Irvine, CA - Student Testimonials

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“I feel extremely fortunate to have found Online Trading Academy. There are so many trading class choices available online or held at a temporary location like a local hotel ball room, but I am very confident I found the best program available. The passion and training of each instructor, so far Darren Kimoto and Roger Best, represents the dedication the school has in choosing and training the proper instructor for each class. Both instructors really don't need this job for financial gain, they are so passionate about the successful teachings of supply and demand they learned at OTA that it is their calling to teach and educate us so we can master this unique trading skill. I have really enjoyed the life stories of how each instructor, or their students, came to OTA and how incredible this life changing decision was for them. It feels reassuring with so many success examples that with hard work, dedication and willingness to learn, that I too can learn how to be a successful full time trader. And with the OTA staff and community always there for me, I have no doubt in my mind, I will be the next success story.”

“This is trading broken down to its component parts. The concepts are not easy, but the teachers are great and very experienced and successful. They go as deep as you want to go and are invested in your success.”

“OTA is not just an environment to learn infinite information, it is a new world and beginning of a new life.”

“Online Trading Academy has enough content to keep me studying my curriculum every day, all day every day (including nights and weekends) even though I registered at minimum entry level cost plan. The staff is friendly, encouraging, and willing to lend a hand in accountability.”

“My experience in Pro-Trader has deepened my understanding of Core Strategy and therefore grasping the basics of this winning strategy. It is my third review and as I have had no real previous acquaintance or instruction in trading prior to joining OTA this has truly been a rewarding process. I feel so very encouraged and confident that I will master the tools and be able to approach my trading with discipline and ever deepening understanding of the forces that influence the market. I feel that I am successfully learning the strategies for trading. Yeah, to the instructors, especially my two time instructor, Kelly Boycks who is knowledgeable and informative. Yeah, to the support staff who are also ever present, SUPPORTIVE and encouraging. I have never met a nicer group of people. Hi Erika. Hi Krisie. Hi Teo. Hi Mark, Crystal, Kimberely. Hi John, one of the great philosophers of trading.”

“I am entering into a vision that is entirely new to me, and I appreciate the patience and encouragement that OTA instructors and personnel have portrayed. The positive energy in the company is contagious. I have truly enjoyed embarking on this journey.”

“A very professional setting. Well managed. All staff members very well trained and prepared for the various tasks the students encounter. Could not ask for more. ”

“Online Trading Academy is providing me with information that only a handful of people know about. This knowledge will be essential for my success as a trader. I'm really enjoying the class. I'm learning many things about the market I never knew before. I have a great feeling I'll do well with my trading. The center (Irvine) is well situated and very clean. The staff is friendly and very helpful. There is a feeling of a fun atmosphere and professionalism at the same time. The material is detailed and informative. I especially like the hands-on way of learning by using the computer and the appropriate programs.”

“I am continually amazed and impressed with the outstanding level of knowledge and the presentation skill of the OTA instructors. With each additional class I believe that my knowledge base is expanding and core strategies are being reinforced and refined. Finally, the mysteries of how to make money in the market are being unlocked and the clouds around Wall Street are clearing. All the personnel from our Education Counselor to instructors to support personnel have always been extremely helpful and friendly. They always take a personal interest in the student.”

“Absolutely excellent program. It was my 2nd re-take course. It gave me additional information which got missing during last few years. Already I am regularly trading, this program surely helped me to pin-point actions in right direction.”

“I loved every staff member's quick willingness to help you along. I feel very confident that deciding to join OTA was the best decision I could make at the start of my trading career. I look forward to learning more through OTA as time goes on. Mastermind Community here I come!”

“For over a decade, I've been searching for the secret sauce for successful trading. I used to think it was more and more technical indicators and I finally got so overwhelmed by all the different indicators. Online Trading Academy finally simplified the secret sauce with one principle that I now love and appreciate. Finally, trading became simple, like a beautiful work of art or design element. I was finally able to get rid of most of the technical indicators and simplify my trading style with a few odds enhancers that make my trading so much cleaner and less stressful. It is a life-changing tidying up of my trading style. Thank you so much!”

