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

“Enjoyed the program with John McHugh as my trainer. He was very patient with me and the entire class, asking great questions and clarifying all material is his excellent talent.”

, November 2018

“John McHugh is incredibly generous with his insight and patience and has a wealth of experience in trading that he shared freely. During my time in the Core Strategy course, virtually all of my questions were answered. I feel very honoured to have been under his tutelage and look forward to trading. John is truly a wonderful teacher.”

, September 2018

“John McHugh is one of the best instructors armed with knowledge, experience and good interpersonal skills. Special thanks to him for the success of the class.”

, September 2018

“Great learning experience! The instructor, John McHugh possesses a wealth of knowledge, skills & experiences. He was very friendly, patient & approachable to help & answered every problem/question that we had. The students, also, were very motivated to learn & help each other.”

, August 2018

“I really enjoyed the core strategy class instructed by John McHugh. For me personally, he excelled in the art of teaching the OTA's specialized trading techniques to a very diverse class of students. I left the class at the end of the week far more knowledgeable knowing I had the backing of OTA with all its resources as I start out in the world of trading. All the best to the OTA team!!!!”

, June 2018

“Our instructor, John McHugh, did a great job of teaching us how to properly identify zones.”

, June 2018

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