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 Half-Day 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

“I retired a couple of years ago as a Business Analyst, Accountant and Programmer for several large corporations over 30 years. I likewise have been trading for the past 20 years. I once attended a free seminar from OTA in 2006 in Southern California but decided not to proceed. After so many losses in trading, I finally decided to get educated on how the pros do it and enrolled this year. This time, I knew I found my next career and Dan Sugar sealed my faith upon taking his Futures class. Light bulbs were popping up all week long. I realized a lot of the things that I was not doing the right way. I was literally gambling using emotions in making decisions. Dan not only equipped me with the proper skills set, but most importantly, the right mindset necessary in being a successful trader. His top-down approach combined with great humor, made the course seamless. His subject-matter expertise, technical skills and experience have cut down my learning curve drastically. His empathy has made all. including those new to trading, comfortable and confident during the entire week. My final 3 words, "Dan's the Man"!”

, September 2018

“This class gave me all the skills to become a successful trader. The online videos were great, but the classroom training was awesome. I can't wait to begin the Futures training program. You literally have to be in this class to see how incredible the system is.”

, September 2018

“Don thoroughly covered all the fundamentals of Futures. Like OTA Core Strategy, I know it is up to me to follow through with practice, practice, practice, re-take courses, tune in to XLTs, join the OTA community. The information is invaluable, and OTA MN- Kevin, Josh, Spencer, Monica- are a great group to work with to learn the process.”

, September 2018

“The Online Trading Academy's Futures program is an outstanding program and I highly recommend it for Novice and Experienced traders. The techniques and knowledge you learn is invaluable to your success of being a great trader. Outstanding instructors and support staff. A great rewarding experience.”

, August 2018

“As a long time stock trader, taking this class opened my eyes to the possibility of trading with leverage and getting more bang for my buck!!!”

, August 2018

“The Futures training class outlines the fundamentals of how the futures market operates and it gives a student a rules based strategy and plan to execute when going home to trade. I feel comfortable about having the knowledge and ability to trade futures. Thanks for the opportunity.”

, August 2018

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