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


  • Options
  • Stocks


  • Holds FINRA, series 7, 63 and 65 licenses


Utah, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Matt is very knowledgeable about trading options, and provided great real-life examples!”

, August 2018

“I enjoyed taking Options Class with Matt Gildea. He is a very experienced instructor who knows complicated Options Strategies very well. This is my first time taking Options class. I would definitely go back and watch live and recorded videos until I understand all Levels thoroughly and excel in Options class.”

, May 2018

“Matt Gildea gave us more than just a planning guide. He touched base on the approach and discipline needed to develop and establish a concise plan, and how to stay on track and trade within specified rules and guidelines as it relates to strategies and risk management. Also, how to create a trade journal which is your road map to getting it correct the first time.”

, May 2018

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