Roger Best

Online Trading Academy
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Roger Best has been involved in the stock market since the age of 18. He joined the Online Trading Academy team in 1999. Formerly, he traded for his own account on the largest trading floor in the western United States. He is an equities specialist who currently trades his personal account at his private trading office, and is a periodic Instructor for Online Trading Academy.

An expert in algorithmic order execution, Roger brings this unique scientific experiential perspective to every class. Over the years he has traded and taught on many of the leading direct access trading platforms. Extremely proficient in OTA’s Core Strategy, Roger carefully describes and demonstrates every element of the strategy to his students. Renowned for the clarity of his explanations, Roger reduces the Core Strategy to its most basic components and uses multiple examples to illustrate the how and why of each concept.

Highly adept at OTA’s CliK platform, Roger has his students incorporate the Core Strategy into CliK’s powerful Trade Builder feature early in the week. In addition, Roger teaches his students how to “think like an institution” by explaining in detail many of the ways institutional trading programs maximize institutional trading profits. Roger believes that, “As educators and professional traders, one of the most important things we do for students is apply our collective experience to filter out the less valuable inefficient practices and focus on the more reliable ones.”

An authority on risk management, Roger has done extensive research in quantifying and managing trading risk factors. A stickler for trading discipline, he is quick to explain why discipline and risk management are so essential to success, and shares strategies to achieve them — his students are taught the art and science of trading defensively. Roger is an adamant proponent of the “immersion educational experience,” and possesses a passionate energy for teaching the trading business.

  • Instructor of the Year Award


  • Bachelor degrees in International Marketing and Business Law, University of Washington Business School


  • US Markets


  • Stocks


  • Founder, president and CEO of asset management and consulting firm which handled a total portfolio of over 100,000,000
  • Contributor of features and functionality to direct access trading platforms
  • Consultant for "black box" system engineers
  • Power Trading Radio guest, as well as numerous other financial radio programs


California, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Roger was very thorough in his explanations of concepts. He also gave a lot of great examples that were not covered in the book. I feel much more comfortable with knowing how to start trading now.”

, November 2019

“Roger is the man! He gets you to think like the institutions to better your trades. Love this guy!”

, November 2019

“Great class and great instructor - Roger Best! Not only explained what to do, but also why you need to do it. Also, a lot of real-life examples. Very educational and inspirational.”

, November 2019

“Our instructor, Roger Best, has many years of stocks trading experience. He is also a great teacher. Combination of these factors was a key!”

, November 2019

“Roger Best has a pace and flow about his teaching that is incredibly easy to understand. He has a great speaking voice that you can clearly hear from the furthest corner of the room and he takes his time simplifying each part of the market to help us understand both the big picture and the small fine details.”

, November 2019

“The Core Strategy program is excellent. I love how everyone here cares for your success and progress. Roger Best was most helpful in his approach and everyone in the center was amazing! Warm, approachable, helpful and caring!”

, October 2019

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