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.

  • 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

“I feel confident in my understanding of the futures markets. Ryan was very responsive to questions and understanding. Very entertaining and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.”

, December 2019

“I have never worked with futures in my life; this was a new experience for me. Ryan taught at a level that helped me understand and give me the confidence to move ahead with futures.”

, December 2019

“The best online class I've attended and will certainly look out for courses by Ryan in the future. Ryan's knowledge and patience are golden! Superb! I will treasure this.”

, November 2019

“The instructor made the class fun, very informative and kept us engaged.”

, November 2019

“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

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