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World Trekker & Options Trader


One  of the fun aspects of being a part of the OTA community is the opportunity to meet amazing people with interesting lives and rich experiences. The reason OTA is filled with such fascinating folks is because many of us here have had the chance to trade full time, and thus, work from anywhere in the world. The ability (and desire) to see and experience cultures and geographies vastly remote from one's own knowledge base is usually indicative of an intellectual, empathetic, and charismatic person. Such qualities are ever present in Options instructor Matt Gildea.

Matt  started his financial career as a broker in the late 90's, and soon progressed into full-time trading. A major factor that pushed him in this direction was his passion for travel, something he couldn't do with as much flexibility in any other job he's had. To this day, Matt's been able to cross off most of the destinations on his bucket list, holding passports that boast over 400 stamps throughout the years. His favorite places to travel include Morocco, Iceland, Turkey, Spain, Japan, and Thailand: where he currently resides with his wife and two boys. Matt's family also owns a restaurant on the beautiful beaches of Khao Lak, called Platoo. Although, he admits that his wife runs the business while he serves dutifully by her side as an executive taste tester.

Matt  is nearing his 10 year anniversary instructing at OTA, where he mostly teaches online classes from his home in Thailand. Click here to learn more about Matt!

Pictured: Images of Matt’s family restaurant Platoo.