Chopper Trading and the Clinton Global Initiative

Having access to a quality education is a right that every child should have, no matter their circumstances. A solid education empowers a child to make informed decisions and it opens doors to opportunities that otherwise would have been inaccessible.

This is a core belief of mine, which is why I have joined with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to help support Building Tomorrow (BT). BT envisions a world where every child with a desire to learn has a safe, permanent and local place to do so. Working towards this goal, BT empowers young people to invest their resources, time and talents in providing underserved children in sub-Saharan Africa with access to a quality education.

It gives me a great sense of pride to be able to partner with CGI in continuing to help remove barriers and provide a quality educational structure for the students of East Africa.

For more information about Building Tomorrow and the Clinton Global Initiative, visit their websites:

Clinton Global Initiative


Building Tomorrow




Raj Fernando Celebrates Chopper Trading’s Tenth Anniversary

Since it was founded in 2002, Chopper Trading has established itself as a leader at the forefront of the electronic proprietary trading industry. Over the past decade, technology-based trading has revolutionized the financial industry, garnering an increasing proportion of market volume. Such growth breeds competition, and in the face of that competition, Chopper Trading has excelled, growing from a four-person Treasury shop to a 170-person firm, trading an array of products.

Chopper’s growth, as a firm, during what is being considered one of the worst global economic environments in history, is a testament to the innovative, hardworking and responsible men and women that make up our team. The high level of intelligence and commitment that the Chopper team operates at is the primary driver behind the firm’s continued performance and success.

In addition to the contributions that each Chopper employee makes to the firm, many employees also make a commitment to give back to the local community, and we believe that it is our responsibility to positively contribute to the places in which we live. We have fostered multiple relationships with organizations that share this same responsibility, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago (BGCC), Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. These organizations provide us with an opportunity to give back to the community and help us develop a sense of awareness that extends beyond the trading floor.

Thanks to the dedicated men and women here at Chopper Trading, we have been able to grow as a firm over the last decade, and we have weathered the most challenging of economic climates. With this in mind, as 2012 comes to a close, we are very optimistic about the future and looking to set the industry bar.

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Chopper Trading and the Boy & Girls Club of Chicago

The Boys & Girls Club of Chicago (BGCC) is one of the nonprofit organizations that we have developed a relationship with over the years. We recognize the importance of mentors in the lives of youth, and as such, we have found a way to help guide them to reach their full potential.

Every other Thursday, Chopper Trading employees open the doors of our office to middle school students in the BGCC. We help them with their homework and school projects, play games in our company’s game room, and sometimes we’ll just catch up over pizza. By sharing their time and knowledge, Chopper employees are able to create a safe, educational and structured environment for the BGCC students to continue their development as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

We are proud to be viewed by the BGCC as a team that can provide its young adults with the atmosphere and guidance that they need and want.




Chopper Trading Annual Holiday Dinner

On the eve of Chopper Trading’s annual holiday dinner, I wanted to express my gratitude for all of the hardworking men and women here at Chopper. The team that I have behind me is truly world class and I am proud to call them not only my colleagues, but also my friends.

As we close on another year here at Chopper, I would like to extend my warmest thanks and appreciation to all of our employees. Our dynamic team of individuals is committed to delivering the highest quality of work, while positively contributing to the collaborative environment, which are top priorities of mine and also major factors in Chopper’s success!

Again, I would like to thank everyone at Chopper Trading as we near the end of 2012.