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 who recently sold his immaculate F100 Ford pickup


California, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Instructor has the ability to relate trading to real life scenarios”

, May 2019

“It was an overall fun experience. I learned so much from it. The instructor was great, I feel that he really solidified the basics of trading and I'm ready to take things to the next level.”

, March 2019

“Online Trading Academy made for a fun, exciting way to learn about the foundation of trading. The instructor was very involved and truly cared about the students' education and progress.”

, March 2019

“I have been through other programs like this and I have found what makes the real difference is the instructor who is teaching the class. Todd has a unique way of instructing. I can say that I usually struggle at first. Todd's methodology was to start off by telling stories through the charts. This way you could visualize the concepts he was trying to convey. Once we understood the underlying, he would then couple it with the concepts form the book and show how we just used those same concepts without even knowing we were being introduced. One thing that I haven't seen in a while is the passion that he had made me trust him. I am also very happy that this time around the core class was a lot easier and flowed very nicely. Trusting your education in someone else's hand is always very risky, and Bravo Online Trading Academy for picking one of the best instructors that I have ever had.”

, March 2019

“Having virtually no experience in the financial world, I learned not only the fundamentals of trading, but also valuable information about many aspects of financial health and the way the world markets work. Todd was an excellent instructor, covering the information in many different ways and relating it to real life analogies to increase our understanding. ”

, March 2019

“When I first took the class, I was lost completely not knowing exactly what was going on. I was confused as far as setting the curve, the zone, almost the entire process. It was very overwhelming. Todd, my second instructor, was awesome. He's the best instructor that anyone can have. He's very patient, he starts from the very basic until everyone in class understands. I feel such a relief and more relaxed after the second class. The instructor is very knowledgeable.”

, February 2019

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