Expert Trading. Advanced Technology.

Spot Trading is a Chicago proprietary trading firm active in multiple markets including cash equities, options, and futures. 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-brightest-award-chicago-tribune-top-100-spot-tradingSpot Trading was recognized as one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, along with our fifth win as one of the National 2015 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®. In 2014, Spot was named a Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune for the second consecutive year, a designation determined solely on employee feedback. The 2013 Chicago Tribune honor included the highest score for the company’s benefits package and a profile about Spot in the newspaper’s Top Workplaces issue. Being selected for these honors demonstrates our efforts to provide employees with the best opportunities to learn, develop their careers, and enjoy their work environment. It is an honor to be recognized for Spot’s strong culture and commitment to our team.

Current Highlights


Spot Trading is excited to be expanding its search for additional roles in our summer 2016 Spot Training Program (STP) in Trading.

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Steve Brodsky, Spot’s CEO, was invited to the 2015 FIA Futures & Options Expo to participate in a panel discussing the topic of Equity Options and the impact regulatory changes are having on liquidity.

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