OTA- I think of OTA as family. From the first “orientation” to the weekend intro course I knew this organization was truly different. As former law enforcement, I was skeptical of sales pitches and the unknown but in my gut I felt comfortable. As they say, always trust your gut. I proceeded with signing up for the MMC. The pro-trader course was informative and the class was eager to learn. A diverse group of folks from various age groups, backgrounds and experiences all intensely listened as the instructor walked us through the material and reinforced core strategy with examples from his “real world” experience. At the end of the week that diverse class had become new family members of OTA. I was humbled to be asked to speak a few words to the “weekend class” who, by the looks on their faces, were skeptical. From this class I have taken the remaining asset classes and also am interactive with XLT, HWP, and Merlin’s evening radio show, but most importantly the MM clubhouse sessions. I have been truly lucky to be surrounded with passionate instructors and OTA staff to encourage and support me. I am lucky to be part of such a professional and dedicated organization!
“Timeshare Salesmen” or “Professional Educators”? I recently attended the 3 hour preview session at the Toronto location, subsequently agreeing to attend the 3 day Market Timing workshop, for a cost of $150.00 which included my wife at no additional charge. Wanting to assess what I was getting into, I checked the reviews of OTA. To be perfectly frank, they were mixed – some were great, some were just average, while others compared them to timeshare salesmen. If you know anything about timeshare salesmen, they love you and leave you. They promise you the moon, only to subsequently find out that the week you purchased is almost worthless if you try to resell it. Furthermore, if you add up all the associated costs of the exchange programs annual fees it’s less expensive to just book packages. Comparing OTA to timeshare salesmen is a total misnomer. In a few words, OTA is one of the most professional organizations that I’ve ever encountered in an extensive business career. They are so confident in the value of their product, and that you’ll enroll in their program, that they’re willing to share an incredible amount of information during both the preview and marketing timing seminars. While I’ve signed up for several of their programs, I’ve already used information from the market timing session to my financial benefit. Furthermore, they guarantee their product not for 30 days, not for 1 or 2 years, but for life. As a matter of fact, they even encourage you to retake their classes recognizing that trading strategies are not stagnant, but an ever moving target or that they’re providing so much information that you need to retake the course to learn it all. The more time you spend with them, you are left with the feeling that they’re going to do everything possible to ensure their students success. They seem to have an extensive support and follow up program beginning with your counselor who works to ensure that you’ll be a fit with the disciplines they’ve defined to be a successful trader. How many companies do you know that do that? Their instructors are first rate, sharing their extensive knowledge and expertise. They are very articulate, presenting market conditions, opportunities and the OTA programs in a very clear and concise manner. Rather than being educators or salesmen for the OTA programs, they’re all successful traders, so you have access to first hand rather than theoretical experience. Obviously, their programs are not inexpensive, but nothing is really for free and inevitably you get what you pay for. While I’ve not started my courses, I get the impression that it’s not a one sided transaction of selling you the courses, and your attending the sessions to only use what you may. There’s homework and preparation that you’re expected to do as ultimately they seem to subscribe to the practice that their ultimate success as a business is indirectly tied to the success of their students. I look forward to attending my first program beginning on September 10th.
Roy Cetlin (Toronto, Canada)
Some people refer to trading as gambling. They are right unless they have the skills to make an informative decision with a professional education from Online Trading Academy. OTA offers a world class education with 35 centers and 100 instructors worldwide and will teach you to trade like a pro and not like the novice gambler. OTA offers a huge variety of online resources and onsite classroom participation with some of the best pro traders in the world. Their patented program and education will teach you what it’s like to be a pro in a lot less time than it will take to get a college degree. My investment has given me a new start and hope as I reach my pre-retirement years. I was living on a wing and a prayer but not anymore with the ongoing education and support I receive from my Online Trading Academy! Thanks Online Trading Academy! I would also like to add that the Minneapolis, MN location is an incredible support system. My calls are answered or returned promptly, when I need help with my computer I just need to bring it in, and I will say that the staff is top notch. They make all students feel welcome as they are a part of the community, which to me seems to be the backbone of this location and OTA in general. For years I have had to rely on others to make my success and now I only rely on myself and my school at OTA.
Tracy Ellingson (Minneapolis, MN)
Most of the courses that I have taken at OTA have been well taught, and Options Trading was as well. Greg Hadley kept the class moving at a fast clip and passed on a lot of knowledge. His enthusiasm was right on target and made the learning experience real fun. I know that Options Trading will be a great benefit to me in my endeavor to become a better trader. I highly recommend this class.
Fred Posternak (Boston, MA)
Steve is a superb teacher. He combines immense knowledge and understanding with the ability to explain the subject clearly and logically, while still being entertaining and humorous. It has been a real pleasure to be one of his students and I have no doubt that everybody will leave with a real interest in options and sufficient understanding to pursue that interest and become successful options traders. He is the best instructor I have had thus far (the 4th) and I look forward to applying the skills I have learned from him profitably.
Kendall Carey (Toronto, Canadad)
I did a retake of Pro Trader, 5 years since the last time! It was very good then and now has evolved to be so much better. All aspects have been refined to top notch. I continue to enjoy the many venues and resources provided by OTA. Staff and instructors are awesome! I am not a newbie with fairy dust in my eyes. OTA is the real deal with real campuses. I can trade successfully because they taught me.
Gerald Myrfield (Vancouver, Canada)
The teachers are awesome and the staff is second to none.