Stocks & Commodities V. 31:11 (44–47): Interview: Trading Futures With Scott Slutsky by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

Stocks & Commodities V. 31:11 (44–47): Interview: Trading Futures With Scott Slutsky by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan
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Interview: Trading Futures With Scott Slutsky by Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

From Chalk Boards To Screen Trading

Scott Slutsky has more than 30 years’ experience in the futures industry. For 20 years he was a currency trader and broker at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In addition to trading for his own account, he managed and filled orders in various trading pits for firms such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Lehman Brothers. Long active in industry affairs, he is a former director of the CME and is a current director of the CME Group Political Action Committee. In 2012, he formed BRICS Global Markets, where he is president and CEO. Based in Chicago, the firm offers specialized global clearing and execution services, financial consulting services, and fund management expertise. Since 2000, he has traveled the world promoting the futures industry. He is the author of three books: Masters Of The Futures, The Complete Guide To Electronic Trading, and The Promises And Pitfalls Of FX.

Stocks & Commodities Editor Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan spoke with Slutsky on September 9, 2013 about the transition from floor trading to screen trading and what he enjoys most about the industry.

Scott, how did you get interested in the financial markets?

I consider myself lucky — I basically grew up in the futures industry. My father was an egg trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) in the early ’60s. My first summer job was at the CME working on the chalkboards in the foreign currencies. In those days, we had to run back and forth to the different currency boards putting up bids, offers, and trades. After the close, we would take a Polaroid picture of the settlement prices and eventually that went out across the financial wire services to customers around the world.

Having developed a passion for currencies, I later purchased my own CME membership and traded the Swiss franc, Japanese yen, and the euro currency for the next 25 years. Then, in 1990, I was fortunate enough to have been elected to the CME’s board of directors, and that truly was the best learning experience of my life. I had the unique opportunity to participate in shaping the future of futures.

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