There are two quite different sides to Gann analysis, the deeply theoretical, seeking to understand the essence of the science behind Gann’s market theory, the Law of Vibration, and the outright practical, looking for working tools and techniques that will help with applied trading. Though our greatest interest is in the cosmological theory behind Gann’s work, and the universe in general, we also specialize on the practical tools that traders need to specifically analyze and trade the markets. Some Gann experts excel at theory, while others are simply practical traders who are less focused on ideas in deference to trading techniques. This category will specifically focus upon the books and courses that provide very specific and applied tools from Gann’s toolbox used for real time trading. Some may explore deeper theoretical principles and some may just focus on pure trading tools, but this category will give working techniques to better fill the arsenal of any trader. We often recommend that new Gann students focus first on developing a practical trading ability, so that they can fund their future research with profits from their trades, and then also apply new insights from their theoretical study to their practical trading as they advance. This section will help to identify those most practical tools.
Dan Ferrera is one of the most respected market analysts and educators in the Gann field. For 20 years his works have been some of the most popular in our catalog. Aside from being one of the clearest interpreters of Gann, he also has produced his own advanced work, The Spirals of Growth & Decay, developed prior to his analysis and presentation of Gann’s theories. For those seeking a solid, Master’s Degree level education in technical Gann analysis, we cannot recommend anything more highly than Ferrera’s works.
Ferrera has written detailed course on every angle of Gann’s work and provides a fast track into a deep understanding of each field of Gann’s work as well as advanced topics in technical analysis. He has works on cycles analysis, Gann’s Square of 9, Gann’s Mass Pressure Charts, one on risk management and Gann’s swing trading system, another on the details of Gann’s complex geometrical and mathematical tools, one on astrological Bible interpretation, on teaching how to create yearly forecasts like his own yearly Outlooks, which give a prediction for each year, and more. If you are wanting to get a first taste of Gann and to save yourself years of hard work putting together his ideas, Ferrera is a perfect place to start, and walking through his series of fantastic is like getting a Master’s degree in Gann and technical analysis.
W.D. Gann Works
W. D. Gann’s private courses represent the most important of all of Gann’s writings, and go into much greater detail than his public book series, with which most people are only acquainted. They should be carefully studied in their full detail, as they contain the deepest insights into Gann’s theories ever presented. Stock traders must be sure to study all the commodity courses and vice versa, since Gann often put techniques that applied to all markets in only one or another course.
We stock the complete collection of the works of W.D. Gann, both his courses and books. Our set of Gann’s courses were initially collected and compiled by Dr. Baumring and Donald Mack in the 1980’s from dozens of original rare private course that were distributed by Gann throughout his career. Many people mistakenly think that Gann just wrote two courses called the Master Stock Course and Master Commodity Course. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Each of Gann’s “courses” were actually small, “sections” of a few pages to a few dozen pages, individually bound in paper folders. These various pieces were then compiled into different sets which he sold as various collections at different prices to different students over the decades. Some were more commonly sold to all students, while other were more secretive and sold only to close private students who often signed non-disclosure agreements, and paid exorbitantly high prices. It is these rarest pieces that make the difference between one collection and another.
The later courses Gann sold in the 1940’s and that he “called” the Master Courses were nothing but various compiled collections of these smaller pieces, and would vary according to who purchased them and what price they paid, and were never set until after Gann’s death when purchased by Ed Lambert. For instance, there are pieces that Gann advertised in the 1950’s as “new” like his Master Mathematical Formula for Market Predictions, or his rare #3 Master Time Factor Course which were never included in his “Master Courses”, and similarly were never included with any of the Lambert Gann courses sold by Lambert or the Jones’ from the 60’s until now. So these “master” courses are and have always been incomplete collections. Further, the Lambert Gann courses sold by Billy Jones through the turn of the century, were retyped and re-edited by Billy so that they did not provide the original unadulterated content that Gann produced, making them unreliable, edited versions. Our editions are exact facsimiles of the original copies sold by Gann, with no editing or adulteration of any kind.
