Don Dawson

5.0 stars – based on 32 reviews
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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 an amazing instructor. He is very knowledgeable and the delivery of his knowledge is really well thought out. I learned a lot from Don and would love to take him again.”

, May 2014

“I really like Don approach to setting up the trade. There could be a lot of variation of applying the concepts taught in class, but his detailed and specific approach took a lot of guess work out of setting up the trade. I felt more confident in my ability to trade.”

, May 2014

“Don is very conscientious about ensuring we understand, as best we can, the material covered. Don is excellent at checking in with the class as he instructs, giving us ample time for clarification, Q&A. Don promotes a very interactive class which is great.”

, April 2014

“Top notch, tip top instructor!!! Don Dawson is a superb instructor and I highly recommend this class to all Online Trading Academy Futures students. He brought a fresh perspective on market dynamics and price action that adds yet another dimension to understanding the markets. He skillfully distilled his own experience in commodities and equities to a level we could all understand and use in our trading. Great sense of humor, classroom atmosphere was terrific, lots of questions and instructor interaction. Many helpful handouts to help add structure and rules to our own trading plans. A gem!”

, April 2014

“Don removes ambiguity in trading with his structured rule based trade set-up approach. This certainly has helped me build more self confidence to go and trade smartly! ”

, April 2014

“Awesome instructor, very good at delivering the material.”

, March 2014
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