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

“I liked Ryan Watkin's teaching style. He seems passionate about teaching and shared personal experiences that were helpful. I believe I will be able to grasp the material much better at a slower pace using the Recordings. I am confident I will be a successful Trader using the methods I was taught. ”

, July 2017

“Ryan did a terrific job and was attentive to each and every student. He demonstrated an advanced level of expertise of both the course material and the trading platform.”

, June 2017

“Ryan Watkins was an absolutely amazing teacher and I think OTA should be very happy and feel very lucky to have him as a teacher! He is very, very knowledgeable with trading, and knows how to teach it to you in a way to understand it with ease. Very good with his time management and not ever overloading you with too much too fast. Absolutely amazing teacher!”

, June 2017

“Ryan Watkins is a master communicator and able to give his students the best examples and lessons to succeed! He provided information and instruction in a specific and exciting manor. I will forever remember this Futures class as a watershed event in my professional trading career.”

, May 2017

“Ryan was an excellent teacher, focused on the key areas at an appropriate level for everyone in the class to learn and take away futures skills. He was patient and allowed questions that helped it "click" for the students. I appreciate the personal nuggets of his years of experience that he was very willing to share so that we can be successful traders. Very unique and confident teacher.”

, May 2017

“Ryan Watkins is excellent! He is so knowledgeable about Futures. He is excellent at explaining concepts, drawing comparisons to help comprehension and makes the class so fun to be part of. I will take his class again in a heartbeat when ready for a refresher!”

, May 2017

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