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.

Trader Videos

LARRY ABRAMS PART TWO: TRADER, “NEW YORK JEW” AND MAGICIAN

LARRY ABRAMS PART TWO: TRADER, “NEW YORK JEW” AND MAGICIAN

TRADER LARRY ABRAMS TALKS ABOUT HIS CAREER FOR THE OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT In part two of the JLN MarketsWiki Education Open Outcry Traders History Project interview with Larry Abrams, he talks about the emotionally draining market openings every day, his...

YRA HARRIS – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART 2

YRA HARRIS – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART 2

Currency Trader Yra Harris Says Early Days of the CME Offered Near-Boundless Opportunity, Taught Him Market is Always Right   In the early days of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, economic opportunity was phenomenal, said CME currency trader Yra Harris. ”I used to say...

YRA HARRIS – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART 1

YRA HARRIS – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART 1

Veteran Currency Trader Yra Harris Found His Way Onto the Floor, Later Embraced Electronic Trading  Yra Harris was on a career track to become a college professor in the 1970s, earning a master’s degree in economics. But when he came home from school his parents gave...

LARRY ABRAMS – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART 1

LARRY ABRAMS – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART 1

Larry Abrams’ career started with a chance encounter on a ski lift which was prompted by a good deed. He and some friends helped to push a stranded car that was stuck during a blizzard in Park City, Utah. The next day on the lift line he was paired with the man whose...

SHELDON COHEN – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART TWO

SHELDON COHEN – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART TWO

In the second of a two-part interview with John Lothian for the Open Outcry Traders History Project, Chicago attorney Sheldon Cohen reminisced about his long tenure on the trading floor and in exchange management, beginning in the 1970s.In law school they teach you...

SHELDON COHEN – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART ONE

SHELDON COHEN – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART ONE

Attorney Sheldon Cohen started out his trading career as a risk manager for Goldberg  Brothers, a CBOT clearing firm that was later sold to LIT Holdings, and eventually began trading at the Midwest Stock Exchange. He bought his own seat at the Chicago Board Options...

PETER HARRIGAN – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART TWO

PETER HARRIGAN – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART TWO

Peter Harrigan capped off his career as a floor trader on the CME and the Pacific Exchange in the middle of a bear market in 2002. Since then, he’s managed money, helped start up an AI company and traded cryptocurrencies, but he continues to speak fondly of his floor...

PETER HARRIGAN – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART ONE

PETER HARRIGAN – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT – PART ONE

Peter Harrigan is the co-founder and current CEO of Grey Swan Digital, a company that creates and trades customized derivatives. Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s he wanted to become an astronaut. His career path later rocketed in a different direction, taking him to...

BRADLEY ROTTER – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT, PART TWO

BRADLEY ROTTER – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT, PART TWO

Financial Futures Pioneer Continues as Early Adopter on the Right Side of Major Trends Bradley Rotter was on the financial floor of the Chicago Board of Trade when the Treasury bond market was working out its inefficiencies in its early days.  Sparse institutional...

BRADLEY ROTTER – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT, PART ONE

BRADLEY ROTTER – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT, PART ONE

FINANCIAL FUTURES PIONEER CONTINUES AS EARLY ADOPTER ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF MAJOR TRENDS   Bradley Rotter has been a pioneer in financial futures, hedge fund investing and cryptocurrencies. He was on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade when financial futures...