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 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

“When I first started it seemed overwhelming, but after the first 3 days with the class and asking the instructor questions, everything started falling into place and making sense. I seemed to have a lot of aha moments. Steve is very patient and is willing to help with whatever question you have. Overall, this has been a great experience.”

, February 2019

“I'm thankful to Steve for the quality of training he delivered in the Toronto Core Strategy course. He was patient, knowledgeable and ran the class in a professional manner that pushed each student to learn to their fullest potential.”

, January 2019

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