John Lothian Profiles: Bob Otter – 40 Years in Futures

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John Lothian Profiles: Bob Otter – 40 Years in Futures

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From humble beginnings as a runner during high school, Bob Otter became a futures industry tale of success. He told John Lothian News about what was lost and what was gained when exchanges went all electronic, as well as the lessons he learned. His career began the way many do, with a local connection.

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The Spread – July 30, 2021

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