As a company we trade a wide range of products, but we focus predominantly on on-screen liquidity, covering listed derivatives, cash equities, ETF's, bonds and foreign exchange. Despite the large scale on which we do business, Optiver takes on comparatively little risk. With 30 years of operating experience in financial markets, employing dedicated staff spanning over 35 nationalities, we have gained a strong understanding of factors influencing the prices of securities, derivatives and other instruments. Our innovative trading systems enable us to respond swiftly to every change in the markets.
By offering liquidity, volume and competitive prices on both sides of the book at a large number of exchanges and trading platforms around the world, Optiver contributes to the stability and functioning of global financial markets and economies at large. Due to our unique long-term experience, risk management and market obligations all market participants including retail and institutional investors benefit through lower liquidity risk and lower implicit transaction costs. As a market maker Optiver provides genuine liquidity throughout the day, including in volatile times. As market making involves two-sided quoting, our trading behaviour does not involve speculation on the direction of the underlying value.
Next to our own trading activities, Optiver has also taken a leading role in broader industry trading initiatives. Optiver was one of the early investors in (and first market maker on) the pan-European exchange Chi-X Europe (now part of BATS Global Markets). In addition to this, Optiver uses industry forums and compiles whitepapers and publications in a bid to achieve a transparent and fair market model. Optiver US is an active Associate Member of the Futures Industry Association (FIA) and FIA Principal Traders Group. Optiver Europe is a founder and active member of the FIA European Principal Traders Association and the Association of Proprietary Traders. Optiver Australia is an associate member of the FIA Asia.