Protecting Yourself in Today’s Market, by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

I think every trader should have to read a warning prior to plunging into the markets. The warning should not be something naïve such as “Future results may not reflect past performance.” No, the warning should be much stronger. It should be something like: Warning! You are biologically and culturally wired to lose a lot of money in the market over your lifetime. While people can prevent this fate by taking the right actions — both psychologically and system-wise — most people will fail to heed this warning! I wish …

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Some Major Trading Psychology Patterns, by RJ Hixson

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of previewing Gabriel’s new Futures workshop as a student. On one level, it was great to see how Gabriel has evolved as a trader and as an instructor. On another level, it was stimulating to listen to a trader that understands himself well and has a strong ability to communicate the beliefs and strategies that help his trading systems work quite well. For almost a decade now I’ve been co-teaching workshops alongside Van. I’ve witnessed many traders who came into a workshop with a …

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A Perfectly Set Bear Trap? By Market Analyst D.R. Barton, Jr.

Everything old is new again. The power of using the market narrative to inform our investing choices is as evident as ever. Today, we’re going to touch on the subject of the market narrative briefly in order to add a twist. In addition, we’ll concentrate on a very bold money-making call on market direction.   Not One Market Narrative But Two   As a reminder, the market narrative is the overarching concept that is the primary market driver. Since the U.S. Presidential election sixteen months ago, the narrative has been the …

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Trading the Swing Timeframe for Positions Traders AND Day Traders, By Dr. Ken Long

Ken explains how understanding the swing timeframe can be useful to almost any trader. Day traders and position traders can incorporate swing price movement information into their preferred holding period. My general approach to swing trading begins with the context of three general time frames that I use to govern all my trading. The three time frames relate to how often I have to make decisions to be effective: monthly, swing trading and intraday. I think of these as three separate and distinct environments with some overlap between them whereby …

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On Perceived Value: It Only Has Value if You Believe it Has Value by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

When I was a young boy in the 1950s, probably half of the children I knew collected stamps (the stamp experts tell me it was actually more than that). Stamp collecting was one of the most significant hobbies in the world and we all grew up expecting our stamps to increase in value over time. Maybe so many people collected stamps because it was so affordable in those days. A regular U.S. postage stamp cost three cents. If you wanted to buy all the stamps issued by the government each …

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Make Friends with Your Inner Interpreter by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

Some of you may have seen this exercise before (it’s in my book Super Trader), but our experiences change over time, so exercises like this are worth repeating. Think about some problem you have with your trading. It could be almost any problem. Perhaps you have trouble taking profits too soon. You might get angry when a trade gets away from you. Perhaps you frequently second-guess yourself. Whatever your problem is, write it down. You can apply this exercise to almost anything that you think might be a problem. Once …

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Types of Crypto-Tokens by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

Not all cryptocurrencies are equal. They are not equal and in fact, they are not honestly represented. In addition, very few companies selling tokens are clear about what their token really is. The first type of token is a currency token. These types of tokens are used as a medium of exchange and Bitcoin is the prime example. For all of those who say Bitcoin is not real money, try buying any other cryptocurrency on a typical exchange without having any Bitcoin. You can’t – because Bitcoin is the medium …

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Do You Move Toward Your Goals or Away from What You Don’t Want? by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

One of the most critical exercises in my Peak Performance Home Study Course is the value elicitation exercise in the third volume. Tony Robbins does a very expensive workshop in Fiji on this process, but the complete instructions for doing it by yourself are in the Peak Performance Home Study Course. However, I’ve noticed that exercise is primarily for people who move toward their goals. People who move toward their goals, once they spend a few days doing the value elicitation exercise will find that they have a complete picture …

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The Opportunity of a Lifetime by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

On the third Wednesday each month, I’m going to write an article on the world of cryptocurrencies. I feel as if this is the best investment opportunity I have seen in my lifetime. I also predict that most people who dabble in cryptocurrencies will lose their shirts. Why? Because it is like the wild, wild west out there. Seventy percent of the crypto tokens and coins could easily be scams. Plus it is so easy to make a simple mistake that will cause you to lose everything. Most people do …

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A New Super Trader Edge by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

The best traders and investors in the world become that way because they have rich internal maps that allow them to see and capture a huge edge in the market. Let me give you three examples of famous traders/investors who captured such an edge. First, Ed Seykota is probably one of the best of the traders in the original Market Wizards book. When I was visiting Ed about 20 years ago, his then wife told me that his trading dominated/controlled two different brokerage companies. But how did Ed get into …

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