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


  • 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
  • CES Certified

What Students Are Saying

“Ryan was a great instructor and kept class at good pace and interesting. He took the time to answer questions and made class an inviting learning environment. It is fantastic to have his handouts to be able to continue learning at home. Thanks!”

, June 2018

“Ryan is the best instructor ever! Very clear, thorough, and funny!!! ”

, May 2018

“Ryan Watkins is the best instructor. He gave us so much value above and beyond! Can't wait to take another course from him and get on his XLT.”

, May 2018

“I loved Ryan Watkin's Futures class. He is very professional, yet approachable at the same time. He went in-depth with the material and gave us plenty of time to do actual trading. I appreciated the passion and expertise he brought to the course material. Excellent experience.”

, April 2018

“Really enjoyed my week of Futures Training with Ryan Watkins. Excellent Training, very understandable. Ryan was never boring, always kept my attention and made learning fun, interesting and an overall great experience!”

, April 2018

“The instructor was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone was on the same page and went at a pace where everyone understood each step of the process. Ryan was very helpful to those that had problems with zones, chart trading and other steps in placing orders.”

, April 2018

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