Expert Trading. Advanced Technology.

Spot Trading is a Chicago proprietary trading firm active in multiple markets including cash, options, futures, and other derivatives. We have grown from a team of 5 individuals in 1999 to over 100 professionals working in technology, equity research, quantitative and trading jobs. We proudly distinguish ourselves through our world class trading technology, our innovative trading model, and a collaborative culture.

Since its establishment in 1999 by Rob Merrilees, Spot Trading has expanded in reach, accomplishment and size. Today, we deploy capital to multiple strategies across options, equities and futures, utilizing an industry-leading platform for algorithmic trading. We are proud of our history as a Chicago trading firm, and the opportunities we have provided to individuals seeking jobs in the trading industry.

Spot is Recognized

best-and-brightest-and-top-100-workplaces-chicago-tribuneSpot Trading was named a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune, a designation determined solely on employee feedback.  Our inclusion on this list reinforces our efforts to provide our employees with the best opportunities to learn, develop their careers, and enjoy their work environment.  In 2013, the firm was also named for the third consecutive year as one of the National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association of Business Resources, as well as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.  It is truly an honor to be recognized for Spot’s strong culture and commitment to our team.

Current Highlights


Students from the University of Illinois were recently welcomed in Spot’s offices, where they presented their senior design project to a group of technologists and traders.

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Spot named three executives as Partners.

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