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Is Thomas Kralow’s Trading Course and 1-on-1 Mentorship Worth $20,000?

Thomas Kralow is a successful trader and investor who recently created a program called University Grade Trading Education.

There are multiple versions of the program available at different price points, but they are all based on the same core curriculum. The Complete Program offers 16 total chapters with over 200 video lessons, 140 tests, and 80 homework assignments. And there’s also a Shortened Program which is the same exact thing except for one chapter covering the basics of technical analysis removed.

Why Students Pay Up to $20K For Thomas Kralow's Program

The Shortened Program is slightly cheaper than the Complete Program, but the real differences in price depend on the level of personal support you desire. These levels are broken down into Standard, Assisted, and Assisted Plus. Standard is roughly $1,000 for the course itself – 100% independent learning. Assisted is roughly $2,500 for homework-checking and support from a personal assistant. And Assisted Plus is roughly $20,000 for one-on-one communication and mentorship from Thomas Kralow himself.

Based on personal experience with dozens of trading courses and programs, the cost of the Standard and Assisted versions are completely reasonable – if not underpriced. But a $20,000 price tag on Assisted Plus can give just about anybody sticker shock.

After careful consideration, however, I want to share specific reasons why this type of high-level training and mentorship program might be worth it – even at a price of nearly $20,000. Looking back, I actually wish this program existed when I first started trading.

3 Reasons Why Thomas Kralow’s Assisted Plus Trading Program is Worth $20,000:

Before I start explaining the reasons, I want to point out that I don’t think everyone should be purchasing expensive trading courses and mentorship programs just because they’re “worth it”. Number one: not all trading courses and programs are created equal. And number two: the high-quality ones are only worth it if you focus, work hard, and are serious about your own success.

#1 An Effective Trading Education Program Includes Training – Not Just Information

I personally think Thomas Kralow offers one of the best beginner trading programs currently available online. And I haven’t seen very many negative reviews in relation to it. But with that being said, the naysayers usually repeat the same criticisms.

The most popular being that you can find everything he offers within his course for free online – from blogs, ebooks, YouTube videos, etc. To a degree, this is somewhat true. But this is also true for pretty much everything – we live in the Information Age.

What these detractors don’t understand is that success in any skill-based field depends on more than just information. Knowledge on key terms and core concepts is a great start, but the actions that follow the acquisition of information are far more important.

What I mean by this is that conceptual knowledge does not necessarily equate to functional skills. You can read all the books you want on the topic of baseball, but that won’t automatically make you a major league player. It still requires practice and training.

This directly relates to Thomas Kralow’s trading program because the information within the video lessons alone are valuable – sure – but it’s the quizzes, tests, interactive tasks, and homework assignments that truly make it a strong training program.

Then specifically in relation to the Assisted Plus program, the training goes many steps further with homework-checking, personal algorithm development, private real money trading support, and much more from a multi-millionaire trader.

No doubt, this level of constant feedback and coaching can drastically shorten the learning curve for new, inexperienced traders.

#2 The Typical Path New Traders Take is Actually More Expensive and Time-Consuming 

Over 90% of traders fail and much of that has to do with what we just discussed – lack of proper training. Contributing to this issue is the fact that most individuals aren’t even interested in training – they just want the rewards without any of the hard work.

This leads us right into the topic of chat rooms and alert/signal services where the majority of people join in an attempt to blindly copy the exact trades of some guru. But this copy-cat approach, especially when short-term day and swing trading, never works.

I won’t go into the dynamics of alert services right now and why they’re ineffective, but believe me when I say that they do far more harm than good for the typical subscriber. The bottom line is that shortcuts (besides legitimate training) simply don’t exist.

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The number of get-rich-quick advertisements you see out there might lead you to believe otherwise, but it’s all just marketing. Generally speaking, people don’t want to pursue things that sound hard. In fact, they prefer the get-rich-quick programs.

It’s sad but true. The reason legitimate trading educators are so hard to find is because most people don’t care to learn. They just want the fancy cars, mansions, and stacks of cash that the fake gurus seem to have – not the training that it takes to get there.

Unfortunately, my own path started in a similar fashion – and I’m definitely not alone. I spent a few years trying to find the best so-called gurus and chase their alerts. But not only did I waste thousands in subscription fees, I lost thousands in the market as well.

I eventually learned my lesson to the tune of over $20,000 in trading losses and several years of lost time. This is why I said previously that I wish Thomas Kralow’s program existed before I started trading – my money and time would’ve been much better spent.

#3 Thomas Kralow is Completely Transparent and His Approach Prepares You For Real Markets

Another strong characteristic of Thomas Kralow is his honesty and proper expectation-setting when it comes to the realities of trading. While other gurus try to make trading out to be an easy task, he’s not afraid to tell you that it takes hard work and persistence.

