About Us

Kansas City Trading Group

As the universe evolves, so do the futures markets.  Trading has moved from the pits to the screens.  Local traders are now computer algorithms.  The world is a much smaller place and investment money flows are huge and fleeting in their hunt for return.  Like they used to say “This ain’t your grandfather’s Oldsmobile”. Through our clearing firm, R.J. O’Brien & Associates we have access to markets worldwide.  Our expertise is in agricultural products.  The U.S. used to be the powerhouse in grain exports but that is no longer the case.  We have business partners and associates that trade in world markets.  It’s not the news but knowledge and experience that count.  Let us show you the difference that makes.

Kansas City Trading Group is registered with the National Futures Association and a member of the National Introducing Brokers Association.


casual photo resizedFrank Stone
President and Founder
Kansas City Trading Group

Frank was raised on a farm in Central Illinois. After graduating from Millikin University in 1976, he was hired by ADM. After spending time in Iowa and Illinois merchandising grain he moved to Kansas City in 1981 to manage two terminal elevators, merchandise coarse grains and establish a futures clearing operation at the Kansas City Board of Trade (KCBT) for ADM. In 1983, he left ADM to work for ContiCommodities in order to concentrate more in futures and managed all floor operations at the KCBT for Conti. In 1985, he joined Geldermann to open a commodity futures office for them at the KCBT. He developed commercial grain accounts and ran all KCBT clearing operations for the company. That same year, he purchased a KCBT membership which he owned until the sale of the exchange to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 2012. Thru mergers and acquisitions ,Geldermann, became MF Global. In 2010, he started Kansas City Trading Group, Inc. (KCTG). Over the past 40 years, he was involved extensively with the KCBT, including being a Director of the Exchange for 5 years and Director of the Clearing Corporation for 3 years. He was Chairman of the Exchange in 2007 and President of the Clearing Corporation in 1988 and 2004. He was also President of the KCBT Investment Corporation.