John Lothian News Announces The Path to Electronic Trading Video Series

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John Lothian

Executive Chairman and CEO

New Series Will Capture the Stories of the Move from Trading on the Floors to Trading on the Screen

John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. and John Lothian News are pleased to announce the launch of a new MarketsWiki Education video series, The Path to Electronic Trading. 

The Path to Electronic Trading was inspired by the success of the Open Outcry Traders History Project. Gerry Corcoran, the CEO of RJ O’Brien, came to JLN to tell the story of how his one day of working on the trading floor helped create the path to electronic trading as RJO and other firms applied technology to improve the efficiency of a futures pit busting at the seams with paper orders. 

His story inspired us to develop this new video series that will capture the individual stories of the people and firms that embraced technology and created the evolutionary path from the shouting of orders on the trading floor to trading all forms of derivatives, securities and other products via purely electronic means. 

The Path to Electronic Trading series will capture stories from the beginning of order routing to trading floors, to after hour trading, then side-by-side trading and eventually just electronic trading. It will take us from TOPS, CUBS, Electronic Clerks and COMET to CME’s Globex and Globex II, the CBOT’s Project A to a/c/e and LIFFE Connect. It will take us from the NYSE to the ECNs and beyond. The series will address electronic options trading inspired by the ISE’s entry to the response by CBOE and other exchanges. And it will even go as far as trading in tokens and the Defi trading space and DEX exchanges.

We welcome suggestions for individuals to interview. Suggestions can be emailed to

The videos from The Path to Electronic Trading will be published in the John Lothian Newsletter, on and on

The series is an ongoing effort from John Lothian News to provide education about the industry and capture its history before the sources disappear.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, JLN has adopted remote interviews over technology such as Zoom, Webex, and Microsoft Teams. We can interview anyone anywhere who has a computer with a camera and a good internet connection. We are also conducting some interviews in our offices in the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

In the coming days, JLN will introduce a Go Fund Me campaign to help fund our MarketsWiki Education efforts, which includes the series the World of Opportunity, the Open Outcry Traders HIstory Project and now The Path to Electronic Trading. Additionally, sponsorship of The Path to Electronic Trading Series is available, including video advertisements embedded in the videos like those in the Open Outcry Traders History Project. Contact John Lothian at if you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities.

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