From the outside, trading might seem easy – just push a couple buttons and make a bunch of money. That’s what the fake gurus want you to think in order to sell their “foolproof systems”. But this dream world of excessive rewards without training is not reality.

When you go to his website and read about what he’s offering within his program, there’s no bragging about his own success and absolutely no talk about how easy trading is. In fact you’ll find the opposite – “trading is a marathon, not a sprint”.

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The biggest issue with almost every other trading service out there is that they focus so much on spoon-feeding subscribers with alerts and signals that the educational and training components get neglected. As a result, subscribers never achieve self-sufficiency.

Thomas Kralow’s trading program, on the other hand, doesn’t offer a chat room or send out alerts at all – because all that typically does is promote blind copying. Instead, he offers full-blown training and next-level support for students to achieve durable success.

When it comes down to it, people need to be prepared to trade live markets, which other trading services simply don’t do. But through months of proper education, practice, demo trading, and skill-building, Thomas Kralow students actually have a chance.

In the end, it’s training that creates consistently profitable traders, not just information – and Thomas Kralow understands that.

Final Thoughts on Thomas Kralow’s Trading Program – Standard, Assisted, and Assisted Plus:

I know the $20,000 price-tag on Thomas Kralow’s Assisted Plus program seems like a lot – and it’s certainly no small sum of money.

But after you waste a few years chasing guru alerts, essentially trading blind, and losing that same amount (and I’ve heard horror stories of others losing a lot more) in the markets – the $20,000 price-tag on proper education and training doesn’t seem so bad after all.

Again, I’m not saying that this high-level mentorship program is for everybody because it’s not. There are only a small percentage of individuals who have the drive, hard-working attitude, and financial means to seriously pursue a program like this. But there’s no doubt that the education, training, and constant feedback from an expert can drastically shorten the learning curve.

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Instead of wasting years essentially going nowhere with the “help” of lousy trading courses and services, a training program like Thomas Kralow’s can actually move you forward. The upfront cost might be more, but the potential rewards on the backend are far greater. The value of proper education, training, and self-sufficiency in the markets is hard to quantify. There’s virtually no cap.

The most popular option amongst Thomas Kralow students is the Assisted program. With Assisted Plus out of reach for the majority, the Assisted program is an incredible option at just a fraction of the price – and most students highly recommend it.

Overall, if you want to become a consistently profitable trader, make sure that you focus on legitimate training and mentorship.

Written by Matt Thomas (@MattThomasTP)

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  • LineCowley says:

    Hi Matt, getting proper training in a field is always advisable if you want to make a success of it. There is a lot of money to be made in trading, but one can just as easily lose a lot of money. I have come across the Thomas Kralow trading program before, and have only heard positive feedback on it. The Assisted Plus at $20,000 is indeed a very steep price tag, but if one did want to go for it, does the full amount have to be paid in one go? Or does one book a one-on-one session and pay for each as you use them? Can one start with the Basic and upgrade later, or do you have to decide at the beginning? Thank you. 

    • Matt Thomas says:

      Great comments and questions.

      I have seen some people leave negative reviews in regard to Thomas Kralow’s program – which I talk about in-depth in this post. I think it’s important for every potential Thomas Kralow student to hear the varying perspectives on what he has to offer. But based on my own experiences going through the program, I think it’s the most comprehensive trading course I’ve ever been through. The Standard (100% independent learning) Complete Program is what I went through – so I can’t directly speak to the quality of the Assisted Plus program. But there’s definitely something to be said about receiving constant assistance, mentorship, and support from Thomas Kralow and his staff. As I mentioned in the article, I wish this program existed back when I first started. I don’t know if I would’ve been intelligent/mature enough to choose a legitimate 5-month long training program over the enticing profit claims and promises of sketchy alert services, newsletters, and chat rooms – but I’d like to think I would’ve. In hindsight – thinking about it logically – I spent over $20,000 in trading losses and subscription fees during that time (and pretty much made zero progress as a trader). So I would’ve been much better off putting that money toward Thomas Kralow’s Assisted Plus program and working hard toward building legitimate edge and skills – as expensive as it seems.

