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Our Trading Academy is a comprehensive, section-by-section course to acquire the necessary skills to grow a portfolio like the pros. The end goal of the Academy is to apply safe and solid strategies for a "yield" far better than other common investment methods. Unlike other sites and educational materials, we include turnkey software that rates stocks in real time, supports live charts, simulates stock and option trading, and can replay the entire market for "practice" and training.

Each section below includes a live seminar session (webinar) as well as written material. All sections include access to our powerful software products.

Summer offer: Lifetime subscriptions to the StockVision Suite include all the materials below. Offer is good through August 2016. Our products and these materials are all you need to become a successful trader!

All videos below included in the lifetime subscription.

Part 1: Basic Basics


There is an ocean of stock market information available, especially since the advent of the internet. Some of  this information is useful, some of it not, and in fact, some of it is outright misleading. What is one to do in a universe of conflicting information?

The Basic Basics section will sort this out for you, teaching what you need to know for successful portfolio growth and what can be discarded. You will also learn how to read the "tea leaves" to know what the big money insiders are betting on.

Even if you are a seasoned trader, you could find this basic information both valuable and a confirmation to what you might already intuitively know.


Part 2: Art of the Chart

The stock chart is the heart and soul of trading because it can reveal the underlying prospects of the underlying company. One way or another, a stock chart reflects all composite knowledge of everyone buying or selling the stock.

Interpreting a chart can be a daunting task, and while entire books have been written on the subject, traders can still call it "wrong." In this section, you will learn all about technical analysis, what is important, and what is not important.

The ability to interpret a chart is the key to the kingdom!


Part 3: Why Systems Fail

Nearly every trader has developed "systems" at one time or another. As an example, they will only (and always) play a stock that hits a new high during the day. Or they will play only stocks that gap down in the AM. The problem with any of these systems is that they eventually fail, or suddenly fail over long stretches of time.

This section will articulate the reason for this system failure, and how you get around the temptation to set everything on "auto pilot."

Market gyrations are controlled by people, not robots. So why would you pick stocks like a robot? The only way to sustained success is to adjust to the market and its ongoing gyrations.


Part 4: All About Options

Options are contracts between shareholders and potential shareholders, and they provide a way to achieve large leverage at a fraction of the normal cost. Options trading is considered "feast or famine" by some due to their volatile nature, but successful investing should adopt a few options strategies in one form or another.

For example, a portfolio manager can obtain a much higher yield by selling options against stocks that are held long term. Or engaging in option spreads which are low-risk money making instruments.

This section will cover the ins and outs of options, the pros and cons, and the correct strategies to suit your level of risk.


Part 5: Safe Option Strategies

Some traders shy away from options because they have a reputation for sharp losses and are inherent with other horror stories. But there are various forms of options trading, not all of which are high risk, and some are even safe for portfolios that cannot tolerate losses (such as IRA's and 401K's).

This section covers the safer strategies with options, including credit spreads, debit spreads, and covered calls.

Understanding the mechanism of options can produce a much higher yield than straight stock investing, so this is a "must know" for any trader.


Part 6: Large Accounts (IRA's, 401K's)

Most people assume that they must leave their IRA's and 401K's in the hands of professionals. The downside is that most fund managers only perform as well as the market. If the market goes sideways or down, your account is dormant or loses money.

On the other hand, the idea of trading our own account holds the stigma of high-risk and even gambling. So what is one to do?

The answers is knowledge: how to employ long-term trading strategies and how to hedge against losses. When you become your own financial manager using these techniques, you are likely to get substantially more "yield" than leaving it in the hands of a third party.


Part 7: Software Tricks

This section covers all of our supporting software products, included as part of the training course. While much of this will have been covered throughout the series, this will reveal miscellaneous features that we skipped over.

It is imperative that you understand the ins-and-outs of our software since it there are literally no better tools available. And, the market changes! So it is best to learn new tricks and to adapt to a shift in behaviour.

Learn the ropes and become a pro!


Part 8: Money Management

This is the last section, but certainly not the least. Without proper money management, you can lose money regardless of how skilled of a trader you are.

Things do not always go as planned in the market, and this is where you will learn the ironclad rules to protect your portfolio against losses, and how to recover from negative events. Learn the top "cardinal sins" of trading and how to avoid them!

Money Management was reserved for the final session, but it applies throughout the entire series in this Academy!