Chicago, IL - Student Testimonials

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2017

“It was an excellent learning for me. I was trading for one year before I took this course. I spent lots of money paying to different organizations membership. I will cancel all the memberships because they don't help. In OTA, I learned the basic technique of picking a stock or options, its priceless. I like all teachers in the program. Because they don't give a dream of winning all the time. They are real teachers. They guide you and gives you tools to succeed. They provide you with realistic expectations. I have to mention a few teachers name who I absolutely admire, like Scott and Debbie. I wish I could do all my trading with Scott. I strongly recommend this training to anyone who wants to take control of their own money.”

“Trading or investing in securities, knowing and understanding OTA core strategies is a must in order to minimize losses and maximize gains.”

“I will always recommend The Online Trading Academy to learn to do this craft properly. You can research all you want on the Internet but there is a lot of conflicting information online and in print about this field. This is the place to learn this Skill Set to be profitable. Top notch for the facility, access and parking. The staff is the best to make you feel as a family and a good friendly relationship. Online Trading Academy will become your new friends and extended family since this is a very small community. They are a tight knit group, which I'm glad now to be a part of. Best wishes for you all.”

“I was very happy with the way all the instructors were willing to step in and help me with any problem I may have had. Everyone was so professional and knowledgeable about the subject matter! The classroom was fun, fast, loose (in a good way!) and full of excitement that left you looking forward to the next Day! Truly a very informative and very enjoyable experience that I would recommend to my family, friends and church members.”

“When I came to the OTA I thought I knew a lot about trading, and boy was I wrong. Everything I thought I knew was a small portion of what trading was really about, and these at the OTA gave me a great amount of tools and resources to use to give me a far better understanding of the market and how it works.”

“I was a little Leary before I signed up and took part in the market timing 3-day orientation. Then, after completing that and now almost completed with core strategy, I personally cannot believe why anyone would not take advantage of this!!!! I am 49 years old and have always heard the expression, 'If it's too good to be true, it usually is." ABSOLUTELY NOT IN THIS CASE!!!!! Its 100% true.”

“The facility is very clean, parking is ample, the staff is very informative and willing to work with almost every circumstance presented in order to be an intricate part in my success as a professional trader. Temperature in the facility was always pleasant. I regret not taking advantage of OTA much sooner in my life.”

“The system is exceptionally good. Obviously not every trade is going to be a winner, but if you understand and follow what you are taught, you will do fine. To me the best part has been the instructors I have had and their ability to teach. Coming from an education background, many people can learn the necessary knowledge but do not have the teaching skills to get others to learn. Even more so, it is rare to find people who cannot only communicate the knowledge but do it quickly, patiently and effectively. I have been fortunate that my two instructors, Tre and Deb, have that ability. To me this alone justifies the investment in time and money that I have invested in my business.”

“The class was intense, exciting and fun! The instructor followed the curriculum and added his own personal experiences for best practices. I was skeptical about joining Online Trading Academy, but after taking the courses here at a brick and mortar location I am thoroughly convinced I made the right decision.”

“The class was very helpful and I really enjoyed how we got immersed into the actual trading environment. I really enjoyed our instructor, Scott. He has a great sense of humor. He also had professional experience outside of OTA that shows how real world experience can be added to our philosophy and strategy. The class was very engaged and friendly to be around. I wish the class could have been longer because we were having a blast all week. Looking forward to more.”

“I would recommend the Online Trading Academy program to anyone who wants to learn 'how to build and preserve their wealth'. During the year that I've been involved with OTA, it has been my experience that the team is always focusing on improving the program content based on student feedback which is so important. In other words, the team REALLY listens to the needs of the people they serve! There are so many positives about Online Trading Academy. They also have school locations all over the world, and they offer 'online classes', as well, for people who are not able to get to the physical class locations. The instructors go 'above and beyond' to assist the students in their trading goals. In my opinion, 'student support is AAA' at Online Trading Academy.”

“The Chicago-OTA office has been very generous to me in my development as a Pro-Active investment trader. I have developed both skills and confidence in my trading these days, and I am very thankful to everyone at that office.”

“This is an amazing program for anyone that wants to change their life around and I'm glad I went with going further in my studies.”

“Outstanding class...Hands on experience was very helpful when utilizing Trade Station. The Center was Fantastic... All aspects of the Center were exceptional, and the staff was very professional and extremely helpful.”

