Book: Kane Trading on: Trade Management
Q: Do you take credit cards?
Q: How do you ship?
Q: Do you ship internationally?
Q: Do you charge sales tax?
Q: I see you have books available. I learn better with videos/
audio cassettes/CD-ROMs, etc. Do you carry these also?

Q: What are 'eArticles', and how do they differ from eBooks?
Q: Why can't I print or resell the electronic (PDF) eArticles?
Q: How do you price your books and eArticles?
Q: Your excerpt pages are kind of small and hard to read.
Is there any way I can get a better view of them?

Q: I see on your book and article excerpts that your charts
are in color. I know that your books are the standard black
and white, of course. So, why are the excerpt charts in color?

Q: What other differences are there, if any, between the book and
article excerpts and the actual copies that I will receive?

Q: How did you choose the excerpts? How representative are they?
Q: Do you have free trials for your subscriber section?
Q: Do I have to go through the 'Agreement Page' every time I log on
to my subscription?

Q: I just bought a complete book set. In what order would you
suggest I read the books?

Q: I'm having trouble printing up some of your pages. Is there some
secret to this that I'm missing?

Q: I was wondering if your methodology was specific to just one
particular market or timeframe, or does it apply 'across the board'?

Q: I just found your website after reading a positive post on a forum/
doing a search/hearing about you from a friend, and I wanted to
inquire about possibly doing a mentorship with you. Any thoughts?

Q: I would like to join this free Kane Trading forum that I heard about.
What do I do to get in there?

Q: I know you only sell the books as a set now, but I really just want to
buy your Median Line and Fibonacci Synergy book, since I only
want to learn about median lines (or your Advanced Fibonacci book,
since I only want to learn Fibs, or your ABCD book, because I only
want to learn about ABCD's, etc.). Can you please, please, make an
exception just for me and sell me just that one book?

Q: I bought your books and I read the FAQ above about the order to
read them in, but it seems to conflict with some of the prerequisites
listed on the books page. Now I'm not sure what order to read them
in. What do I do?

Q: Do you take credit cards?
A: At this time Kane Trading does not accept credit cards, but have no fear. Kane Trading is a member of the PayPal network, and hence you can pay for your products through PayPal, using your credit card. I have set up an easy to use PayPal shopping cart for your convenience, if you would like to pay with a credit card. Setting up a PayPal account is quick and easy.
Q: How do you ship?
A: For domestic shipments the preferred method is via U.S. Postal Service, media mail, with delivery confirmation. The shipping and handling cost is determined by the total price of the order (excluding the prices due to eArticles, which are electronically delivered), according to the following schedule:

Order Price Shipping and handling cost
$0.00-$99.99 $5.00
$100.00-$199.99 $7.50
$200.00-$299.99 $10.00
$300.00-$399.99 $12.50
$400.00+ $15.00

If, for some reason, shipping via USPS doesn't work for you, it may be possible for me to ship via UPS or FedEx. Arrangements and costs would be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: I can ship internationally. Shipping method is via Priority Mail Express International, with tracking and insurance. Right now I have configured the costs within PayPal for most of the countries I get orders from. When you check out and select your country, you should see an amount in line with what I list below. If not, please contact Jim and your country will be added, and then you can try checking out again.
Costs vary by country, but an average for a full book set (nine books and two hard copy articles) with insurance, which weighs just under seventeen pounds, is in the range of $95-$140 give or take, depending on how far away you are. Europe tends to be in the lower end of the range, SE Asia a bit above that, and Australia on the higher end. In general this is just a pass along cost for me. I even pass along the 8% online booking discount.
Lately it seems that PayPal itself, when booked through them, sometimes gives a bigger discount, but they haven't been able to tell me ahead of time what that discount might be. If the amount you pay is greater than the actual shipping cost, then a) it is not an intentional markup on the prices I charge based on the USPS rate sheet, and b) the amount over cost will be considered a 'box fee and handling charge'. I do not want to get involved in trying to refund a small amount because PayPal gave a bigger than expected discount. I think this is fair.
Q: Do you charge sales tax?
A: Residents of Washington must add 7.7% sales tax to all orders.
Q: I see you have books available. I learn better with videos/audio cassettes/CD-
ROMs, etc. Do you carry these also?

