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 was a great instructor - many helpful insights and useful tips and articles, helped me understand and apply many things so much better.”

, November 2017

“This was my first exposure to trading futures and Don Dawson was an outstanding instructor. He provided a great deal of information and provided an excellent foundation for me to build on. ”

, October 2017

“I loved the Futures session with Don, he is a fantastic instructor, shared a lot of applicable insights and energized the class with a lot of stories expanding on trade experience; all of which was extremely helpful to all of us. Thanks, Don.”

, August 2017

“Was a great class with Don, finally learning some great strategies to put to use, already feel much more confident and excited. He concentrates more on stuff we can actually put to use and really breaks it down very well. Would like to take another class with him in the future, after putting some of this to use.”

, August 2017

“I have never had such great notes with easy to follow instructions before! Don made the difficult seem easy because of his small steps approach.”

, July 2017

“Don Dawson is an outstanding instructor who listened to and addressed our questions and gave us tools that will provide exceptional guidance and help as we follow our trade plan. He gave me hope that I can do this!”

, July 2017

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