A Message from Van K. Tharp About His Peak Performance Home Study Course

 A Message from Van K. Tharp About His Peak Performance Home Study Course Dear Trader, Many students want to know, what is the best possible step I can take to expand my understanding of the best trading practices. By far, my recommendation is my Peak Performance Home Study Course. At $795 my students tell us over and over what a bargain it is when compared to the many thousands of dollars the knowledge gained from the course saved them in trading mistakes.  But for many there is a lack of …

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Why People Are Afraid of Self-Work by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

In addition to being president of the Van Tharp Institute, I consider myself to be a trading coach, and an NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) modeler. However, I’m different from most NLP modelers. Most of them are NLP trainers and the teach NLP workshops. Plus, they do lots of different small-scale modeling projects. In contrast, I teach trading related workshops and I’ve spent the last 30 plus years modeling one thing, success in trading/investing. Richard Bandler, one of the co-founders of NLP, first conducted modeling by mimicking the micro strategies of certain …

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Paradigm Shifts, Part I, II, III — Infinite Wealth by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

Most people’s mental maps and paradigms about money tell them things like — My net worth is the basis of my wealth. Becoming wealthy requires years of hard work and saving. The best things in life are expensive. Money is real. To the extent you are attached to these beliefs about money, you are trapped in your current situation. These beliefs, however, are just mental maps or paradigms — paradigms which you can change. For example, you can create money out of nothing. How? There are many ways actually and …

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Does Failure Motivate You? by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

This topic might press your buttons. But finding your hot spots helps you discover how you sabotage yourself. I read a wonderful little book by Jerry Stalking entitled, Laughing With God.1 In that book, the following dilemma is brought up, and here I’m going to paraphrase the conversation pertinent to trading/investing. God: Do you want to win without losing? Trader: Of course. God: If you win, you must lose as well. But you lied to me. You said that you’d like to just win. If that were the case, you’d …

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Your Trading and Consciousness by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

Many of our products and workshops are about helping people increase their level of consciousness. Why? Many people trade unconsciously, without knowing at even a shallow level what they are doing in the markets and why. This applies to the psychological parts of trading like beliefs, emotions, discipline, etc. as well as the “technical” aspects of trading (which I view as all psychological). To begin the transformational process, simply become more aware, more conscious of what’s going on inside you. How do you find out about what’s going on inside? …

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Getting to Know Van: Looking Up My Ancestry By Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

This newsletter is called Tharp’s Thoughts so I thought some of you might want to know more about what I think about on a personal level. One of my hobbies these days is working on my family tree. It’s interesting for me although everyone else in my family seems mostly indifferent. Today with the vast amount of information stored on the internet and the ability to DNA testing, you can find out things that were impossible to learn even 25 years ago. One reason I find my family tree interesting …

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Mentally Rehearse Your Disaster Plan by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

Trading at a peak performance level requires that you know exactly how to react under any circumstances. What happens if you are holding 8,000 shares of IBM and it suddenly drops 3 points? What will you do? What if you are day-trading S&Ps with about five open contracts when suddenly you get a call from the hospital and learn that your spouse has just been in an accident and is in serious condition? What would you do? What will you do if there is a major stock market crash? Will …

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Can Cryptocurrencies Replace Gold as a Hedge Against Government Inefficiency? by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

We now have several dozen major crypto-currencies. These include the familiar ones like Bitcoin and Ethereum which together make up about 75% of the market. There are now, however, a number of other important cryptos which include Monero (XMR), Steem Power (STEEM), Lykke (LKK), Antshares (ANS), Peerplays (PPY), Factom (FCT), Ethereum Classic (ETC). Beyond those, more than 20 other “major” cryptocurrencies have emerged very recently. Cryptocurrencies are still very early in their life cycle. In January 2017, the market cap of the entire cryptocurrencies market was about $21 billion (US). …

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Why I Love What I Do and How I See The Future of VTI by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

I’m now 70 years old, but, if I can, I plan to continue to do what I do for at least another 25 to 30 years. Warren Buffet is still running Berkshire Hathaway at 86 and his partner, Charlie Munger is still effective and 92. So I plan to do the same. Effective this year I am required to take social security income and a minimum retirement distribution, but I do so reluctantly. Why? Because I absolutely love what I do. It’s my passion. Furthermore, I have a great staff …

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The Importance of Paradigms by Van K. Tharp

Some readers might recall that Dr. Ken Long and I developed a Systems Thinking Workshop last summer. The initial reason for that course was that Ken Long has a master’s degree in systems thinking and a doctoral degree in decision making under uncertainty. We realized that a good understanding of systems thinking really helped people understand Ken’s systems better. I delivered the second version of the systems thinking course at the annual Super Trader Summit last year and that experience really helped me understand it and even evolve it more. …

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