“Online Trading Academy has a great academic program. Environment friendly and instructors are great. Shows concern and passion for the growth of the trader.”


2016

“OTA and their methodology is an amazing program. The clarity you achieve after your first market timing class is unbelievable. Especially when you compare it to how I, as a novice, was trading in the past. After the pro trader course, I feel that I am equipped to make good, solid gains and consistent trades on my own. Craig Weil is a great teacher. He brings a vast amount of knowledge from his nearly 40 years of trading experience. His passion for trading is truly felt and he is able to convey what to look for and when.”

“OTA gave me a great set of skills to use when trading so I can protect and increase my savings and generate extra income for the rest of my life. I highly recommend it.”

“The staff is/was efficient and knowledgeable. The facilities were clean and modern. The parking was more than adequate and access was easy from major interstate expressways.”

“The OTA Community, including Center sponsored events, online XLTs and weekly Core Strategy reviews all enhance the learning experience beyond the 5-Day classes.”

“Online Trading Academy provides a structured method for owning your own retirement savings and growth. This is the most common sense approach that I've ever learned. Thank you, OTA!”

“I like the fact the classes are small and the instructors and staff are friendly and flexible! They are always willing to help. In a field I thought I knew pretty well, I was shocked on how much I didn't! Thanks OTA!”

“Coming from Europe, I would have never been given the chance to learn what trading is or how to become a trader. I am grateful for the knowledge and the opportunity given to me. The highly experienced instructor was a plus! Thank you for everything.”

“You learn a ton of very valuable information in this class and it sets you up for success. OTA is the only place you should go to for your trading education. ”

“This is my third course through OTA and I've been very impressed with the quality of the instruction, training and instructors. The background of the teachers is truly impressive and gives a great credibility to their ability to provide relevant information with the background to back it up.”

“I look forward to the hospitality at Lombard Academy, which makes coming to the classes much more enjoyable ”

“Steve Misic is a very good teacher and answers all of your questions; and the staff at the Chicago campus is unparalleled and bends over backwards to answer any questions you might have and help you in any way outside the classroom. Just a really great staff.”

“As a soon to be retiree (within 1 year), and having taken all the major courses, I can see the value in the XLTs. It would have been best for me to be able to focus on them live instead of recorded sessions (which are still very valuable.) The Classes are very good, but the XLTs are 5 to 10 times more valuable because because you can replay any XLT, and they have a wide variety of instructors and trading styles. I have missed out on trades that took place live that would have reinforced trading principles ( and made me money). With hindsight, I should have retired a year and a half ago. I would have gotten up to speed more quickly with the classes and XLT's , and I would have made more money. I view OTA as a continuous learning experience and intend to continue retaking classes and participating in XLTs going forward, I have witnessed the improvements in the program since I began taking courses in January 2015, and I am very appreciative for them. Today, we spend more time in class actually setting zones and placing trades, and I would like to see that continue. I am in the Mastermind Community and intend to become more active as my trades improve. In my Forex class, Steve Misic encouraged us to participate in the 'Share you Trade' feature of Power Trader Nation. I have been reluctant because I didn't want to look like a novice. We drilled in class much more this week, and I think that is important because that is the only way to build confidence. I am beginning to see how important it is to get the feedback of others who are more experienced that you. The only other thing I would say is that we had a couple of people in our class who were a bit closed minded and were arguing with the instructor, or who lacked some basic understanding in the basics of trading (for example: the difference in canceling an order vs. Closing a position) These are things that should be covered in Pro Trader and not in later courses, although Steve handled it well. I would like to see the screening of experience levels and teachability improved. Confidence is the whole deal. Being in the classes and the XLTs makes me realize how much I need to learn. OTA should stress all activities that build a student's confidence and reinforce sound trading behavior. Al live courses are simply an introduction to the skill building for trading. Steve emphasized practice in class. I thank him for that and would emphasize it. ”

“Online Trading Academy is a serious educational program. Those who study, work, and follow the plan will be able to control their investments and make excellent returns. The OTA approach to Wealth Management is an excellent way to confidently manage and grow your portfolio better than a so called "professional".”

“The center is clean and comfortable. Once the repairs on the highway are complete, it will be easy to get to. The staff and instructors are very friendly and helpful.”

“My ONLY regret is that I did not get involved with OTA a long time ago. However, moving forward, I will definitely recommend OTA to any and everyone I know.”

