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Publisher's Summary

How to transform your trading results by transforming yourself

In the unique arena of professional trading coaches and consultants, Van K. Tharp is an internationally recognized expert at helping others become the best traders they can be. In Trading Beyond the Matrix: The Red Pill for Traders and Investors, Tharp leads listeners to dramatically improve their trading results and financial life by looking within. He takes the reader by the hand through the steps of self-transformation, from incorporating "Tharp Think" - ideas drawn from his modeling work with great traders - making changes in yourself so that you can adopt the beliefs and attitudes necessary to win when you stop making mistakes and avoid methods that don't work. You'll change your level of consciousness so that you can avoiding trading out of fear and greed and move toward higher levels such as acceptance or joy.

  • A leading trader offers unique learning strategies for turning yourself into a great trader
  • Goes beyond trading systems to help listeners develop more effective trading psychology
  • Trains the listener to overcome self-sabotage that obstructs trading success
  • Presented through real transformations made by other traders

Advocating an unconventional approach to evaluating trading systems and beliefs, trading expert Van K. Tharp has produced a powerful manual every trader can use to make the best trades and optimize their success.

©2013 Lake Lucerne LP (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Mostly advertisement

This books is mostly advertisement for other products the author offers (most cost several hundred dollars and some are not available anyway)
Even though i would not recommend this books at all, it does have some positive things (hence the reason i gave it 2 stars).
The book is written as several testimonials about how good Dr. Tharp's workshops are
The book is divided into 3 parts the first part Dr. Tharp emphasizes the importance of position sizing and says that one should have different systems for each different market (Bull, Bear, Etc).
unfortunately that's all the trading advice you'll get from the book after that the book becomes a self help, spiritual guide. Where Dr. Tharp students testify that trading in peace and accepting what the market does without the need to be right will make you happy.
I am sure that the 2nd and 3rd part (about physiology and spiritual awakening) will help some people...
But, as far as trading is concerned, the book and this review are equally helpful. The book might be a little deeper, but since the way that book is written is so convoluted even if you would like to go back and read again some part (that you found helpful) you actually need to read a whole chapter about how much good you will get from paying Dr. Tharp a few hundred dollars.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Missed the target

What disappointed you about Trading Beyond the Matrix?

I was hoping to hear a book on investor psychology and got 11 hours of babbling. More of a sales pitch for trading programs than a helpful book.

What could Van Tharp have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written a book.

Any additional comments?

Please send me a refund.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointed. I felt misled.

I was expecting another great Van Tharp book only to find out it wasn't written by him. Rather it was written by his students. The whole book talk about how God can help you with trading, and is all his students talk about is how great his paid courses. I feel like the whole book is advertisement to enroll in his Supertrader courses. I didn't learn anything from the audiobook. It was a waste of my time, and I had to skip a few chapters that was so boring, and non-trading related that I fell asleep. I was thoroughly disappointed.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Mixed feelings

Would you try another book from Van Tharp and/or Michael Butler Murray?

Thought provoking - yet all the examples in the book deal with Godless, near suicidal subjects. Would be great if this book was more tailored for the 'common' investor vs. someone with 3 limbs out the window. Honestly, Tharp's personal account makes you wonder about his own self-confidence and sanity. His past reads more like a self-help, find yourself seminar marathon than any sort of rational, psychiatric credentials.<br/><br/>My resounding thought on the core message of the book - God created you and the universe, so why is His soul purpose now to help you with your trading decisions? I think He got grossly demoted in this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Trading Beyond the Matrix should be considered the

Any additional comments?

<br/>If you are not familiar with Dr. Tharp he has been coaching professional traders since the early 1980's. Read Market Wizards, which has a chapter dedicated to Dr. Tharp, and you will get an idea of the caliber of talent he has coached, mentored, and developed over the years.<br/><br/>Dr. Tharp has created a program, which he calls his Super Trader program, where he has aggregated all of his work with top traders and created a course for others to follow. A modeler of peak performance in the trading arena Dr. Tharp lays out all of the lessons required of his Super Traders before their graduation in this book. The cost of the Super Trader program ranges between $60,000-$90,000 according to their site and they claim you are receiving $120,000 worth of instruction for that price.<br/><br/>The book, which is a great read for entertainment alone, is really an outline of the entire Super Trader program for a fraction of the cost. The book covers topics ranging from personal psychology and self development to trading strategies, expectancy, and position sizing (all of which are crucial to success).<br/><br/>The book outlines his Super Trader's journeys and how they master his concepts. Dr. Tharp weighs in throughout the book but you get a perspective of how and why each of the concepts are important through the trader's eyes. The traders range from male to female, spiritual inclined to type-a personalities. This offers wide ranging insight into the truth Dr. Tharp is trying to convey within the book.<br/><br/>I would recommend this book to anyone regardless of their level within the trading community. If follow any, let alone all, of the the lessons in this book you will see improvement in your trading. That has been the case for myself and I believe that will be true for others.<br/>

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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wasn't what i expected

some points about position sizing and trading

mostly some crap about oneness nothing useful

and a lot of useless marketing for authors other products

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  • bk
  • 12-30-16

Stay away

This was not really a trading book. Focused on selling training classes, resolving psychological issues, and finding god.

