The R.J. O’Brien team’s dedication to excellence is over a century in the making. We are not only the first futures brokerage and clearing firm to achieve this milestone, but also the last surviving founding member of CME Group. RJO is thoroughly dedicated to this industry, and throughout our history we have worked tirelessly to meet our clients’ needs.

  • 2019

    RJO opens an office in Paris, France

  • 2018

    RJO opens an office in Dubai, UAE

  • 2015

    RJO expands its operations in Europe through the acquisition of The Kyte Group Limited, now known as R.J. O’Brien Europe Limited.

  • 2014

    R.J. O’Brien & Associates celebrates its 100th anniversary year.

  • 2013

    The firm releases its first-ever mobile trading application, RJO Mobile Trader.

  • 2012

    RJO invests in UK operation as a focal point for growth in Europe.

  • 2011

    RJO CEO Gerald Corcoran testifies before U.S. House Committee on Agriculture on recommendations for strengthening industry’s financial safeguards.

  • 2010

    O’Brien Family resumes majority interest in R.J. O’Brien & Associates LLC.

  • 2010

    RJO becomes member of CBOE Futures Exchange.

  • 2010

    RJO launches R.J. O’Brien & Associates Canada Inc., its first Canadian subsidiary.

  • 2009

    RJO expands business in Asia opening operations in Hong Kong.

  • 2006

    RJO establishes first presence in Asia with a sales representative office in Beijing.

  • 2003

    O’Brien Investment Services, an RJO subsidiary serving self-directed private clients, becomes RJO Futures.

  • 2002

    RJO joins the New York Mercantile Exchange and COMEX (now part of CME Group) and the New York Board of Trade (now ICE Futures U.S.).

  • 2000

    John W. O’Brien named Chairman of the Board.

  • 2000

    Robert O’Brien, Sr. named Chairman Emeritus.

  • 2000

    Robert O’Brien, Jr. named Vice Chairman.

  • 2000

    Gerald F. Corcoran named Chief Executive Officer.

  • 1995

    RJO joins London International Financial Futures Exchange (Liffe).

  • 1992

    Gerald F. Corcoran named Chief Operating Officer and Director of RJO.

  • 1990

    RJO joins the Chicago Board of Trade.

  • 1989

    Mayor Richard M. Daley proclaims October 17 as R. J. O’Brien Day in Chicago

  • 1987

    Gerald F. Corcoran joins RJO and is named Chief Financial Officer. Firm has approximately 35 employees.

  • 1986

    John W. O’Brien, Sr., son of Robert J. O’Brien, Sr., named CEO of RJO.

  • 1977

    First live, direct-from-the-floor commodity report in broadcast history: “Bob O’Brien Commodity Report.”

  • 1975

    Robert O’Brien, Jr. named President of RJO.

  • 1975

    Robert O’Brien, Sr. named Chairman of the Board of RJO.

  • 1972

    Robert O’Brien, Sr. made Director and Secretary of the new International Monetary Market upon creation of the world’s first financial futures.

  • 1969

    John V. McCarthy company name officially changed to R.J. O’Brien & Associates (RJO).

  • 1967

    Robert O’Brien, Sr. elected Chairman of the Board of CME and served two consecutive one-year terms through 1968.

  • 1966

    An RJO employee, 22-year-old Sandra Stephens, becomes the first woman ever to work on the floor of CME.

  • 1966

    Robert O’Brien, Sr. elected Second Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

  • 1965

    First branch office established – Russ Brooks: Harlan, Iowa.

  • 1964

    RJO takes first delivery of the new Live Cattle contract, the first live commodity traded on the CME floor.

  • 1964

    Robert O’Brien, Sr. elected to Board of Governors of Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) (served continuously from 1964-1977).

  • 1963

    John V. McCarthy dies.

  • 1959

    Robert O’Brien, Sr. named President of John V. McCarthy.

  • 1952

    Robert J. O’Brien, Sr., son-in-law of John V. McCarthy, joins firm and begins client and business research. John V. McCarthy & Co. has four employees.

  • 1947

    Geraldine McCarthy, daughter of John V. McCarthy, marries Robert J. O’Brien, Sr.

  • 1919

    Firm becomes founding member of Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) when it is transformed from the Chicago Butter & Egg Board.

  • 1914

    John V. McCarthy & Co. established on October 17 as cash butter and egg house.

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