The R.J. O’Brien team’s dedication to excellence is over a century in the making. We are not only the first futures brokerage and clearing firm to achieve this milestone, but also the last surviving founding member of CME Group. RJO is thoroughly dedicated to this industry, and throughout our history we have worked tirelessly to meet our clients’ needs.

  • 2019

    RJO opens an office in Paris, France

  • 2018

    RJO Opens Office in Dubai, UAE

  • 2015

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

  • 2014

    R.J. O’Brien & Associates celebrates its 100th anniversary year.

  • 2014

    A centennial commemoration video is made featuring industry leaders and O’Brien family members, including 95-year-old Robert J. O’Brien, Sr., the firm’s namesake.

  • 2014

    RJO now has more than 500 employees and offices in Chicago, New York, London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Toronto.

  • 2013

    RJO expands Chicago institutional brokerage operation.

  • 2013

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

  • 2013

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

  • 2012

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

  • 2011

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

  • 2011

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

  • 2010

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

  • 2010

    RJO becomes member of CBOE Futures Exchange.

  • 2010

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

  • 2009

    RJO expands business in Asia opening operations in Hong Kong.

  • 2008

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

  • 2007

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

  • 2006

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

  • 2004

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

  • 2003

    RJO launches a fund of funds product.

  • 2003

    Retail online FX trading system launched at RJO.

  • 2003

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

  • 2002

    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.).

  • 2002

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

  • 2001

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

  • 2000

    RJO moves its offices to 222 S. Riverside Plaza.

  • 2000

    John W. O’Brien named Chairman of the Board.

  • 2000

    Robert O’Brien, Sr. named Chairman Emeritus.

  • 2000

    Robert O’Brien, Jr. named Vice Chairman.

  • 2000

    Gerald F. Corcoran named Chief Executive Officer.

  • 2000

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

  • 1999

    RJO begins FX trading operations.

  • 1998

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

  • 1995

    RJO joins London International Financial Futures Exchange (Liffe).

  • 1992

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

  • 1990

    RJO joins the Chicago Board of Trade.

  • 1989

    Mayor Richard M. Daley proclaims October 17 as R. J. O’Brien Day in Chicago

  • 1989

    RJO has grown to approximately 70 employees.

  • 1987

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

  • 1986

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

  • 1979

    RJO moves to 550 W. Jackson.

  • 1977

    First live, direct-from-the-floor commodity report in broadcast history: “Bob O’Brien Commodity Report.”

  • 1975

    Robert O’Brien, Jr. named President of RJO.

  • 1975

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

  • 1974

    RJO moves to 444 W. Jackson when CME relocates.

  • 1972

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

  • 1969

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

  • 1968

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

  • 1967

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

  • 1966

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

  • 1966

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

  • 1965

    First branch office established – Russ Brooks: Harlan, Iowa.

  • 1964

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

  • 1964

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

  • 1963

    John V. McCarthy dies.

  • 1959

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

  • 1952

    Robert J. O’Brien, Sr., son-in-law of John V. McCarthy, joins firm and begins client and business research. John V. McCarthy & Co. has four employees.

  • 1947

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

  • 1928

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

  • 1919

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

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