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JJ Kinahan

JJ began his career in 1985 as a Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) market-maker, trading primarily in the S&P 100 (OEX) and S&P 500 (SPX) pits. While primarily an independent trader, he also worked for ING Bank and Blue Capital and was Managing Director of Option Trading for Van Der Moolen, USA. In 2006, JJ joined the thinkorswim Group, which was acquired by TD Ameritrade in 2009.

An almost 30 year trading veteran based in Chicago, JJ is a frequent CNBC guest, a Forbes contributor and is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Reuters, along with many other respected media outlets. He is also a Board Member at NYSE ARCA group.

What’s your role in keeping things running smoothly at TD Ameritrade?
I have the privilege of working with all the smart folks on the Trader team every day. We have a structure that allows us to use our energy in any place we can add value, be it our mobile platforms, REDOptionSM (a separate but affiliated advisory firm), the thinkorswim® trading platform, or TD Ameritrade U™. One of my favorite parts of what I do is I get to meet so many of our clients. I have the opportunity to try and help them make sense of what is going on in the market through live education events and the media. The variety of things every day is what keeps things so exciting.

What’s your greatest challenge in fulfilling that role?
Keeping track of all that is happening and making sure I am giving people my full attention. As with everyone in our company, there is a lot to keep track of, and sometimes I have a tendency to do too many things at once.

What’s a “Golden Rule” you live by? (Could be market-related, or anything else)
Treat people with respect and they will do the same for you. When you help everyone see why their job is important, they will perform it better and with enthusiasm. All of us doing our jobs well is what makes us better.

Who’s your investing or trading idol?
I don’t really have one person. I have had the opportunity to work with, stand in the pit by and work for so many great traders. I have tried to take the best of what those folks do for myself. I can say that they all share two common elements: they have a system, and they are disciplined.

When not working, you can find me…
Spending time with my family. As my children get older, I enjoy time with them more. I enjoy working out, reading (I am a publication junkie), and my favorite trip is an annual fishing expedition. I am lucky enough to have many close friends, including quite a few guys I grew up with and with whom I still keep in regular contact.

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Amy Charest

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Ben Estep

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Brian Lund

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Chesley Spencer

Chesley Spencer is Product Manager, Trading, for the thinkorswim® trading platform from TD Ameritrade.
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Dan Rosenberg

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Danielle Erickson

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David Kier

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Debbie Carlson

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Doug Ashburn

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Frederic Ruffy

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Greg Loehr

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JJ Kinahan

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John Bell

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John Hart

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Kevin Hincks

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Lule Demmissie

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Matt Newman

Matt serves as TD Ameritrade's Tax Systems Manager.
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Matt Sadowsky

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Peter Klink

Peter Klink is Director of Modeling & Exposure Management for TD Ameritrade.
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Ryan Campbell

Ryan is a content manager for Investools. He composes educational courses...
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Scott Connor

Scott spent 25 years as a member of the CBOE before joining TD Ameritrade in 2007.
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Shawn Cruz

As a content specialist, I constantly try to stay on top of what’s currently impacting the markets so we can ensure we are providing tools and resources that are beneficial to our clients.
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T.J. Neil

T.J. Neil is a senior trading specialist for TradeWise Advisors.
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Tom White

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