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 is terrific! He is knowledgeable and communicates easily. His ability to answer the tough question in an understandable way is extremely valuable. Thanks, Don.”

, February 2017

“Don has turned a good OTA experience into a Great! OTA Experience. His vast knowledge on Futures Trading coupled with awesome teaching skills has made this course a very memorable and enjoyable experience. Don doesn't want you to just learn how to trade Futures, he wants you to understand it and the Market. He is very keen to share with the class his trading style and takes every detail of our learning seriously and to great depth. Thanks Don!! Remo G. Gazzola”

, January 2017

“Don was great. He made sure that the information was clearly understood and user friendly. User friendly means something that can be used immediately in trading. Very good preparation for planning and executing trades. I would definitely consider taking another class from him.”

, January 2017

“The Futures class with Don Dawson is excellent. I cannot recommend more for Futures beginners. He is a great Futures trader and instructor. He made the lesson fun, informative and at the same time full of practise which as a beginner is truly needed to start once class finishes. It's a best class for Futures beginners. I am lucky to be in his class. Thanks.”

, January 2017

“My knowledge of the curriculum in this course is very minimal. Combined the lack of knowledge with the lack of current experience on a window based computer almost spelled disaster for me. I was amazed that on the last day things finally came together; and the last morning my understanding of the subject matter as well as that of the computer allowed me to complete the assignment. The knowledge and expertise of the teacher were outstanding. His no nonsense approach to teaching as well as his philosophy that students should understand the process that is taught and not just get the answer was refreshing and one that is often missing by teacher as well as the students. I would recommend the class, and in particular Dan Dawson as the teacher, to everyone who wants to take the course.”

, December 2016

“The instructor was A-plus. He knows the material and can explain it to novice traders. He has inspired me to use the technical tools and practice Core Strategy until I KNOW it. The Core Strategy is the foundation. He also stressed the importance of using the resources made available to us by the OTA. I liked his approach to teaching us technical steps to figuring out our trades. They will be helpful in the future.”

, December 2016
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