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 is a very good instructor who is patient and explains the strategy clearly and concisely. He explains why spread trading is lower risk, lower cost, and how volatility affects premium. He answers everyone's questions and is willing to sit one on one with you to help you understand concepts you are having trouble grasping. The course is great for understanding and breaking down option trading.”

, December 2016

“Did a great job and has a very strong knowledge of the material. The most impressive thing to me was the extra time (before class, break time, lunch, after class) he would spend with students. It showed me he was interested in the students and not just a pay check.”

, September 2016

“Mr. Hadley...fantastic. I would recommend his class to anyone and everyone. He presents very complicated scenarios and materials in a very comfortable way. His presentation style is a reflection of his vast knowledge of the materials. He simplifies while always stressing the important factors to always remember. I will definitely look to take his Proactive Investor Class when he is in the area. Also, I would love to see an advanced class in Options which I would definitely sign up for with Mr. Hadley. rock, it was all "good fun"!”

, September 2016

“Greg Hadley did a great job in presenting and explaining the contents in options trading. He is extremely knowledgeable and brings a great attitude and approach to help us learn the fundamentals. Great job!”

, September 2016

“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
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