About ClearTrade, Inc.

ClearTrade Commodities is a Futures Brokerage Firm, Commodity Brokerage Firm - specializing in online futures trading with its main office located at 5415 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago IL.

Cleartrade is a Guaranteed Introducing Broker (GIB) of R.J. O'Brien (RJO).

RJO is the largest independent Futures Clearing Merchants (FCM's) in the world, with a trading history dating back to 1914.

All of ClearTrade's client funds are both guaranteed and held by  R.J. O'brien

This distinction is important because you can be confident your investments are in very secure hands. And ClearTrade, Inc. - through its affiliations - has the ability to offer a wide array of technologically advanced trading platforms not available elsewhere.

ClearTrade Inc. was founded by Scott Joss, a veteran futures trader with thirty-five years experience on and off the trading floor - as a technical analyst, pit trader, account executive handling arbitrage for Smith Barney, former member of the CBOT, and technical analyst before opening his own commodity future online brokerage firm. ClearTrade Inc. (aka) ClearTrade Commodities is a discount on-line futures trading firm with veteran futures broker with thirty + years experience on and off the trading floor.

We offer at no cost - The Joss Report - weekly trading advisor newsletter, provided exclusively to ClearTrade Clients. Sign up

In addition ClearTrade offers Discount Online futures trading account plans and Broker Assisted commodity account plans to meet the needs of serious commodity futures traders and commodity option traders.

Our mission is to provide commodity futures traders with state of the art order entry capabilities, extremely competitive commission rates and the professional service that today's futures traders demand. We strive to maintain our solid reputation by providing our clients with competitive rates and quality service second to none.

With the advancement of trading technology in the futures industry, all traders can now have immediate access to the futures markets. Our futures trading platforms, commodity trading platform WEBOE routes your orders directly to the trading pits or electronic exchanges without any 'middle-man' or intervention.

Because we are experienced futures traders, we know what serious traders are looking for:

All of these services are part of ClearTrades commitment to total futures trading clients satisfaction.

ClearTrade Commodities is a commodity broker, discount online futures broker, discount online commodity broker for futures trading and commodity trading. We also specialize in Broker Assisted trading at discounted commission rates. Contact us via our convenient contact form or Call us today 1.773.561.9777.




About R.J. O'BRIEN (RJO)

In 1914, R. J. O'Brien & Associates (RJO) became a founding member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). Today, the CME group is the world's largest exchange while RJO continues to expand its global market relationships.

It provides execution and clearing services for exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivative products as well as for non-derivative foreign exchange products and securities in the cash market. RJO operates across a broad range of trading markets, including interest rates, equities, currencies, energy and metals, agricultural and other commodities.

R.J. O'Brien & Associates is the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States. A futures commission merchant (FCM), RJO is a full clearing member of: the CME Group (founding member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange); Intercontinental Exchange (ICE); NYSE Liffe U.S.; and the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE).
RJO offers the latest in order entry technology coupled with 24-hour execution and clearing on every futures exchange worldwide. The firm services a global network of approximately 300 introducing brokers, as of September 30, 2011, and many of the world's largest financial, industrial and agricultural institutions.

Our Place in the Marketplace

Founded in 1914, RJO is one of the last 'boutique' futures firms in the industry. It is a privately held business owned by the O'Brien family of Chicago. For many years, the O'Briens have been instrumental in the development of the futures industry and are committed to the continued growth of the company.

With client assets of approximately $2.8 billion, RJO is a well-diversified, fully integrated FCM. Our revenue base is approximately $275 million annually while our net capital base is approximately $190 million. RJO's diversified client base allows us to regularly capture top-tier market share in both agricultural and financial futures products at both the CME and CBOT.

Our Mission

RJ.O'Brien is committed to a client service-risk management-profit philosophy. We provide our clients with value-added trade information, efficient execution, accurate and prompt reporting, resourceful compliance support, and acute risk management to assure the safety of our customers' assets, as well as the capital base of the firm.

Our Dedication

Through bull and bear markets, political instability, economic triumphs, and hardships, the longevity of R.J.O'Brien is a testament to the focus we place on our customers. We must continuously adapt and respond to the ever-changing needs of our valued clients. As new technologies develop, we will respond. As new strategies are forged in the marketplace, we will adapt. This is why countless users of the futures markets rely on R.J.O'Brien as a partner in building their business.

R.J.O'Brien is committed to people, ideas, vision, and leadership.

R.J. O'BRIEN (RJO) Historical Timeline - 100 Years in the Making


•RJO expands its operations in Europe through the acquisition of The Kyte Group Limited, now known as R.J. O'Brien Europe Limited.


•R.J. O’Brien & Associates celebrates its 100th anniversary year. RJO remains the oldest futures brokerage firm in the United States and the last surviving founding member of CME.

•To commemorate the Centennial, a video is produced that includes interviews with industry leaders, management, clients and members of the O’Brien family, including 95-year-old Robert J. O’Brien, Sr., for whom the company is named.

•RJO today is the industry’s largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm, with more than 500 employees and offices in Chicago, New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Toronto.


•RJO introduces a newly designed corporate logo and re-branding initiative.

•The firm releases its first-ever mobile trading application, RJO Mobile Trader.

•RJO expands Chicago institutional brokerage operation.


•RJO invests in UK operation as a focal point for growth in Europe.


•RJO assumes 20,000 of the 38,000 accounts at MF Global after that firm declares bankruptcy.

•RJO CEO Gerald Corcoran testifies before U.S. House Committee on Agriculture on recommendations for strengthening industry’s financial safeguards.


