Ryan Watkins

Online Trading Academy
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Ryan Watkins got his start early in life as an active investor. His passion for trading would lead to his graduation from Online Trading Academy in 1999, and he immediately became a trader on one of the largest trading floors in the US. His passion for trading is evident in his teaching and love for the markets.

Ryan trades for a living and uses his real-life experiences in his teaching so that new traders limit the common mistakes and are able to accelerate the learning curve that all traders must go through. He believes in a learn-by-doing philosophy in that his students are completely immersed into the trading content not just by listening and reading, but by doing. This active learning style lets students develop their skills as traders and gain the confidence needed to become successful traders.

Students that complete the Professional Trader course with Ryan learn what it takes to truly become a consistently profitable trader. They discover what it takes to not lose money, as well as the importance of strict rule follow-through and discipline. As an Instructor, Ryan believes in creating a positive and confidence building environment for students and stresses the importance of having a strong trading foundation for students to succeed.

  • Power Trader Nation
  • Mastermind Instructor
  • Instructor Excellence Award
  • Online Excellence Award


  • Former Vice President of training for a major QSR
  • Co-founder of a real estate and equities investment firm
  • Experienced high school teacher and college professor (business)
  • Experienced in coaching high school football and track & field
  • Founder of TheLinemenFactory.com, a private football coaching business
  • BS in Business/Entrepreneurship - Cal Poly Pomona


  • US Markets


  • Futures
  • Graduate Programs
  • Mastermind Community
  • Stocks
  • Trading Platforms


  • Authored in Active Trader Magazine as well as other publications
  • Guest on various radio and television programs
  • Inventor of the Day Trader Clock™ & the Day Trader Desk & Trade
  • Creator of the former internet site DayTraderProducts.com
  • Online Trading Academy Graduate

What Students Are Saying

“The additional information, trading strategies and other websites Ryan provided outside the e-book material is valuable.”

, October 2019

“Ryan Watkins is an excellent instructor for the futures class. His knowledge, expertise, humor and devotion to each student clearly showed through in his instruction. He also helped to reinforce what I learned in Core Strategy and to build on that foundation, which is so necessary for trading in all asset classes. OTA has so much to offer with their resources, instructors, CliK, continuing endless education and support staff to help in becoming a successful and profitable trader. Thanks, Ryan, for a great futures class!”

, October 2019

“Ryan is great!!! The course material was presented in a fun, interesting, and supportive environment. I would recommend his class to anyone.”

, October 2019

“Ryan is an outstanding instructor - expert knowledge, very professional yet down to earth. He took time to explain concepts thoroughly and threw in some terrible jokes that kept the tone light. I learned some things that I had not picked up in my original attendance at the in-person Core Strategy course.”

, October 2019

“Ryan offered great information, patience, great commentary, awesome tips and kept the class moving right along. He made the class fun and involved all the students.”

, September 2019

“Learned a lot in a pleasant environment. Ryan was great in presentation; his passion is evident in his willingness to answer questions and offer suggestions. Thanks again Ryan.”

, September 2019

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