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 articles for Online Trading Academy's newsletter "Lessons From the Pros" and the Financial Education Center, where students can enhance their knowledge.

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


  • Founder of Majestic Futures
  • Previously registered as a Commodity Trading Advisor with the National Futures Association


  • US Markets


  • Futures


  • 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

“A must-have class for students learning futures training. Don Dawson is one of the best instructors one can have for trading commodities.”

, October 2019

“Don is very thorough and methodical in his approach, lending phenomenal experience and anecdotes to illustrate his lessons.”

, October 2019

“Don makes the complex understandable and has a breadth of knowledge that is quite impressive. I wish all of the instructors were this skilled. The instruction received will allow me to improve my trading exponentially. Thanks.”

, October 2019

“OTA's futures class was very informative. Don is an excellent presenter that is capable of making the class material easy to understand. His real-life comparisons made the material relatable and easy to remember.”

, June 2019

“Don was a very informative instructor and brought a lot of practical applications to the class that can be used in the future.”

, May 2019

“When you have an instructor who really has knowledge from several decades of experience and can communicate in basic terms how to utilize the OTA curriculum, you walk away with gobs more knowledge and confidence. A truly worthy experience, and I feel like I have my money's worth from OTA.”

, May 2019

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