a serious person. In a legendary comedy routine, the ventriloquist artist Senor Wences would ask Cecilia Chicken how she knows that this egg is her “son.” Then, …

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Market Volatility and Systematic Approach By, D.R. Barton, Jr.

I keep a close eye on various volatility measures more than anything else in the markets. Sure, price is king, but without a context for how price is moving, I have a difficult time making decisions. For example, a one-dollar move in the utility Southern Company (SO) is a much bigger deal than a one-dollar move in the more volatile tech/real estate company, Zillow (Z). Currently, even while near a market high, the volatility we see is quite unusual. Textbook technical thinking would tell us that when stocks get volatile …

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When Life Gives You Lemons…Teach Others By, Ken Long

When life gives you lemons, figure out how to make lemonade, then use Scale, Leverage, and Momentum to Innovate. Next, make an Artifact to lock in Innovation-That-Lasts, then Lather-Rinse-Repeat with Continuous Improvement. Finally, Teach Others in order to Learn More. COVID forced us to adapt the way we teach our Tortoise trading techniques. From long-term core investing, to intermediate-term swing trading to short-term day trading, and the hybrid trading approach which integrates them all in a master trading strategy. An “instructional coaching” approach when teaching our Tortoise style of trading …

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