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

“The knowledge and skills of John McHugh are awesome.”

, May 2019

“John is a very dynamic fellow with higher energy than I ever had in my entire life. Hard to keep up with that. His enthusiasm for success and sharing of himself came through clearly. He is a good fellow with the willingness to share of himself for the betterment of those in his care.”

, May 2019

“The course was one of the most rewarding things i have done in my life. The instructor was great and he took the time to explain and show us how to go through the phases in the exercises. Click was new and he explained the process and steps like no other could.”

, May 2019

“John McHugh was great and challenging, we had good luck to have him as our instructor. Hope to be guided by him in the future. Great, thanks!”

, May 2019

“I truly enjoyed the positive energy of our instructor, John McHugh, who was very personal and helpful to all the students. His knowledge and honesty about the markets gave me a hopeful future trading in the markets successfully.”

, April 2019

“Mr. John McHugh's knowledge, enthusiasm, persistence, perseverance, and candor is truly amazing! His real-life practical experience shows through.”

, April 2019

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