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
  • CES Certified

What Students Are Saying

“A fantastic learning experience. Our instructor, Ryan Watkins, has a passion for trading which shines through in his teaching. He deeply cared about our success as traders and our experience in class. Would highly recommend to anyone seeking to become a professional trader.”

, September 2018

“I have much more confidence in trading as a result of this class. I really enjoyed Mr. Watkins humor. I was also very impressed by the depth of his knowledge of the subject matter and trading abilities. I also really appreciated the time he took to help students understand the concepts and develop the skills for trading. Mr. Watkins appears to have a heart for helping new students become good traders. I also really liked the fact that he published his class notes and gave them to us for download.”

, September 2018

“Ryan Watkins is an amazing Futures instructor. The Futures course was well structured, well paced, and packed with valuable information. I now have a better understanding of what Futures are. This class is a must!”

, August 2018

“WOW! What an incredible instructor. Ryan was patient, kind, and willing to work with the entire class at whatever level each of us was at, so that the entire class was brought through the course with understanding and ability. His sense of humor made the class fun and engaging (enjoyable rather than stressful trying to learn a new skill). He shared things he has learned in his years of trading that would help us. This is something I really appreciated. Also, support was quick to help and resolve any issues that came up.”

, August 2018

“Ryan truly made the course understandable for someone that knows nothing about Futures trading. The CORE strategy course along with Futures is my ticket to retirement and FREEDOM! ”

, July 2018

“The Futures course with Ryan Watkins was a truly valuable experience. He expertly brought his real-life experience into the classroom, and presented it in such a way to benefit students at many different experience levels.”

, June 2018

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