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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 johnlothian@johnlothian.com.

Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading Part Two

Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading Part Two

In Part Two of Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading, Trott talked about how block trade and call-around markets developed in Europe. Platforms were rushing to write to all of the individual European markets. There were a large number of them back then. 

Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading Part One

Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading Part One

Robin Trott started out as an undergrad studying philosophy and politics, but it was the peak of the dotcom bust and he realized that wasn’t very practical. So he got a Master’s degree and got on the technology and operations graduate scheme at JP Morgan. 

JIm Krause: The Path to Electronic Trading

JIm Krause: The Path to Electronic Trading

Former CME CIO Krause Recalls the History of CME Globex From the Beginning Jim Krause came to the futures industry from a job in temperature control and HVAC at  a company called MCC Powers. He followed Don Serpico, his supervisor at MCC Powers, who had been hired by...

Eero Pikat – The Path to Electronic Trading

Eero Pikat – The Path to Electronic Trading

Electronic trading changed the way quotes are generated, archived and delivered to traders, brokers and their clients over the internet. Barchart was a pioneer in delivering quotes over the internet and providing them for several exchanges. Today it is the largest futures-centric quote provider.

Mike Unetich: The Path to Electronic Trading

Mike Unetich: The Path to Electronic Trading

Mike Unetich always liked trading and investing classes in college and in fact started trading options from his dorm room. He saw newspaper ads for option floor clerks and through some friends who worked at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg in New York was referred to DRW in Chicago, where he was hired.

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The Spread

The Market’s Fear Gauge Is Signaling Trouble. What to Expect

Observations & Insight Asma Awass has given her notice as editor of Options Discovery. We want to thank her for her great work. She is only 19 years old and was recruited by Alex Teng, who was a very hard act to follow. Alex recruited Asma from the UIC boxing...