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Oneness Awakening Weekend

June 4-5, 2016

Reach A Higher Level of Consciousness: A Special Event With Van Tharp

How could a higher level of consciousness help a trader?

Most people have had the experience of watching someone who is really great at what they do. Whether it's a sports star in the game or a masterful craftsman, there is an element of effortlessness that comes from their ability to be "in the moment." Many people have had this experience themselves, in some aspect of their lives — for a few seconds or even a few minutes. The moments may be fleeting, but you know when you've had one. It's at these times when we can recognize these people are in a high state of awareness. Participating in the Oneness Awakening Course is an extraordinary opportunity to benefit from some of the most important journeys Dr. Tharp has taken to transform his life, and to cultivate this awareness in your day to day life.

The Oneness Awakening Weekend course has become a fundamental tool in helping Dr. Tharp accomplish his mission of transformation and ultimately help each of his clients succeed.

Students who attend this two-day intensive workshop will walk away with tools to help them cultivate awareness in their life, and they will also experience an immediate and tangible shift in perception. As a result of this experience, traders can expect to naturally become more aware, positive, calm, and centered. By extension, they will also experience a shift in how they perceive the market. When a trader sees the market as it really is, rather than what they want to see, the act of trading becomes more relaxed and they become more confident and successful. Does this sound like the type of experience you want trading to be?

While this two-day course is not a technical course about trading, we have seen amazing results in the traders who experience the benefits of being more 'awake' and aware, calmer and more centered. Why? Because the person themselves are always the primary instrument, even before the technical skills of trading are engaged. Just like the athlete with impressive skills, traders can also utilize the phenomenon of tapping into their awareness to achieve premium results. Keen awareness, in turn, opens up new possibilities. Another great thing about the concepts and experiences in this course is that they have benefits that apply throughout students' lives, not just in their trading endeavors. Time and time again, traders tell us that their trading improved after taking this course, but also their personal lives as well!

The Role of This Course and The Super Trader Program

If you are interested in applying for admittance to the Super Trader Program, this June workshop is a qualifying event! If you intend to submit your Super Trader Application before rate increases are in effect for the Super Trader Program, this workshop is your last opportunity to do so.

To learn about the new structure of the Super Trader Program and price increase rates, read this article by Dr. Tharp, published in his newsletter a few weeks ago.

If you'd like to know more about this workshop, or talk with one of our staff members to see if this workshop is right for you, we invite you to call or email Rebecca Price. Rebecca is a Oneness Blessing Giver, and also a certified Oneness Trainer. She is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about this course and is so grateful to co-teach with Dr. Tharp.

Call 919-466-0043 or email [email protected] .

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Understanding the Van Tharp Institute Super Trader Program

by Van K. Tharp, Ph.D.

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Our mission at the Van Tharp Institute is “Transformation, through a trading metaphor.” In this article I want to explain what that means and how we apply it to our Super Trader Program.

First, I am a Neurolinguistic Programmer (NLP) and a Modeler and I’ve done extensive modeling of all aspects of trading. I’ve modeled the trading process, the system development process, the wealth process, and how to meet your objectives through position sizing strategies. In fact, all of these topics are part of the Super Trader Program.

One of the presuppositions of NLP is that if one person can do something, then anyone else can find the resources to do it as well. This is generally true, but it often requires a massive transformation in order to find the resources to be able to do it. That’s why the first part of the Super Trader Program is about massive transformation.

We believe that trading is as much a profession as any other, so the Super Trader Program is actually a three to six-year commitment toward becoming a full-time trader. We currently have about 70 people in the program and, at least for a while, we plan to cap it at about 75 people.

Step I: A Change in Consciousness

Dr. David Hawkins developed a model of human consciousness that progresses on a log scale from zero to 1000. Consciousness at 200 or below is considered self-destructive. Consciousness above 200 is considered productive. At 1000, you’d probably have the ability to turn into light and disappear into another dimension.

Mental states such as fear (100) and greed (125) are positioned quite low on Hawkins’ scale. You probably understand the impact of trading from such states already. I consider the minimum state of consciousness at which one can reasonably trade to be 350, which is acceptance. Here you can accept losses (and cut them short), and accept profits (and let them ride). But how do you transform your consciousness that much? We have a number of tools that we use in the Super Trader Program.