“I went from knowing nothing about stocks/investing to realizing that people I know that are "dabbling" in stocks will not be successful. Hungry for more.”

“I strongly recommend this course for all would be traders. Taught me discipline and respect of money. Now I truly enjoy trading and treat it like a business. Thank you OTA.”


2015

“Well planned with excellent teacher and facility.”

“At the Chicago location, the staff; Haider, Nizar, David, Remie, Maria, Mike and the instructor, Dan Sugar, are very professional and knowledgeable and are there to help you in any way possible. They literally become your friends, truly great people!”

“Being trained in a great environment with professional, successful traders and being able to trade with them whether live or on the xlts has definitely changed my life for the better. They have given me the chance to turn a dream into a reality. Thanks.”

“I liked all the counselors and teachers that I had the pleasure of meeting and learning from; it's refreshing to get a perspective on this subject from people who actually have dealt with this or are dealing with it to date. Both instructors, Gregg Indovina and Craig Weil, were very patient and helpful with any and all questions. Each instructor offered very good knowledge to obtain the information accordingly, they helped turn my weaker points into stronger ones.”

“The program is very informative and the counselors and staff are very friendly.”

“Outstanding, validated the Investment; will recommend the School based on the materials, pre-sales professionalism and the outstanding quality of Instruction. Final Grade: A.”

“I enjoy the community experience of the classroom setting and being able to interact with other students who have similar goals and experiences”

“I came into this course not knowing anything about trading. I had lots of misconceptions, but after the course I can say that my knowledge base has expanded. I understand what the market is, and what it's not and I am confident that I place a trade based on knowledge instead of guessing.”

“The learning environment is excellent. The instructor and staff are very professional and friendly. The lifetime course re-takes opportunity is the main reason for my success with trading, wealth and income.”

“We needed a solid method of making money with the platforms we have access to so our money can grow for retirement. I know that I can try to do something and fail miserably if I don't have the right education. OTA filled that need, now we are putting the things we have learned to work for us.”

“I was not sure what to expect after attending courses with other companies, but this course totally blew me away. What I learned has totally changed my way of life; my confidence in trading, money management and, in genera,l adding basic discipline in all aspects. Thank you, OTA, thank you, Larry Jacobson.”

“Online Trading Academy has given me a great understanding of the financial markets, making me take greater control of my finances.”

“I live 3 hours from the center. Coming in for the 4 hour morning class followed by the 3 day market timing course helped me realize this is something I can be passionate about. The single most deciding factor that assisted me in deciding to commit to the 7 day Pro Trader course coupled with my 5 day Futures trading course is the ability to 'retake the course' as many times as I wish. I am actually repeating the Pro Trader course right now for the first time. The benefit is, I have strengthened my knowledge substantially. I would recommend anybody who is considering this course, this expense, to understand the value, that retaking the course is invaluable. Further, the sense of community that is promoted via the resources (instructors, XLT, online trading community) are substantially invaluable. Overall, I am proud to be a part of the OTA family.”

“THANK YOU, OTA, for HOPE for a better life. You put "lite" back in life.”

“I recently had to take a break from trading to relocate and after 6 months off I felt I needed a jump start to get my mind back into the game. One of the best advantages to being a student of Online Trading Academy is the ability to retake the class free of charge at any time. I signed up for a retake at OTA Chicago's Pro Trader class. It was really great to be in the classroom again and taking the course with a different instructor. Scott Stokes gave a great and different point of view on trading and that really got me fired up to get back into the trades once again. If you are considering trading then you just can't go wrong taking the courses at OTA Chicago. You will get the best edge possible and learn from the best instructors. Do yourself a favor and get educated before you trade, it's worth the time and money spent. Buying a cheap book will never give you what a live class will, and having OTA behind you for support is the best foundation you could have. Thank you, OTA Chicago.”


2014

“Very friendly environment.”

“I feel that people at OTA are here to help you succeed. Yes, you do pay a nice tuition to get into the classes, but the overall environment is all about learning, sharing and becoming a better trader. I am here to stay and succeed. Thanks OTA.”

“The fact that all the information is delivered in layman's terms is always appreciated. In addition, the fact that the material keeps going over previously taught material is appreciated as well because it allows me to make sure I understand the basics and keep building my knowledge about trading.”

