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MarketsWiki Education (“MWE”) is an offering from John Lothian News of educational events and videos about the financial and commodity markets globally. Our 2016 season consists of two event series – a two-city tour in the U.S.  in July and a three-city European tour in October.

The 2016 U.S. series played to packed venues in Chicago and New York. To see a summary of each speaker’s presentation, click HERE for Chicago and HERE for New York.

The 2016 European tour begins in Stockholm for a one-day event October 25. On October 27, the series visits the financial center of Frankfurt, Germany. The following week, MarketsWiki Education returns to London for its third year there. Speaker and venue information will be posted shortly.   

 Chicago 2016 Sessions

Session 1, July 12, 3-4:30 pm
CME Auditorium, 20 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago

Session 2, July 14, 3-4:30 pm
CME Auditorium, 20 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago

Session 3, July 15, 3-4:30 pm
Trading Technologies, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago
Networking reception immediately following, at TT’s Tech Tap

New York 2016 Sessions

Session 1, July 19, 1-2:30 pm
Nasdaq MarketSite, 4 Times Square, New York City

Intersession networking event, sponsored by Nasdaq, 2:30-3pm

Session 1, July 19, 3-4:30 pm


MarketsWiki Education was launched in 2013 with our inaugural MWE World of Opportunity Summer Intern Education Series in Chicago. We have since taken the series to New York (2015) and London (2014, 2015). 

The Summer Intern Education Series is aimed at educating, informing and attracting new entrants to the financial and commodity markets by giving them short, personal and insightful presentations by notable industry figures, professionals and educators.

The videos are a permanent record of the events to help reach a global audience to promote career development in our industry and participation in our markets.

The 2016 MWE Summer Intern Education Series will be in Chicago on July 12, 14 & 15. It will be in New York at the Nasdaq Marketsite on July 19. On October 25 it will be in Paris, October 27 in Frankfurt and October 31 it will be in London.

Contact us at for further information on registration, or John Lothian for information on sponsorship.


Our sponsors for this year’s program include global premier sponsor CME Group Group. Also, the CBOE, OCC, Nasdaq, Trading Technologies, and The IFM are event sponsors of the series. LME is the sponsor of the social event after the London event.

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MarketsWikiEducation Videos

You can find videos from all our events on the MarketsWiki Education YouTube channel, but here are a few of our favorites:

Matthew Scharpf, Eurex – Trading with a Creative Mind

Matthew Scharpf, vice president of sell side business development for Eurex, gives a unique look at systems in the financial industry and how we can connect new pieces together to create innovation. Using his guitar and knowledge of music, Scharpf explains how individual notes can be combined into chords and used in a variety of instances to create different songs. And even when it may seem like there are some limitations in songwriting, different tools and methods can help facilitate the creation of something new. Scharpf compares this system to the financial industry and tells his audience how this type of thinking also applies to their careers. There may be times when different parts of a system utilized with other tools can create something new and innovative. It’s just a matter of thinking outside the box.


Sandra Ro, CME Group – Bitcoin and Blockchain

Sandra Ro is a veteran in the world of bitcoin and blockchain, which simply means that she has been following the cryptocurrency and its underlying technology for over two years. In this MarketsWiki Education talk, Ro takes us through the nascent world of digital currencies, from the volatility of bitcoin, to the rise of blockchain technology and massive investments being made by venture capitalists, banks and other strategic investors. According to Ro, the next few decades are going to be exciting.


Lee Hodgkinson, Euronext – Everything is Possible

Roger Bannister, Clarence “Captain” Birdseye and Fedex founder Fred Smith all have one thing in common – they each proved that something previously declared “impossible” was not impossible, just really difficult. Whether it is the 4-minute mile, flash-frozen vegetables or getting a package delivered “absolutely, positively, anywhere overnight,” it can be done, says Euronext UK CEO Lee Hodgkinson in this MarketsWiki Education talk. He says that achieving the impossible requires focus, persistence and determination.

Nothing is impossible, says Hodgkinson, except running slowly while moving your arms really fast, and trying to eat three donuts in one minute without licking your lips. Not even Roger Bannister could achieve that feat.


Kapil Rathi, BATS  –  Confidence

“What are your opportunities?  You’re starting with a clean slate.  You haven’t done anything wrong to anyone — yet. Nobody hates you day one. I call it the honeymoon period.”

If you’re starting a new job, have your house in order, literally.  Kapil Rathi, vice president of options business strategy with BATS, focused his talk on the all-important moments at the very beginning of a new job or career.  While confidence is key in nearly all endeavors, there are some simple steps that, if executed properly, put people in a position to succeed before even completing day one.  


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