Scott Connor is a co-host on TD Ameritrade Network* where he delivers a daily education segment on how to use the thinkorswim® platform. He also regularly appears on Morning Trade Live and Market On Close.
Scott is also the Director of Trader Education at TD Ameritrade, where he’s responsible for helping clients become more informed traders and investors through education. Scott joined TD Ameritrade in 2012 as a licensed instructor before assuming the position of Executive Director of Education for TD Ameritrade Asia in Singapore.
For the first 16 years of his career, Scott acted as an independent market maker in an index options pit (OEX) at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). In 1998, he made markets both on the CBOE floor and remotely while helping develop an electronic proprietary trading system for an index options trading group based in Chicago. In 2005, Scott made option markets in about 45 stocks on the CBOE for the hedge fund Citadel Investment Group.
Scott holds FINRA Series 3, Series 4, Series 7, Series 24, and Series 66 U.S. industry licenses.
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