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 made it very easy to understand both the theory and the practice, with humor and patience, and answered all questions. Greg presented the material clearly, using humor that helps with understanding and retention. He's one of the best instructors I've ever had.”

, March 2017

“We loved Greg's style of presentation and his break down of the material. He was able to do both examples following the manual, but also showed us a lot that further explained what was in the manual. I wouldn't hesitate to take another course with Greg as the instructor and I'd recommend him to other students.”

, March 2017

“Absolutely wonderful and very knowledgeable person; would go to any lengths to answer and teach. He had all the time and explained again and again what ever you asked him. Thank you, Gregg.”

, February 2017

“Greg Hadley is a great teacher, and has helped me understand how the different components of Options work and interact. He has also proposed an exercise in following 5 underlying instruments for 3 months in order to understand for myself how the underlying and other events affect these components. ”

, February 2017

“I felt privileged to be schooled by a veteran options trader who emphasized how to quantify, watch, and limit your risk every step of the way. Greg imparted the true spirit of what option trading is all about, and how flexible, creative and profitable one can be with this asset class. Greg went out of his way to add value to a class which contained total beginners to some that have some experience with options.”

, February 2017

“Greg Hadley is a Genius. He is a professional's professional. He is also a gentleman.”

, February 2017

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