‘Chicago Pits’ is first comprehensive novel on Chicago futures and options business

tinyurl.com/ycesd7tw  #ChicagoPits Chicago Pits (2018) is the first comprehensive novel on the famed–and infamous–Chicago commodities business. Growing up, I periodically saw pictures of people packed in on a trading floor yelling and screaming and waving their hands as they traded corn, wheat, cattle, etc. Personally, I traded U.S. Treasury Bond Futures at the Chicago Board of Trade and German Bund Futures at the London...

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Interest in financial books because 54% of Americans exposed to stock market

Financial professionals like to act like the average American is financially illiterate. While they might not be experts, people are increasingly aware of the stock market. Between 401(k) plans, retirement plans, profit-sharing, etc., along with speculators, over half of Americans have exposure to the stock market. The Bonfire of the Vanities was perhaps the most renowned book of the 1980’s; it told a tawdry tale of corruption on Wall...

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Skywalker’s ‘Chicago Pits’ Novel Begins Selling Paperbacks and Kindle e-books

Bill Walker, author of the Skywalker hiking series, including Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appaalachian Trail and Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, has published his first novel. It is called, Chicago Pits (2018), and draws on his experiences as a commodities broker in the huge Treasury Bond Pit at the Chicago Board of Trade. Readers will be shocked at the savagery in the midst of the world’s largest...

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Chicago Pits floor trading was capitalism at its most feral

I traded at the world’s three largest futures exchanges: Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, London International Financial Futures Exchange. There was a premium on one human quality: aggression.   Now, that futures and options are traded electronically, the premium is on brains and human analysis.   Bill Walker is author of the Skywalker hiking books. His most recent book is a novel about the Chicago futures...

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‘Chicago Pits’ Is in the Vein of Wolf of Wall Street and Bonfire of the Vanities

Bill Walker’s new novel, Chicago Pits, is satirical in the vein of The Bonfire of the Vanities or Wolf of Wall Street. One is bound to never view our nation’s financial markets the same again, after reading Walker’s account of the savagery on the trading floor in Chicago. He should know what he is talking about having worked at The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Chicago Board of Trade (CBT), and London...

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‘Chicago Pits’ Goes on Sale on Amazon

Chicago Pits, written by Bill Walker, a former broker at the world’s three largest futures and option exchanges, including senior broker for Kidder Peabody, a leading Wall Street Company, has gone on sale at www.amazon.com.  The link is: https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Pits-Mr-Bill-Walker/dp/1981143289/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516292918&sr=8-1&keywords=chicago+pits This suspense novel tells the tale of a...

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