First, imagine the impact of changing at least 400 deep-seated beliefs about yourself that you suddenly recognize are not useful and limit you. The impact is huge.

Now, imagine that you have lots of different negative emotions stored in your body. These emotions cling to some non-useful beliefs and lock them in place. Now imagine the impact of getting rid of most (or all) of these charges so that you don’t have to waste so much energy keeping them in place and holding yourself back. The impact is tremendous.

When you’ve done most of this, imagine that suddenly you no longer focus on problems but instead focus on solutions. This gets rid of all your stress, and life just seems to flow.

Since starting the Super Trader program almost a year ago so much has changed! I have a much better understanding of myself, what I need to do to be successful in trading and in life, lots of support and most of all — I feel positive that I now have the tools and help to establish a successful trading career. — Kathy Rauzi

As a side benefit, imagine that "who you think you are" is just a number of parts that masquerade as you. We cover this extensively in the Peak Performance Home Study course and in Peak Performance 101 and 202 workshops. Well, what would happen if those parts all started working together harmoniously? Or better yet, what if they all disappeared and what was left was your Higher Self?

Imagine that you now have a direct channel to your Higher Self. Suddenly, all your decisions are guided by an incredible intuition that knows how you can meet your goals and, at the same time, help other people.

Finally, what would happen if you suddenly discovered why you are here on this planet? This is what we call your purpose, mission, vision. I’ve already told you mine — transformation through a trading metaphor. Once you find your mission it changes everything. We expect Super Trader candidates who finish part one of the Super Trader Program to accomplish this and so much more. These are just a few examples of the major transformations we expect people to make in Super Trader I.

Super Trader 1 impacted me in numerous and profound ways, infusing with harmony all areas of my life. Being coachable was a key ingredient, which for me meant accepting I might not know everything about any given area (that is so obvious now, but to get here I had to overcome a big ego). With that attitude, the program’s structure and content led the away, so I just had to “show up” and do “the work”. In a very clear way, under Dr. Tharp’s coaching, I moved, as Oneness’ motto says, from existing to living! Thank you!!! — Remus Miclea

Lastly, all of this requires that your brain actually starts to shift and transform. When you learn a language, you start to judge reality. You set the world up into subjects, objects, and predicates that don’t really exist. It might not be the nature of reality, but it’s how language forces your brain to re-organize reality. Subjects are always making judgments about objects in the world and assuming that those judgments are universally true. This is why it’s so important to understand that “the map (your representation of the world) is not the territory (the world out there).” People who succeed have rich flexible maps that allow them much leeway to accomplish their goals and help them achieve genius status. People who struggle have inflexible maps that they believe are real.

To change your brain, you must go through many of the exercises that I have described. However, there is something else we do in the Super Trader Program that really helps change your brain and that’s the Oneness Blessing. Most of our Super Traders become Oneness Blessing givers . At the end of each workshop (the psychological ones, at least) we give people the opportunity to receive a Oneness Blessing from as many blessing givers as are present. Let’s say there are 25 people at a workshop, including 12 Super Traders who are all oneness blessing givers. That means in a three-day workshop you could receive as many as 36 blessings.

If you’ve ever had a Oneness Blessing, then you probably understand the impact of them, as many people experience an extreme sense of peace and calmness from receiving it. So, imagine the effect of receiving 36 of them over three days. And if you are a blessing giver, then giving one has the same impact as getting one each day. Thus, in the scenario described, you’d give 24 blessings and receive 12 each day. This is like getting 36 blessings in a day or 108 blessings over the course of a 3-day workshop. As a result, I’d estimate that the average Super Trader gets a minimum of 300-500 blessings during the course of Super Trader 1. You cannot underestimate the impact of this experience.

