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 Dawson is simply a "ROCK STAR" of the Futures World. He maintains a causal, yet serious atmosphere while instructing, throughout the day and week. Don possesses the ability to energize his students, no matter what skill level they bring to the classroom. It is so evident that Don Dawson's passion in life is Futures Trading. His dedication to his students is beyond reproach. Words cannot express how greatly blessed I have been having had Don as my instructor. I have already started informing my friends and relatives, that Don is the only instructor for them. I almost feel selfish that I was taught by Don, and feel sorry for all other students. The tremendous opportunity to receive the wisdom and knowledge that Don was so willing to impart and share with me and all of his students. Don did not have to be here, living out of a suitcase, but Don's professionalism and unselfish attitude demonstrates the kind of REAL person he obviously is. Thank for Don.”

, July 2016

“I loved the teaching style of Don Dawson. He is truly a teacher's teacher. He wants you to learn and takes the time to explain what you don't understand. He can even tell when you have "blue eyes" which brings humor and lets you know that he is actually paying attention to his students.”

, July 2016

“Don is a GREAT instructor and his explanations make perfect sense. His knowledge of futures DEFINITELY comes through in the lessons. I learned more this week than anything I had previously taken or read! Thanks Don!”

, July 2016

“Don was methodical in giving information about Futures and how to implement the information into our trading plan.”

, July 2016

“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
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