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About Van Tharp

Dr. Van 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.

Van Tharp is the author of three books: Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom with co-authors Steve Sjuggerud and D.R. Barton, Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom, and Financial Freedom Through Electronic Day Trading. Van 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.


Dr. Van Tharp is the founder and president of the Van Tharp Institute and The International Institute of Trading Mastery, Inc. (IITM, Inc.), which offers education products and services for traders and investors at Van Tharp helps people overcome problems in areas of system development and trading psychology, and success-related issues such as self-sabotage. The Van Tharp Institute offers workshops year-round to help traders improve performance and has designed special seminars for banks and institutions. Van Tharp also has given workshops for floor traders at the CBOT, the CBOE, and the CME, and is a regular speaker to portfolio and hedge fund managers worldwide. 

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. Van Tharp also developed The Investment Psychology Inventory Profile to help people better understand their strengths and weaknesses in relation to trading or investing. He has developed a 12-CD home study course on How to Develop A Winning Trading System That Fits You; written a special report on money management and position sizing; publishes two newsletters, Market Mastery and a free weekly newsletter, Tharp's Thoughts; and offers continuing education materials on the subject of wealth building through SafePaths for Financial Freedom. All these products are available for purchase at Contact Information

Van Tharp Institute
102-A Commonwealth Court
Cary, NC 27511

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