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A book where are the author advertises for his training courses

The first part of the book was beneficial to the point that you can get something out of the book however the second part was all about people who benefit from the training course given by the author

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What a disappointment...

This is without a doubt an advertisement for his service. I have only listened to the first student go on and on how great Van Tharp is and I don't think I can stand to listen anymore. Read the Market Wizard series instead of this.

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  • Douglas
  • Cooloongup, Australia
  • 05-17-16

Trading beyond the Matrix

Dr Van Tharp is brilliant.

Trading improvement is now just a matter of time, not will it happen?

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  • ChromeT
  • 01-02-14

Where is the pill?

Any additional comments?

"The juice" is less than 10%. The rest of the book is about other people's experiences.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • G
  • 09-29-13

Think in a different way.

Half the books is about God. I hope that does not put any potential listeners off, like it would have me. But wow!, another top trading book that must be listened to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Eugene Tartakovsky
  • 05-06-16

Vastly more about religion, than trading

What would have made Trading Beyond the Matrix better?

Trimming up all Oneness and religious concepts

What was most disappointing about Van Tharp’s story?

That he feeds reader with religious propaganda almost without anything useful. Even if i wanted a religion, I can choose it without external influence. And certainly i don't want to hear about it in a trading book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

A couple of advices on what to read next: Trade your way to financial freedom and Definitive guide to position sizing strategies.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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  • Andrzej
  • 11-12-17

Sounds like a long infomercial

I am not new to trading and know other Van Tharp's books. This is very different to his other works.

In many parts it was like listening to infomercial and testimonials for his Supertrader programme. A few good points though made the book worth it for me. If you are new to trading - Trade your way to financial freedom - would be a better book. Also if you are still at a stage when you think that trading has nothing to do with your psychology and think it is all about finding a strategy or system that works, you might not be ready for this book yet.

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  • nathan
  • 08-09-17

Atheists....do not buy this book

A few nuggets you can take from a few chapters but I won't be listening to it
Again.

Better trading psychology books out there that don't have to bring religion into it.

Thanks anyway.

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  • MR M D JOHNSON
  • 03-31-17

Heavily biased with Oneness

I started listening to this book in my quest for a better understanding of trading, which I am hoping to start in a few months. After the first few chapters which were mildly interesting be prepared for lots of chapters about personal development, self awareness, Oneness blessings, and the Van Tharp supertrader programme. Lots of the writers seemed able to take months out to meditate, conduct internal reflection, go through personal transformations, and become Oneness blessing givers.
While I can see benefit in knowing your own personality, stopping negative thoughts influencing trading, aiming for happiness, and I do agree with the power that faith can bring, I did not expect most of the book to be about experiences with the supertrader programme and month long transformational psychological study.
Luckily Audible has a x2 speed!
Too little basic trading information, and too much psychological reflection &
Oneness information for my current situation, hence 3 stars.

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  • Ash
  • 10-30-17

Too much religious mumbo jumbo

I've loved Van Tharp's technical work on trading, but you don't get much of it in this book. 

This book started to lose me after it started talking about miracles. I stopped completely around 2/3 of the way through after I was told that I have a low level of consciousness because I'm an atheist.  

Van Tharp seems to advocate that believing in something higher will improve your trading, even if that something you believe in is actual not true. I can understand that people who truly believe in god get great psychological benefits from doing so, but that doesn't mean I want to change my beliefs to something I have always believed to be false simply because Van Tharp believes it will make me a better trader. 

I really wish Van Tharp could offer a book on improving oneself without having to resort to religious beliefs. 

After reading a few books by Van Tharp I can also say that they are sounding more and more like an infomercial for his courses. 

If you are after a good Van Tharp book read 'Trading your way to financial freedom' and leave it that. 

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  • Josh
  • 09-04-15

Deep and esoteric but possibly life changing

Get ready for some pretty esoteric stuff but at its core this book is about self development and improvement that will affect ones consciousness during trading and for life in general.