“I came to OTA not knowing anything about trading and now I feel much better educated and prepared to be a successful trader. I gained a great deal from the insights in class and Scot's own personal experience. The Center is very nice and well organized. The employees are super friendly and helpful. The catering was good and the available snacks & drinks were excellent. The parking was great and the hours, good. Great instructor and a very positive experience. I can't imagine how poor my trading would be without this training.”

“I am only 16 years old and have learned so much regarding stocks, finance & decision making within seven days. OTA will be my future and the program is amazing, even for a teenager like me! ”

“This is the best stock trading company, anywhere. These guys (OTA) are worldwide and all their teachers have stock trading experience. Even though the cost seems high, but if you look at it closer, it is really affordable and a GREAT DEAL.... Just think, what does a college degree cost these days?”

“OTA has the best intuitive training on the financial market. I have tried other services and OTA was above them all. There method is simple, logical, and highly effective. Their staff is of the highest caliber.”

“Two things sold me on OTA. Good people and a systematic, logic based approach to trading. They have an amazing group of professionals who are not just experts in their fields but great teachers as well. In the past trading never appealed to me. I saw it as a complicated form of gambling. They taught me what it means to trade smart and trade like a professional. It appeals to me, I'm excited.”

“Online Trading Academy has brought to light a game I didn't even know was being played. Better yet, they taught me that game. The Irvine facility could not have been better. My professional instructor could not have been better. The food was good, even for a vegetarian.”

“It's a very complete program, well worth the time and effort.”

“OTA is an incredible learning center. The way they teach the basics with repetition and clarity is top-notch. I would highly recommend OTA for anyone who is seriously interested in investing in the market.”

“OTA is an awesome tool to learn how to trade. The school is very supportive and works with the student to ensure success.”

“Instructors and staff make themselves readily available to provide whatever assistance one could need.”

“I, Noah Batty, had absolutely no experience or knowledge of trading in any medium: stocks, forex, futures, options, the latter three I didn't even know existed. But, after taking these classes, I have complete confidence I understand and can benefit by trading these assets for a more comfortable living for me and my family. ”

“Pro Trader and the instructor were the perfect learning combination to launch me towards successful, profitable trading. The instructor provided the perfect balance of theory and practical instruction with experienced war stories, and by practicing actual trades. The last day's trading session gave me the confidence I need to start trading and meeting and exceeding my daily income goals. This course exceeded all my expectations by a huge margin.”

“Really... Really... Good. You can't get better with this stuff. It's REAL, and these instructors are REAL instructors. They have been there; they did all the dirty work; and they make it nicer for me. Thank you.”

“I have been an OTA member since November 2011. I went all in for all the programs. I have been very happy and pleased with the instructors at OTA. I am a better investor and trader as a result. I highly recommend OTA for all those people who want to improve their success in the world of stocks, options, futures, and forex as well as real estate.”

“With every course and with each instructor at OTA I feel sure that I am continuing to learn on multiple levels. ”

“Jeff, Erika, John, Eric and Larry all support and place importance on the theme of "community;" and the education is unmatched by any university. A must have course for all those wishing to increase their trading success.”

“If you are eager or desperately in need to know how to invest wisely and make and protect your money with limited resources, this is the best imaginable choice!”

“OTA is one of very few educational institutions that is truly very supportive of its students, in seeing to it that they truly benefit from the knowledge that OTA has to offer.”


“I have been trading for a while without the discipline demanded by OTA. I feel so much better prepared to do it right and utilize the system and new knowledge to control my future.”

“The best education money can buy. You acquire enough knowledge in just a few courses to apply in real life scenarios.”

