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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need trading experience to take the course?

No. Sometimes it is better to start with a clean slate. Many people have erroneous ideas about how to succeed as a trader and this affects their learning.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. To ensure that they are at an approximately equal level of trading knowledge before they begin the course, we provide preparatory course material. This includes access to our library and a variety of online materials. This ensures that everyone is at a similar level of knowledge before the course begins.

What career opportunities are available after completing the Master in Trading program?

The ultimate reason for taking the IOTAF Masters In Trading program is to achieve a complete career and financial independence. The skills you learn will enable you to work when you want, where you want, and how long you want. Most importantly, it is one of the few careers where you have the opportunity to make as much money as a professional athlete. As well, we have partnerships with hedge funds and proprietary trading firms both locally and abroad who actively recruit our graduates. We have access to capital and will back successful traders. In brief, the opportunities open to our graduates are unlimited.

What if I want to trade remotely after I graduate?

You can trade wherever you want! Our graduates have exclusive access to our private student portal where traders and research staff exchange valuable trade ideas on a daily basis.

We also have established partnerships in the USA, Europe and the Middle-East with several proprietary trading firms and can arrange a place for you to trade either on a permanent or monthly basis.

I understand not everyone is accepted into IOTAF courses. Can you explain?

Yes. We only accept students that we truly feel to have the ability to succeed. To be a successful trader requires a certain level of intelligence, motivation, and discipline. We can give students all our knowledge and expertise but if they don’t have their mental house in order, they will not succeed. Maintaining a harmonious corporate culture is critical to us because we trade alongside our students. In some ways, our students are like an extended family. Even after graduation our students become part of an extended community of traders, often sharing ideas and collaborating on research projects.

Let’s say I’m motivated and disciplined, is there anything else you look for in a student or prospective trader?

To a large degree, it is just a feeling we get about someone, but some of our best traders have achieved success in another discipline, such as sports, gaming, or poker. They also tend to have an entrepreneurial side to them. Success in trading requires a competitive instinct, an independent spirit, the ability to manage probabilities and the discipline to focus on your strengths and capitalize on them.

When do you offer your courses?

We offer the MIT course program three times a year: in the Autumn, Winter and Summer. The formal training program lasts three months. Classes are held in the evenings twice a week, as well as some weekends according to student demand. Make-up classes are also offered for students. As well, we welcome students to retake classes in another session as a way to review the material.

What is involved in the application process?

Prospective students should email their resume and a cover letter to info@iotaf.com or call us directly at 514-439-8644. Each candidate will then be contacted for an interview. It is important for us to know our students personally to give them what they need to succeed.

Do you have group discounts?

Yes, we do. We also develop fully customized training programs for financial institutions and cover a range of topics, including personal financial management, algorithm development, Central Bank analysis and more. For more details, please contact us.