Amsterdam Exchange

When it gets a little too quiet in the market like today, it’s nice to hear the roar of an old trading floor.  The video below is not entirely the same for me however because the lingo is in a different language, not Dutch as trading was done in English on the Amsterdam Exchange, but equity options which are foreign …

The Pit – historical reenactment at the CBOT on Sunday

 (pictured above is a snippet of a late 19th century CBOT illustration out of Harper’s, can click to enlarge detail) A historical reenactment based upon elements of Frank Norris’ 1903 book The Pit will occur on Sunday, October 20th from 3-4pm at the CBOT building. The presentation is being organized by highly regarded Pocket Guide to Hell tours who continue …

Nick Leeson ebay items

Nick Leeson teamed up w/an autograph dealer in the UK to offer various signed items listed currently on ebay with some, perhaps all, proceeds going to charity (can’t tell clearly from listing). I’m really happy that they decided to use ebay as the platform to sell these items. Ebay is pretty awesome because they definitely know the answer to the …

Printer proofs

Printer proofs for the book arrived from China and this is, I believe, the second to last step before final production as it showcases the layout as it’ll be printed.  From my understanding once we approve these then we’ll get a final set of proofs in a couple weeks which will represent the finished product. Still no firm date on …

Jonathan Toews rings the CME bell

(this video will no longer embed but the link to it is here) Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews ‘opened’ the CME today w/a bell ringing ceremony where he also brought the Stanley Cup along to the trading floor. The most important reason he came to the CME though was to seek out more hockey advice from the exchange’s Chairman, LOL. A …

Blue Hawaii

A lot of trading pit hand signals have origins which were lost to history and ever since I learned the signal for Blue (Year 4) at the CME, I always wondered of it’s origin as no one else seemed to know either.  photo credit wikipedia Yesterday in Maui I returned the shaka sign to someone and it finally hit me …

The Queen visits LIFFE trading floor

In early 1992, HRH Queen Elizabeth II visited the LIFFE trading floor and the video of her visit was recently uploaded onto youtube by Chris Dougan (who apparently traded on the LIFFE floor).  It’s listed as a four part series but only parts 2, 3 & 4 are uploaded thus far.  In the video the Queen was presented with her …