Jon ‘DRJ’ Najarian was linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he turned to another kind of a contact sport – trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He became a member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for some 25 years. 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. In 2005 Jon co-founded optionMONSTER and tradeMONSTER, sold a majority stake to private equity firm General Atlantic Partners in 2014 & two years later sold the firm to E*Trade for $750M. Today, he is a host on a variety of mainstream financial news networks, a professional investor, money manager, market strategist and venture evangelist. Jon is also a co-host and co-founder of proprietary programming including the popular “Rebels’ Edge” streaming show and the “Bulls, Bears & Blockchain” radio show.
Jon is also chairman of a technology SPAC, an investor and senior advisor to IDI Group, LLC (a multi-family office) and co-founder of Moneta Advisory Partners, LLC, a “venture evangelism” platform that raises awareness of a portfolio of growing public companies.
Wednesday General Session 1/31/2024
When to Trade Options On a Microcap or De-SPAC and When to Issue Options
- How options offer many possibilities to increase returns in an up, down or range-bound market
- Optionable stocks represent small slice of microcap universe
- Using margin accounts
- Options on small-cap ETFs
- Why the bid/ask spread is critical to successful options trading