Optiver is a global electronic market maker that puts only its own capital at risk. Trading on all of the world’s major financial markets, Optiver continuously strives to improve them by offering the best prices to end investors in all market conditions. By consistently adding liquidity to financial markets, in combination with finding relative pricing differences between related securities, Optiver contributes to making markets more competitive, efficient and transparent.
The company started in 1986 with a single trader on the floor of the European Options Exchange in Amsterdam and currently employs over 750 colleagues from 40 different nationalities across offices based in Amsterdam, Chicago, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan, enabling it to trade 24 hours a day.
Trading a wide range of products Optiver focuses predominantly on on-screen liquidity, covering listed derivatives, cash equities, ETF’s, bonds and foreign exchange. Optiver’s innovative trading systems enable the firm to respond swiftly to every change in the markets.
Next to its own trading activities, Optiver has taken a leading role in broader industry initiatives, such as Chi-X Europe and TOM MTF, which also support competition, efficiency and transparency. Optiver US is an active Associate Member of the Futures Industry Association (FIA) and the FIA Principal Traders Group. Optiver Europe is one of the founders and an active member of the FIA European Principal Traders Association.