OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT

John J. Lothian & Company, Inc., MarketsWiki Education and John Lothian Productions are pleased to announce plans for a large scale video project to collect the history of the open outcry era and traders’ personal stories.

Additionally, John Lothian Productions plans to develop video documentaries about specific themes and subjects emerging from the collected personal histories.

The project is modeled on the Veterans History Project signed into law by President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. In this case, rather than capturing the experiences of veterans of warfare and conflict, we are capturing the personal market experiences of those who participated in open outcry markets around the world. Traders from Chicago to London to Paris to Sydney to Singapore and beyond are welcome to submit videos.

Those traders interested are asked to fill out this Google Form or email us at OpenOutcry@johnlothian.com for more information.

Veteran Trader George Hanley Reflects on Trading Career and Family Legacy in Part Three of Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

Veteran Trader George Hanley Reflects on Trading Career and Family Legacy in Part Three of Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

In the third installment of the Open Outcry Traders History Project interview series, veteran trader George Hanley dives deeper into his trading career, family legacy, and the evolution of his business ventures. Conducted by John Lothian News for the MarketsWiki Education series, this segment offers a comprehensive look at Hanley’s experiences and insights from his time on the trading floors.

George Hanley Reflects on Trading Career in Second Interview Segment of Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

George Hanley Reflects on Trading Career in Second Interview Segment of Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

In the second part of the Open Outcry Traders History Project interview with veteran trader George Hanley for the MarketsWiki Education series, Hanley shares insights into his dynamic trading journey.

Hanley was trading every month of soybeans at the MidAm and he was one of the few people at the exchange who figured out how to trade the expiring contract and take delivery, if need be. He opened the necessary banking lines, and one time the last day before expiration, he bought the market limit down and sold it limit up because others were afraid to get caught and have to take delivery, he said.

Veteran Trader George Hanley Shares Family’s Legacy in Trading at CBOT in Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

Veteran Trader George Hanley Shares Family’s Legacy in Trading at CBOT in Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

May 16, 2024 — In an interview for the Open Outcry Traders History Project, veteran trader George Hanley recounted the rich history of his family’s involvement with the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). The interview, part one of three parts conducted by John Lothian News for the  MarketsWiki Education video series, explored the Hanley family’s deep-rooted connections to the trading world, dating back to the early 20th century.

Sam Gaer’s Open Outcry History Was a Path To Electronic Trading

Sam Gaer’s Open Outcry History Was a Path To Electronic Trading

Sam Gaer’s foray into the futures industry began at the age of 15 when he sought a summer job and was recruited as a runner on the COMEX. Initially hesitant to wake up at 7 a.m. and commute from his suburban New Jersey home to New York, he swiftly relented upon learning of the $5 cash hourly wage.

His first day saw him working in the COMEX gold pit, running orders to brokers. Despite not really knowing what he was doing, by the end of the summer he had figured out how to chart prices. He also knew about taking orders from phone clerks, running them where they needed to go, what types of orders there were and where the more important orders went. He said, “I just kind of took to it.”

From Open Outcry to Electronic Evolution: Insights from Marcus Goi, CEO of Orient Futures International

From Open Outcry to Electronic Evolution: Insights from Marcus Goi, CEO of Orient Futures International

n an Open Outcry Traders History Project interview conducted in Singapore during the FIA ASIA week, Marcus Goi, managing director and CEO of Orient Futures International, shared his career journey and insights into the evolution of electronic trading. The interview took place at SGX’s offices, with Robert Lothian from John Lothian News conducting the interview.

Open Outcry Traders History Project Podcast: From Trading Floors to Life’s Crossroads,  Tom Gould’s Journey Through Trading and Giving Back

Open Outcry Traders History Project Podcast: From Trading Floors to Life’s Crossroads, Tom Gould’s Journey Through Trading and Giving Back

In this podcast version of the Open Outcry Traders History Project video interview, Tom Gould reflects on his trading career and the life-changing experience of a heart attack that led him to give back to the community. Gould’s journey began unexpectedly when he took a summer job at the Chicago Board Options Exchange and then after a second summer received a call from his boss with an offer to forego law school and join the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). His time on the trading floor had been eye-opening, filled with excitement and learning opportunities, so he took the job.

Scott Shellady Open Outcry Traders History Project Full Podcast

Scott Shellady Open Outcry Traders History Project Full Podcast

Scott Shellady, known as the “Cow Guy,” discussed his journey from playing football at the University of Colorado to becoming a successful trader and market commentator with John Lothian News in an Open Outcry Trader History Project Interview. He encountered a roadblock in his initial attempt to pursue a degree in finance, so he started out studying art. He was later able to switch to finance as he experienced success in football. He was reluctant at first to follow in his father’s footsteps to the Chicago Board of Trade, but eventually he decided to explore his father’s world of trading at the CBOT.

Scott Shellady – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Three

Scott Shellady – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Three

In part three of his Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview, Scott Shellady recalled the humbling experience of making a trading error when he sold Swiss futures instead of Lira futures due to a misunderstanding of the trading language. He highlighted how such experiences in the pits taught him the importance of understanding market jargon and being aware of the nuances of each trading floor.

Scott Shellady – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Two

Scott Shellady – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Two

In part two of his Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview, Scott Shellady, known as the “Cow Guy,” shared his favorite trading memory, which was related to the British pound’s crisis in 1992. He recalled the intense volatility in the markets during that period and the lasting impression it left on him.

Scott Shellady – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part One

Scott Shellady – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part One

Scott Shellady, known as the “Cow Guy,” discussed his journey from playing football at the University of Colorado to becoming a successful trader and market commentator with John Lothian News in an Open Outcry Trader History Project Interview. He encountered a roadblock in his initial attempt to pursue a degree in finance, so he started out studying art. He was later able to switch to finance as he experienced success in football. He was reluctant at first to follow in his father’s footsteps to the Chicago Board of Trade, but eventually he decided to explore his father’s world of trading at the CBOT.

John Pietrzak: Open Outcry Traders History Project Podcast Interview

John Pietrzak: Open Outcry Traders History Project Podcast Interview

In a podcast interview with John Pietrzak by John Lothian for the Open Outcry Traders History Project, Pietrzak and Lothian engaged in a discussion of Pietrzak’s family’s long history in trading and his initial start on a career path towards medicine. He quickly switched to finance and accounting, however, before joining his father and grandfather on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).

Crisis memory, geopolitics and the risks of financial contagion

Crisis memory, geopolitics and the risks of financial contagion

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