Academy Of Financial Trading

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The Academy Of Financial Trading is nothing more than a hastily produced, trading educational product that was created by a diploma mill. The company sells educational products on a wide range of topics and niches. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my trading educator also selling an educational product on baby nutrition. The course instructors are fictional characters with no verifiable trading experience or track record. Company claims to be the worlds greatest trading educator that has been featured on a wide variety of well known media outlets…all pure fiction.

User Rating 2.88 (33 votes)
Comments Rating 5 (2 reviews)
Pros: Absolutely zero value.
Cons: From top to bottom, one lie after another. A diploma mill looking to take advantage of the naive.

Thanks for reading today’s review of Academy Of Financial Trading, a self described world leader in trading education.

There is no live trading experience. Instead, students sign up for a tier one educational program known as the “Introduction To Financial Trading Program” at a price of $129. Next, the student would move into the stage two program known as the “Foundation Trading Program” at $650. And then finally, students would move into the final educational phase known as the “Ultimate Traders Program” at $3,350. At the end of phase 3, the website proclaims that each student will be certified as a full time professional trader.

Initial Observation

The Academy Of Financial Trading website is quite nice looking and well organized. A very clean and neat looking presentation. The course descriptions look well organized, there are a few nice videos, some fancy award emblems proclaiming that they are the best trading educator on the planet since 2012, and they proclaim to have been featured on a wide variety of well known and respectable news and education outlets. The listed news outlets and business journals include International Business Times, The London Economic, Boston Business Journal, Market Watch, CNBC, etc. However, I went to each of these websites and searched for any references to the The Academcy Of Financial Trading…none exist whatsoever. In fact, I spent over an hour scouring through these websites using all known search features, as well as automated, site wide text searching tools, there simply is nothing on any of these websites that mention the Academy Of Financial Trading. It appears that the company created this graphic to imply credibility.

Next, I became curious about the awards that boldly proclaim that the Academy Of Financial Trading has been awarded the “Best Online Trading Educator 2012, 2013, 2014, and even 2015. Have a look at these fancy awards graphics below:

Academy of Financial Trading Awards

What is amazing about this fancy graphic is that the company proclaims to be the very best trading educator for the United States, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Wow! The only problem is that these awards appear to be just simple web graphics, there is not an actual organization that have issued these awards. Its as if this company simply hired a graphic artist to design something official looking.

Another thing I find fascinating about this company is the proclaimed amount of professional traders that they have been able to produce through their trading educational program. As of July, 2015…an amazing 120,528 graduates. Considering that this trading educator has only been around since November 2012, this would mean that during the entire 31 month history of this trading educator…they are graduating 3,888 students each month. My only question, does anyone really believe this stuff?

Pure Fantasy

Of course, I had some serious questions for this self proclaimed, world famous trading university, like who are the instructors? What are their qualifications? Do they have a trading track record? And so I sent an email out requesting more information. Unfortunately, the company could not provide any substantive information on whom is actually running this organization. Just several responses like, “our traders are all world famous money managers”, and “we have assembled the worlds greatest team of internationally recognized traders”, etc. They would then refer me to the company website which contains absolutely nothing regarding who these people are. Just marketing fluff that continuously loops around and around.

Next, I asked for any sort of proof that these internationally recognized and world class traders are actually trading. The company response is that these world class traders could not release any trading information as this might release proprietary trading information, trading secrets and advanced techniques.

Digging Deeper…A Diploma Mill

As many of my readers know, I have gotten pretty good at uncovering fraud and marketing BS. One of my favorite techniques is to trace server addresses and match domain registrations. Well, it turns out that Academy Of Financial Trading is nothing more than a diploma mill. In fact, this company has a wide range of educational offerings, covering a wide swath of interests. And so, lets take a closer look at what this company is really up too. The following is a just a taster.

Trading Education Diploma

Digital Marketing Diploma

Child Nutrition Diploma

Microsoft Excel Diploma

Sales Psychology Diploma

This is just to name a few. There a wide range of different subjects and topics.

