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
“Roger Best is a wonderful and caring teacher. The time flew in the classroom. I have had a myriad of professors and teachers throughout my life; Roger is second to none as a proficient and professional educator. I will be taking another class as soon as possible!”
“I am thrilled that my first course with OTA was taught by Roger! He has the ability to present the material in a conversational way, and also seamlessly work in the questions from the student body. He always has a personal story to relate back to us, and these stories always help to clarify or reinforce a core point.”
“Roger is a great instructor. His approach is thorough, clear and methodical. He is very patient with the students, ensuring an understanding from each of us and answers all questions in detail. He has some entertaining stories that give a 'visual' approach to our learning.”
“Roger Best was very professional and provided us with sound trading knowledge and gave us all the best possible understanding of not only the pro-trader strategy from OTA, but also his own personal experience which made him a more successful trader. I would highly recommend having him as an instructor and would look forward to hearing him teach in the future as his stories and experience is second to none.”
“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.”