Greg Hadley

Online Trading Academy
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Right out of college, Greg Hadley went to work at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where he was a runner, pit, phone and out trade clerk, and eventually S&P 500 futures trader. He worked his way up to become Executive Vice President at two separate trading firms, specializing in options and futures trading.

Greg believes that trading is all about self control, confidence and the ability to book small losses with an eye toward a much larger gain. Trading for a consistent profit is not easy, but with the right education one has a great foundation to work from. As an Instructor, he wants to share his expertise to help others realize success in the markets. He likes the fact that Online Trading Academy students get to see actual traders at work so they can see first hand how the pros do it.

He tells his students that trading is an art and, while it can be a tough row to hoe, Online Trading Academy will be there to support them. “At the end of the day," Greg says, “OTA really does care about its students. It’s a feeling throughout the organization, world wide.”


  • History Major with a minor in Army ROTC, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Options Market Maker, KC-CO, Chicago, IL
  • Executive Vice President/Trading Floor Operations/Options Prop Trader, SG Warburg and Salomon Brothers, Hong Kong
  • President/Trader at BNT LLC, a convertible bond hedge fund, Deerfield, IL
  • President at Index Futures Group/Bull and Bear Institute, Chicago, IL


  • US Markets


  • Options


  • Holds Series 65 license
  • Held Series 7 and 66 licenses
  • Prior trading memberships, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Board Options Exchange & Hong Kong Futures Exchange
  • Media segments on options and trading for Salem Business Network and First Business News of Chicago
  • Options and futures instructor, Bull and Bear Institute of Chicago


Chicago, IL

What Students Are Saying

“Greg was GREAT!! He presented the material at a pace we could follow along with and backed up if we needed him to. He presented the methodology and explained it. VERY SATISFIED.”

, August 2017

“Greg has a wealth of knowledge that he is able to share in an interesting and fun way. Everyone stayed caught up and stayed involved.”

, August 2017

“Obviously has a lot of experience, very much appreciated. Very positive attitude, expressed himself well. Handled situations very well, even though this class was a very easy group.”

, August 2017

“Greg Hadley was not only entertaining, but he brought real life situations and actual real life problems and solutions by using options to the class. Most of all, he is the first instructor that I have had that spends time on breaks, lunch, after class and any time with any and all students on a one on one or group question and answer session. GREAT TEACHER that know his stuff backwards and forwards. Thanks, Greg!”

, May 2017

“Greg Hadley was informative, experienced, very learning-friendly. He was patient to make sure no students were left-behind (I am a novice). The class was interesting, fun and left you wanting more! Hope OTA does more classes with Greg.”

, May 2017

“OTA Norwalk is stepping it up for the advanced traders; what a great instructor Greg was and great learning curve with tons of fun this past week. Feel I have all the pieces now to begin trading options. That was time very well spent.”

, May 2017

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