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 an exceptional instructor with a wealth of experience, a conservative and practical approach to trading, and who provides honest, straight forward guidance.”

, January 2016

“Don Dawson has an excellent knowledge of futures market.”

, November 2015

“Don, thank you for explaining what futures are by asset classes, and for the additional personal reference information you provided such as articles, websites, reference tools etc.”

, September 2015

“Don is a great instructor with experience and knowledge that surpassed my expectations. It made me realize the need to take the class twice, and hopefully the second time with Don, to capture the information that I was not able to take in.”

, September 2015

“The Online Trading Academy has opened up a brand new door of opportunity for me! He did a great job. He handled a large class with a lot of very anxious traders, who had endless questions! He was very clear, professional, and had a good sense of humor too!”

, August 2015

“Don Dawson is an excellent instructor and he opened my eyes to a new market with new opportunities of how to trade them. His insights and past experiences were a valuable asset to listen to and learn from.”

, July 2015
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