There have been many shifts in my thinking and the way I see the world. I can now control my mental state, I am able to forgive everyone and myself, I feel a deep sense of peace and I am happy for no reason. My relationships have radically improved. I am not haunted by the past and I don't worry about the future anymore. I am driven by a purpose in life and guided by my Inner Guidance who empowers me to achieve greater goals. I see miracles in my daily life that I believed were impossible. This program goes beyond anything I could have imagined. If you're looking for proficient trading and life-changing transformations, consider the Super Trader program. — Laurent Vix

Dr. Andrew Newberg in his 2016 book entitled How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain has documented the impact of getting a Oneness Blessing. Although these are just preliminary studies, his results suggest that the impact is quite dramatic. Furthermore, the impact of 500 such blessings accelerate the transformation process dramatically for people in the Super Trader Program. Over the last six years, I’m seeing incredible transformations that we never used to see prior to the introduction of the Oneness Blessing.

Step II: Installing the Tharp Think Principles into Your Neurology.

As most of you know, Tharp Think Principles are those I’ve gathered from modeling great traders. None of them are unique to me but together, as a set, they are rather unique. These are listed in my book Trading Beyond the Matrix. Some examples of Tharp Think principles include:

  • A mistake occurs when you don’t follow your written trading rules, and if you don’t have written rules then everything you do is a mistake.
  • An efficiency level of 80% (two mistakes in ten trades) can ruin your trading system and your profits.
  • You achieve your objectives through position sizing strategies.
  • No belief is 100% true, including this one. It’s just true for the context in which it was established. Gravity, for example, only has an impact when you are near a big object in space such as the earth. In a space ship, the impact is very small, if any.
  • If I feel emotional, the cause is not out there in the world, but within me.

Just teaching such principles and getting you to say, “Yes, I understand it and it makes sense” isn’t enough. You have to install the principles into your neurology. We’ve recently been teaching a technique to help people do this and it’s now presented in most of our psychological workshops. We expect our Super Traders to apply this process to install all of the Tharp Think principles. This will begin to change everything for them and make the trading process so much simpler. Understanding Tharp Think is one thing. Having it installed in your neurology is another thing entirely, and it’s a real key to a successful trading career.

In addition, if you’ve done the Peak Performance Workshop or the home study course, you should be familiar with the tasks of trading and the impact it can have on improving your trading, and not making mistakes. Now imagine if you are required to do this regularly throughout the program … even if you are not trading, most of the tasks can apply to many things in life such as doing the Super Trader Program.

We’ve found that massive transformation is usually necessary to help people install and be ready for these key principles. That’s why Super Trader I is about massive transformation.

Step III: Business Handbook Development

When students have completed the first two parts, then it’s important to develop a business handbook. This document summarizes their psychological work and provides them with a reference to use throughout their trading career. It might be the most important document they ever create. You truly can’t understand how useful it is until you’ve actually created one for yourself.

Step IV: Understand Systems Thinking and then Develop Three Non-Correlated Systems

According to Robert Kegan in his book The Evolving Self (1982) we develop various types of thinking systems as we evolve as well as during our growth as human beings. The most advanced form of thinking is interdependent thinking (systems thinking). However, only about 10-20% of the population is capable of systems thinking based upon their education and level of consciousness.

Systems thinking is a holistic approach to analysis that focuses on the way that a system's constituent parts interrelate and how systems work over time and within the context of larger systems with the ultimate system being Oneness.

Whenever I’m trying to help people understand what this word ‘system’ means, I usually start by asking: ‘Are you a part of a family?’ Everybody is a part of a family. ‘Have you ever seen in a family, people producing consequences in the family, how people act, how people feel, that aren’t what anybody intends?’ Yes. ‘How does that happen?’ Well… then people tell their stories and think about it. But that then grounds people in not the jargon of ‘system’ or ‘systems thinking’ but the reality — that we live in webs of interdependence.” — Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline (1990)

When you cannot see that there are many larger systems at play in your trading, then developing a great system is very difficult. For example, when I first introduced the concept of market type, I got lots of resistance from people because they insisted that market type was useless unless it was predictive. But trading has to be done within the context of market type, your system, and your psychology — as well as a number of other critical factors. Trading a system linearly without regard to a number of other factors that will come into play is an example of the lack of systems thinking in most people. Sometimes it might work well when everything is aligned, but many times it will fail miserably. We at the Van Tharp Institute now have a new workshop on systems thinking and we expect our Super Trader candidates, by the time they get to ST3, to have mastered that skill.

