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

“I came into the class not know one single thing about an Option. I didn't even know the difference between a call or a put. Matt got off topic often, but it was these moments where I learned the most. The textbook is good to have for a guide and basic understanding, but Matt shared a ton of his personal knowledge of Options during the class. If I could ask for one more thing it would be a 6th day to the class for more hands on with Vertical Credit Spreads, but I will just sign up for another class to accomplish this. Matt is an awesome instructor and VERY knowledgeable.”

, March 2019

“Matt did a great job of getting us newbies up and running with options! Looking forward to building on this new knowledge with XLT's.”

, March 2019

“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

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