First things first. Have you signed up your interns yet for our Chicago or New York MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series? Today is the day. Go here to sign them up.

We have added John Rapa, chief executive officer at Tellefsen and Company, as a speaker for our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity New York events. He joins Nasdaq president and COO Adena Friedman, veteran equity strategist and CNBC personality Kenny Polcari, Gary DeWaal, arguably the most entertaining derivatives lawyer on the planet, and an additional half dozen financial luminaries in a one-day, two-session event July 19 at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square. Doug and I toured the facility last week, and it is going to be great.

The Chicago events will take place next Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, July 12, 14 and 15. We have just added Maureen Downs, president of RCG and vice chair of the NFA to the list of presenters. She will deliver an important and timely message on mentoring. Click over HERE to see a list of all of the Chicago speakers and their topics. You will be amazed as to the number of high-powered executives and entrepreneurs presenting, as well as the breadth and variety of topics. And, PLEASE, forward the information to anyone who may be interested in attending. Does your HR department/intern coordinator know about us?

One final education note: thanks again to CME Group, the Global Premier sponsor of MarketsWiki Education. The exchange also acts as host of the first two sessions in Chicago. On Friday, we return to Trading Technologies for a session and a networking event at the increasingly famous Tech Tap. Event partners include OCC, CBOE, the IFM and Barchart. We could not do it without you.

It was a big day in the world of business media, with one magazine sold and a news service sold by an exchange that just unloaded an options exchange.

MarketsMedia picked up Traders Magazine from SourceMedia and Deutsche Boerse announced they sold Markets News International, Inc. to Hale Global, a technology holding company based in Boston, MA.

Also, at John Lothian News, after the big news of our consolidating newsletters in the John Lothian Newsletter, the best news we can come up with this week is that enterprising young journalist Spencer Doar has been promoted to full time (up from full-ish time). He has also moved to a desk in the editorial room.

Two new Trading Tech 300 merit badge workshops are being offered in the coming weeks for interested Boy Scouts. XR Trading is offering the Digital Technology merit badge class on July 15. CME Group also joins the fun, offering the Law and Electricity merit badges on August 5. If any firms are interested in learning more about the Trading Tech 300 program and hosting a merit badge workshop, please contact me at

The OCC was named Clearinghouse of the Year by Global Investor/ISF Magazine. There was no word on whether the trophy was vertically or horizontally oriented.

Do you follow me on Twitter @JohnLothian? You can also follow our options newsletter Twitter feed at @JLNOptions

Did you know we have a LinkedIn Group for MarketsWiki Education? The group is aimed at young people and others interested in our MarketsWiki Education programs.

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