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 demystified the options trading program and made me think that I can be successful trading it.”

, June 2019

“Tim is very knowledgeable as well as entertaining. He engages the students while emphasizing the important concepts, answering questions, and expanding our vision of trading. I will never look at trading the same way. He has made it real and a great opportunity for a successful future.”

, May 2019

“Tim was a fun instructor. He took the time to answer questions and told jokes to make the class more lighthearted. Tim knows his subject well and takes the time to explain it.”

, April 2019

“I have learned how to trade another asset class!!! Lots of information to absorb but learned a good way to perform credit spread. Tim is lots of fun and full on knowledge!!!”

, April 2019

“I like that Tim showed us the real life expectations and what's likely to happen in trading. He told us not to make the same mistakes he did when he was just starting out. Don't be too greedy....”

, February 2019

“The instructor, Tim Blotzer, was Excellent. He shared knowledge and wisdom of trading Options safely and Productively.”

, January 2019

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