Professional Futures Trader

E-mini Futures Course

Professional Futures Trader (5 Days):

Online Course also available in ten 3-hour sessions.


To enroll in courses, you must first take a FREE Half-Day Class.

This course lays a foundation for students who want to trade futures as their preferred asset class or as part of a multi-asset trading strategy. It provides an overview of the five major groups of futures markets—Equity Index Futures, Treasury Futures, Energy and Metal Futures, Commodity Futures, and Forex Futures—and the unique characteristics of each. The student will gain a strategic edge by combining powerful skill-building lessons and hands-on live market trading sessions. No heavy math or advanced economics is required.

Prerequisites: Core Strategy.

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What You Will Learn

  • Futures Fundamentals

    Understand the unique language and rules of futures trading and how to apply the core strategy for maximum advantage.

  • Controlling Risk

    Learn how to manage exposure through such factors as sizing, duration and frequency combined with daily mark-to-market accounting.

  • Tax Advantage

    Find out how to get high leverage potential plus favorable tax treatment under IRC 1256 (short-term gains taxed at long-term rates).

  • Technical Tools

    Use trendlines, charts and other tools to distinguish strength and weakness and choose the ideal entry and exit points.

Who You Will Learn From

Our staff of professional instructors is composed of the most dedicated people you will ever meet. They will teach you trading fundamentals and advanced techniques like no one else. Each has a unique personality that will keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next "golden nugget" of trading information.

What Students Are Saying

“Great Class! After taking the Pro Trader class I started diving into learning all I could about futures prior to taking the class. While I did learn a lot through the XLT sessions and self studying, it wasn't until I came to this class that everything clicked and made sense. I am so excited about taking what I have learned and applying it to my trading.”

, April 2017

“The Futures program is the best! Very detailed and is instructed with a realistic approach. The instructor, Jeff Manson, is very experienced and an excellent instructor.”

, April 2017

“I was not sure in the beginning if trading futures was something for me because it was a very highly leveraged asset. I waited 2 yrs to make that decision. After finally taking the class the only regret I have now is, I should have taken the class earlier and I am so surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Our instructor: John Rowland was exceptional.”

, March 2017

“The Futures class Ryan Watkins taught was very good! Considering that I started knowing nothing about the Futures Market, I now feel competent enough to discuss it with someone. I definitely still have room to grow and need to continue practicing. I was apprehensive about an online class, because I didn't know how much hands-on learning we would have. I have to say I was very impressed with OTA's online access to Trade Station's lab and our instructor giving us plenty of time to execute trades and set up zones and apply strategies and skills that he taught us in class.”

, March 2017

“I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and confidence after attending the OTA futures course with Dan Sugar. I look forward to getting started and applying all I have learned. Thank you.”

, March 2017

“I have always loved watching the market and wanted to know how it really moves. Taking this class has made it possible to actually understand it and do it. I absolutely recommend this class to anyone with interest in the financial markets and would like to make income on the side.”

, February 2017

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