Course DescriptionThis course is for: investors with at least one year of investing experienceResearch and Like The Pros is loaded with high-powered analytical methods and research shortcuts. You’ll learn what institutional investors pay attention to, and how to reach conclusions quickly, like they do.

Avoid doing more research than you have to. We’ll teach you how to spend less time on research, and focus on exactly what you need to stay in front of the pack.

  • Apply a rigorous checklist approach to evaluate securities in any asset class
  • Discover the tools experienced money managers use to keep clients coming back
  • Explore securities in domestic and international markets, and currency and commodity markets
  • Analyze and interpret fundamental data, macro-economic data, and sentiment indicators
  • Have confidence in your research, and make smarter trades
  • Get over 5 hours of on demand video, exercises, and interactive content
  • Included with your course is 3 months of free access to the Lex van Dam Club

Certificate of Enrollment

Receive an Academy Certificate of Enrollment with this course

Financial Assistance

Students and U.S. military may be eligible for reduced pricing. See this page for details about how to apply

Course Curriculum


  • Goal Setting


  • Wrap-Up


  • Welcome
  • The Checklist
  • Checklist Demo
  • The Scorecard

Market Indicators

  • Market Indicators Checklist
  • Introduction
  • The Checklist Explanation
  • Introduction to Monthly Indicators
  • Markit/BME Germany Manufacturing PMI
  • Markit/ADACI Italy Manufacturing PMI SA
  • Monthly Indicators Scorecard
  • Overview and CRB Raw Industrials Index
  • Baltic Dry Index
  • Short-term Indicators Scorecard
  • Sentiment Indicators Overview
  • S&P COT Oscillator
  • Speculation Index
  • Sentiment Indicators Scorecard
  • Leading Indicators Overview
  • Semiconductor Index
  • S&P Financials
  • Leading Indicators Scorecard Review
  • Conclusion And Examples

Currency Analysis

  • US Dollar Checklist
  • Introduction to Currency Analysis
  • US Dollar Overview
  • Debt As % of GDP
  • Budget Balance
  • US Dollar: Country Analysis Scorecard
  • Economic Surprise
  • Real Interest Rate
  • Futures Positioning
  • Technical Analysis
  • Conclusion
  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • British Pound: Country Analysis
  • Euro: Country Analysis Scorecard

Commodity Analysis

  • Crude Oil Checklist
  • Gold Checklist
  • Introduction to Commodity Analysis
  • Gold Overview
  • Liquidity
  • Real Interest Rates
  • ETF Flows
  • Futures Positioning
  • Options Positioning
  • Short Interest
  • Seasonality
  • Conclusion
  • Examples
  • Crude Oil Overview
  • Economic Activity
  • EIA Inventories
  • Productio Futures Positioning
  • US Dollar Conclusion
  • Examples

Equity Market

  • Equity Market Checklist
  • US Equities Introduction
  • US Equities Overview
  • Bond Yield Ratio
  • Economic Activity
  • Earnings Estimates
  • Valuation
  • Leading Indicators
  • Sentiment Indicators
  • Technical Analysis
  • Final Score
  • Example 1
  • Example 2

Company Analysis

  • Company Analysis Checklist
  • Introduction
  • The Five Factors
  • Stock Review
  • Management
  • Product
  • Financial Health
  • Valuation and Geoexposure
  • Final Score and Analysis
  • Non-Apple Example

Risk Management

  • Risk Management Checklist
  • Overview
  • Trade Diary
  • Stop Loss
  • Profit Targets
  • Position Sizing: Power of Compounding
  • Position Sizing: The Formula Approach
  • Adjust Positions
  • Stop Loss Examples: Volatility Based
  • Stop Loss Examples: Trailing Stop
  • Portfolio Risk
  • Conclusion
  • Stock Loss Examples: Price-Based
  • Stop Loss Examples: Indicator Based

Trading Psychology

  • Trading Psychology Checklist
  • Seven Common Mistakes: Introduction
  • Trading Psychology

About the Instructors

Lex van Dam

Lex van Dam is one of the UK’s most respected hedge fund managers, the author of How to Make Money Trading, a key opinion leader frequently quoted on CNN, Reuters, FT, and Bloomberg, and creator of the BBC TV Series Million Dollar Traders. He began his career trading stocks for Goldman Sachs, moved to GLG when it was Europe’s largest hedge fund, and is currently with Hampstead Capital LLP. In 2009, he branched out with Million Dollar Traders, a reality show in which he trained novices to outperform professional traders, and in November 2010, he launched The Lex van Dam Academy.

James Helliwell

James Helliwell is Chief Investment Strategist and Director of the Lex van Dam Academy, founded by hedge fund manager and BBC TV’s Million Dollar Traders creator Lex van Dam. Having started his career as a portfolio analyst before later working in derivatives trading, James has lectured at world-renowned institutions, including the London School of Economics, and been featured in major news outlets including the Financial Times, Reuters, and Bloomberg.

Students are Saying...

As a finance student, I owned some preliminary knowledge regarding markets and investing. However, I wanted to learn various investment methods and techniques that school could never teach me. Academy’s and Like course taught me how to analyze companies and currencies on a professional level. I definitely have a better understanding of how elite hedge fund managers invest.

Emiel Buffel

International Relations and Diplomacy Student at the University of Antwerp

As someone who has a passion for the markets, and Like was the perfect course to progress my learnings. The Scorecard system enabled me to have a better view of the markets and a have more professional approach to my investing strategy.

Khashayar Yazdanbakhsh

Engineer and GRE Instructor

I learned so much from this course. As an economics student, the way James and Lex broke down Research and Like The Proshelped to expand my knowledge and better understand how the market plays out. I am definitely incorporating their strategies into my own investments. I also loved the written out definitions.

Jonathan Henderson

Student at Texas A&M

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