Professional Futures Trader

E-mini Futures Course

Professional Futures Trader (5 Days):

Online Course also available in ten 3-hour sessions.


To enroll in courses, you must first take a FREE Introductory 3-hour Class.

This course lays a foundation for students who want to trade futures as their preferred asset class or as part of a multi-asset trading strategy. It provides an overview of the five major groups of futures markets—Equity Index Futures, Treasury Futures, Energy and Metal Futures, Commodity Futures, and Forex Futures—and the unique characteristics of each. The student will gain a strategic edge by combining powerful skill-building lessons and hands-on live market trading sessions. No heavy math or advanced economics is required.

Prerequisites: Core Strategy.

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What You Will Learn

  • Futures Fundamentals

    Understand the unique language and rules of futures trading and how to apply the core strategy for maximum advantage.

  • Controlling Risk

    Learn how to manage exposure through such factors as sizing, duration and frequency combined with daily mark-to-market accounting.

  • Tax Advantage

    Find out how to get high leverage potential plus favorable tax treatment under IRC 1256 (short-term gains taxed at long-term rates).

  • Technical Tools

    Use trendlines, charts and other tools to distinguish strength and weakness and choose the ideal entry and exit points.

Who You Will Learn From

Our staff of professional instructors is composed of the most dedicated people you will ever meet. They will teach you trading fundamentals and advanced techniques like no one else. Each has a unique personality that will keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next "golden nugget" of trading information.

What Students Are Saying

“This class offered some concrete strategies for trading futures, strategies that built upon what was taught in core strategies. It increased my confidence level in my trading ability.”

, November 2019

“I have been trading for 6 months now and this class helped to clarify areas I have been struggling with and also guide me in the areas I need to focus on most.”

, November 2019

“Great course to get your feet wet to trade futures. Great instructor! After taking this course I feel confident to start trading futures in small lots, great experience overall!”

, September 2019

“This program takes a seemingly complicated and infinitely correlated topic and breaks it down into very clear and manageable pieces. You will feel tremendously more confident after taking this course.”

, June 2019

“The OTA Futures Trading Course is most helpful if one wants to dive into this world. The curriculum is continually updated and retakes are infinite, which allows for constant improvement in understanding. The availability of a stable of expert trading instructors is amazing, as they each tell their personal stories while trying to share their trading knowledge. ”

, June 2019

“I enjoyed this class very much. It was very comprehensive, informative, fast paced and entertaining!!! Many ah-ha moments that I hope will help me in my trading. Todd is an exceptional instructor and made futures trading understandable and memorable. Thank you!”

, June 2019

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