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There’s Liffe, but not as they knew it

November 24 2000 was a sad day for Liffe traders. Not because they lost vast sums of money, but because that was the day the trading pits finally closed, leaving those soft commodities traders who were the last to depart facing an uncertain future. Few lifestyles offer the same stress, tension and noise as derivatives or commodities trading. In an article that first appeared at, Jules Evans discovers the highs and the lows of life in the pit, and finds out how former traders survive in the real world

Liffe: pit traders were beyond their employers'
control, hence the move to electronic trading

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