Confirmed Sponsors

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About BOX Options Exchange

The BOX Options Exchange provides an efficient and transparent marketplace, cutting edge technology and best price filtering for customer order execution. The BOX Options Exchange offers distinctive features such as the Price Improvement Period (PIP) auction, Complex Order Book, Solicitation and Facilitation on approximately 1,600 different securities. The BOX Options Exchange has an ultra-low latency trading engine with matching based on price-time priority.

To learn more, visit www.boxexchange.com

Contact:
Patty Schuler
PSchuler@boxoptions.com

 

About CBOE Holdings, Inc.

CBOE Holdings, owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world’s largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. With 14 trading venues, including four options exchanges — CBOE, C2, BZX and EDGX — CBOE Holdings offers trading across a diverse range of products, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products. CBOE, the largest options exchange in the U.S., is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world’s barometer for equity market volatility, and proprietary products, such as VIX options and futures and S&P 500 options (SPX), the most active U.S. index option.

To learn more, visit www.cboe.com

Contact
David Gray
grayd@cboe.com

 

About MIAX Options

MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL are fully electronic options trading exchange and wholly-owned subsidiary of Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH). MIAX Options is part of the MIAX Exchange Group along with MIAX PEARL, MIH’s second options exchange, which launched trading operations on February 6, 2017. The MIAX Exchange Group has assembled a team with deep rooted experience in developing, operating and trading on options exchanges, and its trading platforms have been developed in-house and designed from the ground up for the unique functional and performance demands of derivatives trading. MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL leverage the MIAX Exchange Group’s industry leading technology and infrastructure to provide their member firms with both traditional (MIAX Options) and maker-taker (MIAX PEARL) pricing structures. The MIAX Exchange Group’s executive offices and National Operations Center are located in Princeton, NJ. The MIAX Exchange Group also maintains a Miami Operations Center in Miami, Florida which contains the Miami Annual Meeting and Conference Center and the offices of MIAX Technologies and MIAX Global.

In addition to MIAX Options and MIAX PEARL, MIH is the parent holding company of Miami International Technologies, LLC (MIAX Technologies) and MIAX Global, LLC (MIAX Global). MIAX Technologies is MIH’s technology subsidiary for the sale and/or license of the trading technology developed by the MIAX Exchange Group. MIAX Global focuses on merger, acquisition and joint venture activities of MIH. MIAX Global also provides technology and other services outside of North America, with its initial concentration being on Europe and Latin America

To learn more, visit www.miaxoptions.com

Contact
Thomas P. Gallagher
tgallagher@miami-holdings.com

 

About NASDAQ

Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 70 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to more than 3,700 listed companies with a market value of $9.3 trillion and 18,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit: nasdaq.com/ambition or business.nasdaq.com.

To learn more, visit business.nasdaq.com

Contact:
Sales@nasdaq.com

 

About NYSE

NYSE Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE:ICE), operator of the leading global network of exchanges and clearing houses. NYSE Group operates multi-asset exchanges and a range of related data products and technology services. The company’s equity exchanges — the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE MKT and NYSE Arca — trade more U.S. equity volume than any other exchange group. NYSE is the global leader in capital raising for listed companies, including the majority of technology IPOs globally since 2012. The company’s equity options markets, NYSE Arca Options and NYSE Amex Options, offer complementary market models.

To learn more, visit www.nyse.com/options

 

 

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About ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago LLC

ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago LLC (AACC) is engaged in the clearing and execution of listed equities, options, and futures. AACC is focused on three key client segments including Proprietary Trading Groups (PTG), Institutional Money Managers, including CTA’s and Hedge Funds, and Corporate Hedging Clients in the Agricultural and Energy sectors.

Our global presence, coupled with local market expertise in each region makes AACC a highly capable provider on a strategic basis. Our global reach includes offices in Amsterdam (Worldwide Headquarters), London, Paris, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, New York and Chicago (U.S. Headquarters).

AACC does not engage in any proprietary trading or risk-less principal securities trading. Our primary business is our clients.

ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago LLC-Member FINRA, NFA, FIA and SIPC.

To learn more, visit www.abnamroclearing.com

Contact: 
Tim Brennan
tim.brennan@us.abnamroclearing.com

 

About Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving large corporations, small- and middle-market businesses and individual consumers in more than 150 countries with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. The company provides, through various banking and broker-dealer affiliates, M&A advice, equity and debt capital raising solutions, lending, risk management, treasury, liquidity, and payments management. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. For additional information regarding Bank of America Merrill Lynch, please see www.bankofamerica.com/disclaimer.

Contact:
Joanna (Pinker) Sokol
joanna.e.sokol@bankofamerica.com

 

About Dash Financial Technologies

Dash Financial Technologies is a leading trading technology provider to the institutional trading community. With of a suite of highly customizable tools, Dash designs and delivers intelligent, high performance solutions in four product categories: Trading Technologies, Execution Services, Analytics and Regulatory Technologies. With a relentless focus on transparency, performance and customization, Dash Financial Technologies caters to institutions that require increasingly specialized, complex and adaptable tools to exceed their goals surrounding best execution.

To learn more, visit www.dashfinancial.com

Contact:
David Karat
DKarat@dashfinancial.com

 

 

About Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Prime Services Clearing provides the expertise to help clients finance and settle transactions on the world’s major equities and derivatives exchanges. Professional service combined with our back office platform allows clients to work with multiple asset classes and currencies through consolidated reporting. Clients include broker dealers, proprietary trading firms, hedge funds, and corporate institutions.  As a global clearer, we provide a wide range of services across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Via Goldman Sachs Electronic Trading (GSET), clients can trade across various global markets and product classes, including equities, options, futures and foreign exchange. Clients access our electronic and algorithmic trading offerings via FIX or any EMS/OMS.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm.

To learn more, visit www.goldmansachs.com

Contact
Kyle Czepiel
kyle.czepiel@gs.com

 

 

About OCC

As the foundation for secure markets, OCC is a cost-efficient, customer-driven organization that delivers world-class risk management, clearing and settlement services to the listed options market. Our role as a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU) is critical to providing financial stability for market participants, investors, and the economy. Today, our financial guarantee and central counterparty role extend beyond listed options to OTC options, financial and commodity futures, security futures, and securities lending. Named the 2016 Clearing House of the Year – The Americas by FOW Magazine and 2016 Clearinghouse of the Year by Global Investor/ISF Magazine, OCC also promotes continued education of the listed options markets through The Options Industry Council (OIC).

To learn more, visit www.theocc.com

Contact:
David Prosperi
Dprosperi@theocc.com

 

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About Citadel Securities

Citadel Securities LLC, member FINRA and SIPC, is a leading market-maker across equities, futures, options, treasuries, and FX. Since 2002, Citadel Securities has provided deep, dependable, and consistent liquidity and execution services helping to create a more efficient, lower cost, and dependable trading experience for investors. Our commitment to liquidity provision yields tight spreads, firm prices, and a reliable presence through a myriad of market conditions. We serve all major U.S. retail broker dealers, providing connectivity and liquidity to all major U.S. exchanges and ATSs.

To learn more, visit www.citadelsecurities.com

Contact:
Mike Juneman
Mike.Juneman@citadelsecurities.com

 

About Citigroup

Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com.

To learn more, visit www.citigroup.com

Contact:
Sarah Phillips
Sarah.Phillips@citi.com

 

About Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse AG is one of the world’s leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as ‘Credit Suisse’). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 47,690 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse’s parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

To learn more, visit www.credit-suisse.com

Contact:
James Cheesbrough
james.cheesbrough@credit-suisse.com

 

About Hanweck

Hanweck is the leading provider of real-time risk analytics on global derivatives markets focusing on the large-scale risk problems of banks, broker/dealers, hedge funds, central counterparties and exchanges — where the number of instruments and positions number in the millions.  Hanweck delivers its risk analytics as a real-time service — usually in the form of a data feed — thereby dramatically simplifying integration with its customers’ risk architecture. Hanweck’s institutional investors include Nasdaq and Argentum, a New York-based private equity firm.  For more information, please visit www.hanweck.com.

