Greg Hadley

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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 Hadley, the Instructor, knows and conveys the various topics in an easily understood format. His use of examples hit home, and helps drive the understanding into one's brain much easier.”

, August 2016

“An expert in the field. Greg's presentation is a combination of real world experience with a little bit of comedy which makes the class really enjoyable. Allowed all questions and went in further detail in explaining any confusing subject.”

, August 2016

“The instructor, Greg Hadley was very patient and knowledgeable. He has a wonderful human relationship and humble to a fault. Anyone can attend his class and come out a great option trader. I cannot really put into words my unique experience with this wonderful instructor.”

, August 2016

“The Options Course taught by this instructor has been the best and most clearly presented content thereby giving me the tools and the confidence to trade options as a live trader. I have learned a great deal beyond the course content due to the experience and talent that this instructor shared during the course.”

, August 2016

“Instructor is genuine. You can feel that he really wants to help you succeed. He is VERY knowledgeable about the subject and he is forthright with related information too. He addresses questions and comments in a way that shows that he understood what was being asked/said from a deeper level of purpose (as opposed to responding to the surface meaning of the words spoken by the student). His good sense of humor also helps mitigate the "brain ache" from options! Frankly, he has opened my eyes to options trading in a profound manner.”

, July 2016

“I loved the energy that Greg exhibited in the classroom. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable on the subject of trading Options - with a huge amount of practical trading experience, but he also turned the class into a fun and enjoyable environment.”

, July 2016
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