Don Dawson

Online Trading Academy
Don Dawson Photo

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 super skilled in the field of Futures Trading. He covered every question from the class as well as giving us a wonderful week of great training.”

, November 2016

“Don Dawson is TERRIFIC! He is NOT condescending, has valuable experience prior to the use of computers and algorithms. He was extremely willing to share his vast experience with us and gave us lots of tools, aides, and articles he has written to support our education. We will look at the schedule to see where he is teaching and travel to the place he is at....that is how valuable his ability to help us grasp these concepts is!”

, November 2016

“Don was a great instructor. Despite having taken the Futures course previously with 2 other instructors, Don was excellent at covering the base material so that first timers could understand it while including material from his vast experience that more advanced traders could take advantage of. I carried away from this course much information to augment and improve my trading. Don is very process oriented, making sure that the students understood how to approach trading in a very methodical, step by step manner.”

, October 2016

“Very professional and detailed person. Never answered a question without extreme detail. Using different teaching techniques, whiteboard, computer and text. Allowing different perspectives on learning.”

, October 2016

“Don Dawson is an excellent instructor. He explains things very well in a manner that is easy to understand and learn from. He has a wealth of knowledge that he will share with the students that I certainly appreciate. Thank you.”

, September 2016

“Don Dawson is "Awesome" as they say. He is a man with "top notch" knowledge and a down to earth approachable personality. Cannot say enough positive about his instruction! So many "gaps" in my understanding were filled in that I feel like I can actually move forward with much more confidence that I had before the course.”

, September 2016
Free Class
Online Trading Academy logo