Don Dawson

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Don Dawson has been trading the futures markets since 1987. His perseverance through the ups and downs of trading, openness to experience of others, balanced tolerance for risk, and patience to wait for his setups are a few of his strengths as a trader.

He continues to trade his personal Futures accounts while instructing Futures classes for Online Trading Academy. His teaching method has been referred to as "down to earth". He understands the student's need for a structured environment in the early stages of their trading education. As an Instructor, he uses humor to convey information in an accessible way.

He is excited about sharing his passion for trading with others. A quote he likes is, "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." He believes that the best teacher is a student – always in learning mode and wanting to learn more by teaching. He looks forward to working with each of you in one of his classes. He also writes Commodity Futures articles for Online Trading Academy's free newsletter "Lessons From the Pros" where students can enhance their knowledge with his resourceful content.

Lessons From The Pros Power Trader Nation Instructor Excellence Award


  • Founder of Majestic Futures


  • Canadian Markets
  • Singapore Markets
  • US Markets


  • Commodities
  • Futures


  • Series 3 license (since 1990)
  • Registered Commodity Trading Advisor with the National Futures Association (since 1990)
  • Guest speaker at Johns Hopkins University on Technical Analysis of the Futures Market and on Multiple Business Radio Shows around the country
  • Power Trading Radio guest
  • Presented for the Singapore Mercantile Futures Exchange


  • Virginia, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Don is one of my favorite instructors in OTA. He has a great sense of humor but sincerely teaches the material straight from the curriculum so we can learn the best ways to get into these trades and be profitable.”

, June 2016

“This was a very informative week. Don taught me what I needed to learn and I learned it. He made it very understandable and easy to learn. He provided very good tools to helped me learn how to trade and to be successful.”

, May 2016

“Don is so knowledgeable about all commodities. He is professional and creates assignments and worksheets that will be used every day. Excellent teacher!”

, May 2016

“Don is an amazing instructor - he has not only the knowledge and experience needed to be successful but also the willingness and drive to ensure each of his students is successful, understanding both the strategy and the detailed mechanics behind each trade.”

, May 2016

“Don Dawson is an amazing futures instructor. What I loved about his class was his ability to not only cater to what the newbies needed, but also what the more experience students needed. He has a very systematic way of teaching that seems to make sense for everyone. It was clear that he is not there just to teach the material, but really invested himself into the success of each and every student. I really hope that the Toronto center is able to get him back in more regularly.”

, April 2016

“Enjoyed his style and delivery. Lots of knowledge and a great sense of humor, In control of the class at all times.”

, April 2016
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