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

“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

“Steve Ickow is a great teacher.”

, January 2019

“I was really impressed with our instructor's (Steve Ickow) determination in making sure that everyone "Got It". His passion throughout the week was really evident. Job well done.”

, December 2018

“OTA's Core Strategy was amazing!!! Steve Ickow was the instructor and he was very knowledgeable. He was also patient with the students and he made it simple to understand.”

, December 2018

“Steve Ickow is amazing, really enjoyed his lecture. He was patient with a slow leaner like me.”

, December 2018

“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

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