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It can be daunting looking up at the mountainous learning curve of developing a new skill, proficiency, and confidence with something complex. Perhaps driving a car, learning a sport or martial art or musical instrument, developing a professional skill or trade, evolving a relationship, or being a parent. Yet, how many times in life have you stood at the top of such a mountain, looking back down at the pathway of your learning journey, amazed at what you were able to accomplish? Learning trading and investing is no different and here are 5 secrets for undertaking that journey.

1. Avoiding the 5 Misconceptions

First and foremost, avoid falling prey to the 5 most prevalent myths of trading and investing: 5 Common Misconceptions about Trading & Investing. They will keep you off the path or derail you early on. …


Mark Grieco for Online Trading Academy

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Trading technology gets better, faster, and more refined with each platform upgrade and every tweak to an analysis tool. With such a dizzying amount of information coming at them from all sides, it’s easy for traders and investors to be distracted or become overwhelmed by fancy features and seductive shortcuts. While some of them may be useful, others can be quite costly to even the most experienced trader, both in time and money.

Here are five myths concerning trading and investing technology that you should probably leave in the land of market make-believe.

1. Myth The latest and greatest bells and whistles equate to better trading and investing results.
Reality: Careful here. While they may resemble a Las Vegas slot machine, flashy features are not for everyone. Many analysis and trading platforms include features designed to entice the user to press the “trade” button. Placing trades due to excitement over a new feature could be a recipe for disaster. Trades should always be in line with your personal trading plan and especially within your personal risk parameters. …


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Leveraging the latest technology infused with their education

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 18, 2020 / EINPresswire.com/ — The COVID Pandemic has shined a light on the shortcomings of online education platforms. High Schools and colleges around the world are trying to figure out how to untether themselves from physical classrooms and maintain the same level of education and engagement through a virtual environment.

Online Trading Academy has been on the leading edge of this for years, delivering classes in-person as well as online for more than a decade as part of the lifelong education it offers its students. OTA’s virtual environment is massive, with more than 10,000 online education sessions in 2019 for instance. As part of that, in a program they call Extended Learning Tracks (XLTs), students join instructors in real-time in the financial markets to track how the markets are evolving and explore opportunities for trading and investing strategies they are learning. Many students take XLTs for years as a way to stay connected to other students and keep current in the markets. …


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We are surrounded by an expanding universe of inspiration and insights about Agility these days, yet enterprise agility can remain as elusive as it has ever been. It can remain an unbroken code, often because of 5 misconceptions.

1. Agile is just for Software/IT Companies and Project Management

This is a common misconception, not least of all because people think that Agile started with software companies and the Agile Manifesto (2001) as a project management approach for Agile Software Development. For sure that’s when it was popularized and started going mainstream, but it started well before that in the 1980s with hardware companies for software companies. It’s that software companies were going big with Agile in the 90s, 2000s, and 2010s while hardware companies were going big with “Lean”. Now hardware companies are realizing that “Lean” is not enough and they also need to go big with Agile. In fact, all companies of all types in all industries are embracing Agile. Including at OTA. The accelerating world of VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) demands it.


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The owner of the Houston location of Online Trading Academy (OTA) was named one of the women honored with theHouston Business Journal’s 2020 Women Who Mean Business Award. Mary Beth Motisi was among hundreds of nominations considered for the recognition. A total of 96 women across nine industry categories were named honorees for the award.

The honorees were recognized in the Houston Business Journal for the October 16 weekly edition. The women nominated for awards were also recognized at a special online awards event on October 15,,2020. The six judges who chose the honorees were:

  • Sofia Adrogue, partner at Diamond McCarthy LLP. …


IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Online Trading Academy recently passed through a milestone of 200,000 student satisfaction reviews. Of more than 210,000 responses to post-class surveys so far, more than 149, 000 rated OTA with five out of five stars. In a recent analysis, 196,399 respondents were asked several questions including rating the overall course on a scale from one to five. Since 2002, OTA has been collecting post-class data. In that time, 76% gave OTA 5 stars, 20% gave 4 stars.

Ted Francisco, Vice President of Insights remarked on the importance of these findings. “In addition, to continuous studies like this, we routinely gather insights from our students to help steer our direction. …


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Below are the HBJ’s 2020 Women Who Mean Business finance honorees. To see all of the honorees, scroll through the slideshow above.

Amanda Beabout

Audit senior manager, Whitley Penn

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accountancy, University of Houston

How do you start your day? I wake up at 4:45 a.m. on weekdays and begin each morning with a run or other workout. This time allows me to not only start the day already feeling accomplished, but it gives me some time alone with my thoughts to prepare for the day and week ahead.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I love theater, specifically musical theater. Although most people around me now would categorize me as a sports-addicted athlete, I actually grew up acting, singing and dancing. It was a passion of mine for many years of my life, and I believe that this passion is a big part of why I am so comfortable giving presentations to large groups. …


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In the conference rooms, hallways, and break rooms of businesses everywhere you can overhear 5 common questions that come up in the conversation, which reflect 5 pervasive misconceptions about trading and investing.

1. Isn’t Day Trading Inherently Risky?

This is one of my favorites. Yes, day trading is risky like we might consider crossing the street to be risky. If we are wearing a blindfold, then we would be right to consider it as inherently risky. But if we have our eyes wide open, know the rules of where to cross and where not to, and are disciplined in continuing to look left and right as we do so, would you consider crossing the street to be inherently risky? Probably not. …


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Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would love to get to know you a bit. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood “backstory”?

I was born in a small town in rural Utah. I am one of seven children and was raised by parents that pushed their children to be self-motivated and love to learn. My father filled many work roles and most of them in marketing. When I was 12 our family moved to the Chicago area where my father filled an executive-level position for a large company. …


Online Trading Academy (OTA) recently won a Bronze Stevie Award for its innovative approach to educating students on how to engage online in the financial markets, largely due to the staff’s commitment to helping people make sense of a complex industry. But just how did the company end up where it is today? We’ll take a look at the founder’s journey and how OTA’s past is influencing its present and future.

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The Beginnings of Online Trading Academy

Eyal Shahar is the founder of Online Trading Company, but his first business was in the jewelry industry. As a diamond importer, he wanted to see where his money was going. After selling the company in the 1990s, he knew that he wanted to play the trading game too. By starting his own trading floor, his goal was to develop his investment skills and evolve solid strategies for investment opportunities. …

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