Online Trading Academy, which was established in 1997 and is now commemorating its 25th year in operation, has steadily become a global leader in providing education and trading analysis technology for individual traders and investors. OTA plays a crucial role in assisting both newbies and experienced traders in their financial education as a result of the tremendous rise in individual investors in the financial markets.
According to the company’s CEO, Eyal Shahar, “I founded OTA about 25 years ago with the goal of enabling average traders and investors to compete with Wall Street.” Since the beginning, we have dedicated ourselves to assisting the everyday investor to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to trade and invest with confidence. Education and technology are rapidly combining, and OTA is at the forefront of this transformation.”
Since 1997, Online Trading Academy has provided access to lifelong education to more than 85,000 students through on-site classes at more than 35 financial education centers around the United States, internationally and via its global online presence (including students from Dubai, India, Singapore, and many other nations), live educational sessions and online and self-paced content.
Student feedback about OTA has been overwhelmingly positive. With more than 215,000 post-class exit surveys with an average satisfaction rating of over 94 percent, OTA boasts a long-standing history of exceptional student satisfaction. Every week, this information is published in real-time on their website, and it continues to instill confidence in new students as well as showcase that OTA’s commitment to investing and trading education continues to be world-class.
In 2019, over 60 talented instructors taught more than 3,000 on-site workshops and 10,000 online lessons for more than 2.5 million students.
OTA’s proprietary core strategy step-by-step methodology is incorporated into CliK, the one and only integrated educational and trading analysis platform on the market.
Due to the mix of its Fintech and Edtech innovation, OTA has won numerous awards. Not least of all, CliK is winning awards and is being hailed as a ground-breaking, unique, all-in-one integrated education and trading analysis platform. Based on a public vote with more than 92,000 votes cast, CliK won the People’s Choice Stevie Award for Best Fintech Solution in June 2021. In 2022, CliK coupled with Stratos, its most recent innovation was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Learning Capacity-Building Solution and a Silver Award in the category of Emerging Technology.
According to OTA President Jeremy Nosek, “We may well have already overtaken others in this space as the clear industry leader based on the scale and scope of deep learning experiences that we facilitate with our students, helping them to expand upon their skills, increase the efficiency with which they work, and build their confidence to work in the retail trading and investing world. We are only getting started with what CliK makes feasible on our development roadmap, and our creation of CliK just pushes our leadership position even more.” He added, “Our OTA research team also helps organize research on investors and retail traders, especially distinguishing between educated and uninformed individuals, a vital distinction that is frequently lost in the narrative. Our own students’ study suggests quite different findings from the prevailing third-party studies. The next 25 years will bring about significant changes in education, technology, and investor support for small-scale traders and investors.”
Online Trading Academy Offers New Programs on Digital Assets
Online Trading Academy recently launched a cryptocurrency program focused on helping everyday investors to get in on this revolutionary new market. OTA continues to forge the way into the future with technology and accessible investor-centric education. OTA recognizes that cryptocurrency, NFTs, and other digital assets are no longer on the financial sidelines. High-profile investors such as Elon Musk are wading into the waters of crypto, and OTA is making it possible for everyone, thanks to its online courses. A large suite of course offerings has been created, focusing on the world of crypto investing. Founder Eyal Shahar commented, “This feels a lot like the mid-90s. I founded this company nearly 25 years ago because the technology was enabling everyday investors’ direct access to the financial markets. But they were unprepared. They didn’t have the skills and tools to trade responsibly. It’s no different today.”
Calling its program Digital Assets, OTA offers a comprehensive and encompassing overview of cryptocurrency and digital assets, such as NFTs. The program (divided into three programs) operates as an independent, on-demand educational offering, designed to be fully online so that students can access the courses in any place where there is an internet connection. This kind of accessibility is in keeping with OTA’s mission to make investing and trading available to everyone who wants to take part in it. The program starts with a complimentary introductory course called Cryptocurrency Foundations, followed by Digital Assets and the Crypto Investor Live program, which includes on-demand sessions along with live weekly instruction.
Together, these courses teach why cryptocurrency came to be, how it has evolved, who is using it today, what the myriad of applications there are for the blockchain technology it’s built upon, and where it is revolutionizing current financial products and services to create a new decentralized financial market.“We are at the precipice of a new economy,” reflected Merlin Rothfeld, Senior Director who oversees the Crypto education program. “Decentralized finance is similar to the beginning of the Internet. It’s exciting but it carries inherent risks. Those who are considering trading or investing in digital assets must be educated and prepared. No matter how a person feels personally about this new scene, cryptocurrencies and digital assets are transforming traditional, centralized models in so many different areas, like banking, healthcare, insurance, exchanges, and others. And those decentralized businesses are beginning to thrive and presenting an abundance of investing and trading opportunities. The goal of Online Trading Academy is to help people leverage those opportunities to their best advantage.”