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


  • Founder of Majestic Futures


  • Canadian Markets
  • Singapore Markets
  • US Markets


  • Commodities
  • 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 Dawson is a great instructor. He spent hours with us after class teaching the skills necessary to be a successful trader.”

, July 2018

“Don teaches from experience and wraps that deep experience into practical insights and valuable routines that make terrific sense. I was able to visualize the "Cupboard" and put quite a few items into the right space for my trading plan. Most favorite insight, "Don't Trade the Crack"......ha ha ha.”

, July 2018

“The Futures Trading class with Don Dawson was excellent. Taught in a very logical manner. ”

, July 2018

“Don's 31 years of active futures trading is a huge benefit for students. His focus on strong rules is tremendous as these provide a strong structure to learn and implement. His knowledge is immense and he's an expert in the field.”

, June 2018

“Don Dawson's instruction was superb and superbly executed. He applied himself and, to the students' benefit, above and beyond what is expected and to a greater degree than any other OTA instructor I have experienced. His handouts, that he prepared personally, were a valuable enhancement to the curriculum. His ability to anticipate students' demands and their needs for greater understanding was excellent. He dedicated his personal time more than any other instructor, in my experience, to assist students, including a "Meet the Pros' (or "grad event") of almost four hours duration, after a full day of teaching.”

, June 2018

“Don is a very generous instructor. He gives freely of his experience and knowledge and truly wants the traders to learn as much as possible. He also is very approachable and encourages communication between student and instructor. It was a very enjoyable class! ”

, June 2018

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