About DTI

Diversified Trading Institute

Diversified Trading Institute (“DTI”), was founded in 1996 by Tom Busby, a professional securities trader and broker since the late 1970’s. Over the years, Tom came to realize the crucial importance of understanding the 24-hour global market. He reasoned that in order to be a successful trader over the course of a lifetime, one must develop a method to identify the trend in the market. Tom developed his proprietary DTI Method upon that foundation comprised of 2 key components: 

  • Time
  • Key Numbers

The DTI Method can be utilized to analyze or trade any market, whether you’re interested in learning stocks, options or futures. By joining the DTI family of students, we believe you will receive a truly diversified trading education. We’ve taught thousands of people just like you over the years and can put together a personalized education plan to help you reach your trading goals.

DTI Method

The reality is that many traders do not realize we all live in a truly 24-hour “global” market. The markets essentially never sleep as they are traded around the world each day. Before the U.S. Market opens, Asia has already finished their day and the European Market is winding down. This means that what happens during the actual U.S. trading day is just a small part of the overall trading picture. Traders who do not realize the importance of the 24-hour global market put themselves at a distinct disadvantage. 

To maximize putting the odds in your favor, we believe it is essential to teach our students how to analyze the 24-hour market. The DTI Method divides the market into 4 major time segments: Asia, Europe, U.S. Morning and U.S. Afternoon (see illustration below – all times central). The featured market within each time segment holds a primary influence on the markets. This means that any major news coming out of Europe will often times have a direct affect to where the U.S. market will open later that day.

The market is most volatile at the open, due to increased volume caused by traders placing their orders for the day, anticipating where the market will go. This applies to every market, not just the U.S. cash market, and momentum trends form on these increases in volume. That insight is the foundation of the DTI Method and our unique Reference Bar approach. At its roots, the DTI Method focuses on two main components:


Timing is everything when trading the markets. Buying and selling the stock of even the most fundamentally strong company at the wrong time can be a costly mistake. We also understand that patience is sometimes vital to a trader’s success. Herein is the dual meaning of the word time. Both are equally as important to the short-term and swing trader. That is why Time is the first component of the DTI Method. We teach students intraday trading by recognizing the best Times of Day to trade the 24-hour global market and we teach students how to recognize the “big picture” trend in the markets so they can formulate their long-term strategy accordingly. 

Key Numbers

Understanding Key Numbers such as Opens, Pivots, Support and Resistance holds great importance in identifying where a market has been and where it may go next. Many traders are familiar with market generated support and resistance levels that develop due to everyday buying and selling taking place in the market. But did you know there are historical support and resistance levels as well? Over his 40 years of trading the markets, Tom Busby has identified other important support and resistance levels that tend to hold importance. At DTI, we call these “historical” key numbers. 

Bricks & Mortar or Online: Learn to Trade at YOUR Speed and Convenience

In the digital world that we now live in, it would be easy to only offer trading education online. However, we firmly believe in the benefits of learning with face-to-face interaction. Our national training center located in Mobile, Alabama gives our students a place they can come learn to trade in-person from our instructors in an amphitheater-style classroom. We offer BOTH live on-site and online classes held multiple times throughout the year so you can learn when, where and at the pace that suits you best.

Quality, Consistency, and Stability

As a DTI student, you’ll receive unmatched quality and consistency in your instruction learning our trading method from DTI’s founder and 40-year veteran trader, Tom Busby, as well as DTI’s Chief Instructor Geof Smith. Since the company’s founding in 1996, Tom and Geof have taught thousands of DTI students to successfully utilize our method. 

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