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Online Trading Academy


Started in 1997 as one of the largest trading floors in the U.S., the Online Trading Academy is an educational company that offers courses in trading and investing for professionals. Classes, which can also be conducted online, cover stocks, futures, foreign currency, Forex, options, and wealth management. The Online Trading Academy, founded in California, has more than 36 campuses in seven countries, making financial education easily accessible to everyone.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$200,000 - $250,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


Online Trading Academy helps people take control of their financial future. Our patented Core Strategy empowers investors and traders to make smarter investment decisions through hands-on learning, putting concepts into action. Students learn trading skills and practice live in the classroom without spending their own funds by using Online Trading Academy’s money.

The Birth of the Online Trading Academy

Founded on a trading floor in 1997, the Online Trading Academy was the brainchild of Eyal Shahar. After starting a day trading company in 1990, Shahar realized the value added from collective learning sessions where the traders compared what had worked and what didn’t. After many of his traders left the company to invest their own money, Shahar recognized the need for financial training for traders of all levels, enabling the average investor to trade like a professional.

A Vast and Growing Market

The rise of online brokerages and ability to do research on the Internet has given many people unprecedented confidence in managing their own nest eggs and retirement accounts. Many of the students at Online Trading Academy are baby boomers who are concerned about securing their future as they approach retirement. The net result is a quickly growing market with millions of affluent, motivated prospects for the products and services of Online Trading Academy.

Students come from all walks of life, social strata, professions and income brackets. Owning an Online Trading Academy franchise will provide you with the tools and resources to train these people in the skills they need to dramatically improve their results.

Protected Territory

We only award one franchise into each major market, so you won't have any other Online Trading Academy franchises nearby. Each franchisee has the exclusive right to market in their territory. Additionally, Online Trading Academy provides global marketing support and all leads driven from global marketing initiatives within each territory are transferred to the local franchise location in real-time.

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