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

“John McHugh was very patient and helpful in the Core Strategy online course. He encouraged everyone in the classroom and provided very helpful analogies and personal experiences. Patricia Zander and the support staff (Phillip, Chantel,...) were all top guns in the virtual environment space. Phillip called me several times over the week to make sure the virtual class experience was going well. John McHugh and the crew were stellar--interstellar!”

, August 2019

“John stayed after the class to answer questions, he was enthusiastic, professional, friendly, funny, clear voiced, brought his expert knowledge down to new people, etc.”

, August 2019

“Excellent. His [John McHugh's] passion for what he is doing is obvious. His concern for the students is genuine.”

, August 2019

“John was a great teacher; John explained each section so that you could understand the process.”

, July 2019

“We were fed well, well cared for and the atmosphere of the class was great. John McHugh was a great instructor. Very enthusiastic and shared many personal stories related to the topics under discussion. He clearly loves teaching and helping students excel.”

, July 2019

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

, May 2019

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