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 an incredible futures instructor. We learned about the markets themselves, trading terminology and software functions, as well as his keen focus on immediate trading opportunities that were happening during the instruction period. I had previously learned some of the terms and seasonal trading ideas in years past, and the class really helped bring back the knowledge I had gained in the past but never used. Many everyday investors fail to take advantage of the seasonal trends that happen year in and year out, including myself. But I plan to take advantage of many of the things we learned this week. Ryan was also very entertaining during the week, he has a good sense of humor and is very friendly. He obviously loves to teach.”

, February 2018

“After taking the Futures Class with Ryan Watkins, I now have more confidence in my trading skill and have a much better understanding of the futures market. This has greatly improved my trading skill. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about how to be a professional trader and making it your new career.”

, February 2018

“It's a little like drinking from a fire hose for me as this is a new arena for my brain. But Ryan and Nikki were there for us and gave us lots of real life examples that were very helpful. I would feel myself getting a little discouraged, but almost immediately Ryan would say something funny or mention again that this is an emotional as well as mental game and totally normal to feel this way, and I would bounce back on track.”

, February 2018

“I consider taking this class under Ryan Watkins to have been an honor and privilege. It is not many times that one has the opportunity to sit at the feet of a master teacher such as Ryan and glean the knowledge and information he possesses. His teaching style makes learning difficult concepts easy and fun. I will definitely be on the lookout for future classes in which he is the instructor. Online Trading Academy is to be commended for providing such quality instruction and excellent teachers. I have only good things to say about the entire organization. Thanks!!”

, January 2018

“Ryan is a great instructor. He seldom follows the chart line-by-line, but elaborates the chart content based on his real life experience. I feel very fortunate to have Ryan as my instructor for this course.”

, January 2018

“Not only did Ryan keep us interested in the class but he also kept us entertained. He is also very good with the analogies and keeps using real life instances which helps us to see more.”

, January 2018

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