Matt Gildea

Online Trading Academy
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Matt Gildea's grandfather provided his first foray into investing (in a mutual fund) at the age of 12, and from that point on he was hooked. During college he traded mostly penny stocks and other lower priced equities, with mixed results - the typical ‘yo-yo account.’

As a broker, he quickly realized that his training would not include any content regarding how to trade, or what makes a good investment. He was lucky enough, however, to stumble upon a group of professional traders working near his office. They allowed him to trade on a trading simulator, using the same tactics they were employing. It wasn’t long before he knew he had found the beginnings of the market education he so sorely wanted. Quitting his job as a broker at the peak of the internet boom, he began to trade full-time in March 2000.

After several years of successful trading, Matt was invited to share his knowledge of trading in the Online Trading Academy classroom environment, an experience which engendered a love of teaching others how to navigate financial markets for their own accounts. Since that time, he has shared his trading expertise with students in live classes all over North America, as well as in Europe and in Asia. Although equity options are his specialty, Matt also has experience in trading both futures and Forex markets. His emphasis as an Instructor has always been to instill students with the core principles inherent in all successful traders. As he says, "Markets change, successful tactics change, but the underlying principles remain the same."

  • Power Trader Nation


  • Broker for Prudential Securities


  • Canadian Markets
  • Indian Markets
  • US Markets


  • Mastermind Community
  • Options


  • Holds FINRA, series 7, 63 and 65 licenses


Utah, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Matt is an excellent instructor. He's very knowledgeable in giving real world examples. Matt is very easy to follow along with. He does awesome live notes that's very engaging and helpful for beginners like me.”

, December 2018

“Matt has been the best instructor I've had on Options. He explained it in a way that makes sense and is easy to follow. Thank you, OTA and its awesome instructors.”

, October 2018

“Matt provided an excellent training experience. Matt's explanations of the options trading concepts and strategies were thorough and presented with practical, real-world, examples that reinforced the learning materials and were easy to follow.”

, October 2018

“This was a great start for understanding and trading options. Matt's thorough explanation of all of the concepts; time, volatility, price movement, and the advantage you get from the various strategies make me feel confident of my future success as an options trader.”

, October 2018

“Matt created wonderful examples of each of the strategies included and a thorough description of when and how to use them. It was a masterful performance. ”

, October 2018

“This was my first time learning options, so was quite worried about taking the class. Matt Gildea was totally professional in the way he taught options. Really lucky to have a class with him. Would not hesitate in having an options class with him again. If you ever have an opportunity to take his class, I would totally recommend that you do. Thank you, Matt, for all your help.”

, October 2018

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