Don Dawson

Online Trading Academy
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Don Dawson has been trading the futures markets since 1987. His perseverance through the ups and downs of trading, openness to experience of others, balanced tolerance for risk, and patience to wait for his setups are a few of his strengths as a trader.

He continues to trade his personal Futures accounts while instructing Futures classes for Online Trading Academy. His teaching method has been referred to as "down to earth". He understands the student's need for a structured environment in the early stages of their trading education. As an Instructor, he uses humor to convey information in an accessible way.

He is excited about sharing his passion for trading with others. A quote he likes is, "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." He believes that the best teacher is a student – always in learning mode and wanting to learn more by teaching. He looks forward to working with each of you in one of his classes. He also writes Commodity Futures articles for Online Trading Academy's free newsletter "Lessons From the Pros" where students can enhance their knowledge with his resourceful content.

  • Lessons From The Pros
  • Power Trader Nation
  • Instructor Excellence Award
  • Instructor of the Year Award for Futures


  • Founder of Majestic Futures


  • Canadian Markets
  • Singapore Markets
  • US Markets


  • Futures


  • Series 3 license (since 1990)
  • Registered Commodity Trading Advisor with the National Futures Association (since 1990)
  • Guest speaker at Johns Hopkins University on Technical Analysis of the Futures Market and on Multiple Business Radio Shows around the country
  • Power Trading Radio guest
  • Presented for the Singapore Mercantile Futures Exchange


Virginia, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Don was SUPER thorough in his teaching strategy and was willing to answer virtually any question that would come up during or even after class. I would definitely recommend Don Dawson to all futures takers! Thanks for the great instructing and all of the Kansas City OTA team for the clean, upbeat atmosphere!”

, December 2018

“Don was very good at teaching us the next action to take. It wasn't just theory the whole time.”

, December 2018

“The Futures Class with Don Dawson is fantastic. He walks you through the process with patience and expertise. He knows what he is doing and knows how to convey it so that you can understand. You will be ready to trade futures when you leave this class. ”

, November 2018

“Don does an excellent job of conveying information in a structured manner and is always explaining "the why" for doing what needs to get done in the business of learning futures trading.”

, November 2018

“After the CORE XLT Class, I felt that I wasn't quite prepared to begin trading Futures. That feeling changed after taking the Futures Class with Don Dawson. He is very practical in his teaching and trading methodology, and I left class every day with more confidence and the ability to apply that knowledge I learned. I know I'm ready to start trading Futures! Great job, Don, and thank you for being such a great instructor!”

, November 2018

“Don does an awesome job presenting information in a way that makes it easy to understand. He is very organized about asking questions so everyone has an opportunity to hear other student's questions & the answers, which helps solidify the information provided. Don also shows good examples to reinforce the info as well.”

, November 2018

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