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 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

“John Rowland is a fantastic instructor. The knowledge, experience, expertise, and wisdom he conveys is second to none. He explains concepts in a very understandable way, using humor and anecdotes to drive home what he teaches. I can't imagine anyone knowing the Futures markets better than John. He is also very patient and encouraging. If you are learning Futures trading, John is your man. ”

, January 2017

“John Rowland brings a wealth of knowledge to his futures classes. He is extremely engaging. John sits with the students at lunch and that really impressed many of us. I will say that John's time spent discussing rules for trading helped; and John really hammered home the importance of a working trade plan. His trade plan lecture was the best of the many OTA classes I've had. Really excellent week.”

, December 2016

“What I love about John is his caring way for each individual and transferring his process to students' minds. Moreover, he empowers people to believe in themselves and pushed them to solve the problems by leading in a brilliant way. John made good connections for everyone that were the key to their successful learning path.”

, December 2016

“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
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