Thursday, January 31, 2013

Book update

Sorry to let the blog go dormant but I've been finishing up the book and just concluded a final pass on it.  Only thing that's keeping it from release is various logistical things and my hope is it'll be available electronically on Kindle within a few weeks and hard copies shortly after that.  I don't have anything to leak but here is atleast a chapter listing,

1 - History (general history of the trading pit, hand signals, how signals evolved, etc...)
2 - Trades, Traders and the Trading Floor (how a pit operates, role of different participants, etc...)
3 - Prices & Quantities
4 - Months
5 - Years
6 - Functions
7 - Participants
8 - Hand Signals in the Equity Markets (Curb exchange/AMEX signals and CBOE signals)

All of the writing was done by me so it's approached from a practitioners point of view including all the relevant details rather than a dry academic perspective heavy on filler.  Pretty much chapters 3 - 7 are taken from the website but obviously a lot easier to read through in book form and arranged to flow better w/some adjustments.  Also wish I could post my favorite trading pit photos I bought licenses for from Getty Images but can't show them except in the book due to the contract terms.

Anyways, just an update....

Monday, January 14, 2013

VSE trading floor

photo credit:

Generally I always keep this blog oriented to futures trading floors but this piece of market history that Graham D. found is worth posting because of it's uniqueness. 

I remember reading of the Vancouver Stock Exchange's notorious reputation and the following photo gallery is an interesting look into that trading floor of the mid 1970's.  Basically it was the equivalent as if the pink sheets/OTCBB would've had a trading floor. 

Here's the link to the gallery: click here

The gallery kicks off w/a proper description of the exchange:
"The Vancouver Stock Exchange doesn’t exist anymore but during the 1950’s until the 1990’s it was one of the most notorious stock exchanges in the world.
It had few rules and most of these were ignored, making millions for insiders while leaving everyone else with a tax loss. Its specialty was mining stocks, especially gold and copper. The stocks thrived on rumour and dived on news. In a 1989 exposé Forbes magazine called it the “scam capital of the world”."

Open Outcry.....the opera

 Have to say I've watched this three times and still can't figure it out.  It's an interactive opera based upon open outcry trading, only in the UK would they think of something like this.

Here's the Telegraph's take on it for further understanding:  Reality Opera about the stock market
And NPR Marketplace's take:  British opera finds harmony in financial world

Hat tip to Graham D. for passing this

Thursday, January 3, 2013


In finishing up some details for the hand signal book (for reals, it's pretty much done) I wanted to take a look at some stuff in London and it was disappointing that Guildhall and City Business libraries have virtually nothing on the LIFFE floor.

One positive thing to come out of the excursion to Guildhall is that walking through the square I noticed that the LIFFE trader statue is now in the hall.  Initially I figured they removed it due to the backlash against the financial industry but walking by the original location it turns out they had to move it because of a huge construction project where it previously stood. 

photo of the statue as seen from Guildhall Sq today

Here's what the statue looks like from when I saw it years ago in it's original location across from Cannon Street Station.

Battling some serious jetlag and disappointed by the library documents, I had to smile upon hearing the radio station I stream from Austin play London Homesick Blues this morning

Home | History | About |
| Shop | Basics | Prices/Quantities | Months | Years | Functions | Participants
Debrouillard Group,