“This is only my second real class, and I am very impressed with the consistency among instructors, along with their differences, their honesty on what we're facing as new students, as well as their confidence that we will be successful if we stay the OTA suggested learning course...and remember to follow the rules.”

“Give yourself permission to succeed. OTA is available to guide you.”

“Love my OTA education. Thanks for all the help getting my investing needs met through all the courses offered.”

“Online Trading Academy has taught me how to spot and capitalize on market trends with a proven, successful formula. Amateur hour is over for me.”

“I am amazed with the level of unlimited support and friendly staff.”

“It is amazing to watch instructors make money in real time on the market. So many "experts" talk about how to trade/invest in the public. Nobody else is brave enough to show how he or she trades in real time.”

“Online Trading Academy has afforded me the opportunity to bless my friends and family with irreplaceable knowledge about trading. This is a world of information that I never knew existed. I only heard about stocks, but never knew anything about Futures and Forex; this has been an enlightening experience that I would not change for the world. I plan to become a Mastermind Student. I would gladly pay again. My grandmother always told me that she could give me a fish, but its best that she teaches me to fish. OTA has taught me to trade.”

“The school system is awesome! OTA has accommodating, polite, and wonderful staff and faculty. The ready-made books/guidelines are easy to follow and the printing is world class! It has clean and wonderful rooms, an ambiance that you don't like to leave. Sumptuous food is served and students can drink cold water, hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate anytime they want. This academy is A+++!”

“A worthwhile overview of what it takes to seriously look at trading or investing in the world's financial instruments. Excellent at dispelling myths and giving a consistent approach that can be measured and reproduced.”

“Each experience here at the academy has been very informative and a great experience! I have enjoyed learning from such an amazing staff, and look forward to my continuing education here and investing in real time environment for significant profits.”

“I like the personal touch all the teachers, counselors and staff really do have with you. They do want to see you succeed. I was overwhelmed and on the verge of total shutdown, but the staff here at OTA had my back and is willing to make sure I succeeded and take the next steps of my journey.”

“The encouragement from the coaching staff is incredible. I enjoy the high energy levels of instruction from the class and how they interact with the students. I also am glad to know that my advisors are always there for me and willing to help! It is refreshing to know that such a kind and friendly team have your best interest in mind.”

“WOW! A Great experience. It was worth the time spent. I'm looking forward to the next step and the future and hope that it brings.”

“The insight given is helpful. I now have more knowledge about the equities market in five days than I have accumulated in 54 years. ”

“The Online Trading Academy is truly a first-class institution! The headquarters building and each of the classrooms, snack room, offices, restrooms, reception room, broadcasting studio, student desks, comfy chairs, computer equipment... are superb! The trainers and coaches are obviously very knowledgeable and experienced! They not only deliver valuable, pertinent information, but they obviously care about their students' grasp and application of the material and tools for successful, exciting online trading!”

“OTA equips you with a lifelong skill. Awesome.”

“Having taken the Core Strategies and Professional Futures course about 18 months ago, and having traded in the interim, I am satisfied that the OTA method works. All depends on one's ability to overcome fear of trading. The skills acquired in the live courses and the community support make it possible to meet this challenge and become a successful trader.”

“Trading Academy is a highly professional outfit. I feel I have gotten excellent value for my money. I have the experience that the instructors really want me to succeed, and I feel that they give the best of themselves to support the student body. I look forward to a long relationship with Trading Academy.”

“OTA has given me a clear understanding of why I failed as a trader in the past. I did not have a trading plan, a risk management plan nor a correct understanding of how the markets work. I now have an objective way to trade that will eliminate the emotional reactions that have caused so many of my past trades to fail.”

“Thank you to Mark and the entire OTA staff in going the extra mile in providing the tools necessary to support my trading success.”

“I am thankful for the trading model OTA has shared with me. I know that with consistent discipline and following the parameters OTA has taught me, this is just the beginning of a great endeavor.”

“Trading with a plan and risk management is making trading fun and not stressful. This is well worth my time and money. ”

“I thoroughly enjoy the classes and the level of knowledge the instructors have. I keep coming back to update my knowledge and skills, to upgrade my performance.”

“Got all that I expected and more. Unlike most groups selling information and promising results, this is the one time that I got what I wanted and more.”

“I am really fortunate to have come across the academy prior to starting a trading business. I cannot imagine the time and money that it would have cost me if I were to miss this opportunity.”

“Before attending the program at Online Trading Academy, I knew absolutely nothing about trading. But after taking several classes, I feel my understanding and skills have improved tremendously. Everyone has been very supportive and I feel that I am on the right path.”

“The facility, faculty and administration are a true reflection of the professionalism that is imbedded in the Online Trading Academy's focus on quality instruction and student support.”

“OTA is worth the cost for the lifetime trading education.”

“This is the "real enchilada." After researching so many websites and other 1/2 brained stock market/financial market schools, I'm over the top that I know I'm in the correct place for the rest of my life.”

“The course is awesome and so is the support from everyone at OTA.”

“If you really want to understand market dynamics, take control of your hard-earned money, and think like a market maker, then OTA is the school for you.”

“I did enjoy the week at OTA. I enjoyed having Don as an instructor and I enjoyed the time I spent at OTA. Looking back, I don't know where else I could find a more complete introduction to futures trading without having to spend an enormous amount of time searching for instructional books and online resources, studying them and then trying to sort out a course of action from there. OTA provides the most direct path to informed and active trading that I have found. The Irvine facility is 1st class all the way. I'm always happy to be there.”

“Every time I walk through the door of OTA I am enriched”


“If you even think about trading then please have a strong strategy or you will be helping the institutions get rich. OTA gives you that strong strategy.”

“I love OTA's staff. They are very helpful.”

“I say that for anyone who wishes to learn how to trade futures or stocks, the best way to start is with OTA. With OTA you start off with good habits. Like a golf swing, if you don't learn it correctly from the beginning you will have a hard time breaking bad habits.”

“There is such an abundance of misdirection in the market in the way of books, news casts, etc. that it was an incredible benefit to find OTA to brush away the confusion.”

“I'm over 80 years old and OTA made learning fun again.”

“OTA is the world class school for Trading. The Online Trading Academy gave me hope. I feel like I finished my Master Degree on how to make money for a living. This is a life time career for me. I trade as long as I live, no one can fire me. This class is my last class for Futures. Today is the official Graduation day for me! Thank you all very much for transforming me into a better Trader.”

“OTA and its staff of instructors prepared me very well for trading education with the extensions courses after the live class. Practice makes perfect, and after the live classes I had a much better idea of how to proceed with the online education at my home.”

“As anything in life, if you apply yourself you can do it and trading should be no exception. I am ready to meet that challenge no matter how hard the learning curve and grind away. Between Jose, Derek,and Scott, so far I am very pleased and feel I have made a very good choice. Thanks.”

“I cannot say enough good about the quality of instruction and all staff. I have been a professor at a community college and, beyond a doubt, THIS is a quality institution of "higher learning."”

“Trading education might be costly, but a lifetime education to make smart money and have money work for you is priceless. Like any higher education, used properly it makes a Return on Investment. Online Trading Academy is far better, for the amount invested in your future the Return on Investment will be beyond your wildest dream. The best example to family, your children and friends is your success, and encouragement to them is to learn to make their own fortune and keep it going for generations.”

“Every time I come back to the new building it gets better and better. You guys are doing a great job!!”

“Online Trading Academy is, in my opinion, a world class organization. Everything I have experienced and seen since my coworker pointed me to the school has been well above excellent. This is the best decision I made in my life because I now have a way to retire and leave my Engineering job, which I could not do before. Thank you, Online Trading Academy, for doing things the excellent way.”

