Craig Schaffer

Online Trading Academy
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As a finance major in college, Craig Schaffer became fascinated by the markets and the diversity of businesses that make up an economy. He was fortunate to find a job with a major brokerage, allowing him to see how Wall Street functions from an insider’s perspective. He later traded his own account on his way to becoming an Online Trading Academy Instructor.

Craig’s trading principles stress the necessity of emotional control, strict risk management and less is more. He believes the trader who remains objective, self-correcting and focused will have a much higher likelihood of achieving his or her goals. His students will gain a solid foundation in basic concepts from which to develop and enhance their trading techniques.

Craig’s Why is helping other traders reach their education goals and become an active part of the OTA trading community. He is passionate about teaching Core Strategy and encourages students to consistently follow their trading plans.


  • Bachelor’s in Finance, College of St. Rose
  • Trained & managed junior traders, managed satellite trading office, Paine Webber
  • Trading own account since 1997


  • US Markets


  • Stocks


  • Outdoor sports including snowboarding, kayaking & fishing


New York, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Craig is an excellent mentor for Core Strategy class. He is a very knowledgeable and helpful person. Many thanks to him.”

, November 2019

“The instructor was very knowledgeable, kind, patient and I hope he will come back to Howell, New Jersey so he can be my instructor again. If it wasn't for Craig Schaffer, I feel I wouldn't have come so far.”

, November 2019

“Craig Schaffer was a great instructor and I will make recommendations to people I know to take his class, especially if they are first-timers.”

, November 2019

“Craig is very knowledgeable about the material, is friendly and personable. He presented a lot of material in a fashion that meshed with my learning style.”

, November 2019

“Craig Schaffer brings real world trading experience to OTA and his students. He is professional, patient, encouraging and organized.”

, July 2019

“I've been with OTA for 2 years and just retook Core Strategy with Craig Schaffer. Having the opportunity to learn how to trade from a seasoned professional like Craig is a true gift. Not only did he give us great instruction on how to use the strategy, his insight to how markets work with order flow, algorithm traders, big money players and numerous other topics was priceless. After this class, with the help of Craig, I am even more confident and energized about my career decision of trading full-time.”

, May 2019

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