A: Kane Trading has just recently started out offering products for traders. At this point my focus is on creating books and eArticles. Once I get a basic lineup available, if they are well received, I plan to turn my focus to these additional products.
Q: What are 'eArticles', and how do they differ from eBooks?
A: This is a great question, because I am, perhaps, doing something a little bit different here. To start, basically, I offer hard copy books. I also decided, though, to offer what I call 'eArticles'. I've done some works that are less than, say, eighty pages. I decided to call these eArticles and simply offer them in PDF format.
These can be easily opened and read with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. These would technically not be 'eBooks', since an eBook would have a different format and would require an eBook reader. I chose not to provide the eBook format because I don't feel eBook readers have reached a mainstream enough level yet. Down the road I certainly will provide my works in eBook format, too.
So, an eArticle is simply a PDF version of one of my smaller books that's usually less than about eighty pages.
Q: Why can't I print or resell the electronic (PDF) eArticles?
A: My 'normal' means of offering my books is in the obvious 'hard copy' version, just like any other book that you that might buy. But as I mentioned in the last FAQ answer, some of my 'books' are smaller, and hence the printing and binding costs, proportionally, become prohibitive. And some of my customers, too, prefer to receive their book 'instantly', and not have to cut down any trees for a printed version. A large part of my clientele is very strongly technically oriented.
For this reason, I decided to offer the smaller books in an electronic version, in PDF format. The problem for me is that electronic documents can be easily copied. Hence, an electronic version can be multiple copied and sold, and a claim made that all that was being done is reselling originals. This would, of course, be a very serious copyright violation, but we've all seen what has happened in the music world. Like software, I'm selling the electronic version as a 'single user' document.
Unlike most software, though, the user agreement requires that the document not be resold. This way, if I see any eArticles for sale, I can know with 100% certainty that these are in violation of the user agreement for the article, and I can then take appropriate action. If this is not acceptable, please purchase a 'hard copy' version. Also, since this electronic version is being sold as an 'electronic' version, it will not allow printing. If you want a printed version, again please purchase a 'hard copy' version.
The advantage to the electronic version is that you can receive delivery via e-mail in much less time, you pay less, and you don't cut down any trees. It's a more specialized version of a product, but it meets the needs of a large part of my clientele.
Q: How do you price your books and eArticles?
A: I have a fairly simple and straightforward way of pricing my books. If a book is up to approximately one hundred and eighty pages of content, I price them at ten dollars per thirty pages. Hence, a one hundred and fifty page book would be fifty dollars, or in 'retail' terms, $49.95. Once past the area of approximately one hundred and eighty pages, I reduce the price a bit, sort of a 'quantity discount'. I price the pages after this point at ten dollars per forty pages.
So, let's say a book is approximately two hundred and sixty pages. The first one hundred eighty pages price out at sixty dollars, and the remaining eighty pages add twenty dollars, since that's two forty page 'units' at ten dollars each. This is an approximate guideline for me, and I tend to err on the side of throwing in extra pages.
Now, as far as the eArticles, I follow a very similar type of guideline. Most of the eArticles are in the range of thirty-five to eighty pages, and I price them at approximately ten dollars per thirty-five to forty pages of content, to reflect the absence of printing costs. With the eArticles, though, I take into account a little bit more the value of the topic.
Sometimes, I feel, I can explain a valuable concept in fairly short order. But, just because I can write it up very concisely doesn't mean it has a low value. Some of the things that I present have taken me years of intensive study to discover. So, although I generally follow a similar pricing guideline with the eArticles as I do with the books, sometimes the eArticles will be priced according to the value that I perceive them to have.
Q: Your excerpt pages are kind of small and hard to read. Is there any way I can
get a better view of them?

A: If the excerpt is not filling your browser page in such a way that it requires you to scroll down to see the lower portion of the page, you aren't seeing the image in 'full size', as I intended it to be viewed. Internet Explorer 6 has a setting called 'Automatic Image Resizing', which directs the browser to 'resize' images that would require you to scroll. Although this may be quite handy for some people, it makes certain images much smaller than intended.
There are two ways to handle this. If you simply 'mouse over' the image, you'll see an 'Automatic Image Resizing' icon appear over the lower-right hand corner of the image. Click on that icon and the image will 'go back to normal'. The other option is to disable this resizing feature.
To do this, you go to the Tools menu and click on Internet Options. Click on the Advanced tab, and then scroll down until you get to the Multimedia area. Now look for the line that says Enable Automatic Image Resizing. Uncheck the box in front of this line.
This will now allow your browser to display images at the size that the website creator intended them to be viewed at. The Microsoft website has a good article entitled 'Learn How to Use Automatic Image Resizing' that discusses this topic. This article goes into a little bit more detail than what is provided here, plus it has some additional links to related topics.
Q: I see on your book and article excerpts that your charts are in color. I know
that your books are the standard black and white, of course. So, why are the
excerpt charts in color?

