Joseph Nikolson


Principal, and COO

Joseph Nikolson has an extensive background in capital markets and financial services. Most recently, Mr. Nikolson has served as principal and CEO of TFX, an NFA-registered IB and CTA. Prior to this, Mr. Nikolson served as President of, Inc. , a provider of an innovative online trading platform bringing execution, liquidity and competitive pricing to the fragmented fixed income marketplace. Mr. Nikolson was responsible for obtaining SEC ATS status for the trading platform, significantly increasing revenues and the firm's  client base as well as successfully closing several rounds of strategic capital.


Prior to joining Inc., Mr. Nikolson served as Chief Growth Officer of TradeStation Group, Inc. and and as President of TradeStation Securities, Inc.


He was also a Director of TradeStation Europe Ltd. and TradeStation Securities' membership representative to the Boston Option Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Exchange,  Pacific Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange and an allied member of the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Nikolson was responsible for taking TradeStation from inception to $180 mil in revenues and a ranking of the sixth largest online brokerage as well as several Barron's magazines top annual rankings.


Mr. Nikolson has served as an advisor to Deep Liquidity, iTalentCafe and frequently advises various GLG clients.


Mr. Nikolson received a BBA in Finance, Summa Cum Laude, and an MBA from Cleveland State University. Mr. Nikolson completed post-graduate work at Kent State University where he served as a Teaching Fellow in Finance.


Mr.Nikolson holds the following licenses:


FINRA Series 3 Registration -- Commodity Futures Examination

FINRA Series 4 Registration -- Registered Options Principal

FINRA Series 7 Registration -- Full Registration/General Securities Representative

FINRA Series 8 Registration -- Branch Office Manager (NYSE)

FINRA Series 9 Registration -- General Securities Sales Supervisor

FINRA Series 10 Registration -- Securities Manager 

FINRA Series 24 Registration -- General Securities Principal

FINRA Series 27 Registration -- Financial and Operations Principal
FINRA Series 30 Registration -- Branch Manager Examination - Futures
FINRA Series 31 Registration -- Futures Managed Funds Examination
NFA Series 34 Registration -- Retail Off-Exchange Forex Examination

FINRA Series 52 Registration -- Municipal Securities Representative

FINRA Series 53 Registration -- Municipal Securities Principal

FINRA Series 55 Registration -- Equity Trader

FINRA Series 63 Registration -- Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination

FINRA Series 65 Registration -- Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination