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Institutional Division

HighGround Trading provides Institutional traders with industry leading research, trading strategies, consultants, and execution and risk management tools.

With multiple clearing relationships, HighGround Trading will help you select the clearing firm(s) that can provide you with access to global markets, relevant research, consulting /strategies and the latest trading technology to meet your needs. HighGround Trading provides our clients with the availability to have accounts across multiple firms

Our Institutional services:

  • Custom Trade Recommendations
  • Consulting on custom electronic platform solutions
  • Custom spreadsheet creation with live price feeds.
  • Option analysis solutions
  • Middle and back office systems consulting
  • Margin management: Stress-testing futures / options positions against
    theoretical price moves.

Our Institutional clearing partners include:

  • Rosenthal Collins Group (RCG)
  • RJ O'Brien (RJO)
  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
  • Wedbush
  • Straits Financial
  • Straits Financial Singapore

Our Institutional focus encompasses
the following areas:

  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Metals
  • Softs
  • Energies
  • Livestock
  • Currencies
  • Credit Financing
  • EFP's
  • Option strategies

The Institutional Management Team

Ed Varin

Senior Manager of Institutional & Commercial Division

Ed Varin brings over 30 years of grain market experience to HighGround. Ed has expertise in wide variety of areas such as spreads, option strategies, in depth knowledge of the cash markets both domestic and export, and fundamental research that he is able to provide. Ed has worked for several different prominent grain trading companies in his career such as Cargill where he was a cash grain trader. Having worked in both Europe and Asia, Ed’s industry experience expands across the globe which has led to Ed’s valuable relationships with industry professionals from Europe, Asia, and South America.

Kevin Dunham

Senior Vice President of the Institutional Division

In 1974, Kevin joined Conti Commodities, a division of Continental Grain, and specialized in institutional futures hedging in agricultural commodities. Continuing this path, his career has taken him to Smith Barney in 1985, Prudential Bache in 2000 and ABN AMRO in 2009, where he continued to develop and implement hedging programs utilizing futures and options in a wide range of markets. In conjunction with those programs he began to help in structuring lines of credit and bank financing for his client’s hedging accounts. In Dec 2012, Kevin moved to HighGround Trading Group with the intention of providing the same highly specialized service to his client base, while gaining the ability to introduce clients to a number of different clearing firms. Also, Kevin specializes in creating and executing complex option strategies and arbitraging between both the screen and pit.

  • For more information please directly contact Kevin Dunham at 312-604-6038 or Brian Goss at 312-604-3045. Or call toll-free at 877-206-4250.

Contact Us

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Customer Testimonials

"As a relatively new customer of HighGround Trading, we have found the staff knowledgeable and helpful. Accuracy on order entry and execution is far better than any other firm we have dealt with.

We would recommend this team to both new and experienced traders."

— Ray and Bev

Testimonial is not indicative of future performance or success.

The risk of loss in trading futures and options can be substantial, therefore only genuine "risk" funds should be used in such trading. Futures and options may not be a suitable investment for all individuals and individuals should carefully consider their financial condition in deciding whether to trade. Option traders should be aware that the exercise of a long option will result in a futures position. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

All information, communications, publications, and reports, including this specific material, used and distributed by HighGround Trading LLC ("HTG") shall be construed as a solicitation for entering into a derivatives transaction. HTG does not distribute research reports, employ research analysts, or maintain a research department as defined in CFTC Regulation 1.71.