Our 6 Volume set of Gann’s Collected Writings was further supplemented by new finds of rare pieces, like those mentioned above, rediscovered by the Institute over the past 30 years since Baumring’s death, and comprises the most complete and the only properly organized set of courses that are available. Gann has very particular sets that he sold only to his higher end clientele, placed in specific order to provide a particular logic to his work. Our collection maintains this order and includes a further collection of rare and historical courses, letters and private materials which make our collection the most complete and important collection available. Serious students of Gann should beware most “supposed” collections of Gann’s writings as most are unauthorized, incomplete, and distorted representations of his work, and cannot be trusted. Our set it the most reliable set of Gann’s unadulterated and most important work available…
While W.D. Gann’s own original work is a critical element for any Gann researcher’s collection, most people will find Gann’s work to be extremely vague, complicated and difficult to penetrate on their own. In our experience, it can take many years, if not decades for the ordinary analyst to, by themselves, digest and apply the deeper techniques of Gann’s, without significant help by well-seasoned analysts and traders who have dedicated years to decoding and creating practical tools from Gann’s techniques. This is why there is a fundamental and valuable secondary market of works presenting and developing Gann’s ideas, and making them accessible to any trader. We believe that the best teachers in this field are not competitors, but are fellow contributors to an ongoing field of research, and that their work is mutually supportive and will provide expanded insights when more material is understood.
We maintain the largest collection of secondary works on Gann Theory of anyone in the field. Many of these books we publish ourselves, and are written by top Gann experts and experienced Gann traders from across the world. However, we also review works written by other Gann experts across the field, and add to our catalog any material we consider to be of high quality and importance from the global community of Gann analysts. With our experience in the field, we are well qualified and to provide a peer review of these materials, so as to filter out the best quality work from that of a lower caliber, and then present these to our clientele who demand the highest standards. So any book or course that you find in this catalog can generally be considered to be of the upper echelon of works on Gann analysis. We have new authors submit their research to us ongoingly, so that we are always adding new items to our catalog with fresh insights, alternative techniques or new ideas. In this way we are able to save our clients significant wasted funds in exploring the territory at their own cost.
How to Trade Like W. D. Gann An Exploration of the Mechanical Trading Lesson on U. S. Steel
By Timothy Walker
Statement of Intent
The intent of this course is to present a detailed analysis of the entire sequence of 322 trades from 1915-1931 presented in WD Gann's US Steel trading course. The specifics of these trades and of Gann's Mechanical Method provide profound insights into the mind of one of the greatest traders of history. With detailed charts accompanying the analysis, the reader will discover great insights in reading market action and learn to understand the specific rules and trigers that Gann used to manage an account through every phase of market activity.
This course demonstrates how Gann could turn a $3000 account into over $6 million in 15 years. But it also shows extraordinary returns in shorter trading periods. For instance, from his initial investment of $3000 in February 1915 until October 21 of the same year, Gann produced a 1,337% return increasing the account to $40,123. This course will teach you how to do the same, by trading like W.D. Gann!
WD Gann is one of the most prolific traders and authors in the history of Wall Street. In a career that spanned over 50 years from 1902 to 1955 he wrote numerous courses and books, gave personal instruction on his methods, published forecasts and managed subscription services for investors.
Today many traders have heard of his name and many have read at least one of his books. And yet there is very little written material which actually goes through what he wrote. Most modern writers have taken a technique or two and woven it in with their own methods. But for those who wish to study Gann's original writings there is not much to go on. Very few charts are available to cover the examples he gave, making many of his statements obscure at best.
After searching for some years for a book that addressed his courses, I determined that if I wanted to read one I would have to write it myself. But where to start? I picked one of Gann's 'beginner' lessons, called Method for Trading the Overnight Chart. The reason was simple. When new students came to Gann for instruction, he first sold them his swing trading system. Only when a person had learned how to trade would he teach them how to forecast.
This lesson, which is today published as part of the Stock Market Course, consists of 9 Rules followed by 15 years of trading examples on US Steel. At the time US Steel was the largest company in the world and therefore an obvious candidate to demonstrate the method. But I wondered why Gann covered a period of over 15 years in his examples. Surely a few months would have been sufficient to illustrate his mechanical rules.
The first obstacle I encountered was that neither the data nor the charts for this period of US Steel were available from any source I could find. I eventually realized that I would have to copy the data off of microfilm from old newspapers in order to be able to make the needed charts. It took me about half an hour to copy every month of data, so for the 16 years of the lesson that took about 100 hours. In actual fact I extracted 36 years' worth, from 1901 to the end of 1936, so the total was well over 200 hours. I also hand-charted a daily and monthly chart, as originally I didn't have the ability to put the data into software, and that took about the same amount of time again.
After this slow process of acquiring the daily price data from old newspaper records and loading it into software, I was finally in a position to begin my analysis. It was only when I sat down with the charts that I discovered a wealth of hidden information that I hadn't expected. I kept asking, "Why did he do that here?" and I saw that, while the system is described as mechanical, the application gives many subtle indications of how Gann would read a price chart. I also understood that the reason he covered so many years of trading was to demonstrate the performance of his system in all possible market conditions in order to better prove its value.
