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

“I enjoyed the instructor and my fellow students. The content of the lesson was in depth and pertinent to the level of experience of the students. Questions were encouraged by everyone and addressed completely. I highly enjoyed and recommend the instructor to everyone who wishes to pursue this type of trading.”

, March 2018

“Don is very well versed in Futures trading and is an excellent instructor. He gave a lot of background and insight into the way trades work and how the market moves.”

, February 2018

“Don goes deeper than, "just teaching the basics". His teaching helps you to have an understanding of why the Futures markets behave the way they do, and includes the nuances of the Futures market.”

, January 2018

“Don Dawson is one of the best instructors. He presents the material in a manner so it is less intimidating and easier to get absorb. He manages the class time efficiently and stays later to be accessible to students.”

, January 2018

“OTA and Don were exceptional as hosts and teacher, respectively. There are great questions from classmates and helpful insights from Don about to how to master trading.”

, January 2018

“I am impressed with the resources provided at OTA. The futures class was very well done and Don Dawson is truly the best, most logical instructor I have had to date.”

, January 2018

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