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."

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  • 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

“The most compelling argument for OTA is that they only use experienced, active AND successful traders to instruct. Matt was no exception and he loves to teach and share his story. He demystified the complex side of options for me and helped me reach the exciting and creative side to this asset class. I am very grateful to him.”

, October 2016

“The instructor, Matt, is an experienced, full-time trader that brought a wealth of supplemental information to the lectures. His presentation was well organized with many illustrations and lessons based on his own experience.”

, September 2016

“The program was great on course strategy. Has a lot of information for anyone new to the subject. His knowledge, presentation skills, etc. were uncanny; he was absolutely excellent in explaining every part of the core strategy. He made everything seem so easy and I would love to take his class again.”

, July 2016

“Extremely knowledgeable instructor. Always on the lookout to make sure those who need help get it. I look forward to taking his course in Options in the near future.”

, June 2016

“Thought Matt was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable, strong teaching skills, and a laid back, personable style. Definitely one of my favorites.”

, June 2016

“The instructor is very knowledgeable and experienced in teaching the course. He answers questions with illustrations, graphs and charts that explain or throw more light on the topics.”

, June 2016
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