A: When I create the original document for a book or article, the one that I eventually send to the printer, the charts are imported as they come from the charting software, and that is in color. As I experimented with the best ways to capture the excerpts, I decided that scanning in the hard copy pages and converting them back to digital images was a very low quality way to go. I came up with a technique to capture them from the original electronic document.
I was going to then convert those captures to grayscale, but it turned out to be more of a 'brownscale' than anything else. I decided to just leave them as they were. The purpose of the excerpts is to give the viewer a chance to get an idea about the material, and not to show an exact representation, down to the last pixel, of what will be received. The books are the standard black and white, but the excerpts are captured from the original documents that I send to the printer. On the other hand, the eArticle versions, sent as a PDF file, do retain the color chart images.
Q: What other differences are there, if any, between the book and article excerpts
and the actual copies that I will receive?

A: The excerpts are not exact reproductions of the pages in every case. It was a very difficult task to capture all the excerpts, and it was fraught with seemingly never-ending technical difficulties. In some cases certain lines were getting distorted because they were at the bottom of the word processing program when the capture was done, for example. To resolve this, in a few cases, I increased or decreased the line spacing a small amount. Hence, there may be slightly different spacing than the actual book. In a few cases I added an extra line of space on an excerpt.
In the excerpts the page number is gray, but it is black in the actual books. This is an anomaly of how the word processing program displays the page numbers. This gray view has no effect on the printed version. In a few cases I also found typos, misspellings, or punctuation errors as I did the excerpts. I corrected these as I found them, and will correct future runs on the books. Depending on the run your book comes from, you may see one of these very minor variations. I'm always trying to improve the book and article series in any way that I can. All in all the differences will be very minor, but I wanted to be clear about it.
Q: How did you choose the excerpts? How representative are they?
A: This hits right on what was the toughest part for me in doing the excerpts. I won't pull any punches here. I have written about sixteen hundred pages so far for the book and article series, and it has been an incredible investment of time and energy. From a personal standpoint, this is time I had to take away from being with my family. I'm all right with having done all the work that I have, but I want to be fairly compensated for it.
I feel I have put together a great series of works that should really help out serious traders with their trading. The problem is, there are a lot of people that just want to read the free commentaries and free articles, ask me a lot of questions by e-mail, and try to glean all the methodology out of me for free. This is a never-ending battle for me. I won't even get into my thoughts here on the likelihood of success of a prospective trader who goes to all this effort to try to avoid investing such a nominal amount for what I feel is such valuable information.
This problem persists in the excerpt issue. I want to choose a good selection of excerpts, so those that are trying to make a solid, informed decision can have some additional information to work with. On the other hand, I'm not going to show all the key discoveries, things that took me years and years of hard work, research, and real-life trading 'knocks' to discover, and give them all away in the excerpts. If I was going to do that, I would just put all sixteen hundred pages on the website for free, and leave it at that.
If you are wondering if the material is for you, the excerpts may help you somewhat in your decision, but they aren't going to allow you to do a really full, detailed evaluation. They simply can't because I was very, very careful in choosing what things I would show with them. You can get a look at my writing style, and things of that nature, but there are well over a hundred free commentaries posted on the website (around a thousand pages, in word processor format), as well as additional free articles, and if you don't know my writing style, my method of teaching and my level of skill after looking at all that, a handful of excerpts isn't going to make much of a difference.
I just want it to be totally clear that if you look the excerpts over and don't see a lot of detailed information or truly revolutionary material there, you should look over why you were expecting that in an excerpt. There's no other way for me to say this: if you want to get all of the concepts, ideas, and methodology that I have written up, you have to buy the books! Look over the thousand or so pages of free commentary, articles, and excerpts, and decide if you think I know what I'm doing, if I can teach, and if you think I can help you, and then make your decision. I can't do more for my readers than that.
Q: Do you have free trials for your subscriber section?
A: No, I don't. The target audience for the members subscription services is the core Kane Trading readership. Those that have the books and follow the Kane Trading website closely. Those that already feel the material is very useful and a great value for them. The people that have been asking all along if I would provide a service like this. The details provided on the membership page, combined with what they have already learned from me and the extensive archive of free commentary and free articles on the website, are more than enough for them to make an informed decision.
I do not want to try to attract people who need to be 'talked into' the service before they even have the books, or before they can clearly see that what I have to say is of value to them. And those that see the value don't need to be 'talked into' anything, they have been asking me to offer it. Although I will allow anyone to sign up, even if they don't have the books (although I feel it would be hard to fully understand what I am showing), those people aren't my target audience. Those that would ask for a free trial aren't my target audience.
Add in the great difficulty of trying to keep all the free trials straight and deal with all the fake, repeat sign ups, and it just isn't the direction I am going to go in. Those that know my work and what I offer will immediately see the value in what I am doing here, and those that don't surely won't be swayed with a free trial. I believe you get what you pay for, and my core followers will immediately see the value in this service, without needing a free trial to determine that.
Q: Do I have to go through the 'Agreement Page' every time I log on to my