System development, once you become a systems thinker and have mastered certain principles, is rather easy. We have a number of workshops in which systems are taught — day trading, swing trading, advanced swing trading, core trading, bear market, and forex. However, in the new Super Trader III we also give students access to the Super Trader playbook which contains about 93 different systems in various stages of development. Students are allowed to check out the playbook and obtain full details on three of them as long as they pledge to, in some way, improve upon the systems they check out.

Step V: Make at least 100 Trades at 95% efficiency or better.

The final stage of the Super Trader Program is when the student must prove themselves. They get to trade their three systems over 100 trades with at least 10% of the trades coming from each system. Their trading must be profitable and it must be 95% efficient (one mistake or less per 20 trades). However, I don’t consider that step to be a candidate’s greatest achievement. The real achievement is overcoming all the hurdles necessary to get to, and then complete, this task. For almost all of our candidates, this is huge.

For Those of You Who Might Be Leaning One Way or Another: Here is a Brief Commentary From Ted Wolf Who Was in Your Position.

I was sitting on the fence… I sat on the fence for 3 years. I looked at the Super Trader program, read Van’s books and thought about joining for a long time. The program seemed expensive, parts of the material I didn’t understand, and some of that spiritual “woo-woo” stuff (e.g. Oneness Blessings) — well, I wasn’t sure what it had to do with trading. But for some reason the Super Trader program kept coming back into my awareness.

I went to 2 classes onsite in Cary, NC and was very impressed with the caliber of attendee. There were people of all ages, from 20 to 72. They were successful people who wanted to move into trading or they were professional traders who wanted to improve or refine their craft. They all had two things in common: they wanted to learn and they wanted to help each other. These were not your typical trading seminar attendees.

I heard all the stories about how difficult the lessons were, the time commitment, and again I had to consider the cost. Something told me I had to do it. I had a choice: either I could give all my money to the market (losing trades) or I could educate myself and try the Super Trader program. I joined the program…and as they say, my life has never been the same.

As I worked through the beginning Lessons, I noticed some small changes. With each additional Lesson, I started to notice important changes in what I thought and felt. By Lesson 9, I started to notice profound changes in myself such as a calmness like I never experienced before. At lesson 11, it all “clicked.” Words can’t describe the profound change and joy I now experience every day. I began to look forward to each Lesson with a passion I rarely experienced.

I came into the Super Trader program thinking personal transformation — as Van describes his purpose — as something I would experience from an academic, or intellectual standpoint. I didn’t realize that true transformation is the result of a structure — a way of thinking and feeling. The Super Trader program is THE transformation I have been searching for virtually my entire life. It is a profound change of thought and feeling at my deepest self. It encompasses my spiritual, business, relationship and health beliefs and behaviors.

Let’s go back to what held me on the fence:

Cost — the investment is very reasonable considering the content of the lessons and the changes I have experienced. I would even say that with the new Super Trader Structure it is very, very reasonable given the personal results I am experiencing. How can you put a price on feeling less internal conflict, a calmness I never experienced before and a joy for no reason? I never thought it would be me writing these words; those experiences always happened to someone else, but not me.

Next, some of the technical material I didn’t understand prior to joining. I learned if I took the time and really thought about the materials and gave myself a chance, there was nothing I couldn’t understand.

The “woo-woo” stuff and trading — all I can say is I had a deep, spiritual relationship with my God before I started the program, but something was missing. Through the course work, I found an even deeper love and respect — a gratitude and appreciation — for my God that now is extremely fulfilling and meaningful. It is not something I talk about often but a relationship that guides my life today.

I am no longer “sitting on the fence” and I am extremely fortunate in my experience with the Super Trader program. My life will never be the same again, and for that, I am so grateful to Van for creating the program that has changed my life so much.

We have six slots open through July 1st at the old (2015-2016) Super Trader rates — possibly a few more with people who will complete within the next few months. To enroll, you must have attended Peak Performance 101 or our Oneness Awakening Workshop (and have had a group meeting with Van), you must have read Trading Beyond the Matrix to get an idea of what you are getting into, you must submit an application to the program plus the appropriate waiver forms; and lastly, you must be accepted by Van. The Oneness workshop in June is the last qualifying workshop before the July 1 deadline.

