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

“Excellent training for futures trading delivered by a superb instructor - Don Dawson. ”

, February 2019

“Don Dawson is a fabulous instructor. He gets to the meat of the material and makes it user friendly. I feel confident to forge ahead with my trade plan and my trading!”

, February 2019

“I'd highly recommend Don Dawson as a Futures instructor. His professional approach to trading is inspiring and he actually gives concrete rules for a trade plan, plus great ideas of what markets to trade.”

, February 2019

“Don did a great job explaining the basics of commodities and what it is going to take as far as a plan to be a successful professional commodity trader, during this 5 day class.”

, January 2019

“Don Dawson is truly a professional Futures trader. With over 30 years of experience, what you can learn from him is priceless! I have taken numerous golden nuggets of knowledge away from this class. I would highly recommend this class and instructor.”

, January 2019

“Don is a great teacher who takes plenty of time to make sure that the students are able to grasp what's being taught. I'm looking forward to applying the things I've learned in this class to my trading plan.”

, January 2019

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