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 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

“Our Core Strategy Instructor, John McHugh is extremely knowledgeable and his energy is awesome! He helped the class out a lot, and shared his contagious love of trading. I am more motivated than ever to trade!”

, December 2018

“I can't thank you enough to have John McHugh as our instructor. He is very professional and very patient. I give him lots and lots of credit.”

, November 2018

“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

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