A: No, you don't. I suggest that you find whatever page you would prefer to start from and simply bookmark that page. You can then start there in the future and when you use that bookmark you will be prompted for your password, just the same as when you started at the 'Agreement Page'. The purpose of the 'Agreement Page' is to confirm and record that the user has read, understood, and accepted all the Disclaimers, Terms & Conditions, and Policies of Kane Trading before entering the members subscription section for the first time. Once this has been done initially it is not necessary to do it every time the section is reentered.
Q: I just bought a complete book set. In what order would you suggest I read
the books?

A: I would read them in the following order:
  • Advanced Fibonacci Trading Concepts
  • First part of Chapter 3 of A Totally New 5-Point Pattern (pages 39-45 minimally)
  • Trading ABCD Patterns
  • Multiple Timeframes and 'Context'
  • A Totally New 5-Point Pattern (reread the first part of Chapter 3)
  • Entry Techniques
  • Trailing Stops
  • Trade Management
  • The 4-Point Continuation Pattern
  • A Pattern Trade Entry Technique
  • Four 'New' ABCD Pattern Variations
  • Median Line and Fibonacci Synergy
Keep in mind that you should expect to read these books at least 2-3 times to get a good handle on the concepts. Feel free to mark them up and write a lot of notes and questions in the margins. They are designed to be 'working manuals'.
Update: Please see this additional FAQ answer below.
Q: I'm having trouble printing up some of your pages. Is
there some secret to this that I'm missing?

A: No, it's now a 'known issue'. It was brought to my attention that some people were having trouble printing some of the pages on the website. I took a look at this and found out that I was having the same trouble. After some rather extensive sleuthing I found out where the trouble was. So much for 'amateur' website coding.
In order to move the Kane Trading logo down on the bottom left of the pages so that it lines up the way I want it to I came up with an image spacer to force it down to the right level. What I didn't know is that once it gets to a certain maximum height it somehow freaks out the browser. You can see what is happening by choosing any long page (like this one) and going to file: print preview and watch what happens to the page count. It goes up indefinitely. That is why it won't print, it hasn't finished counting the pages. It gets stuck in this infinite loop.
This leaves me with quite a dilemma. I can find a way to redo how I get that image down there, using another method. That's all fine and good, but I have something like two hundred pages on this site, and it's impossible for me to even consider redoing and reloading all those pages. I am still thinking on this, but an answer isn't likely forthcoming. That leaves me with 'the workaround'.
In the meantime, you can highlight the text and images you want to print and then go to file: print and when the screen pops up, hit the button for 'selection' and then 'print' and it will print the selected region. I have tried this and it works. You can also cut and paste that into Word, but that may require you to do a little shuffling to get it all lined up.
Lastly, you can make it all easy on yourself and just buy the archive on CD. There are enough options here that I will likely leave it this way, and pursue an update for future pages.
Q: I was wondering if your methodology was specific to just one particular
market or timeframe, or does it apply 'across the board'?

