Greg Hadley

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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

“Very enlightening program with an EXPERT instructor, Greg Hadley, who put great emphasis on USEFUL training. I am looking forward to working on the "homework" over the next several months and, if possible, attend another one of Greg's Options classes.”

, October 2017

“The instructor, Greg Hadley, used the available OTA tools and made the Options class understandable and fun. Greg explained and taught us how to properly plan and place profitable Options trades. It seemed incredible, but he accomplished the task of teaching us a foreign language called Greek at the same time. He makes it conducive to learn by recognizing and identifying your strengths and weaknesses and he respectfully guided you in the right direction. He doesn't stop there, he then takes you from the level that you are at as a trader and impressively guides you through the Options trades and convinced us from day one that not only was it possible to learn the ideas, mechanics and terms, but also as new converts, we ourselves can be reliable Options traders.”

, September 2017

“Greg's presentation and experience was excellent, particularly for the beginning options trader. He did a very thorough training on the effects of the Greeks on the Option Premium and by the end of the class everyone could respond to the strategy for the correct trade situation.”

, September 2017

“Greg Hadley did an outstanding job teaching Options concepts and practical applications, showing many examples using bot index ETFs and a variety of stocks.”

, September 2017

“Greg was GREAT!! He presented the material at a pace we could follow along with and backed up if we needed him to. He presented the methodology and explained it. VERY SATISFIED.”

, August 2017

“Greg has a wealth of knowledge that he is able to share in an interesting and fun way. Everyone stayed caught up and stayed involved.”

, August 2017

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