Matt Gildea

Online Trading Academy
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Matt Gildea's grandfather provided his first foray into investing (in a mutual fund) at the age of 12, and from that point on he was hooked. During college he traded mostly penny stocks and other lower priced equities, with mixed results - the typical ‘yo-yo account.’

As a broker, he quickly realized that his training would not include any content regarding how to trade, or what makes a good investment. He was lucky enough, however, to stumble upon a group of professional traders working near his office. They allowed him to trade on a trading simulator, using the same tactics they were employing. It wasn’t long before he knew he had found the beginnings of the market education he so sorely wanted. Quitting his job as a broker at the peak of the internet boom, he began to trade full-time in March 2000.

After several years of successful trading, Matt was invited to share his knowledge of trading in the Online Trading Academy classroom environment, an experience which engendered a love of teaching others how to navigate financial markets for their own accounts. Since that time, he has shared his trading expertise with students in live classes all over North America, as well as in Europe and in Asia. Although equity options are his specialty, Matt also has experience in trading both futures and Forex markets. His emphasis as an Instructor has always been to instill students with the core principles inherent in all successful traders. As he says, "Markets change, successful tactics change, but the underlying principles remain the same."

Power Trader Nation


  • Broker for Prudential Securities


  • Canadian Markets
  • Indian Markets
  • US Markets


  • Options
  • Stocks


  • Holds FINRA, series 7, 63 and 65 licenses


  • Utah, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Great person, very knowledgeable, fun sense of humour, made us feel like we were entering a community.”

, February 2017

“This Options Trader class was excellent. My only experience before the class with the instructor, Matt Gildea was review of online recordings. He did a fabulous job of bringing experience and course material together helping me and the class to gain the best education. I only wish the class was a couple of days longer.”

, January 2017

“Matt Gildea was an excellent instructor and options subject matter expert (SME). This course provides for a solid foundation to begin options trading with no less than 10 strategies supported with OTA core strategy. I look forward to Matt's online retake to further ingrain the theory behind trading options.”

, January 2017

“I consider myself fortunate to have Matt as an instructor. Appreciate his experience, knowledge & deliverance of it. Very attentive & patient. Addressed all questions. Very encouraging & supportive in our learning curve to become a better trader. Provided & delivered valuable information to work with in our continuous education. Thank you very much, Matt.”

, December 2016

“The instructor was excellent; he was clear and down to earth. He covered the course materials well and the class pace was just right. I will highly recommend this instructor to others.”

, December 2016

“OTA provides excellent courses for all levels of traders and the opportunity to retake classes is extremely beneficial to fully develop proficiency in trading of all asset classes. The instructors are expert, seasoned professionals and offer very helpful insight on the OTA core strategy. I highly recommend the OTA to anyone who truly wants to become a trader or investor.”

, November 2016
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