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 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

“I would highly recommend Don as an instructor. He has an excellent approach, explains the process and the why's of how things work. He is willing to answer questions and go in depth with his answers, not just brush them aside or give a glossed over version of an answer. ”

, October 2018

“Professional Futures was outstanding. Don Dawson is a fantastic instructor and shared a wealth of information based on decades of experience. Highly recommended!”

, October 2018

“The class was outstanding. Don Dawson is an amazing teacher. The materials and his knowledge made for a great combination and an outstanding value for the money.”

, October 2018

“Don Dawson is such a genius with respect to futures!! I can hardly believe the amount of information that this man has stored in his brain. Every student was taken just as seriously as any other no matter what question was asked (there were a few very basic questions asked in class) and answered them with the same tone as any other question. Many aspects trading and setting up futures trades were discussed that, in my mind, are things I would have never considered on my own. Don is very exceptional in my opinion.”

, October 2018

“Don Dawson is a great instructor. He is thorough in his explanations, shares insights and possible shortcuts, how to get pertinent information plus he has a sense of humor and put up with us for 5 full days. I like the fact that he is accomplished in trading commodities and currencies which are the area of interest for me.”

, September 2018

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