Greg Hadley

Online Trading Academy
Greg Hadley Photo

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 Hadley is a great instructor and brings practical applications to the problem solving of which trade to take and how to apply it.”

, April 2018

“Greg Hadley provided real world options trading experience that enhanced my understanding of the academics behind them. Thank you!”

, April 2018

“This was the most engaging Options Class I've been to. Greg Hadley really keeps options interesting.”

, April 2018

“I really liked the options class. Our teacher, Greg Handley, was amazing. He is passionate about options and clearly very knowledgeable. There is a lot to learn with options, but he made it interesting and fun. Thank you!!!”

, March 2018

“Our instructor, Greg Hadley knows this material really, really well. He is funny, and answers everyone's questions. He keeps you engaged the entire time. He really wants to see the students succeed.”

, March 2018

“Greg has a very effective way to communicate and simplify what can be otherwise complicated subject matter. Greg distills the concepts to their essence and then wraps them in the context of their practical application to optimize returns. He has a palpably positive attitude, and impressive patience with managing the challenges of teaching 1st time students with retakes. His warm, charming and engaging personality and humorous approach to life and to the materials is infectious. His experience as a floor trader gives him an invaluable perspective. sharing the fine tuning and nuances of optimizing profitability was a quantifiable benefit. Greg's willingness to come early and stay late to make himself available to students was appreciated, as was his way of not making you feel badly when you ask the same question that he just finished explaining. He was sensitive to not moving forward until you got the point at hand.”

, March 2018

Over 100,000 Lessons from the Pros readers. Check out last week's issue.

Free Class