A: I get asked this question quite a bit. I consider the methodology 'fractal' in nature. What I mean by this is that the patterns, layouts, and setups seem to appear on all timeframes, and it seems like many times each 'layer' makes up the next 'layer', so in a sense the setups and such are made up of smaller timeframe setups, and the setups from a given timeframe are building up the foundation for higher timeframe setups, and so on. This is my interpretation of what I have seen.
Put in a less 'abstract' way, I have found the methodology applies across all timeframes on all liquid issues. I must emphasize that I only apply the methodology to issues that are liquid, and I believe that is a maxim that should be applied regardless of the methodology. I have applied the methodology from tick charts on the mini's up to monthly and quarterly charts on treasuries. I have applied it to stocks and option plays, futures from energy to grains to softs to treasuries to metals (precious and industrial) to currencies, and so on, as well as spot FOREX currencies. As long as the issue is liquid it seems to apply.
I have found this to be one of the great advantages to my approach that it is not limited to a certain market, viewed only in a certain timeframe. I have seen essentially identical setups on a mini tick chart that I have seen on a monthly stock chart. Hence, the 'fractal' nature of the methodology. Interestingly, the methodology applies across the timeframes in a given issue, such that if a setup is found on say a 3-minute chart, it may have a setup on the daily chart, too, or on other various timeframes, or may be in the process of playing out a setup on one timeframe and be forming a setup on another timeframe, in true 'fractal' nature. I frequently use the 'context' of higher timeframe setups to assess lower timeframe setups.
I get a lot of positive comments from people who have studied my work, about how they are no longer constrained, as they were in their previous methodology, to a limited number of markets (or even a single market, talk about a business disaster waiting to happen), or to certain timeframes, and that has been a huge positive for them. I have said many times that I 'stalk' the timeframes for setups, and that I will trade 'anything on any timeframe, as long as I have a setup'. I have developed my methodology around that concept.
Q: I just found your website after reading a positive post on a forum/doing a
search/hearing about you from a friend, and I wanted to inquire about possibly
doing a mentorship with you. Any thoughts?

