Van Tharp – Bear Market Strategies

The Objectives are to ensure you are prepared to prosper in the next bear market (or downturn).

Specifically, you will:

Study in-depth the concept of a bear market.

Learn what a bear market truly is and learn several ways to define and measure the bear market type.

Know when a bear market type might be starting and how to know when it might end.

Learn several different trading strategies suited for bear market conditions.

Learn how options and hedging can be especially useful for bear market types.

This home study course will help you:

Outline a big picture view of bear markets and where we may be now – from a big picture, historic viewpoint.

Identify and define bear markets using various methodologies.

Understand the psychology of bear markets and the personal psychology required for you to benefit from them

Study first-hand trading experiences of bear markets from 1987;1998; 2000; 2008; Japan’s lost decade in the 90s, Oil, 2014-2015

Understand basic options strategies useful in bear markets

Understand some basic hedging strategies

Understand how to be prepared to trade bear markets

Create a Systems development process plan

Outline your objectives for bear markets

Create Position Sizing Strategies for bear markets

This home study helps you learn how to think about trading broad bear markets or trading a specific asset class, sector or even single symbol that is in bear mode. For a major bear market, think equities in 2008-2009. For a move limited to a sector move, think oil in 2014-2015. Imagine having had some ways you could have traded those periods effectively.

Major bear markets come only once in a while but “lesser” down moves can be found almost anytime — including during bull markets. Start using the information from this course — and be prepared for the next bear market move.

Are you prepared for the next bear market?

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