Online Trading Academy, a worldwide financial education provider, recently reached an important milestone: 200,00 student satisfaction reviews. Even more impressive than the quantity of these student reviews is that a high number of them gave OTA the best possible score – five out of five stars.
Students can attend virtually or at more than 40 in-person locations around the world, where traders and investors gain knowledge from financial professionals. Class topics include investment strategies; basic trading; how financial markets are structured; and specific niches such as options, futures, and forex.
Ted Francisco, the company’s Vice President of Insights, says that about 210,000 students took the opportunity to rank their experience with OTA courses on a scale of 1 to 5, and 196,399 of them also shared feedback and answered a series of questions.
According to Francisco, 149,000 students who completed courses gave 5-star reviews. Since 2002, when the academy began keeping track of this information, 76 percent of students have given 5 stars and 20 percent of students have given 4 stars.
“We believe there is no more important voice in our company than that of our students,” Francisco says, adding that the student response will help steer the company’s direction in the future.
All recent student rankings and comments, whether positive or constructive, are available on the OTA website, part of the school’s efforts to provide as much transparency as possible.
Students range from newcomers to the financial world to professionals currently working in the field who want to brush up on their skills and learn new details about changing markets and customer expectations.
Online Trading Academy started in 1997. Over the years, it has received a variety of awards in the education field and the investment and business communities. These have included being listed as one of the Top 50 Franchises by Franchise Business Review, an honor that it has received for the last three years. In 2020, the company was ranked 14th on the overall list and also ranked 3rd in the education category. Franchise Business Review bases its decision on the research of more than 300 franchise brands with 27,500 owners. The publication surveys owners on topics such as values, training, leadership, and owner commitment to the organization.
It also has received several Stevie Awards for excellence in business, including a bronze award for Achievement in Product Innovation in 2020 and a bronze for Technical Innovation of the Year in 2019. The International Stevie Awards include more than 4,000 nominations from around the world of companies of all sizes and structures. Online Trading Academy has also received two Global Forex Educator Awards in the Retail category, which honors nominees that provide training and quality service. At the local level, readers of the Orange County Register newspaper chose OTA as an honoree for Best Places to Work and part of the Top 10 Workplaces.
About Online Trading Academy
Online Trading Academy (OTA) is a world leader in financial education for people who want to build skills and confidence for trading and investing in the financial markets. OTA’s proprietary and step-by-step Core Strategy methodology teaches strategies designed to help traders and investors make smarter decisions aligned with their short-term and long-term financial goals. Students learn from knowledgeable instructors, in an interactive classroom setting with extensive online education resources and a next-generation education, analysis and trading platform called CliK. The courses are geared toward individual investors or traders, novice or experienced, who want to learn how to use techniques similar to professional traders on Wall Street. Founded in 1997 at a single location in Irvine, CA, Online Trading Academy has since expanded to more than 40 worldwide education centers and has served over 80,000 students with access to lifelong education who have rated their satisfaction at 94.4% from more than 200,000 post-class exit surveys. It all starts with a free introductory class.