•O'Brien Family resumes majority interest in R.J. O'Brien & Associates LLC.

•RJO becomes member of CBOE Futures Exchange.

•RJO launches R.J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc., its first Canadian subsidiary.


•RJO expands business in Asia opening operations in Hong Kong.


•RJO partners with Powerline Petroleum, marking continued expansion into commodity hedges.


•RJO partners with Spectrum Equity Investors and Technology Crossover Ventures. Gerald Corcoran assumes the additional role of Chairman.


•RJO establishes first presence in Asia with a sales representative office in Beijing.


•RJO releases new trading platform that includes real-time risk management, one click trading, depth of book and streaming quotes.


•RJO launches a fund of funds product.

•Retail online FX trading system launched at RJO.

•O’Brien Investment Services, an RJO subsidiary serving self-directed private clients, becomes RJO Futures.


•RJO joins the New York Mercantile Exchange and COMEX (now part of CME Group) and the New York Board of Trade (now ICE Futures U.S.).

•RJO purchases SDC software, which provides real-time risk management of all customer accounts.


•RJO re-brands its logo to better represent itself as a market leader.


•RJO moves its offices to 222 S. Riverside Plaza.

•John W. O'Brien named Chairman of the Board.

•Robert O'Brien, Sr. named Chairman Emeritus.

•Robert O'Brien, Jr. named Vice Chairman.

•Gerald F. Corcoran named Chief Executive Officer.

•RJO introduces Market Center Direct (MCD ©) trading platform.


•RJO begins FX trading operations.


•RJO introduces its Customer Access Terminal (CAT ©) order routing technology.


•RJO joins London International Financial Futures Exchange (Liffe).


•Gerald F. Corcoran named Chief Operating Officer and Director of RJO.


•RJO joins the Chicago Board of Trade.


•Mayor Richard M. Daley proclaims October 17 as R. J. O'Brien Day in Chicago in honor of the firm’s 75th anniversary. RJO has approximately 70 employees.


•Gerald F. Corcoran joins RJO and is named Chief Financial Officer. Firm has approximately 35 employees.


•John W. O'Brien, Sr., son of Robert J. O’Brien, Sr., named CEO of RJO.


•RJO moves to 550 W. Jackson.


•First live, direct-from-the-floor commodity report in broadcast history: "Bob O'Brien Commodity Report."


•Robert O'Brien, Jr. named President of RJO.

•Robert O’Brien, Sr. named Chairman of the Board of RJO.


•RJO moves to 444 W. Jackson when CME relocates.


•Robert O’Brien, Sr. made Director and Secretary of the new International Monetary Market upon creation of the world’s first financial futures.


•John V. McCarthy company name officially changed to R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO).


•Robert O’Brien, Sr. appears on Tonight Show presenting "Great Western Grand Champion Steer" to host Joey Bishop.


•Robert O’Brien, Sr. elected Chairman of the Board of CME and served two consecutive one-year terms through 1968.


•An RJO employee, 22-year-old Sandra Stephens, becomes the first woman ever to work on the floor of CME.

•Robert O’Brien, Sr. elected Second Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.


•First branch office established - Russ Brooks: Harlan, Iowa.


•RJO takes first delivery of the new Live Cattle contract, the first live commodity traded on the CME floor.

•Robert O’Brien, Sr. elected to Board of Governors of Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) (served continuously from 1964-1977).


•John V. McCarthy dies.


•Robert O’Brien, Sr. named President of John V. McCarthy.


•Robert J. O'Brien, Sr., son-in-law of John V. McCarthy, joins firm and spends two years traveling through Midwest on a grassroots campaign, learning about clients and their businesses and visiting grain farms, hatcheries and egg companies. John V. McCarthy & Co. has four employees.


•Geraldine McCarthy, daughter of John V. McCarthy, marries Robert J. O’Brien, Sr.


•John V. McCarthy & Associates locates at 110 N. Franklin


•Firm becomes founding member of Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) when it is transformed from the Chicago Butter & Egg Board.


•John V. McCarthy & Co. established on October 17 as cash butter and egg house.




CFE/CBOE - Chicago Futures Exchange *
CCX - Chicago Climate Exchange
CBOT - Chicago Board of Trade*
CME - Chicago Mercantile Exchange *
ICE-US - Intercontinental Exchange fmr NYBOT *
KCBT - Kansas City Board of Trade *
MGEX - Minneapolis Grain Exchange*
NYMEX/COMEX - New York Mercantile Exchange *
NYSE-Liffe US *
ONEC - OneChicago *


EUREX - Eurex
EURONEXT - Amsterdam, N.V.
EURONEXT - Paris *
HKFE - Hong Kong Futures Exchange *
ICE- Canada - fmr WCE - Winnipeg Commodities Exchange *
ICE - Europe *
IDEM - Italian Stock Exchange
LIFFE - London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange *
LME - London Metals Exchange
MEFF RV (Meff Renta Variable) - Spain
ME - Montreal Stock Exchange *
OSE - Osaka Securities Exchange
SGX-DT - Singapore Exchange Derivatives Trading, Limited (formerly SIMEX)
SFE - Sydney Futures Exchange
TOCOM - Tokyo Commodities Exchange
TFX - Tokyo Stock Exchange

* Denotes direct electronic execution capabilities

ClearTrade Commodities is a commodity broker, discount online futures broker, discount online commodity broker for futures trading and commodity trading. We also specialize in Broker Assisted trading at discounted commission rates. Contact us via our convenient contact form or Call us today 1.773.561.9777.