Throughout the series of trades Gann takes the student on a progressive journey of difficulty. In the earlier trades he gives more explanation and allows more latitude with placement of stops and reversals of position. As time progresses he adds more tools into the Matrix and appears to be leading the reader along a path towards the way he would trade. Even though he states that he has rules that he is not applying, it is possible to get a sense of how he was thinking at times, and to see hints of where he might have had other rules to use. But even without these further rules, we can get a fantastic insight into the mind of a master trader.
The last part of the lesson, covering the Crash of 1929 and the first part of the Great Depression, occurred during the time he was writing it, and his trades would have reflected what he was seeing in the market at the time. The original text, however, is almost impossibly dry. In 1930 it was not possible to produce daily charts covering 15 years of market action, and so instead he had to list the highs and lows in the text so that students could construct a basic chart as they read through. But even here much information is lost, as you can't see the actual bars.
This brings me to the actual book itself. I have divided up Gann's text into the individual trades, of which there are over 300, spanning 16 years from 1915 to 1931, all in the one stock, US Steel. I have gone through these trades one at a time, offering a commentary and observations on what Gann is doing - how he enters a trade, how he manages the stops, when and why he pyramids, and suggestions on factors that he may have been acting upon.
These trades are broken up arbitrarily into different phases of the market - bull markets, bear markets, corrections and so on. This enables us to see the moves in the bigger context. From time to time I also give summaries of what is happening and the lessons that can be learned. The commentary is accompanied by about 90 charts which show every trade in detail.
In addition to the charts in the text, enlarged copies of each chart are included in a separate volume so that you don't have to turn pages back and forth to follow what is happening. They are large enough that you can make your own notes on the charts. I have also included a copy of Gann's original lesson, so that this will be a one-stop purchase, and have provided a tabulation of Gann's trades and profits tracking the development of his account from the starting capital of $3000 to the final total 300 trades later of over 6 million dollars!
This is really a complete course in itself. It presents an entire trading system with a complete explanation by Gann. It is about as close as we can get to sitting in a classroom with him and watching him trade. I believe that it is through lessons like this one that we come closest to seeing how he actually thought when he was trading. Your job is to internalize this methodology and integrate it into your own trading strategy.
Gann' Mechanical System Applied to The Current S&P500
(Excerpt from Spring 2014 Trader's World Article)
As an example of how his method would apply today, let us consider a chart of the e-mini S&P 500 futures contract and demonstrate exactly what the trades from Gann's Mechanical Method would be in the current market.
Gann wrote his lesson for stocks trading around 50-200, so we have to make some assumptions to adjust for a stock index trading at 1800. You would have to test these to work out the optimum numbers, but for this exercise, I am going to place stops 5 points above swing tops or below swing bottoms. Gann's pyramiding rule was to add half the position size every so many points. I will use 50 points here. We will take an initial trade size of 2 contracts, based on Gann's risk management rules of only risking 10% of one's capital on any one trade, which would require a capital of $50,000.
We will assume that we have been trading the S&P for some time and simply pick up the trades from the beginning of 2014. As the New Year dawned, we would be long at around 1788 from 18 December. This trade was stopped out around 1812 on 13 January. Profit 24 points x 2 contracts = 48 points. As the system requires us to reverse positions we will be short 2 contracts at 1812 with the new stop placed above the 31 December high.
The market continued sideways for several days more. Gann was careful in such situations not to bring stops too close, so he would have left them above the 31 December high. An additional contract was sold at 1762 on 29 January.
On 3 February a special rule was triggered. Gann didn't even mention this rule at the beginning of his lesson and it is only in the trade examples that it becomes apparent. We would exit all short contracts at 1736 (total profit 178 points) and go long 2 contracts at that price.
Although the market went a fraction lower on 5 February, Gann's rule for stops would have kept the long trade intact, and we are placed to take the full benefit of the strong rally that followed. An extra contract is bought at 1786 and another again at 1836. All 4 contracts were stopped out at 1860 on 12 March. Total profit 346 points.
Total profit on 3 trades is 572 points or $28,600. Thus the return on our $50,000 capital over the first 3 months of the year, without deductions for commissions, was 57%. But don't forget that we are only trading with 10% of our capital in this example, so the returns on the actual 'at risk' investment are much higher. If we consider that our initial investment was approximately $5,000, and we generated a $28,000 return, we actually produced 570% on our initial investment in only 3 months! Not bad for a relatively simple mechanical system.
