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  • Avoiding Overconfidence by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Avoiding Overconfidence by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. If I could give just one piece of advice to a trader, it would be: Avoid overconfidence--it could be your worst enemy. Thousands of traders make the mistake of becoming overconfident each month and lose subs

  • Dealing with conflict Part 2 by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Dealing with conflict Part 2 by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. ""I have an elaborate computer system, on-line market quotes direct from the major exchanges, and a program that gives me distinct buy-sell signals. I know that if I followed those signals, I'd make mo

  • Dealing with conflict by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Dealing with conflict by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. Emotional conflict is one of the most significant problems that most traders (or people) have to deal with in their lives. Yet explaining what it is or how it occurs is not easy. What follows is an interview

  • Developing Discipline With Daily Debriefing by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:1 (50-53): Developing Discipline With Daily Debriefing by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. It is easy to design a system that will produce annual returns of 100% or more. Trading the system so you will get those returns is not so easy. Her

  • Flowing With The Markets by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Flowing With The Markets by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. 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

  • On-Line Data Addiction by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...On-Line Data Addiction by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. One of the most useful tools for the modern trader is the on-line quote monitor, which gives the trader a minute-by-minute picture of what is going on in the market. It allows the trader to position a trade

  • Peter Hackstedde: profile of a winning trader by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Peter Hackstedde: profile of a winning trader by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. It was two o'clock on a Friday afternoon. I found myself having lunch with Peter Hackstedde in the Turf Club at Santa Anita race track. I had just finished two articles on compulsive t

  • Predicting The Market With Unreliable Sources by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Predicting The Market With Unreliable Sources by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. Joe trades Standard & Poor's 500 contracts, and at the moment he is in a quandary. He looks at a chart of the market and wonders what he should do. The market looks as though it's in a

  • Protecting Yourself in Tough Markets by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Protecting Yourself in Tough Markets by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. Things may be going great for you now, but what happens when the tide turns and you face hard times in the market? Here's how to protect yourself. Recently, I encountered a man who was close

  • Scheduling Time For Market Study by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Scheduling Time For Market Study by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. Bill, a trader, called my office complaining that he never has enough time to really study the markets. He said his lack of time often resulted in serious problems, and he expressed an interest in

  • Stop worrying yourself out of profits By Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Stop worrying yourself out of profits By Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. Every time Michael thought about entering the market, he said to himself ""But what if I lose?"" Those thoughts often paralyzed him from action or delayed his entry so long that many opportuni

  • The Compulsive Trader Part 1 by Van K Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...The Compulsive Trader Part 1 by Van K Tharp, Ph.D. Compulsiveness is perhaps the most serious of all trading problems. I have evaluated psychological profiles on thousands of commodity and option traders. Despite the fact that about 50% of the traders I

  • The Perfect Trader by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D., and Jennifer Benson

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...The Perfect Trader by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D., and Jennifer Benson What is a perfect trader and is such a condition desirable? Does such a creature exist? Psychologist Van K. Tharp of Investment Psychology Consulting says not and further, you're far more li

  • The Psychology Of David Ryan by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...The Psychology Of David Ryan by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. David Ryan won the U.S. Investing Championships three years in a row. I first interviewed David in May 1988 and again in August 1989. Q: What makes you successful as opposed to the average trader? A:

  • The compulsive trader Part 2 by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...The compulsive trader Part 2 by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. ""When water passes over your head, it makes no difference if it does so by an inch or afoot. You're drowning. You don't want to admit that it is easier to get out of a $100,000 debt than a million dol

  • The danger in profits by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...The danger in profits by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. Have you ever wondered why you can paper trade successfully, but fail miserably when real money is at stake? The reason is simple. The trader who concentrates on profits will have difficulty winning, as will

  • The loss trap by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...The loss trap by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. Do you remember playing with a toy called the Chinese Finger Trap when you were a child? This toy is a woven straw cylinder with an opening at each end just large enough for a finger. Once you insert a finger in each

  • The secret of trading success: COMMITMENT by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...The secret of trading success: COMMITMENT by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. Jack had a successful business, but he wanted to be a trader. Still, he wasn't willing to give up his annual $75,000 salary until he was certain he could be successful as a trader. So, he

  • Winning under stress: the fight-flight reaction by Van K. Tharp, PhD.

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Winning under stress: the fight-flight reaction by Van K. Tharp, PhD. In primitive times, basic survival was man's most potent source of stress. Life or death, quite literally, hung in the balance of everyday decisions and one way early man learned to c

  • Wizards: minds over markets by Van K. Tharp

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS...Wizards: minds over markets by Van K. Tharp Jack Schwager, commodity trader and confessed system skeptic, has been a familiar name in commodity trading for a number of years. His 1984 book, A Complete Guide to the Futures Market, laid out most tested te







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