Futures Hall of Famers Moore and Heinz Reflect on Trading Careers in JLN Interview

May 23, 2024

John Lothian

John Lothian

Executive Chairman and CEO

BOCA RATON, Fla. (JLN) – Robert Moore and James Heinz, two veteran traders recently inducted into the FIA Futures Hall of Fame, reflected on their decades-long partnership and the evolution of the industry in an interview with John Lothian News.

Moore and Heinz, former pit traders who founded the proprietary trading firm Marquette Partners, were candid about the challenges they faced early in their careers.

“I had $1,000 when I started,” Heinz said. “I wrote notes every day. I had no option but to succeed.”

Moore echoed that sentiment, saying, “I had no choice. I had to make it.”

The two credited their backgrounds as college athletes for instilling the resilience and teamwork needed to thrive in the competitive trading pits of Chicago. Their firm’s legacy, they said, was identifying and nurturing talented traders.

As the industry shifted to electronic trading in the 1990s, Marquette Partners was an early adopter. “We were right there when the Globex era started,” Heinz said.

Looking ahead, Moore and Heinz have scaled back operations to a family office structure, with a focus on digital assets and sustainable energy investments. They remain bullish on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

“It’s a vote of no confidence in the dollar,” Heinz said of Bitcoin’s recent gains against the U.S. currency.

The partners expressed humility about their Hall of Fame induction, crediting mentors and the traders they employed over the years. As Heinz put it, “To be entered in as a market participant on the buy side is quite an honor.”

Their decades-long partnership was a point of pride. “You don’t have a lot of partnerships that last 35 years,” Moore said.

The interview, part of the JLN Industry Leader series sponsored by Wedbush, provided a window into the careers of two respected industry pioneers.

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