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The Most Popular Stories of 2016 on JohnLothianNews.com Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,Regulation,Regulation & Enforcement,video

As we end 2016 we should all stop in at Ceres in the Chicago Board of Trade Building for a stiff drink and to shake the hand of Billy Assimos. He was the focus of the most read story on www.johnlothiannews.com in 2016, according to Google Analytics. Sarah Rudolph penned the story, “Billy Assimos, the Face of Ceres” in June of this year. Assimos is the longtime manager of Ceres, a restaurant and bar in the CBOT Building, and a friend of many. I guess it pays to serve the stiffest drinks in Chicago. Coming in second place was Jim…

Billy Assimos, the Face of Ceres Blog

Along with the hand signals and colorful jackets, Ceres Cafe, the bar/restaurant housed in the Chicago Board of Trade Building, has long been a tradition in the Chicago trading world, and it has changed along with that world. For many traders and others who work in and around the building, Ceres has been like a second home – or second office – where they could go to catch up with other traders and brag or commiserate about the day’s trading action, gossip, eat, and enjoy the generous pours that the place is famous for (along with their famed oversized fried…

Weathering a Storm Blog,Tech / HFT

I had lunch with John Lothian and Doug Ashburn this last week. It was a nice day when got to Ceres so we sat outside. Soon after we ordered, our waitress rolled out the recently installed, maroon umbrellas to hide us from the impending rain clouds. The sky got darker and raindrops got heavier but John stubbornly did not want to move, so we sat outside and talked throughout the entire storm. We talked about the industry and how it had changed. It’s no secret that times have been tough. We’ve fallen down but picked ourselves up, brushed off the…