Darek Zelek

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As a young, successful entrepreneur, Darek Zelek quickly discovered that understanding economic conditions and recognizing market imbalances of supply and demand leads to opportunities for those that can spot them.

In 2003 Darek started to invest in the Equities and Futures markets, which is how he met his mentor, a Chicago Board of Trade commodities trader. Darek says, “Trading using today’s technology is an incredible business. You have no employees, no worries of worker compensation issues, freedom to work from any place in the world, and ability to find buyers and sellers instantly.”

As a student at Online Trading Academy, Darek used his natural skill and teaching ability to mentor students who struggled as new traders. He took them under his wing and showed them simple, yet powerful techniques that allowed them to become more disciplined traders.

Darek understands what it takes to become a successful trader, and as an Instructor he has the ability and willingness to share his experience and trading techniques with his students. He is one of those individuals that has patience, dedication and passion for trading and teaching. He often says, “Learn to trade for a skill and the art of trading and naturally success and profits will follow."

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  • Graduate of DePaul University
  • CEO of a successful construction development firm


  • Indian Markets
  • US Markets


  • Graduate Programs
  • Stocks
  • Wealth Management


  • Online Trading Academy graduate
  • CES Certified
  • Power Trading Radio guest
  • Currently earning the Chartered Market Technician Certification
  • Hour with the Pros


  • Arizona, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Great class. Darek filled in a lot of major questions and actually addressed areas I was not even aware of. Easy to understand. Answered every question - and added something extra to every moment. You don't know what you don't know until a great instructor such as Darek points them out.”

, September 2015

“Any OTA students who has the opportunity to take a class with Darek Zelek as their instructor should do themselves a favor and take advantage of it.”

, August 2015

“Darek was superb! He was engaging, patient in answering questions and extremely knowledgeable. He provided practical application of the subject matter. I enjoyed him as an instructor very much!”

, August 2015

“I really enjoy having Darek as instructor. He shares much of his personal experience with the students and always makes sure we have a good grasp of the subject before moving on to the next one. He has a wealth of knowledge and is always willing to share when asked.”

, March 2015

“The instructor, Derek Zelek,, was skillful in managing the class. This created a cooperative atmosphere and enjoyable learning experience for all. Everybody participated in this class, which reflects on the instructor's skill.”

, February 2015

“This is a retake for me. The instructor, Derek, gave an excellent presentation for people starting in managing retirement portfolios. Very clear on how to set up our portfolio and for beginners, hands on experience using the computer to set up our trades. Very clear on setting up options trades. Should be ready to launch.”

, February 2015
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