Roger Best has been involved in the stock market since the age of 18. He is an equities specialist who formerly traded for his own account on the largest trading floor in the western United States. He currently trades his personal account at his private trading office, and is a periodic Instructor for Online Trading Academy.
An expert in algorithmic order execution, Roger brings this unique scientific experiential perspective to every class. Over the years he has traded and taught on many of the leading direct access trading platforms. Adept at both swing and momentum trading, Roger clearly describes and demonstrates these methods to his students. As he reduces complex trading strategies to their individual components, his students gain a solid foundation in basic concepts from which to develop and enhance their own trading techniques. Roger believes that, “As educators and professional traders, one of the most important things we do for students is apply our collective experience to filter out the less valuable inefficient practices and focus on the more reliable ones.”
An authority on risk management, Roger has done extensive research in quantifying and managing trading risk factors. A stickler for trading discipline, he is quick to explain why discipline and risk management are so essential to success, and exactly how to achieve them — his students learn the art and science of trading defensively. Roger is an adamant proponent of the “immersion educational experience,” and possesses a passionate energy for teaching the trading business.
- Bachelor degrees in International Marketing and Business Law, University of Washington Business School
- Founder, president and CEO of asset management and consulting firm which handled a total portfolio of over 100,000,000
- Contributor of features and functionality to direct access trading platforms
Consultant for "black box" system engineers
- CES Certified
- Power Trading Radio guest, as well as numerous other financial radio programs
What Students Are Saying
“I am very happy with Roger's instruction for both PT1 and 2. I asked Roger multiple questions every day that applied to the material being taught and how he approached certain trading situations in the past. I appreciated the fact that he answered my questions with great detail. I also thought he balanced the curriculum perfectly between hands-on trading and the slides. His slides were always accompanied by his experiences, which to a certain extent are as valuable, if not more, than the slides themselves. Roger's sense of humor was also a plus.”
“Mr. Best does a really good job of taking his time with the important stuff. He shares his own personal epiphanies that end up becoming breakthrough moments in my understanding of more rigorous concepts. He really brings out the diamond in the rough to shine when explaining important concepts.”
“Roger Best was the perfect instructor for this class. I really enjoyed his personal experiences along with his friend's trading success and failures. He was very considerate to those who needed extra explaining yet quick enough to keep the class flowing. Roger was very kind with his time at breaks and after class to answer any further questions of the class. I can tell he really enjoys teaching and making a difference in our lives. I'm sure he doesn't teach because he needs the job, but enjoys teaching the skills he learned from Sam and wants others to share the success he has; what a rewarding feeling. Thank you Roger.”
“Roger is a great instructor. He is very good at simplifying material. I am a new trader who is relying on OTA to teach me how to properly maintain a trading business. I was not familiar with any markets until I joined, and Roger is very patient and respectful of that fact. Even though he has many years of experience, he does not lose sight of the beginner and how foreign this skillset may be to them. And, there is something great to be said about a professional who has a great sense of humor.”
“Roger Best is a passionate, experienced and humble trader and educator. It took me a few days to appreciate his skills and value. His commitment to his trade and passion shows through. He is a fantastic example of someone who committed to his goal and accomplished it; and he was humble, down to earth and patient with every student. This ProTrader series and the organization is quite impressive.”
“Roger Best is a great instructor. He was very efficient in answering questions and staying in focus with the lesson at hand. Roger was very thorough in making sure everyone was grasping the concepts. The instructor (Roger) was very patient in helping every student stay on track on the applications (labs).”