Dan Sugar

Online Trading Academy
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Dan Sugar is a third generation Chicago floor trader whose grandfather was at the Chicago Butter and Egg Board for twenty years, which became the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1919. His father, Justin, started at the Chicago Board of Trade in 1950 and was a broker and trader in the Corn, Wheat and Soybean pits, retiring in 1982.

Dan has several years experience as a floor trader but decided to change paths and began trading Stocks, Futures, Options and Forex Currencies from the screen.

His mechanical approach to risk management is designed to maximize opportunities by taking the emotion out of trading. He understands that for traders to be successful, they must develop their own specific trading plan and style consistent with their personality, objectives and risk temperament. In its purest form, trading comes down to risk vs. return.

Dan derives great professional and personal satisfaction from helping students at Online Trading Academy take responsibility and control of their future. His goal as an Online Trading Academy Instructor is to help students gain financial independence by sharing his vast knowledge and real world experiences, as well as giving Online Trading Academy students the rules and tools which have been developed to help them become successful.

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  • Former Runner for E. F. Hutton
  • Traded 30 year Treasury Futures and Dow Jones stock-index futures on the Chicago Board of Trade floor
  • Held Series 3, 6, 63, and 7 Licenses


  • US Markets


  • Futures
  • Graduate Programs
  • Stocks


  • CES Certified
  • Power Trading Radio guest
  • Hour with the Pros


  • Florida, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Dan Sugar taught trading in a new and robust manner that brought a FIREHOSE of fantastic trading information and insight into the classroom. He fleshed-in the meaning of finding opportunities in the "white space" often referred to, but only really explained well by Sam Seiden and Dan. He also brought the vernacular and floor trading experience into the classroom that gave me insight into the institutional mindset of the marketplace. He introduced the concept of joining the trend on the “third trend-line touch”, trading “trend-line-breaks”, demonstrating “angular demand and supply zones”, demonstrating the art of “pressing my winners”, explaining candle-stick “odds enhancers”, describing which traders are “trapped”, explaining the importance of defining my “reward expectations”, actually demonstrating “premarket preview”, explaining how to define my trading competition, and describing many other market dynamics that will make my trading experience far more engaging, proactive, interesting, exciting, and profitable. I also noticed Dan’s trading enthusiasm, focus, and intensity, which made me imagine myself “trading as a sport”, rather than a job. Dan loves his trading, and l think I can love my trading too. Dan also covered the entire” Professional Trader Part-2 text manual and showed the class exactly how to find and complete the homework quizzes, which opened my eyes to the benefits of becoming familiar with the bounty of information contained within its 414 pages. Best of all, Dan’s humor created classroom unity, classmate familiarity and promoted classmate interaction. We all laughed together and learned together.”

, January 2017

“The program on Core Strategy is amazing. I feel more confident about the direction of the market when I make a trade. Dan Sugar is a superb instructor. He makes class work fun as well as educational.”

, January 2017

“This is my 3rd time through and by far the best session ever! Dan Sugar really did a great job going through the book and presenting the class with great attention to the details. He explained things very thoroughly. He stayed on track and did a great job. He answered each student's questions and interacted well with all. I was impressed with his ability to teach the class. Would highly recommend him to first time Futures students.”

, January 2017

“Impressive command of the curriculum. Dan's experience on the trading floor manifests in a remarkable fluency, and he always clarified or enriched when questions arose. Great sense of humor, was patient and generous with his time.”

, January 2017

“Dan Sugar is a wonderful instructor who keeps matters simple, straightforward, and transparent. He is fiercely dedicated to the success of his students and doesn't move forward unless the class has understood the subject matter as a whole. Dan is one of those instructors whom you want to be in constant communication and share progress with.”

, December 2016

“Dan was very knowledgeable and was able to relate the course materials to real life examples on active charts. He was also very personable and made the presentation of the material fun and interesting.”

, December 2016
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