Tim Blotzer

Online Trading Academy
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Tim Blotzer had a series of increasingly demanding management positions before he became a full time trader in 2004. His particular motivator was the need to care for an aging parent, which he could not do while holding down a full time job.

Tim felt trading was the perfect fit for his needs because there are no customers, no employees, no boss, no tenants and you can do it anywhere you can get an internet connection. He stresses the importance of consistency—like the baseball player who gets regular base hits instead of swinging for the fences and striking out—as the key to high probability returns in any economy and any market.

Tim likes being an Online Trading Academy instructor because he appreciates the integrity of the organization and its commitment to student success. He says, “I bring a lot of passion to my teaching since this has totally changed my life” and loves to recognize the accomplishments of his students and help them reach the next level.


  • BS, Personnel and Industrial Relations, San Francisco State University
  • Postgraduate certificate in Food Industry Management, University of Southern California
  • Dean’s List at both SFSU and USC
  • District Manager, Safeway Stores
  • Area Manager, Big Lots
  • Area Manager, PetsMart
  • Regional Manager, The Luggage Center


  • US Markets


  • Options


  • Platelets Donor with American Red Cross
  • Wounded Warriors Donor
  • Wrote “Why Traders Fail”, an online guide to trading psychology
  • Avid baseball fan and player (his team played in the Jr. Pony World Series when he was 12) with a dream of attending a game in every major league park (3 to go)


California, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Tim B. is awesome - he keeps us motivated of the "why" and sharing his professional attitude of trading in real world (making money!) ”

, November 2018

“Tim has a childlike enthusiasm that is contagious. He is a smart teacher. But you have to rise up to his level to understand and appreciate his knowledge. He is very knowledgeable. At the same time, he understands where we come from. His constant reassurance that "it is ok to be wrong" is something I have not heard before. He keeps repeating the points over and over. It starts making sense by the end of the 4th day. And the way he shows how options can be easy (once you understand the basics) is amazing. A serious topic being handled by a person who is so humorous. Enjoyed it. Would like to repeat this class again purely because of Tim.”

, October 2018

“Tim was recommended to me based on previous classes I have taken with OTA. His style and methods of articulating a very complex set of instructions is off the chart excellent. I have already signed up for another session in the near future.”

, October 2018

“Everything Tim delivered was great! We received tons of knowledge nuggets that can be applied to this realm of the market, and are excited to have another class with Tim in the future!”

, October 2018

“Taking the Options Program was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. Tim, the instructor was incredible and I can't say enough to praise him for his commitment and dedication to the students. Now I know that choosing OTA was the best investment I could've made for my investment learning path. All the teachers and support are A+++.”

, September 2018

“Tim Blotzer brings life and excitement to options trading and dispels all the fears one brings to the scary world of options trading. He is not only very knowledgeable, he combines excitement with his humor to make options trading a comfortable and enjoyable journey.”

, September 2018

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