• Member of Investopedia's Financial Review Board
  • 20+ years of experience as an active investor and full-time trader in securities, futures, forex, and penny stocks
  • Background in education spans over 20 years as a content manager, adjunct instructor, trading coach, managing director, and instructor
  • Co-author of a book targeted at teaching the GainsMaster Investing approach and a contributing writer to several financial websites


Gordon Scott has been an active investor and has provided education to individual traders and investors for over 20 years. He is a licensed broker, an active trader, and proprietary day trader.

Gordon leads the Investopedia Academy's Penny Stock Trading course, but his background in instruction does not stop there. He was the managing director for the Chartered Market Technician (CMT)® program offered by the CMT Association. The CMT is a globally-accepted credential in the financial industry.

Gordon had an additional seven years of experience as a trading coach at Beacon Learning Group. For four years, he was the content manager at Investools, which publishes research and commentary on trading strategies. Gordon developed an online curriculum and oversaw its growth during the Thinkorswim and TD Ameritrade mergers.

Gordon's career also includes 10-years with International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), where he developed instructional materials and business process refinement. He also was an Adjunct Instructor at Brigham Young University–Organizational Strategy and Leadership department.

Gordon is co-author of the book, Invest to Win (McGraw-Hill 2013), with Toni Turner. The book provides insight on investing approaches and in managing a bullish portfolio known as the GainsMaster Investing method. He is a regular contributor to blog, Scottrade's Learning Markets and blog, and to The focus of his writing, which many investment websites cite, is on cyber currency, international investing, and trading strategies. Gordon also appears on podcasts of The MoneyShow and Stock Charts–Market Watchers Live.


Gordon received his Bachelor of Arts in technical writing from Brigham Young University and earned his master's degree in instructional technology at San Jose State University. Gordon is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT). He is also a member of ASTD, ISPI, STC, and MTA.