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


  • 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

“This class took a complicated topic, made it understandable and super fun. I learned and laughed my way to understanding with Greg Hadley! We were able to review the material forward, backward and upside down to get a REAL understanding of the topic. Thanks Greg!”

, November 2019

“Greg Hadley was organized and energetic. He kept my attention the entire week. He simplified the overall skill of options trading. The entire tech team was awesome!”

, November 2019

“Greg taught us a simple way of selecting zones to trade, gave us a list of stocks and ETFs to focus on as beginner options traders, and showed us how to increase the efficiency and ROI of trades by adjusting the strikes to achieve optimal Greek values. It was a very insightful week.”

, November 2019

“Greg Hadley made the Options 1 course very enjoyable and worked with everyone to make sure we understood the concepts and how options can be very profitable. A must class and a must instructor.”

, September 2019

“The options class taught by Greg Hadley was second to none! He made us all feel comfortable as options in my option can get confusing! He taught in a humorous way and kept the class informative and entertaining. LOL…but all kidding aside, it is a great class.”

, September 2019

“The instructor is very knowledgeable and presented the material in a clear manner. It was an excellent experience.”

, August 2019

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