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ABOUT US

Seattle-based commodity futures trading firm working with investors and their advisors interested in diversifying their existing portfolio

Columbia Futures Group, Inc., is a guaranteed Introducing Broker of RJO'Brien, the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States..  

Columbia Futures Group


Columbia Futures Group, Inc. is a Seattle-based commodity futures trading firm, founded in 1990. We work with investors and their advisors to diversify their investment strategies and help clients manage market risk.

The futures markets offer investors, entrepreneurs and institutions alternative financial opportunities in both bear and bull markets. Futures and options are not appropriate for all investors and must be considered in light of one's financial condition. As futures professionals, our mission is to identify those opportunities that will help our clients achieve their objectives regardless of the economic climate.
Whether you are interested in diversifying your existing portfolio, creating a new one or simply learning about futures and options, Columbia Futures Group will provide you with experienced investment guidance.




RJO'Brien (our clearing firm)


R.J. O’Brien & Associates, LLC is the oldest and largest independent futures brokerage and clearing firm in the United States. A futures commission merchant (FCM), RJO is a full clearing member of: the CME Group (founding member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange) and all its markets; IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) and the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE).
RJO offers the state-of-the-art in order entry technology coupled with 24-hour execution and clearing on every futures exchange worldwide. Clearing more than 80,000 client accounts, the firm provides a full range of services to the industry’s largest global network of introducing brokers (IBs) and to commercial, institutional, international and individual investors. These include more than 300 IBs and many of the world’s largest financial, industrial and agricultural institutions. We do not engage in speculative proprietary trading; all of our business focuses on our valued clients. Our Place in the Industry Founded in 1914, RJO is one of the last ’boutique’ futures firms in the industry. It is a privately held business majority owned by the O’Brien family of Chicago. The O’Brien’s have been instrumental in the development of the futures industry and remain committed to the continued growth of the company and our leadership within the industry. With client assets of approximately $4 billion, RJO is a well-diversified, fully integrated FCM. The firm regularly captures top-tier market share in both agricultural and financial futures products at both the CME and CBOT.
Our Mission R.J. O’Brien provides our clients with value-added trade information, efficient execution, accurate and prompt reporting, resourceful compliance support, and comprehensive risk management to assure the safety of our clients’ assets, as well as the capital base of the firm.
Our Dedication Through bull and bear markets, political instability, economic triumphs and hardships, the longevity of R.J. O’Brien is a testament to the focus we place on our customers. We must continuously adapt and respond to the ever-changing needs of our valued clients. We are a leader in developing new technologies and forging strategies that help our clients succeed. This is why countless users of the futures markets rely on R.J. O’Brien as a partner in building their business.
R.J. O’Brien is committed to people, ideas, vision and leadership. We continue our journey with great enthusiasm for the bright future that lies ahead.




Peter Smith, President and CEO


Columbia Futures Group was founded by Peter Smith, President, who has worked in the financial services industry since 1979. He has taught courses on futures at the University of Washington Extension College and holds a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. His previous experience includes the structuring and management of hedging for a Fortune 500 company. He formerly served on a committee of National Futures Association and is the former secretary of the National Introducing Broker Association.




Our Mission and Values


Columbia Futures Group’s mission is to help investors and their financial advisors achieve their financial objectives through the highest quality futures trading service and expertise. Our values include:

Integrity: We are dedicated to the highest standards of integrity, financial strength, objectivity and professional ethics.

Excellence: Our purpose is to support our clients and to provide the benefit of our experience and resources at their request.

Patience: Whether a client is a new or seasoned trader, we provide patient support and educational resources to help them achieve their objectives.





 
 
 
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