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Jon Najarian


Market Rebellion


Jon "Dr. J" Najarian was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he turned to another kind of contact sport—trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Mr. Najarian became member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME, and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for some 25 years. Today, he is a professional investor, money manager, lecturer, as well as co-founder of Rebellion Partners, a private investment company. In 1990 he founded Mercury Trading, a market-making firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), which he sold in 2004 to Citadel, one of the world's largest hedge funds. He developed the HeatSeeker technology, a patented trading application using algorithms to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets. In 2005, he co-founded, together with his brother Pete, optionMONSTER, an options news and education firm, and tradeMONSTER, a leading online brokerage firm, that for years has been rated "Best for Options Traders" by Barron's and was the first online broker to deploy streaming, desktop-like trading in a web browser. In 2014 private equity firm General Atlantic Partners bought a majority stake in the company, and two years later, it was sold to E*Trade for $750 million. Mr. Najarian is a founding member of Investitute.com, a financial education & subscription services company, as well as best-selling authors of both How We Trade Optionand The 22 Rules of Investing.

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