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 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

“Great interaction between students and instructor, made the class an enjoyable experience. Instructor had a strong knowledge of the futures market and was able to answer any questions that were asked. Instructor seemed to really care if the students were understanding the material presented.”

, September 2016

“Online Trading Academy helps build solid knowledge for the purpose of trading available investment vehicles. I am growing in my confidence to trade Futures and make the money I want to reach my financial goals. Don Dawson is an extremely effective instructor. I would take a class from him again in a heartbeat. Great expertise. Great ability to share his experience in an engaging manner.”

, September 2016

“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
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