A: Well, step one is to thoroughly read the mentorship page, to get an idea what the program is about. This is not a 'normal' mentorship program like you might find elsewhere. I won't reiterate what is on the mentorship page, except to say that I am not working hard to get students for the program, or 'taking all comers', or anyone with the money who wants to sign up. I am just not running a program like that. I only take on a small number of students per year, and I am very selective. My goal is to pick good candidates, and do my very best to present the methodology to them in a one-on-one situation.
This should not be intimidating to you, since I am not saying you must be the brightest person being considered at the time to be eligible. I am looking for students who want to do the work, who have a solid work ethic, and very importantly, have looked over the methodology and have decided it is suited to them. It fits their personality and style of trading. You don't have to be an experienced trader, just a hard-working and dedicated one. I have worked with beginners all the way up to a very experienced analyst and a hedge fund manager working large sums of money, all long before they found me.
Now, how do you determine if the methodology is suited to you? That's one of the main reasons why I have the over two-hundred free commentary and free articles on the website. For people to look over the work and see if they like it, if it suits them. Only you can decide that. I don't know you, your personality, or your goals. Read all the articles and archived commentary, and decide if this is a style you think is for you. That's step two. Before I continue, let me explain what I don't do.
I don't have a mentorship program that you just sign up for, and in a long weekend I 'teach you to trade'. That is the basis for, perhaps, 99% of all mentorship programs out there. This isn't the time or place for my thoughts on that, but it isn't what I do. I offer a program for those that feel my methodology is something that they want to study, something they want to work hard at over time, because they have seen enough of it, say through the commentary, articles, and books, that they want to pursue it.
I make no claims of any kind about the methodology, or what I can do for you as far as making you into a trader. As I say on the 'About Kane Trading' page, all I promise is that I'll try to provide quality educational material. I work hard at showing what I have developed, and that's all I can do. What you do with it, and even if it can be of use to you at all, is beyond my control. So, after the first two steps, should you send me an e-mail and 'get on the list'? No, not yet. You see, this is about levels, and stages. The commentary potentially take one to a certain level. The next level is the books. They are the core foundation for the entire body of work.
Here's another way I differ from almost everybody else. I require a student to have read all the books at least twice before the first mentoring session. I can't teach the methodology from scratch, it just isn't possible. It is extensive and detailed. The books alone are over two-thousand pages (don't be too intimidated by that, as they are 'easy' to read, with many sequential examples, and are very 'user-friendly', in my opinion), and I suggest students mark up the pages with questions and notes. This is the foundation that I will then build upon during a mentorship. This is the logical sequence.
It also makes sense that until you complete the next stage, and do the required work with the books, you can't really be sure if this is still for you. So, step three is to buy the books and get to work. Don't expect to do this in a weekend. As I have said many times all over this website, if you plan to be a professional trader, and go up against highly skilled and highly capitalized professionals and then take their money, don't expect that this is even remotely possible with less training than it takes to be a doctor, commercial airline pilot, architect, or other professional. My work is one possible step in that process.
Once through the books, if you decide this is for you, and you want to attempt to take it to the next level, I have the members' archive, with over fourteen-hundred charts and one year's worth of commentary. This is an archive containing many then-timely applications of the methodology, from when I ran the members' service. This is included with the mentorship program, but can also be purchased separately, and the cost applied to a mentorship, within certain guidelines (see the membership page for details on that). You can get that, and work your way through there, and see if you still feel the methodology is for you.
If you are sure after the books and perhaps the one-time phone support, you can discuss the mentorship with me. If you do sign up, you will still be required to work through the archive before we do our first session. If you are almost sure I suggest getting the members' archive, and after that you'll have the next level of work to help you with your decision. The level after that is the mentorship. You see, you can keep going up the levels, step by step, to wherever you want to take this. Is a mentorship the end?
No, I have one student who has done the mentorship program three times now, and I have reached a higher level with him than any other student I have worked with. And have I taught him everything I know now, and shown him the highest level work that I can? Not by a long shot. One of the things I have been considering for the future (it's just something I am mulling over at this point) is to create an 'internship' program, which would be like the mentorship program, but with more one-on-one time, and the program would be all-inclusive, in that it would include the books, what is in the current mentorship, and be expanded with more time.
I would then offer only that one product, just for the very most serious students, and not sell the books or anything else separately. I would also require a non-disclosure agreement, as most mentors do, especially because I would include a lot of the very latest of my discoveries that I have not published since I hung up my pen. This is just a thought right now, but you can see my thinking here, as far as the seriousness of my approach. This is an integrated methodology where I feel all the pieces are critical to the whole, and I prefer to present it to a handful of hard workers who really want to take it to the highest level they can.
The point of this rather lengthy answer here is to explain the logical process to potentially doing a mentorship with me. No, I am not being arrogant or wanting people to jump through hoops hoping to be 'lucky' enough to have an audience with me. I just have a certain kind of methodology, and a certain way of presenting it that I feel it is worthwhile, and I feel it is important for people to follow the process so as to get the most out of it, and make the most informed decisions. If you feel I may be worthy of being your mentor, then you should feel I have a good reason for outlining the process as I have. I have worked this process out over time, and I feel it is the best approach right now that I have come up with to date.
Q: I would like to join this free Kane Trading forum that I heard about. What do I
do to get in there?

A: Let me start by explaining the forum. I was getting a lot of requests for a place where my serious students (those who buy the full book set, or mentor with me) could post and share ideas with each other about the methodology, in an 'unrestricted' manner. You see, I ask, in the books, via correspondence, and in the mentorships, that some of the more advanced material in the books be 'kept quiet', and not discussed with other traders, or posted to any public forum. This is in everyone's best interest, to retain the value of the work. So far, everyone has kept to this promise, as far as I know. After all, we all have a vested interest in retaining this value.
Given this, it was difficult for my students to share ideas, then, with others. I was asked by a gentleman I know if I wanted a private forum on his website, and I asked him to create one where my students could post. This is a forum for the students, not for me. I try to drop by and make some posts, when time permits, but it is for students to share their ideas on the methodology. It is open just to full book set buyers, and mentor students. So, in order to sign up and read and/or post in there, you must first purchase the book set. It would make no sense, and it would even defeat the purpose of the forum, to make exceptions and let non-book set buyers in there.
I have tried to make it clear that this is the criteria for admission to the forum, but a fair number of people still contact me, some of them obviously very skilled and experienced traders, but I must turn them down. I am sorry if you got the impression this was open to everyone. I do have a 'public' forum on the same site. That is open to everyone, but it is not very active, since my students go to the private forum, and my time is so limited I just can't post there much. When I have some time for posting, I do the higher level stuff in the private forum.
One thing I can say about the forum, and that is I feel it is the highest level, most courteous forum I have ever seen. That's not because it's 'mine' (which it's not, it belongs to the website owner), I feel it's because most of my students are very, very serious, hard workers, and because no one has anything to prove in there. They are all pretty much on the same page, so there is none of the nonsense you see in just about all forums. When I'm posting, I have nothing to sell, and when the students discuss the work, they have nothing they are trying to prove. There has never been a negative comment in there, and I doubt there ever will be.
So, in order to get in there, you must first purchase a full book set. Once you have read through them (please don't ask to get in there before you've even read the material at least once!), contact me and ask me for the website address, or follow the public forum link above and get signed up. It's free, and you don't need to provide anything but minimal information, as far I know. Again, this is not my website, so that's between you and Guy, the owner. Once you have a 'handle', a user name, you e-mail that to me and I'll get you 'permissioned'. From there, you just log in and enjoy. Keep it friendly and non-judgmental, and everyone will keep getting along great. I think this is an incredible resource where people studying the methodology can work to help each other out.
Q: I know you only sell the books as a set now, but I really just want to buy
your Median Line and Fibonacci Synergy book, since I only want to learn
about median lines (or your Advanced Fibonacci book, since I only want to
learn Fibs, or your ABCD book, because I only want to learn about ABCD's,
etc.). Can you please, please, make an exception just for me and sell me just
that one book?

