Sunset for Fiat Currency?, by R.J. Hixson

In its early days, Bitcoin attracted many for its promise of transactional freedom from governmental or institutional control. Indeed, some of those wanted to avoid governmental oversight because their transactions were illegal (think Silk Road) or because they were evading taxes (think money laundering). That illicit association kept a lot of investors and institutions away from bitcoin and other cryptoassets for many years. In 2018, however, billions of dollars are flowing into cryptoassets, infrastructure projects, and the crypto ecosystem. What do entrepreneurs and institutions see on the far side of …

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Why Size Really Does Matter!, by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

How many shares or contracts should you take per trade? It’s a critical question, one that most traders don’t really know how to answer properly. Position sizing™ strategies are the parts of your trading system that answers this question. They tell you “how much” for each and every trade. Whatever your objectives happen to be, your position sizing™ strategy achieves them. Poor position sizing strategies are the reason behind almost every instance of account blowouts. Position sizing is the part of your trading system that tells you “how much.” Once …

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The Flow of the Markets, by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

In this week’s tip we resurrect an “oldie-but-goodie” from when Van wrote for Stocks and Commodities Magazine. The advice is timeless and still holds true today. Imagine yourself flowing down a river, only you don’t know that you are. You do, however, notice that when you move in one direction, with the flow of the river, you move rapidly. When you move in another direction, against the river, you move slowly or not at all. In fact, when you go in that direction, you seem to put out a lot …

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The Positive Effects of Meditation, by Dr. Ken Long

Meditation can have a powerful effect on the performance of your investment system, and your personal life. Even without a great deal of experience, the practice of meditation can have profound positive impacts in many dimensions of your life. Allow me to share some of my own insights with meditation and how it has helped me. I am coming from a perspective of an informed layman, an active practitioner who has adapted and developed the practice of meditation for my own use, making no claims for expertise or assertions of …

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What is a Super Trader? by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

What is a Super Trader? The answer really gets to the heart of what the Van Tharp Institute is all about. Our mission is “transformation through a trading metaphor.” And if you believe that you create your entire experience, or at least the meaning you give to that experience, then you must personally transform to become a Super Trader at some level. Before I answer the question, I want to talk about the roles with which I like to identify. First, I am a modeler. This means that I find …

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Trade Through “Mindfulness” by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

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.” For example, in October 2008 a friend of mine had lost a lot of money in the markets. I told him to get out. I said that we were in a major bear market and he …

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The Line In The Sand That The Market Just Won’t Cross (Yet…), by D. R. Barton, Jr.

A potentially explosive standoff played out in the sands of northern Egypt some 2200 years ago. Chronologically, our story occurs smack in between the 323-year period between the death of Alexander the Great and the birth of Jesus. As we tune in, an invading force in Egypt (at that time a Roman protectorate) is being presented with a “leave or suffer the consequences” ultimatum signed by none other than the Roman Senate. Some historical figures just seem to be on the wrong side at every turn. In today’s story, an …

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Italian Politics Cause a Crazy Market Reaction, by D. R. Barton, Jr.

Eight years and three months ago, I wrote an article for this very space about the European debt crisis. Greece was the central problem then and to this day, it remains a sovereign state in debt trouble (though that’s largely been swept under the proverbial rug by a series of “loans” from the European Union). Greece, however, was not alone in its debt trouble. Back then (wow — was it really more than eight years ago?), the acronym PIIGS was all the rage. It was used to label the debt …

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Understanding Blockchain Technology: Consensus Protocols, Part 1 and 2 by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

During the 2007-2009 Global Financial Crisis, we saw the dangers of lots of power in big banks and in central governments. Big banks had invented products that were insane and sold them to unwary parties. The result was a market collapse and a major change of the world’s wealth. Big government and big banks had to work together to salvage everything and those institutions that didn’t play the game well were allowed to fail — think Lehman Brothers and Bear Sterns. The crash really pointed out the dangers of everything …

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A Key To Successful Trading Is Knowing Yourself

A key to successful trading is knowing yourself. Only by knowing yourself can you develop objectives and trading systems that fit you. In other words: 1. You need to find a trading system that fits you. 2. In order to accomplish that, you must know: Your values Your strengths Your weaknesses Your parts (as described in Edge 3, Step 1) Significant beliefs (spiritual, self, market, system) Trading edges Trading weaknesses 3. You can trade only your beliefs about the markets, not the markets themselves. Thus, you should know and understand …

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