×

Options Action

Brian Stutland

Brian Stutland
Managing Member, Equity Armor Investments, LLC

When you think "Wall Street", you think New York. However, Brian Stutland has brought Wall Street to Chicago and helped to create a second home in America for investors. After becoming a contributor to CNBC in 2008, Stutland has worked on shows such as "Options Action" and "Futures Now" in order to educate investors about the markets in Chicago. Broadcasting from both the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Chicago Mercantile Exchange trading floors, Stutland gives regular weekly commentary on the ins and outs of the market from Soybean futures to S&P 500 index futures to the CBOE's Volatility Index (VIX). Th esuccess of his information has made "Options Action" one of the longest standing shows on CNBC's network and Stutland is always preaching ways for investors to use options in order to risk less to make more. On "Futures Now," Stutland is able to show the world that Chicago is king of the futures markets as he discusses how to invest one's portfolio with derivative type investments.

For Stutland,success in providing investors with actionable information does not come without an extensive success line himself. In 2011, Brian Stutland founded what is now known as Equity Armor Investments, LLC, an investment advisory firm registered with the state of Illinois. Stutland,as CIO, helps to service clients in the financial world and create licensed indices using Equity Armor's proprietary trading methodologies. In 2014, Stutland became a sub-advisor to a volatility based mutual fund but now license their proprietary volatility indices to entities like Bank of Montreal.

Stutland hasn't just relied on his volatility trading expertise to bring the public efficient ways of investing, but through his holding company Alpha II Zeta, LLC and Equity Armor Investments, Stutland has partnered with companies where his investment, trading expertise, and marketing knowledge of the industry helped transform research based stock analytics companies into huge successful management companies.

Whether it has been creating liquidity for customers to access the Chicago Board Options Exchange's products or broadcasting live media from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange trading floors, Stutland has given Chicago and its city exposure to Wall Street. Stutland first established himself as a true market participant as founder and head trader of the biggest VIX options market making firm on the CBOE from 2006 to 2014. Not only has Stutland been integral in providing Chicago with a voice in the financial markets, his former broker/dealer Stutland Equities was an extremely successful market making business, trading multi-million dollar positions dating back to 2005.

Brian graduated Cum Laude in 1997 from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering and later received a M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1999 before becoming a floor trader in 1999. He currently holds licenses for Series 65 and 56.

Follow Brian Stutland on Twitter @BrianStutland.

More

  • Futures Now: Euro nears 7-week high

    The "Futures Now" team discusses the rally in the euro with Jackie DeAngelis.

  • Futures Now: Crude hits 3.5-month low

    The "Futures Now" team discusses the plunge in crude oil, and where the commodity will head from here.

  • Bacon ipsum dolor amet kielbasa capicola picanha brisket, spare ribs short loin strip steak leberkas alcatra rump tongue bresaola boudin cupim. Hamburger pancetta strip steak ground round boudin pastrami. Pork short ribs pastrami meatball ball tip. Shankle doner andouille, hamburger swine brisket leberkas ham hock cupim. Bacon ipsum dolor amet kielbasa capicola picanha brisket, spare ribs short loin strip steak leberkas alcatra rump tongue bresaola boudin cupim. Hamburger pancetta strip steak ground round boudin pastrami. Pork short ribs pastrami meatball ball tip. Shankle doner andouille, hamburger swine brisket leberkas ham hock cupim.

  • Workers connect drill bits and drill collars, used to extract natural petroleum, on Endeavor Energy Resources' Big Dog Drilling Rig 22 in the Permian basin outside of Midland, Texas.

    The "Futures Now' team discusses the move in crude oil as it hits a 1-month low, and where the commodity may head from here.

  • Futures Now: Crude oil hits 3-week low

    The "Futures Now" team discusses the 2% fall in crude, and whether the commodity can make a turnaround.

  • Futures Now: Big oil move ahead?

    The "Futures Now" team discusses the move in oil, and where the commodity may head from here.

  • Futures Now: Crude oil rallies

    The "Futures Now" team discusses the rally in crude oil, and where the commodity may head from here.

  • Futures Now: US dollar hits 2.5-month low

    The "Futures Now" team discusses the U.S. dollar falling to its lowest level since mid November.

  • Futures Now: Dollar rallies off 7-week lows

    The "Futures Now" team discusses the rally in the U.S. dollar, which is now off its 7-week lows.

  • Gold hits 1.5-week low

    The "Futures Now" team discusses the drop in gold, and where the commodity may head from here.

Contact Options Action

  • Showtimes

    Fridays, 5:30p ET
    Saturday, 6a ET
    Sunday, 6a ET
  • Melissa Lee

    Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's “Fast Money” and “Options Action.”

Sponsored Related Links

More on thinkorswim by TD Ameritrade

  • Make sure you’re always keeping up with the market with up-to-the-minute news and breaking stories. Move on possible breakout stocks and options with potential opportunity. Plus, get in-depth analysis on futures and forex in one seamless, integrated experience. Join TD Ameritrade and trade commission-free for 60 days + get up to $600 cash.