Best of

In returning to the blog from paternity leave, now is an appropriate time to list what I consider to be the “best of” various categories in regards to trading pit history.  Of course it is all just one man’s opinion, but I’ve sought, read, watched, listened and been exposed to almost every resource concerning this topic and combining that with …

Back to the blog…if I don’t have a diaper to change

photo credit: USAtoday (not my kid in pic) Once again I’d like to give thanks to all the dads and others who wrote to wish my wife, baby and I well as it was very kind of you all!  I’m happy to report that my wife gave birth to our perfectly healthy daughter a few weeks back in the most …

Admin note

I wanted to give a heads up that this space will be quiet for a while as I’m expecting my first child within weeks and have already cut down on screen time for trading as a result of my wife and I getting as prepared as possible for the baby’s arrival.  In my thinking about having a kid on the …

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Equity index futures contract launch buttons

click photo to enlarge I’m not sure when the tradition started, but it was widespread amongst futures exchanges by the 1980’s to commemorate the launch of a new contract through buttons which could be pinned on a trading jacket.  These buttons would be handed out in the morning of the launch day at the entrance to the trading floor and …

Life in the Pits (1981 tv news program)

Thanks to G.D. for pointing out this multi part, evening news story entitled “Life in the Pits” as it is an interesting snapshot of trading at the CME in 1981.  The uploader of the 19 minute vid was the main subject profiled and I thought the whole vid was great, not just for the look back at the trading floor …

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Smug Trader

(click for bigger detail and sorry about the fatty watermark on it) Behold the greatest piece of trading art ever created.  The piece is untitled, undated (likely from early 1970s) and by an unknown artist (Alfred Marshall), yet like the Mona Lisa it can be admired for it’s simplicity, intriguing facial expression and style which reflects upon it’s subject.  I …

Big dogs

Some of you might recall Big Dogs shirts from the ’80s and ’90s, it was very much the leisurewear of suburban middle aged men then and still continues to churn out t-shirts with attitude.  Above is one such shirt from the late ’90s that a reader submitted and although the vintage isn’t exact, it would likely be from around 1997 …