Complete Interview: Bill Brodsky talks options history, innovations and strategy with JLN’s Alex Teng

In this video for The Spread, Alex Teng spoke with Bill Brodsky, an industry giant who led both the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) during his long career.

Brodsky talked about growing up in New York City and following his father’s footsteps to Wall Street, where he became enamored of the stock market, and then buying a seat on the Cboe for $10,000 before it even opened. Eventually, a headhunter from Chicago asked him to run the CME – then called “the Merc” and he moved to Chicago and learned about futures. He later ran the Cboe for 16 years as CEO and then for several years as chairman.

He also talked about joining his sons Jonathan and Michael in forming new companies, Cedar Street Asset Management and Options Solutions, where he is chairman and partner respectively.

He discusses how a number of products – such as stock index options – were invented or fine-tuned in Chicago, and he talked about the difficult transition in Chicago to electronic trading. He said the biggest fight in his career was getting the floor traders to recognize that “if we didn’t have some type of electronic trading we’d be out of business.”

He also discussed the options strategies used at Options Solutions and how he helps clients understand that options are not just speculative. He also said options are multidimensional and that the key to options is understanding the erosion of time value and how that works in the client’s favor.


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John’s Take: Why I hate Chuck Mackie and Thoughts on FTX’s CFTC Request

John’s Take: Why I hate Chuck Mackie and Thoughts on FTX’s CFTC Request

I have a love/hate relationship with Chuck Mackie. I love him because he is a great guy, good citizen and cheerful practitioner of solving the world’s problems with market based solutions. I hate him because he really knows how to make me work, and work hard. Don’t worry, there are others on this list too (Hello Barbara).

On Thursday Chuck emailed me and asked when I was going to write a comment letter for the FTX request to the CFTC for LedgerX LLC, doing business as FTX US Derivatives, “to amend its order of registration as a DCO to allow it to modify its existing non-intermediated model.”

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Options Discovery

Today John Lothian News is kicking off a new segment of The Spread called Options Discovery, hosted by Alex Teng.  In this series viewers will learn the ins and outs of options along with Alex. He will take viewers through a wide variety of topics in the options industry, aided by interviews with experts and his own research.

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