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

“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

“Greg is great in explaining complex concepts in an easy to understand manner. He delivered the course in logical order which facilitated the understanding which I appreciated. He is passionate with the subject and sharing his knowledge. He is also very patient in answering questions and makes sure the answers are fully understood. I'm very happy with the class and feel I have the knowledge and support to start trading options after his class.”

, January 2017

“Greg presented options in a simple, direct way that made a complicated subject easy to comprehend.”

, January 2017

“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
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