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 Hadley did an outstanding job teaching the options class, made it understandable and easy to understand. I learned a great deal and would like to take another class with him”

, November 2018

“Greg Hadley is fun and engaging. He encourages participation from all in the class and keeps the pace moving. He takes the complicated and simplifies it where it makes sense. After this class, I feel like I can take what I learned from him and use it to trade successfully. Much of what was foggy from my previous classes (at OTA and elsewhere) and the books I've read over the years now makes sense. Thanks Greg!!!!”

, November 2018

“Greg's teaching method hit home to me. He fully understands the options market based on his work experience. He translated this in a way that unlocked the option market process. I can now trade with more confidence.”

, November 2018

“Greg taught the options class in an entertaining and concise manor. He made a relatively tedious subject fun. I have attended options classes in the past, I am leaving this class with direction and trade rules. I will be focusing on Debit Trades; once I master Debit Trades I will expand from there. Thanks to Greg Hadley, he has been the best instructor I have had at OTA.”

, November 2018

“I wasn't expecting this class to be as fun and informative as it was. Greg has a laid back approach that makes options trading easy and exciting at the same time. Listen to this man, he will show you a simple approach to a usually intimidating task!”

, October 2018

“The best part of this class was our instructor, Greg. I much appreciate his previous experience in the "option pit" in Chicago and the fact that he was and is a student of OTA. And I really believe he had as much fun as we did with the class.”

, September 2018

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