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 an incredibly responsive instructor. Not only does he have mastery of the subject, but he makes sure every person in the class is keeping up with the pace of the class. Kudos, Steve!”

, November 2019

“Steve is great instructor; everything he taught is clear crystal. Well done.”

, October 2019

“OTA Core Strategy provides a very clear, very practical foundation for new traders. Our instructor Steve was engaging and knowledgeable. He went above and beyond to provide support to each individual student so that the entire class was able to progress and learn, regardless of learning speed or previous knowledge.”

, October 2019

“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

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