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


  • 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

“Ryan's energy, humor, and engagement made the learning experience optimal. He also did an effective job of gauging the class's understanding. I loved his supporting stories and analogies.”

, August 2019

“Ryan was very professional and the best instructor I've had so far at the Academy. I love his method of teaching, it's very effective and he's a very pleasant person as well and makes the class more fun. I highly recommend this instructor.”

, August 2019

“Ryan is an awesome teacher. Very very knowledgeable, entertaining, personable, communicates topics in a way that make them easy to understand and grasp.”

, July 2019

“Ryan Watkins!! If Ryan Watkins is teaching a course, I am taking it. He explains all of the content so clearly and precisely and provides very relevant and applicable examples that makes the understanding of the material so much easier. He has an amazing personality and his enthusiasm to teach is very evident. I am still a beginner trader but taking core strategy and futures classes with Ryan has significantly increased my confidence. I cannot wait to take more classes with him!”

, June 2019

“I am completely new to trading. Ryan has made this entire process easy to understand. He has also been very good at reinforcing the importance of discipline and following the rules. I would like to personally thank Ryan, Evan and the support team for making this a very engaging and productive learning experience for me.”

, June 2019

“Ryan Watkins uses examples that are very easy to understand and follow. I feel much better with the tools he has given me on my road to successful Futures Trading. I feel more comfortable with the idea of trading my own money and can see myself LIVE Trading real soon.”

, May 2019

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