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 demonstrates an extremely high level of knowledge of options and options trading strategies. He also makes the class fun with his witty sense of humor. 2 thumbs up!!”

, April 2017

“Matt Gildea was the perfect instructor to teach this complicated subject matter. He made this information interesting and used practical examples to get this information across. Loved his way of keeping the class involved. Great personality and wonderful knowledge.”

, April 2017

“Our instructor, Matt Gildea, initially made sure we were well founded in the fundamentals. He then went through the details of the different types of options strategies and the appropriate application of each depending on market environment. Our instructor gave us invaluable rules for applying options, when to apply each type of option, order entry, position sizing and management, and many other areas. This was a first rate classroom instruction experience. ”

, March 2017

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