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Van K. Tharp


In the unique arena of professional trading coaches and consultants, Van K. Tharp stands out as an international leader in the industry. Helping others become the best trader or investor that they can be has been Tharp's mission since 1982. Dr. Tharp offers unique learning strategies, and his techniques for producing great traders are some of the most effective in the field. Over the years Tharp has helped people overcome problems in areas of system development and trading psychology, and success related issues such as self-sabotage. He is the founder and president of the Van Tharp Institute, dedicated to offering high quality education products and services for traders and investors around the globe.

Tharp uses a combination of skills and education to fine-tune his strategies to coach, consult and teach traders and investors. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 1975. He is a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Certified Master Time Line Therapist, a certified Modeler of NLP, and an Assistant Trainer of NLP. He has used his expertise in NLP to create the successful models of trading and investing upon which so much of his work is based.

Dr. Tharp is the author of three acclaimed books published by McGraw Hill;  Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom, the New York Times Bestseller, Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, and Financial Freedom Through Electronic Day Trading.


An Interview with Van K. Tharp

In the unique arena of professional trading coaches and consultants, Trading Psychology Expert, Van K. Tharp stands out as an international leader in the industry… READ MORE


What is a Trading System? by Van K. Tharp

Beginning traders and investors to some seasoned investors are constantly asking us “What exactly is a system?”  The purpose of this article will be to give you that information as clearly as possible… READ MORE


Trader Self-Evaluation by Van K. Tharp

I believe the most significant work that anyone can do to increase market returns is self- work. Really understanding yourself and how you think can give you an edge that others in the market don't have… READ MORE


How to Protect Yourself In a Super Bear Market by Van K. Tharp

If you’ve read my book, Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, you should understand that we are still at the early stages of what could be a Super Bear Market.  That bear market started in 2000 and will probably end sometime between 2015 and 2020.  And while it’s difficult to predict what the market will do in a year, we can predict that if you have a long stock position that you just hold, you’ll lose much of those assets by the time this bear is finished with you… READ MORE

Procrastination and System Development by Van K. Tharp

My research suggests that the problems people have in developing a trading system fall into five different categories.  The first three areas prevent traders from ever starting (or finishing) the development of a trading system. These include computer/technology phobia, procrastination, and being overwhelmed by the whole process. The last two problems tend to prevent the trader from coming up with a workable system. These include perfectionism and judgmental biases in your thinking… READ MORE


Your Beliefs about Trading by Van K. Tharp

You do not trade the markets—no one does.  Now that might sound surprising to many of you.  But what you really trade are your beliefs about the market.  Furthermore, your ability to do so is tempered by your beliefs about yourself... READ MORE


Make an Honest Self-appraisal by Van K. Tharp

Think about the last loss you had in your trading.  What caused it?  Who was responsible for it?  If your response was anything other than yourself (e.g., the market, my broker, bad advice, etc.), then you are not taking responsibility for your results.  And the consequences of not taking full responsibility for your results,  is that you will repeat mistakes over and over again… READ MORE

Flow of the Markets by Van K. Tharp

Imagine yourself floating 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 more effort just to stay in place. Your life becomes a struggle. It just seems to push you in another direction. Feeling miserable, you fight against it. But it doesn't help. You still seem to move only in one direction—with the flow of the river… READ MORE


Stop Worrying Yourself out of Profits by Van K. Tharp

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 opportunities simply passed before he would pick up the phone. When Michael did open a position, all he could think about were negative consequences. "My system is wrong at least half the time—what if this is one of those times?'' He couldn't sleep because his mind was racing with those “what if” thoughts. Michael suffered from a chronic "dis-ease" of the mind called worry… READ MORE


What is Involved in Peak Performance Trading? by Van K. Tharp

There is so much involved in developing peak performance, that I recommend that all traders have a business plan… READ MORE


A Healthy Psychological Profile is Needed for Successful Trading by Van K. Tharp

Many mental health professionals define an "uncertain" condition as being stressful. Uncertainty occurs because of too much information or because of too little capacity. The very fact that we cannot deal with available information is stressful… READ MORE