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

“Appreciated the early start and end times. He was very generous in sharing his experiences and lessons learned which I hope will lead to success for me. His reference to outside sources and OTA resources was also helpful and appreciated. I liked his setup for the workspaces.”

, November 2016

“I am grateful for the quality and eagerness of the OTA instructors to help the students reach their potential in trading. Thanks John Rowland for your professionalism and expertise in being our trade coach for the past week of learning. He was a genius as an instructor and trading coach. He went above and beyond to make sure each student understood and had a commanding knowledge of the lesson each day. He gave detailed and concise examples of difficult points especially multiple time frame recognition and gaps. I am thankful to have benefitted from his knowledge and instruction.”

, November 2016

“John is absolutely brilliant. H truly is the oracle of oil. Had him on election week which couldn't have been a better time to learn about the volatility of that market. Through John's hilarious examples and stories in class and explanations of trading opportunities we could take, he truly gave me an amazing understanding of the futures market that I knew nothing about until I walked in.”

, November 2016

“John Rowland was absolutely great. He obviously possesses an incredible amount of trading knowledge and has developed a teaching style that allows him to get through a large amount of detailed material in competent fashion. John utilized our time very efficiently and covered all bases of the course. His passion for the material and his concern for the classes' success was evident throughout the week. He made the class rewarding yet fun at the same time. His class was very interactive and he engaged each one of us to ensure success. John's background and experience affords him the ability to interject many real life stories during the week which really compliments the overall Futures content. I learned a lot from John and hope to use this learning as I move forward with trading.”

, October 2016

“I have found the quality of the instructors in the courses I have taken at OTA to be very good to excellent. I am very impressed with John Rowland, who has a vast amount of knowledge in the futures area; an excellent attitude and is willing to take the time to try and help the students understand the material. He provides a unique perspective to the futures from the perspective of a former floor trader. My only reservation in recommending him is that enough people read this and take action, and there won't be room for me to sit in on the class again. Why would I sit in on the class again? Because there is always some information that doesn't stick the first time or becomes more evident and/or useful when exposed to it more than once.”

, September 2016

“The instructor was thorough and his delivery was well paced. He is an excellent teacher and motivator.”

, September 2016
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