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

“It was great to learn from Ryan Watkins, his insights from his trading experience were priceless.”

, November 2017

“I have really enjoyed this program. Ryan took a subject I knew little about and made it understandable. He provided techniques regarding breaking down the information into steps that will help to develop my skill level going forward. I feel the information presented will help me become a proficient and profitable trader in the future.”

, November 2017

“Ryan is the best teacher I have experienced at the Academy. He gets involved with students and keeps the interest high.”

, November 2017

“Great class! Ryan is funny and engaging. I'd pay money to listen to listen to his stand-up comedy. Kept my attention, and on track. Don't come late the information provided is too valuable to be missed. Would recommend taking his class regardless of the topic due to his teaching ability. Thanks to Ryan I'm more interested and confident. ”

, October 2017

“Ryan was a great communicator who was obviously very knowledgeable and patient. Since the class size was smaller, he was able to provide individual feedback and critique as well as answer individualized questions we had. The course itself is a great way to start with the basics and even get refreshers for those who have taken it previously. ”

, October 2017

“Ryan Watkins is an excellent teacher that knows this subject matter inside and out with depth in every area so that we as students can visualize the end game, which is to succeed in trading at whatever that might be. He has a method that I learn well from so I am happy with the money spent.”

, August 2017

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