If you have questions about the Super Trader Program, and how it may fit within your trading education, please send an email to [email protected] or call her at 919-466-0043.

About the Author: Trading coach and author Van K. Tharp, Ph.D. is widely recognized for his best-selling books and outstanding Peak Performance Home Study Program—a highly regarded classic that is suitable for all levels of traders and investors. You can learn more about Van Tharp at www.vantharp.com. His new book, Trading Beyond The Matrix, is available now at matrix.vantharp.com.


Here's Just A Bit About Each New Workshops Coming In July


Twelve Benefits You’ll Receive from the Infinite Wealth Course

  1. You’ll learn about the five-step method to becoming infinitely rich in much more detail. Moreover, you’ll develop a personalized plan for you.
  2. Become wealthy on the inside so that it will appear on the outside. You’ll develop a personal plan and learn how to overcome your personal roadblocks so that you can get started immediately.
  3. Learn several principles involved in becoming wealthy and learn how to make those principles ingrained in your body so that they become part of your behavior. That’s one of the real secrets to wealth. Not the knowledge but having the knowledge be a part of who you are.
  4. You don’t have any assets right now? We’ll also show you 15 steps to increase your income by 1000% within the next five years. And, you need very little to get started.
  5. You’ll learn "financial intelligence". You’ll learn to think like the rich instead of like the poor or the middle class. Even if you have money, it’s important to think like the rich or you could lose it all. That knowledge will include a simple strategy to get rid of all of your debt within 5 to 7 years, including your mortgage. How close to infinite wealth would you be if you didn’t have any debt?
  6. At the end of the course you’ll be able to access a wealth building state of mind that will help you achieve your dreams.
  7. We’ll help you determine your purpose in life and use that as motivation to do what is necessary to achieve Infinite Wealth. After all of these years, you’ll finally understand the one simple decision you need to make to start moving toward the fast track and out of the rat race.
  8. You’ll learn to overcome years of conditioning by the school systems, by your banker and by your accountant.
  9. You’ll learn to rethink your finances. Some of you could be infinitely rich within a year.
  10. Learn the difference between working for money and money working for you. If you’re self-employed, you’re still working for money. This system is so tight that it actually explains many of the problems that most traders have— they’re self-employed and they are thinking with the mentality of the self-employed. Learn to think like a business owner.
  11. In the New Infinite Wealth Workshop, you learn how to develop resiliency so that when you achieve any sort of setback, you will bounce back easily and be able to continue on track toward infinite wealth.
  12. In addition, we will be emphasizing the psychological tools to make sure you can follow the steps we are going to give you.


SYSTEMS THINKING: How to Use Systems Thinking to Improve Your Trade Craft — July 12-14

How will you benefit from attending this Systems Thinking Workshop?

  • Learn to plan your trading business and plan your trades more effectively for achieving the results you are trying to generate.
  • Improve the probabilities for your success in trading
  • Find out what key questions to ask in order to challenge your established market beliefs, logic, and mental structures for trading.
  • Create a series of useful tactical checklists for daily and weekly use so you don’t miss common crucial items and keep your trading efficiency very high. Gain invaluable lessons from practicing systems thinking.
  • Identify the few critical states in price action and how to plan how to take advantage of those when you find them.
  • Develop your situational awareness skills by simply paying attention to what’s happening in order to evolve your strategy as well as exploit new opportunities.
  • Understand how to construct trade scenarios in order to anticipate possible outcomes and reduce the chances for a “surprise”.
  • Clarify your objectives and understand how your long term plans, your big picture process, and expecting the unexpected, all support you getting to those objectives.
  • Feel more confident in your trading regardless of what the markets are doing.
  • Improve your decision making processes for faster execution with results more aligned with your goals.
  • Ultimately – feel better about your trading and improve your returns.

These are all things that are the natural outcomes of a systems thinking orientation as applied to trading. These are the things that the members of the tortoise community of practice and the chatroom have been doing to improve their trading on explicit systems developed by Ken and through the community collaboration.

