Todd McClean

Online Trading Academy
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Todd McClean started investing after college, and was successful in speculative real estate. Then came the crash of 2008. He learned that a supply and demand strategy—buying things when they are cheap, and selling when they become expensive—applies to investing just as it does to everything else in life. This experience led him to become a student of, then an Instructor at Online Trading Academy.

Todd has a college degree in psychology and professional training as a systems analyst. His background gives him a methodical perspective on trading and investing. He believes that successful investing means adopting a rules-based investing strategy and sticking to it, and that the biggest psychological challenge is getting out of your own way and following the rules.

Todd tells his students that it’s never too late to start achieving your dreams, even if you have made mistakes in the past. Keep things simple, and follow your plan. He also reminds them that trading with the proper perspective is recession-proof because there is always an opportunity somewhere.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Western Carolina University, NC
  • Software Developer & Senior Analyst, health care industry
  • Real estate investor and developer
  • OTA Education Counselor


  • US Markets


  • Stocks
  • Trading Platforms


  • Mastermind Community Member
  • Focused on health and family
  • Taught his daughter how to trade
  • Car enthusiast 


California, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Todd went above and beyond my expectations and helped me feel less intimidated by the course material. I feel confident moving forward that I will be successful with the tools and strategies that OTA taught me.”

, November 2019

“Todd's demeanor was always calm and helpful. He didn't ever sound harsh or critical. He showed genuine care in making sure everyone understood his instructions.”

, November 2019

“Very impressive presentation with real world ingredients. The instructor was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and obviously cared for his students and seeing to it that they individually comprehended the techniques.”

, September 2019

“I found everyone at OTA was willing to help me out. Todd was amazing. He showed amazing respect for the students and found ways to teach in a way to help all students. His willingness to help us was incredible.”

, August 2019

“This is going to be life changing at a time in my life when I am ready for a change. I prefer an instructor with more hair, but if I have to have a constant reminder of my own baldness instruct me, then Todd McClean is the bald instructor I want. In all seriousness, he made this riveting and easy to absorb. His retelling of his journey to this point in life made it clear to every student that no matter their situation, this life-changing information is right for them. Thank you very much Todd.”

, August 2019

“The 7-day core strategy class was hands down the most useful class I have ever taken... The instructor is great and energetic. Todd is very intelligent and helped a bunch of novice traders take the first step to financial success.”

, August 2019

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