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Forrester is a video editor with John Lothian News.

The Concept of Basis – Gregg Doud Standard

“The beauty of this industry is, I don’t care how much artificial intelligence or how many algorithms you use, you’re still going to have to have somebody that understands where stuff is supplied, where it comes from and where it goes and the trade flows associated with it.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Gregg Doud, president of the Commodity Markets Council, discussed the concept of basis and how it applies to the financial industry. According to Doud, basis is a fundamentally important concept in the world today. Doud also talked about Dodd-Frank…

Everyone Can’t Be the Best – Duncan Niederauer Standard

“If you had to name one thing that is most highly correlated with successful people, what would it be? Frankly, a few years ago, I didn’t have a great answer for it. So, the more I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that self-awareness is probably the most important thing.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, former NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer discussed the importance of being self-aware, how to determine if you’re moving in the right direction, why it matters and how you’ll know if you are following the “script”….

Part 2: Next Big Trade: Richard Sandor Says Water Will Be THE Commodity This Century Standard

Richard Sandor changed the face of financial markets with the invention of interest rate futures in the 1970s and then changed the face of environmental markets with carbon markets in 2003. But he’s not done yet. Sandor, who authored his latest book called “How I Saw It: Analysis and Commentary on Environmental Finance”  told John Lothian news that water, medicine, even education are ripe for financial market innovations. And in his view, they aren’t that different. “I’m struck by how similar financial innovation is, independent of whether it’s a agricultural, financial, environmental good. They tend to be very similar if…

Vision: What Richard Sandor Saw And Still Sees In Carbon Markets Standard

Richard Sandor has seen just about everything in his career as the “father of financial futures.” From creating the first interest rate futures contract to founding the Chicago Climate Exchange, he tells it all in his latest book,  “How I Saw It: Analysis and Commentary on Environmental Finance”. He spoke with John Lothian News about just how far carbon markets have come since 1999. “It’s amazing to me, where we came from in the last two decades and during the period of this book, from 1997 or 1999 to 2005,” Sandor said. “What became a theoretical construct became a reality…

Bob Otter – 40 Years in Futures Standard

From humble beginnings as a runner during high school, Bob Otter became a futures industry tale of success. He told John Lothian News about what was lost and what was gained when exchanges went all electronic, as well as the lessons he learned. His career began the way many do, with a local connection.