Another authentic Barings Bank trading jacket from SIMEX

I see that Nick Leeson is continuing to sell replica Baring trading jackets so this is a good time to present what an authentic Baring Bank trading jacket from the SIMEX exchange in Singapore looks like, as this one pictured was a recent addition to my collection. The above jacket was issued to one of the lead execution brokers on …

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Trading floor pinback buttons

It’s been a while since I’ve posted after being so busy w/trading and other stuff, but today I got the chance to sort some of my trading floor pinback buttons from various exchanges and took a photo of whatever could fit on my coffee table.  The LIFFE and CBOE pinback buttons are not included on this photo due to space …

CBOT ad illustrating free market superiority over Red China

The CBOT ran a blustery ad in the mid 1960’s that illustrated the superiority of America’s free market agricultural economy over the absolutely disastrous Communist system which lead to widespread famine in China during the Great Leap Forward.  In the years prior to this ad appearing, estimates ranging from 20-50 million (!) people starved in China as private farming was …

NYSE floor visit

Visiting the iconic NYSE trading floor was something I’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t really pursue it since I’ve never been interested in the individual equities markets.  I had gone to the NYSE viewing gallery in 2001, before it was shut post 9/11, although there is a huge difference between observing from the gallery and walking the actual trading …

LIFFE raw footage

A few short videos of the LIFFE trading floor were posted earlier this year and are worth a look.  The first video is of the Bund pit during the European morning session in September 1995. The second video is of the Short Sterling pit in a November 1996 afternoon. The final video involves some clowning around, after the bell it …

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The Trading Game – 1987 documentary

Someone recently uploaded this excellent 1987 documentary made by a local Chicago tv station about the Chicago trading floors.  It’s certainly a must watch!