Authors & Trainers
Van K. Tharp, PhD
By Van K. Tharp
May 18, 2006

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 very 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, as well as in success related issues such as self-sabotage. He is the founder and president of the International Institute of Trading Mastery, Inc., dedicated to offering high quality products and services for traders and investors.

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 as a Master Practitioner of NeuroLinguistic 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 threee acclaimed books published by McGraw Hill; Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom, Financial Freedom Through Electronic Day Trading and Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, a New York Times Bestseller.

In addition, Tharp is the only trading coach featured in Jack Schwager’s best selling book, The Market Wizards: Interviews with Great Traders. Tharp has published numerous articles in various industry publications and has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Barron’s Market Week, Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities, Investors Business Daily and Futures and Options World, just to name a few.

Dr. Tharp has collected over 5,000 successful trading profiles by studying and researching individual traders and investors, including many of the top traders and investors in the world. From these studies he developed a model for successful trading and investing in which other people can adopt and learn. He has developed a five-volume Peak Performance Home Study Course teaching the results of this ten-year study.

He also developed The Investment Psychology Inventory to help people better understand their strengths and weaknesses in relation to trading or investing. He has developed a 12-cassette home study course on systems development, written a special report on position sizing, publishes a monthly newsletter, and offers materials on the subject of wealth building.

Dr. Tharp’s International Institute of Trading Mastery (IITM) offers workshops year-round to help traders improve performance. He has designed special seminars for banks and institutions, and has presented these throughout the United States, and in Italy, Singapore, Sydney, Venice, London, Vienna, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, and numerous other places throughout the world. In 1997 he toured Asia as a guest speaker with Dow Jones. He also has given workshops for floor traders at the CBOT, the CBOE, and the CME.

He is currently a member on the distinguished Investment Advisory Panel of the prestigious Oxford Club—a rare honor only a half dozen or so individuals have received. In addition Dr. Tharp is also a highly rated guest speaker at expositions and conferences throughout the United States.

While Van Tharp's expertise is in the area of finance, his mission is to touch people in a way that changes them for the better. In his books, courses and workshops, he uses the financial metaphor to do so.

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