Sue O'Grady

Online Trading Academy
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Sue O’Grady developed a love of sharing knowledge during 25 years in the Navy, where she taught a variety of electronics courses. After retiring, she became fascinated with the financial world through running a family business and later while working for a brokerage. Today, she puts the two passions together as an Online Trading Academy Instructor.

Sue’s favorite asset class is options, where her rules are never to sell a put unless she’s willing to own the stock and never sell a call unless she’s willing to sell the stock. She also uses options as a way to decrease the capital required to make a trade. In her classes, she shows students how they can develop the discipline and confidence to set a similar plan and follow it when trading any asset class.

Sue came to OTA in 2014 because she was attracted by the community and support as well as the superior investing strategy. She says seeing a student’s light bulb turn on when they understand a concept is the greatest feeling in the world.


  • B.S. Information Systems, National University
  • MBA, University of Phoenix
  • Taught Air Search Radar and other courses for U.S. Navy & achieved Master Training Specialist designation
  • Owner, family commercial embroidery business
  • Financial Adviser, Edward
  • Jones Brokerage, USAA, and Merrill Edge
  • Student support, OTA Phoenix


  • US Markets


  • Options


  • Former insurance agent certified in Life and Health
  • CPRC (Certified Retirement Planning Consultant), expired
  • Former Certified Wealth Strategist


Arizona, USA

What Students Are Saying

“Sue O'Grady and the Baltimore OTA staff were gracious and very helpful. They answered all our questions and made sure we understood the basic concepts of options trading. Sue made complex concepts easy to understand by breaking down the process into small steps. The OTA facilities and lunch was also awesome!”

, April 2019

“The instructor's style was great. She was good at explaining at a very basic level. Her personality made the course fun!”

, March 2019

“Sue O'Grady was a great instructor. Her class was fun, she demystified options for me, she made learning fun with her stories and hand signals. We placed plenty of trades in class...”

, March 2019

“Sue is the best instructor ever. Thanks.”

, March 2019

“Sue is an extremely sharp options instructor and made the material completely easy to absorb. For myself being a first time options trader, Sue made every minute so riveting and fun. I am very lucky to have had her as a mentor.”

, March 2019

“Sue was an awesome instructor. She had a unique way to teach the students to learn the concept of options in a methodical way every student could grasp. She did not go too fast or too slow (just right). I would highly recommend Sue as an instructor.”

, March 2019

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