Don Dawson

Online Trading Academy
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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 as an instructor was very detailed, regimented and extremely helpful. Don Dawson and perfection go hand in hand. Great personality. Unbelievable knowledge combined with experience just made it all come together.”

, April 2017

“It was the best Futures class for a number of reasons, but most of all Don Dawson is an awesome, patient and excellent teacher. I really believe in his philosophy of first and foremost building a good solid foundational base. Futures is unique and needed a unique instructor. Thanks, Don.”

, April 2017

“Don Dawson is a gifted instructor. He is eminently qualified to teach futures, having thirty years real-life experience in the field. He is an excellent communicator and is very focused on communicating the course materials. He obviously enjoys teaching and is very intent on ensuring the students comprehend the real-life strategies of the trade, as well as get the vision of what is possible. I am very pleased to have had him as my instructor. He made the course very useful, profitable and interesting. Kudos to Don. He is a real asset to Online Trading Academy.”

, April 2017

“Don is so intelligent, experienced and prepared that I can't imagine a better experience for learning to trade Futures. He is open in answering questions and makes tons of suggestions for learning. He was excellent at teaching the basics of what futures are and how to get information. I feel like I can answer so many questions by doing my own research and I couldn't do that before. He gave us a huge amount of resources.”

, March 2017

“The futures class with Don Dawson was excellent. Don has a ton of experience and knowledge in the futures market and he really brought that knowledge to the classroom in a way that made it very easy to grasp the concepts that he has learned over many years. This really helps to bring an additional level of understanding to the futures markets to be able to refine our trading rules. I would recommend anyone that sees Don coming to a center to pick up his class.”

, March 2017

“This is only my second "live" instructor. But if he represents the quality of instruction in OTA, then hurrah for OTA. Don's great quality is his clear desire to make sure we get what he is teaching us. He always invites questions and enthusiastically answers them. His knowledge of Futures trading is phenomenal. He has a wonderfully organized teaching style and makes learning this stuff very exciting. He has a subtle sense of humor that we all enjoyed. He stayed on track for the most part, but was always willing to go a little deeper if it would help clarify a point that someone questioned. If you're wanting to be trained in Futures - look no further.”

, March 2017

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