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

“Ryan is an excellent instructor. He knows a lot about the materials and technology. Having the support staff working in the background helped a lot, many times. He taught at a pace everyone picked up what he was laying down. He stuck to a tight schedule and covered all the material well. He was very patient with us and never got excited when the technology was not working right. He frequently asked if were getting the information and would go back over if we were lost. He knows the material very well. He added humor to make the classes very enjoyable. The reading materials are wonderful. Very easy to follow & well thought out. I just wish that I had found OTA about 30 years ago. I really look forward to taking the Options classes. I will recommend OTA to friends. ”

, December 2018

“Ryan is an excellent instructor. Very patient and understanding. I'm looking forward to this new journey!”

, November 2018

“Ryan Watkins is A NATURAL! Great teacher and a great person! Really enjoyed being educated by him!”

, November 2018

“Ryan is an excellent instructor, very knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. I loved every moment I was listening to him and watching him do the core strategy.”

, October 2018

“Ryan Watkins is an excellent instructor. His sense of humor keeps the students engage while teaching the subject of futures. His wealth of knowledge is really broad based.”

, October 2018

“Ryan Watkins is a consummate professional with a great sense of humor and a gifted way of delivering a very complex message. Although I feel I have just scratched the surface, and am a bit overwhelmed, he gave me the tools to see what I needed to work on to realize my goals with trading. Thanks again Ryan, and I hope to have you in other classes. ”

, September 2018

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