John Rowland

Online Trading Academy
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John has been a trader for nearly 30 years, starting while he was still in college. Through most of his career he was a floor trader in oil and gas futures, and he has also worked as an “EDF Man” specializing in natural gas commodities.

As an Online Trading Academy Instructor, John Rowland offers priceless real world experience that helps his student see the big picture of economic conditions and how they translate into low risk, high potential trading opportunities. He believes there is always an opportunity in the futures market for traders who do their homework.

John’s favorite moment as a teacher is “watching the light bulb come on in my students’ eyes” when they understand how supply and demand can translate into winning trades.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Rollins College 
  • 17-year member of NYMEX 
  • member of education and settlement committees 
  • Head trader and floor manager at a natural gas trading firm


  • US Markets


  • Futures


  • Former holder of Series 3 license 
  • Recipient of Dale Carnegie Award 
  • Avid skier and golfer


Pennsylvania, USA

What Students Are Saying

“John Rowland was an excellent instructor. I've taken John's class before and enjoyed his way of teaching so much it made me excited to come back and take his class again. He has an awesome approach to trading and shared some great odds enhancers which will certainly help the quality of my trades. He had a great understanding of the seasonality of commodities and it helped me understand where the high probability trades are. I've taken many classes at OTA and loved every one of them. John's class seems to have been one of my favorites for sure. 10/10 love his style of teaching.”

, March 2017

“John Rowland is a great instructor!!! He is extremely experienced and is humble at the same time. I learned plenty of tools that I can now refine and eventually use.”

, March 2017

“John Rowland has all the characteristics of a great instructor. Not only is he on top of his game and knows his material beyond belief, but also very attentive and helpful and providing answers to all questions. Thanks for a great experience, John.”

, March 2017

“John Rowland’s exceptional success as a Market Maker and Floor Trader, for over 30 years, confirms that he is highly qualified to teach on any aspect of trading. It is of no less benefit that John is one of the best instructors I have ever seen on any subject. He has the right mindset and focus to get the very best from his students. His lessons help us all overcome the dreaded, “learning curve”. He is often funny and promotes confidence in his students. We all put his lessons to work in the classroom. This is so important for our future success. I am confident that I will be following John's lead for the rest of my trading career.”

, February 2017

“John is the best instructor that I have had, even throughout my college experience. He made this class well worth the investment. Truly the best. John simply made me realize that I can be successful in trading. As a first timer, it is very stressful to try to keep up with other experienced traders in the class, but John broke it down simple enough for me to feel confident about my decision. I highly recommend him.”

, February 2017

“John Rowland did a fantastic job. The content and thorough knowledge of the futures world is nothing short of amazing. His experience and inside knowledge of the futures markets will benefit anyone looking to trade futures. BTW, John made sure everyone in class was getting something from the class. The practice trading in SIM mode confirmed many of the strategies we were taught. I would recommend John do more Futures classes, and maybe some XLTs?????? Great Job!!”

, February 2017

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