Contact
Tom Watson
twatson@hanweck.com

 

 

About Instinet

As the agency-model execution services arm of the Nomura Group, Instinet Incorporated subsidiaries provide brokerage services to clients in over 65 markets around the world. Through its advanced suite of electronic trading strategies, experienced high-touch trading group, top-ranked Commission Management services, award-winning desktop trading platform, and unparalleled access to insightful analytics, content and unique liquidity, Instinet helps institutions lower overall trading costs and ultimately improve investment performance. In the US, Instinet also offers a boutique-model Equity Research offering to assist their clients in the pursuit of alpha generation in a changing landscape. Over the course of its 45+ year history, Instinet has introduced a range of now industry-standard trading technologies, and has been an innovator at the forefront of the market’s evolution.

To learn more, visit www.instinet.com

Contact
Lorna Boucher
Lorna.boucher@instinet.com

 

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. With offices in more than 43 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

Morgan Stanley Electronic Trading (MSET) offers global electronic access across cash equities, options and futures. Our electronic trading tools include a broad suite of algorithms, smart order routing and direct market access.

Contact
Andrew M. Mcleod
Andrew.M.Mcleod@morganstanley.com

 

About Vela Trading Technologies

Vela (formerly SR Labs) is an independent global leader in high performance trading and market data technology. We provide the breadth of coverage and depth of expertise demanded by today’s multi-asset, multi-region electronic trading environment. Our clients benefit from white-glove global customer support and professional services from an experienced team comprised of seasoned financial services industry experts and cutting edge technologists.

Providing premier market data and trading technology, Vela improves time-to-market, lowers costs and eliminates complexity. Vela delivers products that empower our clients to focus on their core business strengths, leveraging key trading infrastructure solutions via our technology, expertise and experience.

For more information, please visit us at velatradingtech.com. Follow us on Twitter @vela_tt.

Contact
Wendy Chan
wchan@velatt.com

 

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About Continental Resources

Continental Resources (ConRes) is a Hitachi Data Systems Platinum Partner and is a Hybrid IT℠ services/solutions provider that combines custom volume solutions and logistics services with the IT skill sets you’d expect from a more traditional VAR.

To learn more, visit www.conres.com

Contact
David Bader
dbader@conres.com

 

About Chicago Trading Company (CTC)

Chicago Trading Company (CTC) is a derivatives trading firm that employs a dynamic, disciplined approach to trading across a variety of products and strategies. We actively trade in a broad spectrum of asset classes that include Equities, Interest Rates, and Commodities.  With locations in Chicago, New York and London, we are recognized as a leading provider of liquidity on numerous derivatives exchanges globally.

Our success and growth are due to our market experience, state-of-the art technology, risk management capabilities, and quantitative expertise. We maintain an environment of collaborative innovation and intellectual curiosity while continually challenging ourselves to stretch the limits of our imagination.

To learn more, visit www.chicagotrading.com

Contact:
Frank Bednarz
Frank.bednarz@chicagotrading.com

 

About FlexTrade

Founded in 1996, FlexTrade Systems, Inc. is the industry pioneer in broker-neutral algorithmic trading platforms for equities, options, futures, foreign exchange and fixed income securities. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, FlexTrade has a worldwide client base spanning more than 175 sell-side and buy-side firms, including many of the largest investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers, commodity trading advisors and institutional brokers.  For the derivatives markets, our primary offering is the Derivix OEMS, which is a best-of-breed options order and execution management system for firms engaged in agency, facilitation and/or proprietary trading.

To learn more, visit: http://flextrade.com/sell-side/derivix-oems/

Contact:
James Tolve
James.Tolve@flextrade.com

 

About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world.  Customers gain compelling return on investment, unmatched return on assets, and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6,100 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world’s leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100.

