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 IS GREAT! VERY good on teaching and helping me learn and apply trading. He is the best instructor I have ever seen and wish him all the best.”

, September 2019

“This course helped me identify the costly mistakes I was making as a trader. Steve is the best! Thank you for being so patient with us. We asked 1000+ questions and you answered every question clearly. Thank you!!!”

, September 2019

“I really appreciated Steve's teaching style and his knowledge of the material. He was very punctual, straight to the point, but willing to answer as many questions as asked.”

, September 2019

“This is an amazing course with a set strategy and rules. I loved what I learned and now feel like I have a path and the confidence to trade. Steve was great! He explained things in a way that helped me understand it clearly! He is very knowledgeable and fun to work with!”

, August 2019

“Core Strategy was entertaining and informative. The instructors and student support are fabulous at OTA. Steve is an excellent instructor. Allows for questions of any kind even if they are "dumb" but makes sure all students are on the same page before moving on to another subject.”

, August 2019

“If you want to learn the right way to trade this is the class for you. Steve is very knowledgeable and has great presentation skills.”

, August 2019

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