John J. Lothian

FIA Hall of Fame 2024

John J. Lothian
John J. Lothian

John Lothian is a Chicago-based journalist and financial media entrepreneur. He is a former futures broker, trader, commodity trading advisor and electronic trading early adopter. As the founder in 2000 of the John Lothian Newsletter and publisher of John Lothian News (JLN), he pioneered blogging in the futures industry, where his newsletter has become a must-read among financial markets industry executives and professionals globally.  

He is the co-founder of MarketsWiki and MarketsWiki Education, which features videos and markets-related educational material freely available to the public. He also created the JLN MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity lecture series to ignite a passion for the derivatives and capital markets among a new generation of industry participants and professionals. 

Lothian's commitment to assisting others led to the creative collaboration of an environmental markets newsletter inspired by the John Lothian Newsletter. He also documented the history of the modern futures industry through various video projects.  

Lothian is a passionate advocate for markets, the underprivileged and philanthropy. A Boy Scout volunteer, his philanthropic leadership endeavors have included the Boy Scouts LaSalle Street fundraiser, the FIA's Futures for Kids Kilt Challenge and the FIA Expo Greater Chicago Food Depository gala, among others.  

Lothian started his career during the inception of the global futures industry, gaining a zeal for journalism, free markets and market innovation while working for dynamic leaders in the Chicago futures community.

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