“For those people serious about becoming traders, you'll have to spend serious money and this is the place because not only will you receive an education, but the door is opened to numerous unimaginable opportunities.”

“Online Trading Academy has made a big impact in my life. I am anxious to go out and continue this program in my own trading. Because I changed how I was doing business I actually started making money at home before the week long class ended.”

“Online Trading Academy is a must have ally for anyone who wants to get out of the rat race or a dead end job. The methods and practices can power a life change! Kudos to your new facility! Everything about it is simply top notch, except that there is no wine bar for after class!! The staff is equally top notch. Online Trading Academy continues to be an organization that I want to stay aligned with going forward.”

“I would like to thank Online Trading Academy and Matt Gildea for opening my mind and showing me the systematic and right way to trade and make profits. Matt is a very wonderful instructor who shares with us lots of important information, practical knowledge and experience. I have really learnt a lot and can't wait to practice and apply it to my trading in the near future. It may have changed the future of my life and my family to a better one. Once again, thank you very much.”

“I liked how we also had people around us that could help, as well as the supporting group at Online Trading Academy.”

“Online Trading Academy is one of the best, I appreciate your care and services.”

“If you don't get where you are going, you will end up somewhere else; this education is the best way to get where you want to go with your trading career.”

“I feel silly choosing 5 for everything since I'm afraid whoever is reviewing this survey will think I didn't take it seriously, or perhaps I don't have enough experience with Online Trading Academy to properly evaluate a class...but you would be wrong. This was a proper eval. The material and the instructor are just that good. All 5's. The implementation is up to me, but you've given me the tools I need.”

“This experience gave me a lot of confidence to go back to trading again. The course material is no doubt the best.”

“Everything is positive about the subject matter. The course designs and the instructors are not only knowledgeable, but experienced and "know their stuff."”

“Online Trading Academy is a first class operation! The money and time spent are the best value in this business!”

“As a repeat student, I benefited from instruction from a different instructor as this allowed me to learn different points of view from the instructor's trading style.”

“Love Online Trading Academy, finally I am getting the education that I truly believe will lead to a successful trading career with realistic expectations.”

“There is no better training site. I have spent time and money on most of them.”

“Online Trading Academy intense teaching well worth the time and money.”

“This (Professional Trader) class is something that I wish I would have had years ago--I think it's something every person interested in their finances and the workings of the world monetary system should know about to make better choices in their lives.”

“I have found Online Trading Academy trading classes to be a fair value and the best organized trading course I have ever attended. Highly recommend Online Trading Academy if you are learning or want to improve your trading skills.”

“I'm very impressed with the level and scope of the education.”

“Before the class I was on a losing streak and had lost much of my confidence. By taking the class, my in class trading was greatly improved and my confidence soared. I made great in class trades that I haven't yet done in my personal live account, but look forward to doing it in the future.”


“I have been a student of the Markets for many years but the information learned during this class was invaluable. The strategies, techniques and the application of Supply & Demand were real eye openers. ”

“Thanks for all the good food and friendly environment.”

“Relaxed atmosphere-outstanding instructor.”

“I have been looking for a school like Online Trading Academy for the past year. I am very excited about taking all the course studies because I am more than positive that this is going to help me manage my future to its full extent. Thank You, Online Trading Academy.”

“I learn best in a classroom environment than just reading a book or attending a webinar. Online Trading Academy provides an excellent classroom environment, I would gladly come back for more learning as my schedule will permit.”

“Online Trading Academy is the best. I am becoming a very confident person in my trading endeavor.”

“Online Trading Academy is so supportive. I always feel like I am welcome here. They don't just sell you a class and then let you flounder on your own.”

“Love you guys!”

“Believe in Online Trading Academy education, changes people's life for the better.”

“Another great instructor teaching a well designed course.”

“I like the culture of caring at Online Trading Academy.”

“The level of instructor expertise and experience really lends credibility to the whole program. They tryuly know what they are talking about.”

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