Mark Slobodnik attended Birmingham Southern University while playing collegiate baseball. In 1992 Mark was drafted by the Texas Rangers, but he decided to take a job at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange instead. To this day, a decision he doesn’t regret. Featured on CNN's 'Millionaire Traders under 30', Mark got his start as a runner for Lind Waldoch for a measly $4.25 per hour and eventually was hired by a group of local traders to be an arbitrage clerk. As a clerk, Mark started to trade in the S&P pit on his lunch break and after the currencies closed for the day. Eventually, Mark was told to try it on his own because he was making more than the group he worked for! In October of ’95, Mark became a full-time S&P Trader. Within three months, he made $330,000 and purchased his own seat for $277,000. Mark also had the privilege of being a regular contributor on CNN. The next 12 years were filled with many crazy events and stories that will last a lifetime. Mark witnessed every major financial crisis from 1996-2010 making millions off the panic at the major houses and on “The Street” in ALL market conditions. In 2009, Mark made a critical observation. He truly felt that the world of trading had DRASTICALLY changed, and all the locals were looking for a way to “get an edge” against the “ALGO” trading systems that pushed the market around quite like a pinball machine. Mark retired on top. His private equity fund earned 189% annualized. Many floor traders began to look for greener pastures because the rules of the game were changing. Soon, most trading floors will be closed–such the impact of electronic trading. MSLO, Mark’s Chicago Mercantile Exchange badge name, became famous for his ability to turn the market in his favor. In reality, he was able to identify areas of exhaustion at prices where institutional activity was high. Mark is now utilizing his skills as a one of the most famous floor traders in US Business history , to become part of the most successful “off floor” trading teams. Other traders can capitalize on the swings and trends (and market panic) by becoming an educated online trader.
Rick Carter graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Finance. A star athlete, particularly hockey, Rick has played at the professional level in the USHL, IHL and ECHL.
He started his career in investment banking with Rodman & Renshaw and worked for various brokerage firms including Oppenheimer, Everen Securities and GunnAllen Financial. Rick managed the lead financing of Zicam Cold/ Flu products which are found throughout the world in grocery and drug store chains. After a number of successful funding operations, Rick left to join a venture capital firm in NYC. His group successfully funded 6 businesses and grew sales to over $100,000,000 annually.
As the companies were sold, Rick wanted to spend more time in Chicago with his growing family. He went back into trading full-time and buying/selling distressed debt during the financial meltdown. What attracted Rick to short term trading was the liquidity and the instant results of your decisions. The work ethic and discipline of sports can be applied to almost any business or life situation.
Having a competitive spirit, Rick was anxious to test his ability against the best of the best in the financial markets. Success comes from working on your craft each and every day.
In his spare time, Rick spends time with his family and coaching hockey. Rick is strongly committed to “giving back” to others, and helping to coach aspiring professional traders. Rick is currently working on a Capital Appreciation fund. A very exciting venture, this fund will allow traders, who have not yet reached their peak, or who do not have the full time for trading, to gain the same results as a professional. And since our professionals have been rated the number one trader in history–the possibility of those results should be astounding!