      With that being said – $20,000 can certainly seem steep and I completely understand anybody’s reluctance/skepticism to join a program that costs that much. I certainly wouldn’t make any sort of purchase or investment of that magnitude without doing a ton of research first. But the good news is that he offers a handful of much more affordable options. The Assisted program is about $2,500 and the Standard program is about $1,000. These are much more reasonable investments, but the only downside is that you don’t necessarily receive any one-on-one feedback and mentorship from Thomas Kralow himself in regard to your homework, personal trading algorithm, and any specific questions you have along the way. This isn’t to say that nobody will be there to help you with basic questions along the way if you only purchase the standard program, but there’s a big difference between general support and personalized feedback. I don’t believe Thomas Kralow books single one-on-one mentorship sessions at a time, but you can always reach out and ask if he’s willing to do so. But it’s definitely possible to start with Basic (or any other non-assisted program) and upgrade to an assisted one in the future. And he does offer payment plans in which you can pay over a 4-month time period – but the cost does end up being slightly more in the end by doing this.

      I hope all of this information helps – take care!

  • Bernard Breytenbach says:

    I heard about Thomas Kralows program before and heard a lot of good reviews for it. I am considering to give it a try in trading. But need a good program to learn me from the start. Not only that, I need a system that isn’t expensive. Would you recommend Thomas Kralow program for beginners?

    • Matt Thomas says:

      Hi Bernard – Thomas Kralow’s trading program is my #1 recommendation for new traders. For absolute beginners – meaning individuals without even a basic understanding of the markets – they should start by learning some terminology and concepts first. This can be done for free with resources like Investopedia and can help beginners get a feel for what active trading entails. From there, however, traders have to decide if short-term trading is something they truly want to pursue at a serious level – and that’s when a full-blown training program like Thomas Kralow’s University Grade Trading Education comes into play.

      If this sort of program is too expensive ($1,000+), you can attempt to learn using cheaper options (like YouTube videos, for example). But in my experience, paying for a legitimate training program is completely worth it – and usually ends up being a lot cheaper and less time-consuming in the end. The advantage of a high-quality training program is that the information is packaged and structured in a helpful way. You also have the opportunity to receive constant feedback on your work in order to stay on the right track. No matter what though, just keep in mind that becoming a consistently profitable trader is about more than just information/knowledge you read or hear in a book/video – it’s about gaining real-world experience and internalizing legitimate skills. So whatever learning/training program you decide on (free or not), it should be paired with a trading simulator for real-time market feedback in a risk-free environment.

  • Aly says:

    I enjoyed learning more about why you think this learning program has value at all 3 levels (Standard, Assisted, and Assisted+) — even the priciest $20,000 version. I noticed 5 more links to articles that look similar to your review of Thomas Kralow — do you get a lot of questions about the program and find it helpful to point people to different articles? 

    • Matt Thomas says:

      Hi Aly – great question.

      I went through Thomas Kralow’s Complete Program and wrote my main review of it first, but there are certainly aspects of that review that I think are worth expanding upon. Putting all of this information into one giant review would be a little too much for readers to handle. So this is why I have specific articles going into greater detail on Thomas Kralow FAQ’s, complaints, pricing, his net worth, track record, ways to start learning from him for free, and much more. And since his trading program is currently my #1 recommendation for new traders, I think it’s important that I share as much helpful information about it as possible (both the good and bad) in order for potential students to make a well-informed decision on whether or not to pursue it. Link to All Thomas Kralow Articles

  • Page says:

    I have always wondered myself why people pay thousands of dollars for trading courses as that is a lot of money and there are a lot of other options that are considerably cheaper, but now I better understand all the benefits you could receive from a training program that outweighs the upfront cost by quite a bit. I was not aware of all the benefits you could receive with doing Thomas Kralow’s learning program and it is something I would possibly look at in the future if I had the income like that at my disposal. 

    • Matt Thomas says:

      Hi Page – thanks for sharing your thoughts. There’s definitely a ton of information out there on trading, both free and not. But I think most people completely underestimate the time it takes to consume all of that information and then filter out the good from the bad – all at the beginning of your trading journey when you have no idea what’s good and what’s bad. This can be extremely frustrating and costly, not only in terms of time, but in terms of financial losses in the market based on poor information (if you’re diving straight into the market without any sort of practice or demo trading, which most people unfortunately do). Don’t get me wrong, there are some solid free resources out there, and also some terrible courses and services that cost money, but I’ve yet to come across a legitimate training program that is free.

      The difference between your average course and a full-blown training program is drastic. Not only is the information within a training program like Thomas Kralow’s University Grade Trading Education more comprehensive and structured, but it offers far more than just the information component alone. There’s also the homework assignments, tests, demo trading, tracking statistics, developing your personal approach, and more – which deepens understanding of concepts and actually helps build skills. And with one of the assisted programs (Assisted or Assisted Plus) you’re receiving constant feedback on your work in order to progress even faster than normal.

      The components of not just information, but actual training and mentorship, are what make the cost of $1,000, $2,500, and possibly even $20,000 worth it in the end. Knowledge is great, but it’s the practical application of technical and mental skills that produce consistently profitable traders.

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