Raj is the proprietor of Chopper Trading. He founded the corporation in 2002. Initially, he worked as a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Since 1997, Raj has been a productive member of the exchange. For 7 years, he was working on CBOT’s floor. Owing to his extensive experience, Raj served as a cash bond trader.
Over the years, he has been involved in different philanthropic activities within the United States, particularly in Chicago. He is an active member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Raj has been engaged in fundraising activities for the various Democratic causes and candidates. In the past, he has been involved in raising funds for the William J. Clinton Foundation as well as President Barack Obama. Raj has been on record asserting that his company, Chopper Trading, was the third largest contributor of funds for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. At Beloit College, Raj pursued an undergraduate degree in economics and history.
Raj Fernando has been writing on different topics and posting the articles on his blog. In one of these articles, he writes about “Changing the Way We Get Information.” According to Raj, different corporations have come up with excellent platforms that people can use to get information. However, he questions the security, credibility and meaningfulness of the information. He asserts that when he founded Chopper Trading, he was certain that the corporation would only be as good as his people (employees). It is for this reason that he placed a premium on developing a vibrant and strong workforce right from the ground up.
Raj contends that if each employee were empowered and encouraged to source for information from their peers, they would develop, in their careers, on their own pace. This free-flowing information exchange worked for the company. Raj believes that it can work for every employer. He continues to say that without credible intelligence and authentic information, the power of engagement in real-time and global networking would be worthless. Raj concludes by stating that the information that people are using is what they need to hear but not what other individuals would like them to hear.