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.

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).

Tom Hutchinson – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part One

Tom Hutchinson – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part One

Tom Hutchinson is the founder of Belvedere Trading. He is a former floor trader who sat for an interview with John Lothian News for the Open Outcry Traders History Project.

Hutchinson wanted to be a professional athlete, but as he got older he decided he wanted to become an engineer. He liked that there was a right or wrong answer in engineering.

Norm Singer – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Norm Singer – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Veteran trader and FCM executive Norm Singer was interviewed for the Open Outcry Traders History Project by John Lothian News. 
Singer graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in psychology and was looking for a job. But he did not want to go back to school to get the education required to practice psychology.

Gilbert Leistner – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Three

Gilbert Leistner – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Three

In part three of his interview with John Lothian News for the Open Outcry Traders History Project, veteran trader and educator Gilbert Leistner says the only thing he saw in his years of trading that spontaneously stopped trading was the Challenger space shuttle blowing up. The floor went silent for 30 seconds and it was two minutes before he heard his first tasteless joke, he said.

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