Academy Of Financial Trading

So what exactly is the Academy Of Financial Trading? Quite simply, it is nothing more than yet another savvy online marketer that has thrown together a course and is attempting to sell it for thousands of dollars. There are no real traders behind this company. There is no track record of trading success. From top to bottom, this company is nothing more than a marketing project. This company specifically targets educational niches where consumers are searching for specific solutions. They then whip together a course, as well as fictional characters that are providing the education. It is then pushed out onto the internet like a fisherman drops a net and waits for some poor fish to swim through.

The real shame about all of this is that the people that have thrown together these education courses have little regard for the financial welfare of their victim. The uneducated and unsophisticated can easily become distracted by fancy web graphics and fake video testimonials. These victims then place their financial future into the hands of these marketing charlatans. They invest their money and time into the educational product, then they begin speculating in the financial markets. The results are highly predictable.

Well that’s it for today. Thanks for reading and sorry this was yet another review of yet another worthless trading product. Don’t forget to leave your comments below.

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i joined the program and found it to be educational but was disappointed when i realised that it was all recorded not live like they advertise. i did enrol in the UTP and paid 89.85 pounds but have not heard of them for last 3 months, try to contact them and directs you to a answering machine, today got a email from them with this: Subscription to utp_sub_8985_gbp_month_3_trial_0
which i did not authorise.
they are complete scammers be aware

Steve S
I joined the Foundation program 2 years ago, but at the time, chose not to move ahead to the Ultimate Trading Programme. But a few months ago, they offered a lifetime membership for 90% off, or $105. US. I am in the final two weeks of the Ultimate Program, and I would say it is worth at least that much money. They seem to really focus on protecting your capital, and using 1% stop losses, then tighten the potential losses even further, as you buy into more markets. They also have their own indicator, a little bit similar to the… Read more »
I have been part of this company for a few months now and I can say they are one of the best and most legitimate online trading academies out there. I did the foundation course and the ultimate traders course and they were nothing but professional even till after the end of the course. Their diplomas are recognized by few financial institutions in the EU and if you want to know they themselves will ask you if you are interested and will direct you to them. The reason why the recommend a broker for you is because they had received… Read more »
Stray Dog
The marketwatch piece is a paid “soft advertisement” meaning that the article is by the Academy of Financial Trading and run as if it is the words of a 3rd party. This article is about risk management and only says that the academy teaches risk management. Likewise, despite the impressive sounding name, Global Banking and Finance Review is just an online rag that sells advertising space dressed up as financial content. Wikipedia, really! A self editing online “encyclopedia” where the content can be written by anyone, that’s your source! – From their own site “Quora connects you to everything… Read more »

The diploma they promote for this is called the NCFE. NCFE is a registered charity not a university or college. you pay them the fee and they give any organisation one regardless of content. It’s a joke

Moses comment above “The reason why they recommend a broker for you is because they had received reports of some of their students being scammed by false brokers” Are you retarded Moses or an employee of this company? Have you read all the comments here? THEY…YES THEY…..ACADEMYFT / SHAW ACADEMY / LIVE FINANCIAL ACADEMY OPERATED THEIR OWN BROKERAGE THAT SCAMMED THEIR OWN CLIENTS. They recommend other brokers now because they were exposed here as to what they were doing. Teaching their clients to trade..sending them to their own brokerage (which was not disclosed TO CLIENTS THAT they owned IT) and… Read more »
Academy Of Financial Trading, is it a scam? Not really! But you do have to know what you are paying for and never pay the full price because you can always find a discount somewhere. The Academy Of Financial Trading is really Shaw Academy and yes, this is sort of hidden. Shaw Academy is run by educators in Dublin, Ireland and there courses are not internationally recognized. It’s not an out and out scam because Shaw Academy is a legitimate company that saw a gap in the educational market. The introduction course to Financial Trading was always sold to me… Read more »

Mistake below: It’s actually called Live Financial Academy

under the domain:

To the Owners: Hiding your bad review history is not as easy as you think.