Membership

The Security Traders Association (STA) is the leading trade organization for individual professionals in the securities industry that works to improve the ethics, business standards and working environment for its members. The Chicago affiliate (STAC) is comprised of 600+ professional trade industry members who are engaged in the buying, selling and trading of securities. STA provides its members a voice on matters affecting the markets and trading community, with Congress, with the SEC, with regulators, with the exchanges and with other trade organizations.STAC hosts conferences that promote professional development, serve as a platform for influential leaders in the industry, as well as provide a forum for networking. STAC members receive registration fee discounts for conferences, events and continuing education courses.

  • Expand Your Professional Network

    Expand Your Professional Network

    Meet trading professionals face-to-face and build real professional relationships – not more 2nd degree connections on LinkedIn .

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    Be an Industry Champion

    Be an Industry Champion

    STAC works to improve the working environment for ALL traders in the Chicago area. Be a champion for your chosen profession - simply joining and attending a few events makes a difference as it increases our numbers and strengthens our voice in the industry.

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    Give Back to the Community

    Give Back to the Community

    STAC has plenty of opportunities for members to give back to the Chicagoland community – from volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, fundraising
    for the STAC Scholarship Fund or working with the Next Generation Outreach Committee to introduce security trading as a career option to college students.

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    Develop new areas of expertise

    Develop new areas of expertise

    Learn how to affect public policy and delve into industry issues such as Large Trader Reporting, Consolidated Audit Trail, Limit Up/Limit Down and Capital Formation.

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    Increase your value

    Increase your value

    to your boss and your firm by being the one with the expertise on the latest industry issues and trends through STAC, and via our association with STA National. Help address the broad industry issues that affect you on the trading desk level – and the be one who knows firsthand what’s happening at the National level and at other Chicago Trading firms.

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    Be seen as an industry leader

    Be seen as an industry leader

    by joining a committee or applying for an advisory board position.

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    It's Fun

    It's Fun

    Events like the Golf Outing, Members Only Dinner and Mid-Winter meeting are offered at low or no cost - Just attending one or two events alone more than cover your membership dues.

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  • The STAC membership year runs from March 1 - February 28. All memberships are up for renewal on March 1 of each year regardless of join date. Dues paid by credit card will auto renew on March 1 of each year, unless cancelled by the member.

    Standard (Active) Membership Qualifications - Dues $325 to join | $250 to renew.

    Any person shall be eligible for Standard Membership in the Organization who is employed by a broker, dealer, financial institution, exchange or other trading related business (subject to Board approval) located in the Chicagoland investment community and is employed in some capacity that directly supports the trading of securities, and who has served in such capacity for a period of not less than one year (however, the one year requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Membership Committee.) A membership shall become void at the end of the fiscal year during which the member ceases to be active in the securities business in the Chicagoland investment community except as explained in Section Four, or with approval from the Membership Committee.

    All membership applications must be signed by the applicant and two sponsors and are approved at each Board meeting (held the second Tuesday of each month.) A sponsor must be a STAC member in good standing. When applying online for membership, simply enter the name and contact information of your sponsors and the STAC office will follow up with them.


    Student Membership Qualifications

    Student Membership in the Organization shall be by election by the Board of Directors. Any person who is a full-time upperclassman undergraduate or a full time graduate student is eligible to apply. Undergraduate students will not have any dues assessed but will be required to provide at least 6 hours of volunteer service at STAC events or any other community service projects approved by the STAC Board. Graduate students who are not working full time will pay a reduced dues rate of $100 per year. Student members will have limited membership rights and privileges. It is a non-voting position and they will only be eligible to attend certain events to be decided by the Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis.


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