Who we are
We are a leading global technology-enabled liquidity provider, specialized in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs). We are able to grow our organization further, thereby ensuring that our trading desks in Europe, the Americas and Asia provide liquidity across all major exchanges, globally, 24 hours a day. Founded in 2004, we continue to cultivate the entrepreneurial, innovative and team-oriented culture that has been with us since the beginning.
What we do
As a technology company operating in a financial environment, we use our principal technology platform to quote bid and ask prices in thousands of ETP listings, as well as similar financial products. We also provide liquidity to institutional counterparties off-exchange across all regions: the Americas, APAC and EMEA. Market participants benefit from higher execution quality and lower overall trading costs, while the markets benefit from greater efficiency and more transparency.
As a principal trading firm, we focus on providing liquidity in financial products both on- and off-exchange across the globe on an ever increasing number of venues and to a constantly growing number of institutional counterparties. Our strategies are designed to use information that is publicly available and we use fairly simple, non-controversial and transparent order types. We are a strong supporter of fair, transparent and orderly markets. We do not have a directional opinion on the markets and aim to be hedged perfectly and instantaneously. This focus on risk management is at the heart of our organization.
Unique, ‘one team’-driven culture
Flow Traders fosters an entrepreneurial, innovative and strong team-oriented culture, which rewards people for their contributions to the company as a whole rather than only in their direct area of responsibility. Our culture is underpinned by the four-eyes principle and by disciplined risk awareness at every level of the organisation.
We strive for continuous improvement and hold ourselves to industry-leading compliance and regulatory standards. We have a strong track record in recruiting, developing and retaining talent. We nurture our unique ‘one team’ philosophy by stimulating the sharing of ideas and best practices through employee rotation both within and between our offices. The seamless integration of teamwork, ETP market expertise, risk management, technology and connectivity enables us to offer competitive pricing, while always remaining in control.
Our activities influence the society we live in. As a liquidity provider we are active on global financial markets and we contribute to transparency and the pricing process, enabling market participants to invest at fair prices and lower costs. Our activities contribute sustainable employment and technological innovation to our society and we are committed to full compliance and integrity. We seek to limit our environmental footprint and contribute to our society and immediate vicinity.
We are aware of our impact on society while executing our business strategy.
Dennis Dijkstra joined our company as CFO in 2009 and was appointed Co-CEO in January 2014, focusing on HR & recruitment, Institutional Trading, relationships with issuers, legal & compliance, internal audit, relationships with regulators and organization structure. Prior to joining Flow Traders, Dennis held positions at Arthur Andersen, Faxtor Securities, NIBC and Sparck. He currently serves as a board member (treasurer) of APT, the Association of Proprietary Traders in the Netherlands. Dennis is a supervisory director of DMF Investment Management B.V.
Dennis Dijkstra is a Dutch national who holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Sjoerd Rietberg joined our company in 2005 as a senior trader and was named Head of Trading in 2009 and COO in 2010. He was subsequently appointed Co-CEO in January 2014, focusing on trading operations, trading strategy and technology. Sjoerd holds no ancillary positions. Prior to joining Flow Traders, Sjoerd held a trading position at Newtrade Derivatives.
Sjoerd Rietberg is a Dutch national with a Master’s degree in Finance from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Thomas Wolff joined our company in 2009 as a senior system administrator after having worked at an independent trading software vendor for approximately nine years. He was promoted to Global Head of IT in 2013 and Global Head of Technology in 2016, leading the development, quality assurance and the Tech operations departments. As of 2018, Thomas joined the Management Board as Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer.
Thomas Wolff is a German national who holds a diploma from the FOM Hochschule Frankfurt a.M.
Folkert Joling joined our company in 2006 as a trader and was named Head of Trading in 2011 and Global Head of Trading in 2016. Having eleven years of experience in our trading department, Folkert joined the Management Board as Managing Director and Chief Trading Officer in 2018. As Chief Trading Officer, Folkert has the responsibility for the development and realization of the Flow Trader’s trading strategies, trading processes and its daily trading operations.
Folkert Joling is a Dutch national who holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the Twente University.