To learn more, visit www.hds.com

Contact
David Bader
dbader@conres.com

 

About s3

S3 is a financial services software company that provides customized solutions to monitor and analyze trade execution, facilitate transparency, and simplify regulatory compliance. The Company’s products are used today by many of the world’s largest financial institutions, broker-dealers and exchanges to deliver market structure analytics and best execution reporting. With over 30% of U.S. listed options volume and a growing equities business, S3 leverages its proprietary software to provide 3rd party verification and optimize trade execution.

To learn more, visit www.S3.com.

Contact
Mark Davies
Mdavies@s3.com

 

About Susquehanna International Group

SIG is a global quantitative trading firm founded with an entrepreneurial mindset and a rigorous analytical approach to decision making. We commit our own capital to trade financial products around the world. Building virtually all of our own trading technology from scratch, we are leaders and innovators in high performance, low latency trading. Our traders, quants, developers, and systems engineers work side by side to develop and implement our trading strategies. Each individual brings their unique expertise every day to help us make optimal decisions in the global financial markets.

To learn more, visit www.sig.com

Contact
Joseph Sellitto
Joseph.Sellitto@sig.com

 

About Trafix

TRAFiX LLC is a Fintech company and broker-neutral technology provider founded to supply cutting-edge, innovative Order and Execution Management solutions, as well as real-time FIX connectivity and normalized API interfaces, to address the functional and regulatory requirements of the Financial Services Industry. Our real-time, scalable products have been specifically designed to utilize the latest enhancements in software development and enterprise architecture to resolve the growing challenges faced by today’s trading community.  Currently supporting electronic equity, option and complex option trading, our open architecture allows for the ongoing addition of future asset classes.

To learn more, visit www.trafix.com

Contact
Michael Ottrando
mottrando@trafix.com

 

About Wolverine Execution Services

Wolverine Execution Services (WEX) is an independent broker-dealer specializing in the execution of equities, options and futures for institutional investors. WEX offers clients multiple venues for execution including a proprietary electronic trading platform, algorithms, direct floor access, and an agency brokerage desk. Leveraging expertise in trading technology, and risk management, WEX provides clients with anonymity, superior execution and order management in all asset classes, delivering exceptional solutions for both technical and institutional trading styles.

To learn more, visit tradewex.com

Contact:
sales@tradewex.com

 

Other Sponsors

 

About Market Taker Mentoring

Market Taker Mentoring (MTM) is the leader in options education in the U.S. and abroad. Founded in 2008, MTM provides one-on-one and one-to-many option trader classes both online and in person, globally. MTM collaborates with options exchanges, options brokers and trading firms to provide options education to staff, clients and prospective clients for business development.

To learn more, visit  http://markettaker.com

Contact:
Dan Passarelli
dan@marketaker.com

 

 

 

About Security Traders Association (STA)

The Security Traders Association, STA is a unique trade organization of securities-industry professionals, comprising 24 affiliate organizations in the United States and Canada. The STA provides members with educational content on industry issues, while also representing their interests with legislators, regulators and other industry organizations. The STA fosters goodwill through charitable giving and high standards of integrity in accord with our founding principle, Dictum Meum Pactum – “My Word Is My Bond.”

To learn more, visit https://securitytraders.org/

Contact
Jim Toes
jtoes@securitytraders.org

 

About TradeAlert LLC

Option flow is all we know! Preserving transparency amid millions of trades and billions of quotes is a significant challenge for today’s market participants. Trade Alert LLC sets the standard for real-time alerts and analysis of option activity in any area of focus as trades occur, regardless of executing broker or exchange. Proprietary highlight include highly accurate directional information, sweep and complex order aggregation, weighted unusual volume alerts, 13F-based holding analysis and more!

Products: The OptionAlert flow monitor delivers customized intelligence to front-line traders and salespeople via secure Instant Messenger and web-based channels. Robust API services support algorithmic operations and proprietary analytics, while historical data sets and custom data engineering are offered to facilitate backtesting, recaps and custom reports.

To learn more, visit www.trade-alert.com

Contact
Henry Schwartz
Hschwartz@trade-alert.com

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