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Trading Beyond the Matrix. The Red Pill for Traders and Investors

  • ID: 2330941
  • Book
  • 432 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Trading Beyond the Matrix

"Tharp Think has always been at the cutting edge of trading technology . . . now be prepared to go way down the rabbit hole of transformational trading. You will discover that the ′holy grail′ system has everything to do with the newest frontier in trading and that the Ultimate Edge in trading is spirituality. This is a must–read for people who want to find out how to take their trading to the next level."

LIBBY ADAMS, PhD, Executive Director, International Academy of Self–Knowledge

"Dr. Tharp′s new book shows traders how personal psychology can work for you instead of against you, how to think about and manage risk, and how that can translate into developing a winning trading system. I am adding his latest book to the top 10 must–read books for all traders."

LANE J. MENDELSOHN, founder, TraderPlanet.com

"The proof of a great system is that someone can duplicate the results using the same methods. Van Tharp′s system meets this criterion. Here we have real people with real results. If you want to consistently make money in the markets, read this book and transform yourself!"

D. JANIE GUILL, former Sr. Director of Worldwide Procurement, Microsoft

"Trading Beyond the Matrix, more than any other of Van′s great books, reflects his personal journey. The stories of trading and personal transformation illustrate what ′transformation through a trading metaphor′ means. They are inspirational and offer practical guidance and applications that will improve both you and your trading."

MALCOLM PRYOR, author of the UK bestseller The Financial Spread Betting Handbook

"Tharp saw long ago that successful trading had far more to do with the trader than with the trade itself. Tharp shows us that those traders who are in the highest states of consciousness will naturally be the most successful, not only at trading, but at life as a whole. He gives us a clear set of guidelines and exercises to help us to achieve this new expanded conscious awareness and show us how to achieve happiness on all levels: physical, emotional, and spiritual. Trading Beyond the Matrix is a book for everyone. I particularly wish to encourage my many friends in the spiritual community to take advantage of Van Tharp′s deep insights about the relationship of matter and spirit."

STUART MOONEY, author of American Buddha and day trader

"Transitioning to the mental side of trading seemed easy for me. For many, that is not the case and here′s where Trading Beyond the Matrix excels. The reader can relate to the stories about actual successful traders who have overcome their own biases, beliefs, and surroundings that held them back from success and how each trader has to figure that out and deal with it before becoming successful."

TOM BASSO, New Market Wizard and founder of Trendstat Capital Management, Inc.

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Acknowledgments xvii

Foreword xix

Doug Bentley

Preface: Understanding Transformation xxiii
Van K. Tharp, PhD

Level I: Transformation of the Trading Game xxv

Level II: Understanding the Matrix and Reprogramming Yourself xxviii

Level III: Trading Beyond the Matrix xxx

Your Personal Application of This Material xxxi

Van K. Tharp, PhD

Two Sets of Rules 1

Chapter 1: I Just Made 130 Percent and That Was Just the Beginning 7
David Witkin

Learning to Trade 9

Danger, Will Robinson, Danger! 10

Tharp Think 101 12

Not All Lessons Are Equal 16

Finally, Some Winning Marbles 20

Chapter 2: The Automation of Tharp Think 25
Laurens Bensdorp

My Journey into Doing the Trading Myself 27

Training Someone Else 32

Why This Is Possible 33

Addendum 35

Chapter 3: From Commercial Loan Officer to Financially Free Trader Investor 37
Rick Freeman

My Initial Psychological Changes 40

What I ve Learned about the Trading Game 44

Understanding the Trading Game 46

So How Do You Get a Positive Expectancy System? 50

Getting a System That Works 51

Trading Psychology 52

How My Life Has Changed 54

Chapter 4: From Army Major to Systems Expert 59
Kenneth Long, DM

What I Have Learned and How I Have Changed 61

The Power of Beliefs 61

Statistics–Based Trading 64

Trading Extremes 67

Reward–to–Risk Assessments 68

R–Multiples 69

Position–Sizing StrategiesTM and Bullets 70

SQN Performance to Evaluate Systems, Targets, and Markets 71

Market Classification Strategies 72

Transformations 73

Improved Systematic Performance 73

Specifi c Systems for Specifi c Market Conditions 74

Detailed Documentation and Analysis of Trades 74

Evidence–Based Management 74

Reduced Stress 75

Performance 75

Long–Term System with Monthly Rebalancing 76

Weekly Swing Trade with Once–a–Week Portfolio Adjustments 77

Pattern Swing Trade Using End–of–Day Data 78

Live Trading Workshops Results 79

Chapter 5: Using Tharp Think to Go from Full–Time Broker to Full–Time Trader 83
Martin Horsey

My New Venture 84

Going to North Carolina 85

Restarting Trading 87

Where I Am Now 90

Chapter 6: Adapting Tharp Think to Your Trading 93
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Area One: Thoroughly Understand the Principles of Successful Trading 95

Part 1: Learning to Trade Is Hard Work, But It Can Be Taught 97

Part 2: Knowing Yourself 98

Part 3: Mistakes 100

Part 4: Objectives and Position Sizing Strategies 101

Part 5: Probability and Reward–to–Risk Assessment 103

Part 6: Systems and Market Type 107

Steps to Learning Tharp Think 109

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Chapter 7: Beliefs: The Basis for the Matrix 117
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Understanding the Impact of Beliefs Will Change Your Life 118

How I Create My Experience 124

You Are the Awareness of Thoughts that Flow through You 129

Belief Hierarchy 130

Changing Your Beliefs 134

Everything Has the Meaning You Give It 139

Chapter 8: A Journey through the Stunning World of Feelings and Trapped Emotions 143

