Tim Blotzer

Online Trading Academy
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Tim Blotzer had a series of increasingly demanding management positions before he became a full time trader in 2004. His particular motivator was the need to care for an aging parent, which he could not do while holding down a full time job.

Tim felt trading was the perfect fit for his needs because there are no customers, no employees, no boss, no tenants and you can do it anywhere you can get an internet connection. He stresses the importance of consistency—like the baseball player who gets regular base hits instead of swinging for the fences and striking out—as the key to high probability returns in any economy and any market.

Tim likes being an Online Trading Academy instructor because he appreciates the integrity of the organization and its commitment to student success. He says, “I bring a lot of passion to my teaching since this has totally changed my life” and loves to recognize the accomplishments of his students and help them reach the next level.


  • BS, Personnel and Industrial Relations, San Francisco State University
  • Postgraduate certificate in Food Industry Management, University of Southern California
  • Dean’s List at both SFSU and USC
  • District Manager, Safeway Stores
  • Area Manager, Big Lots
  • Area Manager, PetsMart
  • Regional Manager, The Luggage Center


  • US Markets


  • Options


  • Platelets Donor with American Red Cross
  • Wounded Warriors Donor
  • Wrote “Why Traders Fail”, an online guide to trading psychology
  • Avid baseball fan and player (his team played in the Jr. Pony World Series when he was 12) with a dream of attending a game in every major league park (3 to go)


California, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Highly recommend Tim Blotzer as the Options instructor. He explained the concepts with clarity, ample examples, and was very encouraging. We feel inspired to start simulating trades in options and learn by following the rules and step by step methods taught in the class.”

, July 2017

“Tim made us all feel comfortable by stating numerous times that he was in our shoes at one time. He kept saying "If I can do it, you can do it." Tim was great. He was extremely patient and encouraged us to ask questions because he didn't want us to leave with questions in our minds. We learned through repetition. That was great.”

, July 2017

“Tim has a lovely sense of humor to leaven the what could be intense course content. Very nice presentation skills, managed the class well between those more versed and those not at all versed in market knowledge. Very, very patient and obviously caring about student welfare.”

, July 2017

“It was a great week with Tim. He took his time with us and if we were unsure about something he would go over it again.”

, June 2017

“I really say thanks to Tim for looking from a viewpoint of a student who doesn't have experience about options. His teaching will be with me for a long time to come. Makes it so interesting and highlighted the important points so we can focus on those, not the things that we will not use when we are actually doing trading. Big thanks from me, Tim.”

, May 2017

“Tim's goal is to help us learn how to make money consistently trading options. He kept things as simple and clear as possible. He took time to ensure students had a clear understanding. His knowledge, presentation skills were exemplary.”

, May 2017

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