Founded in 2002 by Raj Fernando, Chopper Trading began as a small fixed-income trading company. From four employees in a small office to currently over 200 people in five locations, Chopper has experienced phenomenal growth throughout its lifetime. Our company is headquartered in the historic Chicago Board of Trade building in downtown Chicago with satellite offices in New York, London, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. We have substantially expanded the scope of our business to include every major asset class and a wide variety of strategies and holding periods.
In order to stay competitive, we invest substantial time and resources into technology to ensure our traders have the fastest and most efficient tools at their disposal. Despite our remarkable progress and growth, Chopper still maintains the same small company culture that we’ve had since the beginning. We have always been a place where people know and care about each other, and we are constantly on the lookout for the new additions to our Chopper family.
Chopper Trading is a technology-based proprietary trading firm without any clients, customers, or shareholders; we trade the firm’s capital for the benefit of the firm. This provides a freedom and agility to adapt quickly to the ever-changing market. It also enables us to create a casual and comfortable work environment.
We trade on virtually every major domestic exchange including CME, CBOT, and NYSE, plus many major international exchanges including LSE and ICE. Chopper believes in responsible market participation with fair and evenly applied standards that increase transparency, stability, and efficiency in the market.
Trading is an intense and challenging industry. Chopper is in constant and direct competition with some of the best and brightest minds in the world. In order to excel, we always recognize that we must be better. The market and our competition are constantly changing, so we must continually revise and evolve our strategies, technology, and solutions. The market rewards intelligence, hard work, and determination, all of which serve as Chopper’s foundation.
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