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Merlin Rothfeld

Merlin Rothfeld

Equities, Platform Immersion, and Personal Trading Plan Instructor

Merlin Rothfeld has been actively involved in the financial markets for the last 10 years. After receiving his degree in Business Finance, Merlin worked for a large financial planning firm in California where he applied traditional, long term investment strategies. In 1998, he began day trading his own money using a variety of DAT trading platforms. Over the next 7 years Merlin became a frequent guest speaker at trade shows and universities throughout the world, hosted a syndicated radio show and became the editor of the Investnet Trading Newsletter (2001 - 2004). He also helped build the largest trading school in the US, Online Trading Academy.

From 2001 - 2005, Merlin worked in Italy, building curricula and programs to teach the European community the inner workings of the financial markets and the best methods to access these markets. During this time Merlin had the opportunity to learn and trade most of the European markets. He was also a professor at the Universita Politecnica Delle Marche, a finance specialty school located in Ancona, Italy. Here Merlin created the first dedicated trading lab at a European university.

Merlin's experiences with trading strategies, ranging from long term investing to short term, high volume trading, offer students a well-diversified perspective of the trading life. Merlin trades daily using his own unique trading strategy. Online Trading Academy is delighted to have Merlin back on staff, as students always appreciate how his market experience positively influences his teaching style.

Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon

Master Instructor

Passion and enthusiasm are the "watch" words of Mike McMahon. He brings both to his trading and his teaching, with over 20 years of experience in the market, as an investor, a trader and a licensed Commodities broker. Mike has taught classes in such diverse topics as Battlefield Medical Aid, Scuba diving, Hazardous Materials Handling procedures and Motivational Salesmanship.

Graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Mike brings a blend of academia and experience to our classroom. His ability to communicate this blend is the rare talent that allows an active trader to be a successful trainer. His students are always well-schooled – with passion and enthusiasm.

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Tillie Allison

Tillie Allison

Equities, E-mini Futures, Technical Analysis Strategies, Platform Immersion, and Personal Trading Plan Instructor

Tillie Allison applies a multidisciplinary approach to trading the stock, options, and futures markets. She trades using technical analysis, multiple time frame analysis and psychology to determine market sentiment and manage risks. Tillie has a passion for trading the markets and believes that it is imperative for traders to develop a comprehensive trading plan.

Tillie began teaching following the financial disruption of 2007. Her goal is to educate students on the realities of the markets and to teach students how to develop a skill set to successfully trade the markets. Her experiences and steadfast risk management will help traders of all levels elevate their performance to new heights. As a skilled chart technician, Tillie brings her understanding of technical analysis into the classroom and teaches students how to identify high probability trades, reduce risks, and maximize rewards.

Tillie Allison is a member of The Market Technicians Association, The Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards, has an Associates Degree in the Applied Science of Real Estate, and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

John O'Donnell

John O'Donnell

Guest Instructor

John O'Donnell is the Chief Knowledge Officer for Online Trading Academy. In this role he delivers a combination of educational and corporate experience that has been instrumental in making Online Trading Academy one of the premier trading schools in the world. His extensive management and consulting experience has been a key ingredient in Online Trading Academy's fast global growth and industry recognition and awards.

Mr. O'Donnell was a finalist two years in a row for the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award by Inc. magazine in Orange County, California. He has often been featured on financial web portals and television networks such as CNBC, CNN and MarketWatch. Mr. O'Donnell's focus and thoughts on issues such as historic boom/bust business cycles and the potential coming burst of the credit bubble in the "Globalization 3.0 Era" has also been featured in financial focused newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Traders Journal and EQUITIES magazine, just to name a few. Mr. O'Donnell is frequently a keynote speaker at global finance expos including Trade2Win, Online Traders Expo, London IX Expos, Brazil Active Traders Expos, World's First Virtual Online Traders Expo, Canadian Financial Forums, and The MoneyShow.

Mr. O'Donnell received a BS in Science from Southwest Baptist University in 1968. He began his career as a public school teacher and then transitioned to public corporations, working as an investment banker. His background in both education and financial services gives him a unique ability to teach complex financial theories and trading skills to beginner investors and seasoned traders alike.

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