The Turning Point 144

Self–Sabotage Models 147

Accepting My Feelings 148

Where I Am Now 152

Note from Editor: Feeling Release as a Metric for Awakening 156

Chapter 9: You Are a Crowd of Conflicting Parts Inside 157
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Exercise: Have a Parts Party 160

Parts Negotiation Exercise 160

Interview with a CBOE Floor Trader 163

Working with Dr. Van Tharp 165

Dealing with Confl icting Parts 166

What s Changed Since Then 168

Where I Am Now (Several Years Later) 169

Chapter 10: My Inner Guidance: A Personal Journey of Miracles 171
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My Personal Journey 172

Conversations with God 176

Deeksha or the Oneness Blessing 178

My Relationship with Mitzi 179

My Current Inner Guidance 181

Revisiting the Transformed Engineering Professor 183

My Relationship with Durga Grows 186

Oneness with God 187

Bond with the Divine 188

The Nature of the Relationship Is Critical 191

What Does this Mean for You and for Your Trading? 193

Some Recent Updates 197

Update 1: Mother Meera s Second Blessing 197

Update 2: I Clear My Fear–Based Spiritual Beliefs 198

Chapter 11: My Experiences Using Transformational Meditation 201
Peter Wechter

I Have a Problem Using and Relating to the Word God 206

Five Transformations 207

Some More Little i s That Didn t Get the Message 210

Discussion 220

Dealing with Mistakes 221

Discussion 224

Closing Reflections 225

An Addendum 226

Chapter 12: Creating Your Own World 233
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Nine Steps to Mastering Yourself 236

Step 1: Learn That You Are a Crowd Inside 236

Step 2: Get 25 to 30 Identity–Level Beliefs from Each Part 237

Step 3: Do a Belief Examination Paradigm on Each of Your Beliefs 239

Step 4: Learn about Projection and Your Shadow Self 240

Step 5: Work on the Charge through Feeling–Release Exercises 240

Step 6: Do a Life Review and List the Beliefs That Come Up 242

Step 7: Make a List of Your Problems and Find the Root Cause (Beliefs and Feelings) 242

Step 8: Get in Touch with Your Internal Guidance 243

Step 9: Work to Eliminate Parts, or to at Least Get Them to Work Together with You 245

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Our Most Powerful Tool 249

Super Trader Journeys through Transformation 250

Chapter 13: How I Turbocharged My Transformational Journey 253
Kim Andersson

Discovering the Linchpin 258

Transformations Turbocharged! 262

Transformational Pillar #1: Getting Rid of Fear 262

Transformational Pillar #2: Tapping into a Higher Power 264

Transformational Pillar #3: My Purpose in Life 266

Transformational Pillar #4: Finally Getting Rid of My Need for Control 266

Taming My Unconscious Fear of Becoming a Millionaire 268

A Snapshot of Before and After 269

The Turbocharged Transformational Model 270

Conclusion 272

Chapter 14: From Engineer to Spiritual Warrior: A Trading Journey 273

Timeline 1: Downhill Accelerating 274

Timeline 2: Crawling out of the Pit 278

A Message from Somewhere 279

Finding Out That I Would Be a Professional Investor as Soon as I Retire 280

Do I Have a Real Problem, or Do I Just See Monsters in the Closet? 282

Meeting Super Trader Program Students: I ll Have What They re Having 283

Transformation 1: Dropping the Pain of Past Projections 284

Original Situation 284

Actions to Achieve Transformation 285

Transformed State 287

Interlude: There s Money for Everyone 288

Transformation 2: Firsthand Experience of a Benign Universe 289

Original Situation 289

Actions to Achieve Transformation 290

Transformed State 292

Transformation 3: Realizing My Purpose 292

Original Situation 292

Actions to Achieve Transformation 293

Transformed State 295

Transformation 4: Finding a Vehicle That Suits Me 296

Original Situation 296

Actions to Achieve Transformation 297

Transformed State 298

Transformation 5: Become an Active Manager of Emotional States 300

Original Situation 300

Actions to Achieve Transformation 301

Transformed State 303

Bottom Line: Net Winner in Life 305

Chapter 15: A Professional Trader s Journey beyond the Matrix 307
Curtis Wee

My Early Trading Experiences 310

Stumbling on the Van Tharp Institute 312

Key Lesson 1: Taking Personal Responsibility 314

Key Lesson 2: Able to Deal with Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions 315

Key Lesson 3: Knowing My Thoughts Are Not Mine 317

Key Lesson 4: Trusting My Inner Guidance 318

Key Lesson 5: Understanding That the World Is Perfect 318

Key Lesson 6: Knowing My Purpose 320

Key Lesson 7: Reinventing Myself 322

So Where Am I Now? 322

Chapter 16: My Journey to Trading in the Now 325
Thahn Nguyen

My Transformation Journey 327

Area 1: My Anxiety or Worry 328

Area 2: My Impatience 330

Area 3: My Fear of Failure or Being Wrong 330

Area 4: Being Overwhelmed 330

Area 5: Tendency to Believe That I m Always Right 331

Area 6: Trading with No Plan or System 331

How It Happened 333

Where Am I Now? 334

Editor s Note 336

Chapter 17: Thoughts on Raising Your Level of Consciousness 337
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Some Exercises for Trading in the Now 338

Trading in the Now 340

Level IV Transformation 342

Questions on Raising Your Level of Consciousness 344

Chapter 18: Continuing the Journey 349
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Area Three: Develop a Personal Business Handbook for Trading/Investing 349

Area Four: Assessing Your Preparation for Trading 355

Area Five: Understand Your Trading Mistakes 360

Appendix: Recommended Readings 363

Appendix: Key Words Defi ned 367

Appendix: Reference Notes 373

About the Author 381

A Personal Invitation from Dr. Van K. Tharp 383

Index 385

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