Up-Close with Financial Guru Raj Fernando


Chicago-based entrepreneur, Raj Fernando is one of the most decisive corporate executives in the financial services industry. He is the brains behind highly successful ventures, which include Scoutahead and Chopper Trading. Her serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Scoutahead. His deep understanding of the market has been the main secret behind the success that the two companies have had. Apart from his entrepreneurial duties, Mr. Fernando is a distinguished fundraiser and humanitarian.

Mr. Fernando’s Career Progression

Raj developed an interest in the money markets during his college years when he worked as a volunteer intern at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. After completing his studies, he was employed at the same organization. Being a keen learner, he managed to establish himself as a dedicated and diligent employee. This saw him scale the corporate ladder to become one of its senior employees. He left the firm in 1991 to join the Chicago Board of Trade, where he worked for more than 10 years. Realizing the potential that the industry had, he resigned in 2002 and founded Chopper Trading.

Under his watch, Chopper Trading became one of the fastest growing financial firms in the United States. It is listed on Nasdaq, LSE, CME, Eurex, ICAP-Broketek, Cantor Fitzgerald-espeed, and ICE. The company also has more than 250 financial experts working within its structure. The success experienced by Chopper Trading the past decade has made Raj to be regarded as one of Chicago’s most influential money managers. He has also been partnering with organizations such as the US Commodity Trading Futures Commission (CFTC) to promote openness and transparency in the industry.

Fundraising and Humanitarian Initiatives

Mr. Fernando is a devout member of the Democratic Party. He organizes fundraisers throughout the US with an aim of supporting the party’s initiatives and candidates during elections. During the 2012 presidential elections for instance, he was recognized for raising millions in support of Barack Obama’s reelection bid. Besides this, he support different humanitarian initiatives within and beyond Chicago. He is a board director of PAWS Chicago, which is a Chicago-based no-kill animal shelter. The Clinton Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and Wounded Warriors are some of the organizations that he supports.
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