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

, March 2017

“Ryan Watkins - for me - is a very good instructor. I understood the core OTA trading methodology BEST AT HIS COURSES, ESPECIALLY WITH REGARD TO 'HEURISTICS' - things that you get to grab and become skilled in applying. I would like to take in class courses from him again before May.”

, March 2017

“I think this course was very well conducted. The instructor was very knowledgeable and made sure that the concepts were clearly understood by all. I found this course very valuable.”

, March 2017

“It is great to have an instructor who is such a knowledgeable trader and has excellent teaching skills. Ryan Watkins was very patient and answered questions thoroughly and clearly - even when he had already answered the same question before. His examples on the charts were clear, and if we had questions about them, he took time to explain until we understood fully. Maybe all the instructors are as good as Ryan, but I feel I was lucky to have been in his class.”

, February 2017

“Ryan Watkins is an exceptional teacher. Was very good about answering questions for experienced traders and the novice as well.”

, February 2017

“Ryan Watkins is AWESOME.”

, December 2016

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