A: As the Kane Trading project has evolved, I've made various changes that I felt were not only in my own best interest (such as things that allowed me to have more family time), but also in the best interest of my students. If one has come to me as an educator, that implies some sort of belief in my judgment and ability in that role. If you don't agree with my reasoning in how I run the project, perhaps you won't agree with my trading philosophies, either.
I explained here, in detail, my reasoning behind the decision to sell the books only as a set. If you are reading this FAQ you probably want me to sell you just one or two books. Please follow this link and review the reasoning behind why I sell them only as a set, and why I chose just one book, Trade Management, as a stand-alone for potential evaluation purposes. This will 'catch you up' on how I got to this point.
Now, despite that explanation page, I still get requests, not all the infrequently, to make exceptions. Mostly the requests detail all the reasons why I should make an exception. Sometimes, regardless of my ongoing explanations, the person will send me multiple e-mails, further explaining why I really should make an exception this time. If you read the page I linked above, you know that part of my reasoning is to free up time for me (to spend with my family). Lots of e-mails, individual discussion about exceptions, and individual packing and shipping and trips to the post office completely defeat the attempt to have time. This doesn't even get into the technical reasons why I made the decision, either.
In a sense this is calling my decision into question. I came to the decision after a lot of thought, and I feel it is the right one for me, and my students. And if I make exceptions, who do I make them for? Some, and not others? If I do it for everyone, there is no full set requirement then, and I'm back where I was before. If I do for some and not others, how do those that don't 'make the grade' feel?
Imagine if you knew someone made exceptions to a rule, but you got turned down? That's a place I don't want to go to, creating situations I don't need to create. And, if one knew I made exceptions if he or she made a 'good case', that would motivate people to send me extensive e-mails trying to 'make the grade' and be an exception. This totally defeats the purpose of me getting my life back to spend some time with my family.
Based on my experience, some of which has been outright unpleasant, this policy frustrates and even angers some people. I'll take the humble approach and apologize in advance for not making the requested exception. I truly believe that if you have an emotional reaction to this policy, my logic in how I present my trading ideas likely won't be a good fit for you. I take about the same approach to just about everything I do, and if you are not in agreement with me on some things, perhaps you won't agree with my trading logic, either. And hopefully my discussing this won't further frustrate you...
Q: I bought your books and I read the FAQ above about the order to read them in,
but it seems to conflict with some of the prerequisites listed on the books
page. Now I'm not sure what order to read them in. What do I do?

A: This is an anomaly going back to when I sold the books individually. The correct order is the order listed above in this FAQ answer. When I was selling the books individually I wanted to make sure people knew what I felt was important prerequisite reading for a given book. Once I went to full sets only, I had to come up with what I thought would be the best overall order to read them in, which is what is listed in the FAQ answer.
I tell people to read all the books, then start them over again for a second read. I expect most serious students will read them five or more times, perhaps many more, over the course of several years of study. It wasn't as important that some prerequisites be fulfilled as it was to see the material unfold in a certain order, especially in light of the idea that the books would be reread almost immediately, and hence the next time the prerequisites would be already met. There is an immense amount of material in the books, and it is going to take many passes to grasp even a fraction of it, in my opinion. So, stick with the order I suggest above.
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