Authors

Our Lessons from the Pros authors are Online Trading Academy instructors and experts in the asset class they write about.

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Sam Seiden Google+

Online Trading Academy, Chief Education, Products, and Services Officer

As the Chief Education, Products, and Services Officer at Online Trading Academy, Sam shares his ideas on day trading, investing for beginners, online Forex trading and his personal passion—the futures markets. Sam brings over 15 years experience of equities, forex, options and futures trading which began when he was on the floor of the Chicago…
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Brandon Wendell Google+

Instructor, CMT

As a former stockbroker, brokerage trader, and hedge fund trader, Brandon brings various market views and insight to his trading classes such as the Forex trading course and lectures on advanced futures trading, options strategies and more. He has held NASD securities series 7 and 63 licenses. An Online Trading Academy graduate himself in 1998,…
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Sam Evans Google+

Instructor

After leaving University in 1999, Sam thrust himself into the media world, working as an executive producer and part-time presenter for London’s Capital FM. Roles in the record and film industry followed, where Sam conducted many promotional interviews and honed his presentation skills for nearly 7 years. With a strong desire to work for himself,…
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Josip Causic Google+

Instructor

Before starting his professional trading career as an LLC, Josip was an educator. He taught English at the University of Toronto, and, since his relocation to the United States has also taught science and math at various private and public institutions. During this period Josip also completed an additional degree at Cal State Fullerton. Later,…
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Don Dawson Google+

Instructor

Don has been trading the futures markets since 1987. Students who want to learn how to invest or day trade find his futures courses at Online Trading Academy invaluable, and he shares the same knowledge about where to invest money in his Lessons from the Pros articles. Don obtained his series 3 license in 1990….
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Diana Hill Google+

Professional Real Estate Investor Instructor

Born in California, Diana Hill graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accountancy. Diana learned about real estate investing at 17 while working in a real estate office on the weekends in high school. In college she started investing in real estate and even though she…
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Dr. Woody Johnson Google+

Instructor

Dr. M. Woodruff Johnson has actively and successfully traded stock options, forex and futures since 2000. He is the former Executive Director of the Kaiser Permanente, Watts Counseling and Learning Center. He holds certifications in Accelerated Learning, Neurosensory Development and hypnotherapy, and he is a Certified NLP Master Practitioner. Dr. Woody is also an Associate…
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Michael Atias

Director of Tax Services, Instructor

Michael Atias joined the OTA Tax Pros executive team in 2011. Mr. Atias brings over 10 years of tax consultation, tax planning, tax preparation, audit representation and business consultation experience. Mr. Atias is an enrolled agent with the IRS with an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, one of the top 15 business schools…
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Rick Wright Google+

Instructor

Rick Wright’s goal as an Online Trading Academy Instructor is to accelerate the student’s learning curve, whether they are interested in High Frequency Trading or Investing for Beginners. He teaches classes on Online Stock Trading, Forex Trading and Futures, among others. Rick studied economics and psychology at Iowa State University, and entered into the brokerage…
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Gabe Velazquez Google+

Instructor

Gabe got his start in the markets as a broker trainee for Paine Webber, a mere 3 months before the market crash of 1987. He witnessed the gut wrenching fear of investors during that time period and the wild speculative euphoria of the late 90′s. That experience brought to light the importance risk management plays…
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Merlin Rothfeld Google+

Instructor, Host - Power Trading Radio

Merlin Rothfeld has been actively involved in the financial markets since 1996. 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…
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Russ Allen Google+

Instructor

Russ teaches investing classes on how to buy stock and options trading, among many others, and he shares his expertise through articles in Lessons from the Pros. With extensive experience in trading, education, and business in general, Russ decided to make his lifelong passion, trading, his full-time occupation in 2003 and sought the highest-quality trading…
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