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

“I truly enjoyed the options class taught by Greg. He has a very good understanding of the subject and kept the class lively. Greg moved at a very good pace and helped many of the students having a hard time, to stay with the subject. I would love to see Greg teach an options 2 class and even an Options 3 class where all of the other option combinations can be explained and learned. ”

, March 2019

“Greg is hilariously funny while giving us valuable knowledge that helps us understand options. He breaks down the greeks to help us understand how professionals use the greeks to increase profitability and lower risk.”

, March 2019

“Our instructor, Greg Hadley knows the subject matter extremely well and is very engaging. He makes sure that everyone understands the material well.”

, March 2019

“Greg's depth of knowledge and experience was phenomenal. Week was well spent. I truly learned a lot from a legend in the field of options trading.”

, February 2019

“Greg is a fun instructor. He explained concepts patiently and shared his vast options knowledge with students. I've enjoyed his classes.”

, January 2019

“Greg Hadley was a great Instructor. The Chris Farley of options. He really makes learning E...A...S...Y! He takes what's important and explains things in their simplest form by providing examples, then having class follow alongs. I would Highly recommend Taking OPTIONS. Greg Hadley and Scott Stokes are my favorite Instructors.”

, January 2019

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