John McHugh

Online Trading Academy
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John McHugh began trading in high school, as a hobby with his father. After graduating from college, he worked for a variety of brokerages before running a hedge fund and finally becoming a full-time trader. Thus, he has touched all the bases that make him ideally qualified as an Online Trading Academy Instructor.

John’s extensive Wall Street experience gives him an industry insider’s perspective on what drives price movement. His goal is to share his experience with his students to accelerate their learning curve and give them a trading edge. He enjoys providing a trading desk experience in his classes to give new traders an energetic, value-filled learning environment.

John believes the fastest way for a student to achieve proficiency is to work with mentors, participate in a community of like-minded people and commit to the ongoing improvement of their craft. He is passionate about helping traders work toward their own personal hopes and aspirations.


  • B.S. Political Science, Santa Clara University
  • Broker at 2 major Wall Street Firms
  • Research Analyst for healthcare, Kemper Securities and Hambrecht & Quist
  • Research Analyst, Emerging Growth Management
  • Analyst & Portfolio Manager, Sterling Johnston Capital Management
  • Founder & Portfolio Manager, Pelican Partners


  • US Markets


  • Stocks


  • Surfing, running & beach volleyball
  • Travel: visited 30 different countries while trading on location over past 10 years


California, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Our instructor went the extra mile in explaining the concepts covered in this Core Strategy Course. John McHugh was able to develop an excellent rapport with the class while making the material covered very interesting. He took the time necessary to give multiple examples of the strategies taught.”

, March 2019

“Very good class. John was a great Instructor and I loved all his incite and he was really good at explaining things, He was Amazing!”

, February 2019

“Instructor is excellent in terms of content, instructions and patience.”

, February 2019

“I loved the class. It was like learning amongst family. The coursework held my interest, was engaging, and a lot of good beneficial information was provided. Overall, the instructor, John McHugh, was awesome! He was personable, passionate, organized, explained things in a way that is easy to absorb with a great sense of humor.”

, January 2019

“John McHugh really helped with issues I have been having for some time. I have become a much more consistent trader and look forward to continuing my education.”

, December 2018

“Amazing class, John made the class very enjoyable and fun. He also added in a lot of insight on the market and tools to scan the market. It was easy to follow his thought process and pick up strategy. ”

, December 2018

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