Jump Trading LLC

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Jump Trading
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Founded 1999
Headquarters Chicago
Key People Bill Disomma, Paul Gurinas
Employees 400+
Products Proprietary Trading
Website www.jumptrading.com

Jump Trading LLC is a proprietary trading firm with a focus on technology and, specifically, algorithmic and high-frequency trading strategies. The firm has over 400 employees in the futures, options and equities markets in New York, Chicago, London and Singapore.[1] It trades all major asset classes on electronic exchanges worldwide.

The company is a member of the Principal Traders Group, an advisory group formed by the Futures Industry Association (FIA) to represent principal traders (i.e. independent proprietary trading firms that trade only on their own accounts).[2]

Jump is a privately-funded company.[3]

History

Jump Trading was founded in 1999 by two former pit traders, Paul Gurinas and Bill Disomma, who met in the Deutsche Mark pit at the CME. While the firm got their start in the open outcry pits, Jump Trading does most of their trading electronically. [4]

According to a 2014 Bloomberg article, William R. Shepard is alleged to be a part-owner of Jump Trading.[5]

The company has made substantial investments in high-speed trading technology and infrastructure, including a Belgian microwave tower once owned by NATO, purchased in 2013 by a U.K. affiliate.[6]

In April 2014, Jump was one of six high speed trading firms subpoenaed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman regarding their trading strategies, as well as the special arrangements they may have with exchanges and dark pools.[7]

Gurinas and DiSomma also founded a venture capital firm, Jump Capital, in June 2012. By January 2016, the firm had invested in 30 companies.[8]

Jump Trading is registered broker-dealer, and a member of numerous exchanges including CME Group and the New York Stock Exchange. They are also members of most European exchanges including Eurex and the London Stock Exchange. [9]

Charitable Work

In 2013, Jump Trading donated $25 million to fund the creation of the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center.

In February 2014, Jump Trading donated an additional $25 million to fund a joint medical research project between a Peoria simulation & education center and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's College of Engineering. In a statement from the institutions, the donation will support doctors and engineers working together on clinical simulation, education and health care issues striving to "improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients" and "reduce health care costs".[10]

Key People

References

  1. High-Speed Traders Said to Be Subpoenaed in N.Y. Probe. Bloomberg.
  2. High-Frequency Traders Get A New Name. Forbes.
  3. Open Positions. Jump Trading.
  4. It's Not The Pits. Forbes.
  5. Don’t Tell Anybody About This Story on HFT Power Jump Trading. Bloomberg.
  6. Wall Street Grabs NATO Towers in Traders’ Speed-of-Light Quest. Bloomberg.
  7. NY attorney-general subpoenas high-frequency traders. FT.com.
  8. Why Chicago's best traders are moving into venture capital. Crain's Chicago Business.
  9. Staff costs weigh on Jump's UK profits. Financial News.
  10. Jump Trading gives $25 million to medical research project. Crain's Chicago Business.