Shyamala Sashikumar

Online Trading Academy
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Like many incoming students, Shyamala Sashikumar had repeated personal failures as a trader before finding success. In the early 1990s she traded based on “tips and news” and quickly gave up. In 2004 she added technical and fundamental analysis and had limited success. In 2011 she came to OTA and realized the only way to consistent profits is a rules-based strategy.

Since becoming an Online Trading Academy instructor, Shyamala has taught numerous Core Strategy and other foundation courses. She tells students that no one can do a better job of handling their money, in order to achieve financial freedom, than they can. As proof, she points out that she gave up a successful banking career to become a full time trader in 2013.

Shyamala loves to share her journey with students who are looking to get out of the rat race and make money work for themselves. She tells them that trading is not a hobby, but a challenging enterprise with unlimited potential to fulfill dreams. It is also a skill that can be acquired by anyone by learning the techniques and practicing diligently.


  • Bachelor of Science & Master's in Business Administration, Lucknow University
  • Officer – Central Bank of India
  • Officer – Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
  • Senior Manager – L&T Finance and IL & FS Training Academy
  • Branch Head/Chief Manager – Birla Sun Life Insurance
  • Senior Vice President – National Institute Of Securities Markets (NISM)


  • Indian Markets


  • Stocks


  • Certified Financial Planner (ICFP, India)
  • Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB), Life Member
  • Licentiate of Insurance Institute of India
  • AMFI Certification for Mutual Funds (expired)


Mumbai, India

What Students Are Saying

“The instructor was excellent. She made it too simple for a beginner to understand. The course material is perfect.”

, May 2019

“I liked the teaching of Ms. Shyamala Sashikumar very much & she is the best instructor so far. I wish I could attend another session of hers. She is so patient, firm & good.”

, February 2019

“Excellent experienced instructor with lot of lot real time trades/examples and excellent infrastructure.”

, October 2018

“The faculty, Shyamala, ensured all the important concepts were explained and demonstrated in great detail. The demand and supply strategy breaks down the market complexity to its very basic concept of price and, therefore, helps to demystify the entire trading process. It was a very enlightening session and I would definitely recommend OTA to anyone who is serious about becoming a professional trader.”

, October 2018

“The instructor, Ms. Shyamala Shashikumar is thorough about the course contents and has practical experiences in trading. I benefitted from her teaching and the experience that was shared during the course.”

, September 2018

“I enjoyed the program because the topics were covered comprehensively. Our trainer, Ms. Shyamala Shashikumar was very careful in giving details. Hence the learning became easy.”

, September 2018

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