Don Dawson

5 stars – based on 53 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

“Thanks to Mr. Dawson, I learn a lot from him. He's the best of the best instructor. Thank you.”

, December 2014

“Don seems to know a lot about the futures market, and makes the class very enjoyable as he presents a good picture of all the different markets and the way the real world uses futures as hedge mechanisms.”

, December 2014

“Don Dawson's real-world knowledge of how futures markets work is unparalleled.”

, November 2014

“Don Dawson is an endless wealth of Futures knowledge as he holds the standard of OTA and its core strategy. I love how he adds his own personal experience trading as well as goes through the Futures core curriculum. Very easy going, professional, and keeps things in perspective. He always stops to check for questions, comes around and checks that you're doing the right thing during practice, and ensures everybody is understanding the material before he moves on. He did a great job ensuring everybody has understood the core structure. Don Dawson did an awesome job giving us nuggets and odds enhancers to add to it, as well as time in practice. Each instructor is different and I love the fact that he gave nuggets that will help improve my trading. As an instructor, that's the most valuable information you can share with students; their own personal knowledge and experience as well as how OTA has helped and influenced them.”

, November 2014

“Don Dawson is very a professional instructor. Great attention to detail and staying on task with his discussions. I would recommend his class to anyone and look forward to a retake with him.”

, November 2014

“Don's depth and breadth of knowledge and his boundless enthusiasm for Futures trading was an incredible learning experience. Each and every nugget of trading wisdom he gave to the class was worth the price of admission. OTA and its students are lucky to have him.”

, November 2014
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