Open Outcry

Commodities traders' work may soon vanish into the vapor of internet finance.

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Premiere Date
November 1, 2001
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects

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The Film

In the securities markets, virtually everything is now automated as we increasingly trade online. But the legendary, hyper-charged sense of danger and controlled chaos of the trading pits survive at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. There, traders still scream "buy" and "sell" orders in a frenzied system known as "open outcry." This documentary captures the language and atmosphere of what may be the last gasp of a centuries-old ritual.