Get to know us

A rich history meets a forward looking approach

Our History

DRW was founded by Don Wilson, who got his start trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the late 1980s. Every trader on the floor had a three letter acronym for identification—Don chose his initials, DRW, and the name stuck. Over the past 25 years, DRW has expanded globally while staying true to what has always set us apart…our ability to identify and capture opportunities by leveraging technology, research and risk management.

Our Approach

We characterize our trading activity as following three general approaches —

  • Liquidity providing: making markets, buying and selling products every day, with execution on a trading floor, over the phone and electronically 
  • Risk taking: doing our homework, formulating a view and putting on a position. Some positions are held for a few days, some for a few months or even years.
  • Latency sensitive: combining research and risk management with superior technology and execution

Trading in any asset class might include just one of these or may bring together all three; it all depends on what we see as the right strategy in that market. Our knowledge of the markets, pricing and modeling skills, risk management, and leading technology work together to create liquidity, improve market efficiency, and capture opportunities.

Our Culture

DRW combines the best of both worlds:  the opportunity and spirit of a startup and the stability of an established, experienced firm. Our employees work hard to solve interesting problems, and their results are rewarded. We value continuous learning—from our outcomes, from the environment and from each other. It’s a place of high expectations, deep curiosity, and constant collaboration, with some of the smartest, most passionate people you’ll meet.