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

“The teacher, Steve taught at a moderate pace which was great for me since all the information was new. He answered all the questions until each student understood.”

, October 2018

“Great instructor. Very patient and helpful. He will go through a subject over and over again until you get it.”

, September 2018

“OTA is an excellent place to begin your trading experience. My instructor was terrific. Patient and kind, he always made sure that the students were clear on new information and would reinforce what had been learned in previous classes, so that by the end, I, at least, felt ready to proceed to the next step. The world of trading is now not only demystified, but also feels like an attainable means of creating and providing for myself and my family. This place is awesome! I highly recommend OTA to anyone wishing to better their circumstances. It may not be a magic pill, but it's the closest thing that I've found.”

, August 2018

“As a person who came with NO KNOWLEDGE AT ALL, I truly enjoyed the instruction... and now trading isn't entirely Greek to me anymore! I received great instruction that has given me a base of knowledge to build upon... THANK YOU, STEVE ICKOW.”

, August 2018

“I am feeling more confident and was able to achieve my goal in class. I loved my teacher, Steve Ickow. I felt he was the best representative of this company. He was always patient but would not let the class get out of control, had a good balance in allowing us to work with talking but when it was time to do, he would get our attention and the class would listen. This is a difficult leadership skill working with groups, but he was a master.”

, August 2018

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