“I am so glad I took the courses at Online Trading Academy. I received a clear picture of how the Stock Market works and how to find trading opportunities in a bear market as well as a bull one. I gained confidence in picking investments with my advisors that made me an all-time high in my overall wealth. For a retired teacher on a fixed income, this is the best investment of all.”

“I have received an inestimable amount of knowledge in a relatively short period of time. I would highly recommend this school for anyone who wishes to make money in the stock market.”

“I was skeptical about the bang-for-the-buck factor prior to class, but it has been well worth the money now that I have the tools to be successful. The ROI will definitely pay off over the course of my life.”

“I came to OTA a true beginner. I've never invested in the markets or made a trade in my life. Having taken the Pro Trader and Futures classes, I feel very confident in my ability to begin a new career. I performed well in simulated and live trading in class, and I am certain I have the education required to put myself in a position for success in the markets. Instructors are entertaining, patient and care for their students. I highly recommend OTA.”

“Found classes well organized with experienced instructors making training enjoyable. Personal concern for every student is very rewarding.”

“Good books and knowledgeable trainer. Now I can use some of the techniques that I learned during training to manage my portfolio.”

“I am 21 years old and I now believe I can make enough money trading in order to graduate from college without any debt.”

“I have been trading for many years, but Craig and the Online Trading Academy system really put things in a different perspective for me. I think the system is phenomenal! Craig opened my eyes to various other markets that I never thought about.”

“I was so nervous coming to class because of my lack of knowledge about trading terms. I am now happy to say I know WAYYYY more than I did when I started thanks to the Online Trading Academy staff. My friends will be so impressed with how smart I sound now!”

“I took the Futures course with Craig Weil as my instructor approximately two years ago. A lot of life changes occurred in the interim and it was time to retake the course. The second time through, the course served as an excellent refresher and definitely corrected some bad practices that I had incorporated into my trading practice. Every Online Trading Academy instructor that I've had was truly outstanding and tremendous communicators!! Many thanks for your support!!”

“This is without a doubt the best investment I have made for preparing for and living through retirement. This course presents a logical, doable and systematic approach to handling retirement planning and investing and will build the confidence of anyone taking the course.”

“If you want to trade you must take Online Trading Academy classes. They prepare as if you were preparing for a PHD. Online Trading Academy Chicago - awesome, everyone very friendly and a real sense of community.”

“The program is as advertised. The education is very good and prepares you to become a trader.”

“The factor of life time repeatability of course instruction makes the Online Trading Academy program a winner for just about all who have the intent of entering the investment field.”

“Since January I have taken three different classes. I can truly say that I can trade confidently every day. This would not have been possible without the education from the Online Trading Academy core strategies. Thank you, to all who have birthed the vision to make our dreams possible.”

“The center is awesome... staff all incredibly friendly.”

“It was a new experience for me and catapulted my thinking. Perhaps it over catapulted my thinking into the trader mindset. I like the way it built my own expectations about my ability to trade in the future. Even if I never trade a share for my own account, it makes my thinking about any investor-broker relationship I may enter into in the future much more professional in all respects.”

“Great location. Staff is very friendly and professional. Although the tuition is considerable, I believe it is worth the price and I look at it as the cost of my education. My goal is to manage my own portfolio and I believe I can learn the tools to do this by taking this and other Online Trading Academy classes.”

“The people at Chicago Online Trading Academy could not be better. It is always a good time coming here.”

“The education is great.”

“Online Trading Academy is always very professional. I tried to learn about Trading through books, but felt like I could not really find any that explained the information with clarity. Although I have much to learn, I am leaving this class with an abundance of information which I am ready to apply.”


2013

“I feel overall that the experience was well worth it. I'm looking forward to applying the knowledge.”

“I have now taken Pro Trader and the Future classes and would highly recommend this for beginners of all levels. Never can have enough experience!!!”

“This gets better and better. The key is knowing that this is a learning process first. I will not trade until I know. I trust the Online Trading Academy core strategy and the instructors.”

“The training is very thorough. I gained valuable experience and knowledge that I could not have received anywhere else.”

“Online Trading Academy is an awesome school to attend. The instructors here are really here to help and meet the need of the students.”

“Was continually impressed with the efficiency and helpfulness of the staff and instructor. There is a lot of character here!”

“When I walked into the class I felt like I was listening to a foreign language. Totally out of my league. I walked out understanding the concept of trading. Maricela Garcia”

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