TopstepTrader Offers Rare Opportunity: Experience the Excitement of the Trading Floor for a Day at Chicago Board of Trade

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Chicago-based company offers monthly tour of trading floor, provides opportunity for visitors to trade futures

Michael Patak, President and CEO of TopstepTrader

With all the interest around the market and Wall Street, TopstepTrader decided to offer this experience to give people a real look into what the fast-paced day of a trader is like.

TopstepTrader, a global scouting agency for futures traders, announces their newest offering, the Floor Trader Experience, beginning on Thursday, March 1, 2012.

The three hour visit to the Chicago Board of Trade will allow people to experience the life of a day trader. In addition to a brief history of the Chicago Boart of Trade, participants in the tour will learn about intricate hand signals used by trades and have the opportunity to trade actual CME futures.

“The trading floor at Chicago Board of Trade is an iconic part of Chicago’s history that people rarely get a chance to visit,” said Michael Patak, president and CEO of TopstepTrader. “With all the interest around the market and Wall Street, TopstepTrader decided to offer this experience to give people a real look into what the fast-paced day of a trader is like.”

About the Experience
The Floor Trader Experience begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Knowledge Center in the Chicago Board of Trade. The experience includes the following activities:

  •     Tour of the trading floor
  •     Introduction to the futures market
  •     Learning hand signals used on the trading floor
  •     Learning how to fill out a trading card
  •     History the Chicago Board of Trade
  •     Experience about electronic trading
  •     Make your own trade

The tour of the trading floor will start in the northwest corner and allow participants to watch corn options open at 9:30 a.m. CST. From there, the tour will move into the financial room and end at the S&P pit.

At the end of the tour, participants will receive a floor trader certificate from TopstepTrader, a photo and other memorabilia from the experience, as well as a drink coupon to Ceres Café in the Chicago Board of Trade building. There will also be an optional electronic trading course offered to the participants after the tour is complete.

About the Presenters
Leading the tour is TopstepTrader president and CEO, Michael Patak. Patak has been a floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade for more than 10 years in the Dow Jones Futures pit. During his time as a floor trader, Patak has been a member of the Dow Jones pit committee, and was one of the highest-volume traders in the Dow Jones pit.

Accompanying Patak as a presenter for the Floor Trader Experience is the director for business development at TopstepTrader and CME member, Brian Welsh. Welsh is a Futures and Options broker and trader. Welsh began his career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 2006 and moved to the Chicago Board of Trade when the two merged.

The Floor Trader Experience tour will be offered once a month. Participants will need to bring photo identification and dress in business casual the day of the tour. To sign up, please visit http://www.topsteptrader.com/FTESignUp.

About TopstepTrader
TopstepTrader is a division of Patak Trading Partners, LLC. Started in June 2010, TopstepTrader offers training, tutorials, and the Combine program for aspiring and experienced traders. Patak Trading Partners is a boutique proprietary trading group and member firm of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange based in Chicago, Illinois; founded by Michael Patak, a floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. To learn more, please visit http://www.topsteptrader.com.

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