Ryan Watkins

Online Trading Academy
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Ryan Watkins got his start early in life as an active investor. His passion for trading would lead to his graduation from Online Trading Academy in 1999, and he immediately became a trader on one of the largest trading floors in the US. His passion for trading is evident in his teaching and love for the markets.

Ryan trades for a living and uses his real-life experiences in his teaching so that new traders limit the common mistakes and are able to accelerate the learning curve that all traders must go through. He believes in a learn-by-doing philosophy in that his students are completely immersed into the trading content not just by listening and reading, but by doing. This active learning style lets students develop their skills as traders and gain the confidence needed to become successful traders.

Students that complete the Professional Trader course with Ryan learn what it takes to truly become a consistently profitable trader. They discover what it takes to not lose money, as well as the importance of strict rule follow-through and discipline. As an Instructor, Ryan believes in creating a positive and confidence building environment for students and stresses the importance of having a strong trading foundation for students to succeed.

  • Power Trader Nation
  • Mastermind Instructor
  • Instructor Excellence Award


  • Former Vice President of training for a major QSR
  • Co-founder of a real estate and equities investment firm
  • Experienced high school teacher and college professor (business)
  • Experienced in coaching high school football and track & field
  • Founder of TheLinemenFactory.com, a private football coaching business
  • BS in Business/Entrepreneurship - Cal Poly Pomona


  • US Markets


  • Futures
  • Graduate Programs
  • Mastermind Community
  • Stocks


  • Authored in Active Trader Magazine as well as other publications
  • Guest on various radio and television programs
  • Inventor of the Day Trader Clock™ & the Day Trader Desk & Trade
  • Creator of the former internet site DayTraderProducts.com
  • Online Trading Academy Graduate
  • CES Certified

What Students Are Saying

“Ryan Watkins' Futures Course was full of valuable information and was a week well spent. Ryan Watkins did a fantastic job conveying his message. He was very informative and kept it loose with his humor and calm demeanor. The material was well covered and presented. My experience with OTA continues to get better with every logon.”

, May 2017

“The instructor for this class was extremely knowledgeable, and transferred his knowledge to the student in easy to understand lecture, examples and discussions. Great mixture of examples and tips for applying basic core strategy.”

, April 2017

“As an educator, I appreciated Ryan's teaching style. He used everyday examples to explain complicated information. He was very patient and encouraging throughout the course.”

, April 2017

“Course was very good and the instructor was very good; very informative, professional and very knowledgeable.”

, April 2017

“The Core Strategy class was taught by an excellent teacher. Ryan was very patient and thorough in his explanations. I expanded my trading knowledge and skills a great deal and look forward to more of the Academy's thorough training.”

, April 2017

“Ryan was very helpful, creative and humourous with examples. He displayed thorough knowledge of the course and kept students engaged and involved.”

, March 2017

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