Trade Opportunities From a Weakening USD by, Gabriel Grammatidis

  Gabriel’s Masters Class students explore a few recent trade opportunities, allowing them to benefit from a weakening of the USD. The visual Forex patterns are forming in whatever timeframe (short or long-term) and with whatever currency (very liquid or less liquid) with examples including the Australian Dollar and Israeli Shekel. Watch this video to check out real market trade opportunities!     To see more Forex videos, visit Gabriel’s Forex Playlist HERE.

Psychology Patterns: Dominant or Overwhelming Feelings by, RJ Hixson

  Do you know anyone with a feeling or emotion that seems to rule their life? Do you have such a feeling or emotion? Trying to trade effectively with this can be challenging if not outright self-sabotage. If it’s not you, consider someone who is continually anxious, angry, fearful, or sad and imagine how that emotion could cloud their ability to perceive price action, make good decisions (like entries & exits), and react well to adversity in the markets. Rather than trading with clarity, decisiveness, and focus, they would experience …

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January’s Broken Barometer by, D.R. Barton, Jr.

History is laden with strategies that worked for a time, then became ineffective, and were subsequently abandoned. Examples can be found in product development, marketing, and even comedy. But the easiest place to understand this phenomenon might be in military battlefield tactics. From the ancient times when bow, arrow, and horse were battleground standards, no real significant technological advances came to the military until gunpowder was first employed in the 14th century. For thousands of years, military tactics rather than technology were of paramount importance on the battlefield. One of …

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Mental State Control By, RJ Hixson

  Have you ever traded when you were angry? When you were scared? When you were bored? If you haven’t done any of those, you haven’t traded very much yet. Trading from a mental state of anger, fear, or boredom — or other non-useful emotional states, happens for less experienced traders and these conditions invite mistakes — conditions where you don’t follow your rules. More often than not, you lose money when you don’t follow your rules. So what do you do? You change your mental state. But how do …

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Update on Cryptoassets as of January 15, 2021 by, Van K. Tharp, PhD

  Market Summary Last month the Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index was at 962.55, following a low of 217.82 in early March. BTC had made a new high at $23,899. Today, the index was at 1,414.37 while BTC has gone as high as $41,420. That’s a huge gain for one month. The BTC halving took place on Monday, May 11, around 4 PM EST. That means that the BTC miners as a whole now produce 6.25 BTC every ten minutes, down from 12.50 BTC prior to the halving. It used to …

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Exclusive Video – The Three Major FX Trends for 2021 by, Gabriel Grammatidis

  What are the macro trends for 2021 in currencies? In this 4 minute video, VTI instructor Gabriel Grammatidis discusses the three biggest Forex trends likely to persist through 2021. Knowing which pairs are trending longer term helps improve the trade probabilities and lower the risk for shorter-term trades. Gabriel shares one recent trade in one of the big trends from a student trader in Thailand. The trader used Gabriel’s system #2 to take advantage of the consistent trend across multiple timeframes to capture almost +4R. https://youtu.be/sadayZk0d6k Note: Gabriel makes …

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Blended Monthly Rebalancing in Action! by, Dr. Ken Long

  Ken teaches the Blended Monthly Rebalancing (BMR) system in the Core Trading Systems eLearning course and some of our clients have been running it for years. Ken shared an email he just received from one such satisfied trader – Hi Ken, On the webinar with Van, I heard you talk about how rock solid the BMR system has been over all these years and I want to add a hearty +1! That’s the system we’ve been using in L’s retirement account for years. We are hugely thankful to you …

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January’s “First Five Days” Indicator – It’s Not Useful Unless… by, D. R. Barton, Jr.

  Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers, and things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art; to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul. —A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (emphasis added) Many market watchers and analysts are again looking at the well-known “First Five Days” indicator which was popularized by Yale Hirsch’s Stock Trader’s Almanac. (For the record, I …

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December 2020 System Quality Number® Report The SQN® Report by, Van K. Tharp

  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 is 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 …

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December 2020 Market Update 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 …

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