Thank you for another update on the fabulous book - I love it. If my house was on fire the book would be my first to be saved (after the wife and kids). - PC (NSW)
Walking through Gann's US Steel trades, using your book as a guide, has taught me more about how Gann actually traded than any of my own attempts to learn by reading Gann's own books over several years. - DM (VIC)
I have certainly had some better success with my trading since implementing the methodology that you have made very clear in your book. While I have still not completed the testing of all the trades, I have gone to great depth to fully understand everything I have done so far, and this effort has been reflected in my account balance. Thank you so much for being the conduit to unlocking some of Gann's secrets for me. - EL (WA)
I am finding it an amazing course really, more so than a book as such. - GS (NSW)
I'll sum up my support in one word....Awesome.Your book and the charts you provide make it soooo much easier to follow and read.... I do hope the next book you are working on is the lesson from the New Stock Trend Detector. - GJ (NSW)
Will keep reading the book till I drop. Again, thanks for taking the time to write all this, it will be very resourceful and great additional knowledge for any traders in the world. - HW (Indonesia)
I've had an epiphany whilst studying US Steel Lesson and now I'm bursting with energy and enthusiasm! I'm not even half way through - at chapter 10. I can't begin to imagine what other ideas will continue to flow up on studying the remainder of the lesson, and then second reading, then third... - MP (QLD)
I am really enjoying the book. It's so good to be able to get this close to Gann's thinking and his trading style. All thanks to your efforts in presenting the material in a more understandable and fluid format. - AM (NSW)
I am putting your (Gann's) teachings to good use, I have been applying the principles to ANZ for quite some time and at this stage I'm delighted, especially that I'm so time poor. - RT (NSW)
Finally, a trading guide on Gann's methods containing detailed instructional charts allowing the reader to follow and observe what Gann observed as he traded. - SM (VIC)
I love the book; you really did do a superb job. You take us through it as if it is happening right now. It's more than I ever imagined. I'm going through it slowly and I'm loving it more and more. Thank you. - MA (WA)
The author had been studying the writings of W D Gann and subsequently trading since 2006. A background in law and communication helped with the analytical task of pulling Gann's work apart piece by piece. From 2007 to 2013 he worked with Safety in the Market, a trading education company teaching Gann analysis in Australia, first as a Trading Tutor helping other students and then as a seminar presenter.
Owners of this course will also be given access to an Online Discussion Forum, where they can ask questions from the author, and discuss trades and ideas with other owners of the course. This give the opportunity for the idea to be further developed and studied amongst the group, and for new insights or discoveries to be shared between the community of readers.
Contents & Sample Sections
The following link presents several sample sections from the actual course, including the Contents, Preface, and Epilogue. For a sense of the layout and style as well as for some more detail about the course, just follow this link:
A detailed analysis of the entire sequence of 322 trades from 1915-1931 presented in W.D. Gann's US Steel trading course, broken down into clear and concise rules for application in today's markets.
Walker dissects Gann's methodology, reveling deeper rules than are apparent in Gann's thin explanations in his original course.
This Gann Trading Course makes an intensive study of one of Gann's core lesson, called The Method for Trading the Overnight Chart. This lesson, is today published as part of the Mechanical Methods & Systems section of his Stock Market Course, and consists of 9 Rules followed by 15 years of trading examples on US Steel.
Dr. Goulden takes a different approach to market analysis than most normal traders and educators. As a Cambridge educated scholar, Goulden is interested in deep principles and in exploring the foundations and implications of both trading techniques and the systems behind them. Before he was ever interested in the markets, he was asked by a friend why Gann’s tools and system are considered to be based upon metaphysical principles. He found this question intriguing and engaged in deep research in the field to answer this question. In this process he recreated a new set of tools based upon principles of Ancient Geometry and Celestial Mechanics. His tools are taken from the same sources as Gann’s and are quite powerful, but are slightly different from Gann’s, so that traders often use them as non-correlated cross-confirmation tools giving similar technical indications but from different perspectives.
His work is deep and has many layers of application and exploration that can be derived from it. His latest work on financial astrology, The Secrets of the Chronocrators, looks back to the astrological and astronomical systems of the ancients, reviving the more mathematical and technical astrology of the Great Masters of the medieval and prior times. Exploring principles like Spherical Astronomy and subtle movements of the Solar System, it seeks to develop a more advanced and scientific system of astrology determination as distinguished from the simpler forms that are generally known. It represents a new movement to re-explore the deeper scientific systems of the ancients that were lost in the press towards the development of a purely mechanical science.
