About Us

The PEAK6 Difference

Located in the historic Chicago Board of Trade Building, PEAK6 is redefining what it means to be an investment firm. We’re driven to see solutions others don’t — and capitalize on opportunities others miss. We operate with a focused, entrepreneurial drive and push ourselves to think differently. This ambitious, visionary approach has helped us become the diverse range of successful businesses we are today. 

Different businesses. A wealth of opportunities.

PEAK6 Capital Management LLC is a proprietary trading business with a proven track record of success, providing significant liquidity throughout U.S. financial markets.

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Apex Clearing Corporation is a leading provider of clearing and execution solutions to the financial services industry.  
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Founded on a great idea

PEAK6 Investments, L.P. was created from the same ambitious, entrepreneurial culture that thrives in the firm today. Co-founders Matt Hulsizer and Jenny Just started their careers at O’Connor and Associates — a Chicago-based options trading firm with a particular specialty, and emphasis, on financial derivatives. In 1992, the firm was acquired by Swiss Bank Corporation. After the acquisition, Swiss Bank decided to head in a new direction.

Entrepreneurs at heart, Matt and Jenny wanted to bring a different vision to life and decided to launch their own firm. And in 1997, PEAK6 Investments was launched. PEAK6 Investments became one of the first firms to develop electronic, proprietary technology, which more efficiently manages risk in the options market. This disciplined focus on risk management and technology has helped us achieve significant success in managing risk, providing liquidity, and making markets. From this singular focus, the firm continued to innovate, growing PEAK6 into a diverse group of thriving, successful businesses that now span many areas of the financial services sector.

2006

In 2006 PEAK6 launched two new businesses, looking to reach an entirely different set of investors. PEAK6 launched OptionsHouse — an online, consumer retail brokerage that delivered an exceptional combination of value and technology for active options traders. PEAK6 also launched PEAK6 Advisors, LLC — an SEC-registered investment adviser.

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2012

Then, in 2012, PEAK6 expanded its operational expertise into the clearing business with an investment into Apex Clearing Corporation. By combining decades of experience in clearing and execution with PEAK6’s innovative approach to risk management and sophisticated technology solutions, Apex established itself as a leading provider of clearing and execution solutions to the financial services industry.

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Today

After building OptionsHouse into a thriving online brokerage, PEAK6 sold OptionsHouse to General Atlantic, a well-established global growth investor, in 2014. Also this year, after growing Advisors assets under management to over $2 billion, PEAK6 sold its stake in PEAK6 Advisors to Joe Scoby.

Today, PEAK6 remains anything but your typical investment firm. Every day, our culture motivates us to seek out, and invest in, good ideas that have the potential of becoming great businesses. We’re always looking for ways to deliver untapped, exceptional value to the market.

Our values

But, our culture isn’t for everyone. We don’t have a laundry list of fluffy values that sound good but no one really gets. It’s a short, focused list and embodies our essence. We live and breathe these values across the entire firm. In a nutshell, we hire, fire, and promote through this lens.

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Be Financially
Responsible

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Approach Every Day
With Curiosity

Why the name “PEAK6”?

Not surprisingly, the story behind the PEAK6 name began in the mountains. Matt was in Breckenridge, Colorado and inspiration struck. He recalled someone once telling him it takes 6 peaks to make a mountain range. He was drawn to this notion of peaks and how they can stand alone and/or work together to form something even more powerful. This perfectly represented the vision for the new firm. And with that, the PEAK6 name took hold. Interestingly, the peak that Matt used as inspiration for our name so many years ago actually opened to the public for the first time this ski season at Breckenridge (2013-2014). They named it Peak6. And no — we had nothing to do with it. It’s just fate working its magic.