Steve Ickow

Online Trading Academy
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Steve Ickow got his start in trading in the Nikkei pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He soon became a full-time trader and has been living the dream of supporting himself and his family through his investments since 2000.

As an Online Trading Academy Instructor, Steve shares his experience and advice as a “singles hitter”. He watches institutional order flow in the equities markets so he can buy where the professionals are buying. He goes for day-to-day consistency instead of home runs and is risk averse. His personal style is to close positions instead of holding them overnight, because then it’s like playing a new ball game every day.

Steve hopes students will leave his classes with knowledge, confidence and enthusiasm for trading. His philosophy is to believe in yourself, follow your plan and always work hard.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois
  • Arbitrage Clerk, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Trainer and mentor to traders with a worldwide audience
  • Competitive Athlete


  • US Markets


  • Stocks


  • Featured in Millionaire Traders, How Everyday People Are Beating Wall Street at its Own Game by Kathy Lien and Boris Schlossberg
  • Fitness enthusiast
  • Coaches youth baseball and basketball


Illinois, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Steve Ickow not only explained the material thoroughly but also made sure everyone used the program to place orders properly.”

, June 2019

“Really enjoyed the Core Strategy in-class training. Instructor, Steve Ickow, is very knowledgeable and experienced and was able to go step by step in explaining how to analyze and confirm best supply and demand zones for trades. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn to trade. Important to keep the momentum going after the training and do simulated practice orders before going live, especially if you are a beginner. It is like anything where ongoing practice is required to be successful.”

, June 2019

“Steve Ickow was an amazing teacher. He really spent time enforcing the rules based in core strategy which helped out significantly with placing trades.”

, April 2019

“I enjoyed taking the Core Strategy class with Steve Ickow. He is an excellent instructor and I've completed this course with the full understanding of Core Strategy.”

, March 2019

“Steve, my instructor, went above and beyond.”

, March 2019

“I personally enjoyed the class immensely. Steve was a fantastic instructor. I believe this will help with my trading a lot.”

, March 2019

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