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Expect the Unexpected

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Spencer Doar

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In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago CFO Mike Nowak talks about rolling with the punches – from changing careers due to 9/11 to learning about derivatives on the fly on the trading floor. 

Produced by Mike Forrester 

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Douglas E. Harris not only can talk about the History of Financial Futures, he was a part of its development.

In this video interview with John Lothian, Harris traces his beginnings in the industry back to 1975, when he began work as an associate for the then-small law firm Baer Marks & Upham and was assigned helping exchanges including Comex determine what rules it would need to file to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, then in its infancy. 

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When Kenny Polcari started out at the New York Stock Exchange, “It was paper and pencil until the turn of the century,” he said. 

The exchange started to introduce handheld computers in the late 1990s, but it was only in beta, not full blown yet.  Everyone was preparing for Y2K. When Y2K happened and the technology didn’t fail, Polcari said, there was a push on the industry to move forward with modernization. They converted all the stocks over to decimals alphabetically, one at a time, over a six-month period, starting with the stocks named A to D. 

Alan van Griethuysen’s Dutch Path to Electronic Trading

Alan van Griethuysen’s Dutch Path to Electronic Trading

Alan van Griethuysen wanted to be an officer in the Netherlands Royal Army, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a full colonel in the military police.

However, when he took a one-year leave while in school and worked in hotels in England, it started a path that led him to the options exchange in Amsterdam. That first job as a price reporter began a tenure of 32 years at the exchange, which saw many changes during van Griethuysen’s time.

Brendan Bradley’s Front Row Seat to the Path to Electronic Trading

Brendan Bradley’s Front Row Seat to the Path to Electronic Trading

Brendan Bradley had a front row seat for the major exchange battles between open outcry trading and electronic trading after starting at the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) in the 1980s and then moving to DTB in the mid-1990s. While there he saw the German Bund contract battle that shocked the global derivatives trading world and then later witnessed the competition between Eurex and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) that he said ultimately led to the global leading exchange’s demise.

Bradley shared a historic overview of the development of markets in Europe as electronic trading developed for The Path to Electronic Trading from John Lothian News’ MarketsWiki Education video series.

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