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We are problem solvers.
We are future shapers.
We are market makers.

Being a market maker is so much more than just providing liquidity. It’s about making sure the markets work fairly and efficiently for everyone who participates.

What does it mean that we’re a market maker? It means we’re a market improver.

Optiver is a market maker on many exchanges. That means we don’t merely aim to improve the markets in which we trade; we are, in fact, obligated to do so. We achieve this by continuously offering the narrowest bid-ask spread we can, which is the difference between the buying price and the selling price of a given financial instrument. In doing so, we inject liquidity into the market by ensuring there’s always a willing buyer and seller for the products we trade, which allows investors to transfer some of their risk onto us (which we’re able to offset in a multitude of ways). As a result, the markets operate more efficiently, and because we consistently quote our buying and selling prices, they also operate more transparently.

The strategies and technology we deploy to make these market improvements are deeply complex. And they require a world class team of highly skilled professionals with expertise in a broad range of disciplines. But we are all bound by one very simple purpose: improving the market.

Improving the market is a responsibility we don’t take lightly. It’s the driving force behind our business.

This means that even in times of extreme volatility, we stay the course. Resolute in our belief that the market should always be liquid for economic ecosystems to thrive.

As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of exchanges across the globe. Our contribution ensures markets remain stable, transparent and competitive.

Our people continually push the boundaries of technological and analytical possibility. This special group of brilliant minds work hand in hand to take the industry one step closer to its optimal self.

We are dedicated to making markets more liquid and in turn, efficient.


Our beginnings were modest.
Our ambitions were not.

From our founding in 1986 with a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s European Options Exchange, Optiver has grown into a global market making powerhouse.  We now boast more than 1,100 immensely talented employees working out of offices in Amsterdam, London, Chicago, Shanghai and Sydney.

Our capital. Our risk.
Everybody’s reward.

Liquidity is the lifeblood of financial markets. Our job is to keep it flowing.  We do so with our own capital, at our own risk, by constantly providing competitive bid-ask prices across a range of financial products: derivatives, cash equities, exchange-traded funds, bonds and foreign currencies.

Every action begins with a simple question:
Does it benefit the markets?

Leading trading professional working at Optiver's office

Trust is a catalyst for growth.

That’s why we place such importance on markets being transparent, multilateral and centrally cleared. We will always champion policies that protect these ideals and only promote trading on electronic exchanges and platforms. It’s imperative to the longevity of our industry and the stability of the global economy.

Global trading professional working at Optiver's office

Healthy markets.
A healthy planet.

It’s a long road to becoming an environmentally sustainable global economy, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be doing everything in our power to accelerate the shift. We are fully committed to making markets in viable environmental, social and governance (ESG) products and giving access to trades that have a positive impact on our planet.

our offices

It doesn’t matter which of our offices around the world you find yourself in. Wherever you are, you’ll be surrounded by dedicated people united by our love of solving problems, and an overriding passion to improve the market.