Goulden is a superb educator and the most active Forum moderator that we have seen, with each of his Forums for his courses having 1000’s of posts with detailed questions and answers, deviling deeply into further and new fields of research beyond what is presented in his courses. His Online Forums serve as an advanced classroom where the details of his theories are discussed and elaborated and where students share their research and work with each other while overseen by Goulden, who continually presents new ideas and suggestions.
Hasbrouck Space and Time
One of our great historical discoveries is the Hasbrouck Space-Time Archives, a collection of rare research materials and forecast letters lost for over 30 years. This research develops a new theory of market influence based upon Solar Field Force Theory that was developed during the birth of the space age. The Hasbroucks were deeply connected to the esoteric and financial market communities from the 1920’s through the 1970’s, and contributed a new and recontextualized presentation of information taken from older original esoteric sources. They present a new field of study of solar phenomena, space weather prediction, earthquake prediction and market forecasting.
Muriel Hasbrouck was the inspiring force behind the research, which a foundation in Theosophy and trained as a classical pianist, she pursued an interest in original source works in astrology, through the turn of the 19th century into the early 20’s. She studies with greats like Walter Russell, Paul Foster Case, Aleister Crowley, and Israel Regardie within the esoteric fields. In the market realms she was close with many of the great analysts of her day like Edson Gould, Edward Dewey, Hamilton Bolton, SA Nelson, and more. She and her husband Louis produced a well-received forecasting letter for 30 years called Space Time Forecasting of Economic Trends, and are now quite famous for forecasting the exponential bull market of the 90’s and subsequent crash 50 years in advance! Their theories of Solar influence upon human and earthly experience through geomagnetic influences still lie at the cutting edge of scientific speculation.
Dr. Jerome Baumring
The work of Dr. Baumring is the core inspiration upon which this entire website is based. Baumring is the only known modern person to have cracked the code behind WD Gann’s system of trading and market order. However, even further, Baumring rediscovered and elaborated the system of scientific cosmology at the root of Gann’s Law of Vibration. There is absolutely no other Gann teaching that goes anywhere near as deep as Baumring’s work, or that even so much as attempts to approach the core ideas developed by Baumring. This study is for those who are interested in the mysteries behind the markets and the ordering system behind the universe itself. This is the study of cosmological theory on its deepest level, and of the interaction between man and the cosmos in which he lives, explored through an examination of causation and propagation of forces in the financial markets.
Dr. Baumring’s course program is not easy, and should not be approached without the willingness to commit at least a few years to the study. It is a long and detailed course, requiring the equivalent level of research and difficulty as most PhD programs, but in the field of Gann Analysis, which is not taught at any university. It requires many years of challenging work including the reading of many dozens (if not 100’s) of books required to develop the foundations needed to understand Gann’s approach to the markets. It is a very serious study that should only be approached by those willing to dedicate themselves to intense thinking and vast research across many fields of knowledge including: astronomy, biology, physics, finance, cycles, wave mechanics, geometry, mathematics, astrology, numerology, number theory, numerous esoteric and alternative scientific theories, and much, much more. Baumring summarized his system by the term “Numerical Astrophysics” in an attempt to give a modern name to an ancient theory that Gann himself had discovered.
Of all the analysts and traders we have known, the most advanced have all come to their understanding through following the lead of Dr. Baumring, or through having gone through a similar and parallel study and path of research to his. His teachings represent the “best of the best” of all material on Gann publicly available, but it will not give up its secrets to a mere superficial perusal. Baumring does not spell out simple explanations of how Gann’s techniques work, but rather leads his students into the depth of the science behind the system, while slowly elaborating how the techniques build upon this deeper science. For those seeking a fast path to the application of Gann exoteric trading principles, this is NOT it! Baumring’s work is not merely some market trading program, and indeed if approached this way may be found to be dissatisfactory.
Baumring himself often said to his students, “If you only are looking to make money, don’t bother studying Gann, it’s too difficult. Simply study swing trading systems, risk management and options strategies, and you can make all the money you want to make.” (Note: we have excellent books on these alternatives…) There are much easier and more direct methods to learn to effectively trade the markets than studying Gann. Those in more of a hurry to apply Gann’s work to trading may want to begin with the work of Ferrera or one of our most applied analysts, like Prandelli or Gordon Roberts, and save the Baumring work for a later time to explore at your leisure.