This new three-day workshop will not only have extensive pre-work that will give you a head start on the material, but Ken will have dozens of practical exercise for the class which he has already field tested within his trading group. All of the exercises and three days of presentations will focus on helping you realize how important this mindset is for your own trading and developing your systems thinking orientation and how to capitalize on this important factor.

Watch this 9 minute video for a quick overview of this fascinating new course.



In this new three-day workshop, Dr. Ken Long will present a series of advanced, adaptive trading systems that work well in the swing period holding time-frame – from two days to two weeks.

Adaptive trading systems have rules and rule parameters that adjust to market conditions and price conditions rather than remaining constant.

They both mechanical systems and adaptive systems work well, they just work differently. Mechanical rules are more easily understood, are easier to program, and they are easier to execute. Mechanical rule-based systems typically do not adjust to changing market conditions and therefore are out of the market at times when the condition criteria are unmet. These are the kind of systems detailed in the Swing Trading Elearning Course.

Adaptive rules require a better understanding by the trader of price action, of self and of the market. These systems can also take more time to monitor and to execute.


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Infinite Wealth
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Systems Thinking for Traders
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Trading in Bear Markets and Down Markets
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Déjà vu: U.S. Markets Still Stuck in a Box

by D. R. Barton, Jr.

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Almost exactly a month ago, I wrote about the equities markets here in the U.S. being stuck in a box. I included this visual:

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It’s four weeks later, and little has changed. The market is still bouncing around inside a box and can gather no momentum in either direction. The current box has expanded slightly, but it’s still driving channel swing traders crazy. Let’s take a look at the new chart:

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Two main forces that are counteracting each other to keep prices sideways are not new. On the negative side is the preponderance of global economic data showing slower growth in emerging and mature markets. By preponderance I mean that while there are some encouraging numbers (e.g. lower unemployment rates) the negative far outweigh the positives. And first among those is the earnings recession we find ourselves in here in the U.S.

According to Factset, with 91% of the S&P 500 companies having reported earnings, we are looking at a -7.1% earnings decline versus the same quarter in 2015. This gives us a fourth straight quarter of year-over-year (YoY) declines. That’s the first time we’ve seen four straight YoY earnings declines since the third quarter of 2009. With companies’ earnings dropping so broadly and for such a length of time, it’s hard to fathom how the markets maintain any buoyancy…

Enter the Central Banks

But there’s always the Fed (the central bank here in the U.S.), which has taken a more dovish (accommodative) stance since March. There is the Bank of Japan, which keeps easing and did so again this month. There's the Reserve Bank of Australia that unexpected lowered interest rates less than two weeks. There's also the European Central Bank, whose chairman just made another “anything that it takes” speech last month. On and on we go…

In short, we’ve switched back to a “bad economic news is good for the markets” posture. This happens when traders and investors believe that central banks around the globe will prop up “risk asset” prices like stocks as long as global growth prospects are iffy.

We saw this “bad news is good” sentiment play out exactly when the important monthly employment report came out on May 6th. The initial pre-market reaction to decidedly disappointing employment numbers was a push down in index prices. But by the time the market opened, the action had reversed course and ended strongly up for the day amidst talk of this bad report virtually eliminating any chance of Fed interest rate hike in June.

This tenuous balance between perceived central bank omnipotence (holding up the bullish case) and continued earnings weakness (driving the bearish case, among many other things), keeps the markets in a uncertain equilibrium with neither side being able the throw the decisive blow to move the market significantly out of its trading range box.

Your thoughts and comments are always welcome. Please send them to drbarton “at” vantharp.com — I always appreciate hearing from you!

Great Trading,
D. R.

About the Author: A passion for the systematic approach to the markets and a lifelong love of teaching and learning have propelled D.R. Barton, Jr. to the top of the investment and trading arena. He is a regularly featured analyst on Fox Business’ Varney & Co. TV show (catch him most Thursdays between 12:30 and 12:45), on Bloomberg Radio Taking Stock and MarketWatch’s Money Life Show. He is also a frequent guest analyst on CNBC’s Closing Bell, WTOP News Radio in Washington, D.C., and has been a guest on China Central Television — America and Canada’s Business News Network. His articles have appeared on SmartMoney.com MarketWatch.com and Financial Advisor magazine. You may contact D.R. at "drbarton" at "vantharp.com".

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