Pathfinder in advanced technology

Cutting-edge technology is at the heart of all we do. We put it to work in the markets that define our world. Across offices in Amsterdam, Chicago and Sydney, technologists and traders team up to explore, design and develop the software, hardware, advanced networks and algorithms that drive our trading strategies.

What is a market maker?

A market maker stands ready to buy or sell financial products at any time, facilitating the transfer of risk for market participants.

Our highly-automated systems and trading strategies ensure tighter ‘spreads’ between bid and offer prices, reducing transaction costs for buyers and sellers.

Our story

IMC was founded in 1989 by two traders working on the floor of the Amsterdam Equity Options Exchange.

While today’s industry is highly automated, back then trading was executed on the exchange floor by traders manually calculating the price to buy or sell. IMC was among the first to spot the importance of technology and innovation in the evolution of market making and invested early, helping shape the future of trading.

That entrepreneurial spirit and innovative culture still drives IMC, which stands for International Marketmaker’s Combination.

In 30 years we’ve grown internationally, trading primarily on the basis of data and algorithms, and using our execution platform to provide liquidity to financial markets globally.

A global leader in market making 

The future is full of opportunities. That’s why we continue to innovate and share ideas, expertise and systems across our offices, expanding into new markets and asset classes.

+800

Employees

+100

Trading venues

31

Years of trading

5

Offices world wide

Where cutting edge technology meets trading 

IMC is as much a technology firm as a trading house. We invest significant time and resources to ensure our traders have the best tools for the job. That means continually developing and innovating to improve productivity and performance for both traders and developers. By employing the best talent and providing an environment in which knowledge and skills can thrive, we bring value to the market.

The speed of our innovations is what keeps me excited, and IMC successful

Julien – Software Engineer

Risk and compliance

IMC’s risk and compliance infrastructure protects, supports and facilitates the firm’s strategy and is an integral part of our day-to-day operations. We have a sophisticated risk management framework and observe the highest standards of regulatory and voluntary compliance.  As our business evolves, and regulations change, we continuously invest in systems, structures and people in order to expand and enhance our controls and oversight.

We support resilient, well-regulated markets, designed to foster competitive and transparent markets. We believe in a level playing field and equal market access, and we proactively support initiatives that share our conviction. We are a founding member of FIA European Principal Traders Association, and a member of the FIA Principal Traders Group , Association of Proprietary Traders, STA Securities Traders Association, and SIFMA .

What is Market Making?

Split-second mental maths, excellent communication skills and an appetite for finance: all traditional ‘must-haves’ for any successful stock trader. Indeed, for much of the past century, these were three core values for traders employed by investment banks as well as the market makers who kept the markets running by providing liquidity. And then technology changed everything. Read more here

Quantitative research and trading

In today’s fast-changing landscape, mathematical analysis is being used to explain the world around us, and quantitative techniques are becoming ever more widespread. The rise of quantitative trading means the financial markets are no longer dominated by fast-talking Wall Street brokers. Instead, the world of finance is now a highly diverse environment where top mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering and economics graduates all work to apply their skills and make things happen. Read more here.

How are FPGAs used in trading?

A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is a chip that can be programmed to suit whatever purpose you want, as often as you want it and wherever you need it. FPGAs provide multiple advantages, including low latency, high throughput and energy efficiency.  Find out how FPGAs are used at IMC. Read more here.

Software development in trading

Software is the often-overlooked secret sauce that allows the world’s financial markets to run smoothly. In today’s era of electronic trading, the systems used in the financial markets are highly automated. At IMC, this means we’re dedicated to developing our own trading software to help people buy and sell tradeable assets. Read more here.

Annual Report 2019

In 2019, despite subdued markets IMC continued to make significant investments in people, trading strategies and advanced tooling. While, as expected and given market conditions, these major investments had an impact on 2019 results we are confident they have positioned IMC well for future growth.

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