We don't just trade the market.We make the market.
What We Do
Akuna Capital is a proprietary trading firm specializing in option market making.
We have no clients, trade using only the firm’s own money, and provide liquidity in the options markets. We’re active in a wide range of products across the US and we are also actively developing our international operations. Our trading combines the skills of our talented trading team with industry-leading software produced in-house by our development team. In a highly competitive and dynamic industry, we’re constantly encountering new and exciting challenges.
Who We Are
Akuna Capital was founded in the summer of 2011 with only five employees, but with ambitions big enough to choose an office large enough for a hundred. Just three years later, we’ve surpassed capacity in our Chicago Loop office. The space that was once a bit bare and echo-y to start is now bustling with activity, and we’ve expanded onto an additional floor in our Chicago building and 3 additional offices across the US and China, with more international expansion sure to come.
Even though we’ve grown significantly from small (but determined) beginnings, we proudly retain the spirit of a smaller, entrepreneurial start-up.
Today, our ambitions are still just as big as the day we started— this is just the beginning for Akuna.
How We’re Different
We like to think of trading firms as big machines with a lot of moving parts. We have a number of competitors in the proprietary market-making industry that we hold in high esteem because they are efficient, finished machines and have some really great traders and developers who keep them running. What’s different about Akuna is that we are still building the machine, and we think it is in line to be one of the best in the trading space.
Junior employees are quickly given responsibilities, actively working alongside our senior team and getting direct access to management. Our employees are enterprising, ambitious individuals who thrive in an environment where they are developing the firm, not just doing a job.
Work for us and you’ll actually get to see your work making a difference in shaping Akuna as we continue to grow. We think that’s pretty amazing.
Trading is by nature a high-pressure industry, so Akuna is comprised of levelheaded team players that can keep their cool under all conditions. We are a highly educated and hard-working bunch, yet still like to kick off our shoes and hang out after the work is done. We have a relaxed dress code, as we believe the quality of work matters much more than the formality of your clothing.
We believe it is important to know your co-workers outside of the office, so we plan a multitude of outings like happy hours, sporting events, game nights and an annual company trip to a new destination each year. In 2014 we headed to Austin, Texas.
Throughout the year, we have a wide variety of events like cycling trips, afternoons at the racetrack, and company dinners. We’re a highly social bunch.
Akuna offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package to all full-time employees.
Comprehensive medical packages
Including PPO and HSA plans through BlueCross BlueShield and Dental through Guardian.
Generous leave policies
Vacation and sick leave, as well as 12 weeks’ paid maternity.
Frequent happy hours, company trips, bike rides, baseball games, poker nights and more. We try to improve and refine our events every year to make them even better than before.
We want to reward you for helping us grow our awesome, hard-working team.
From firm-wide industry classes to tuition reimbursements, we want to make sure you keep learning!
And even more to come as we continue to grow!
We offer a team-based approach to trading and software development, believing the productive integration of the two groups is vital to success in this industry.
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Akuna Capital Holiday Gift Drive
Akuna’s Chicago Office
Join Akuna for it’s annual holiday gift drive to benefit the Children’s Home + Aid! From now until December 11th, Akuna will be collecting cold weather items (hats, scarfs & mittens), family wish list items, and children’s toys. Children’s Home + Aid gives vulnerable children of all ages a safe, stable home when they need it and the chance to learn, to heal, to love, to dream, and to make their way in the world. Let’s make sure their holiday season is a great one!Learn more
Akuna Capital Holiday Party
7pm-Midnight- Chicago IL
Join Akuna for it’s annual holiday party, 1970’s style! Food, drinks and fun activities are in store so bring your boogie shoes and a guest to help Akuna celebrate the holidays!Learn more
University of Michigan EECS 183 Fall Showcase
10am-5pm- Michigan League (Central Campus), Ann Arbor MI
Akuna is excited to sponsor and attend the Fall 2015 Showcase for EECS 183: Introduction to Programming Concepts. Here students show off their semester long work and final projects, which are open-ended creations ranging from statistical models with visualization to Ardunio-based games! Akuna will have a table where students can stop by to learn more about the exciting work we do and the Summer 2016 internships we are recruiting for. Make sure to stop by and say hello!Learn more
Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive
Akuna’s Office, Chicago IL
Akuna is excited to once again participate in the holiday food drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. From November 9th through December 18th, you can donate canned items in the lobby of our building at the marked bin. The most needed items are cereal, canned vegetables, peanut butter, soup, pasta and chili. Let’s help to end hunger this holiday season!Learn more
MIT Poker Class
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
Akuna is excited to once again sponsor the MIT Special Seminar in Management- How to Win at Texas Hold’em Poker during the month of January. This exciting class, open to current MIT students, covers the mathematical concepts behind successful poker strategies as well as risk management. There will be one in-person poker tournament as well as an online league, both with awesome prizes sponsored by Akuna Capital. Good luck to all of the MIT students enrolled!Learn more
Summer 2016 Internship Roles Now Open!
At our Chicago, Champaign and Cambridge offices
It’s here! We are very excited to begin accepting applications for our Summer 2016 internships in trading, development and quantitative analysis. Find more information on how to apply via our website under the careers tab. Good luck!Learn more