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In 2007, a stranger-than-fiction multibillion-dollar bidding warfor the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) erupted between the ChicagoMercantile Exchange (CME) and Atlanta’sIntercontinentalExchange (ICE). Zero-Sum Game: The Rise of theWorld’s Largest Derivatives Exchange takes readers behindthe scenes of this battle to tell the gripping—and oftencomical—story of how the historic merger between CME and CBOTalmost didn’t happen.

Author Erika S. Olson, a managing director at CBOT during thebidding war, delivers a blow-by-blow account of the fight for theworld’s oldest futures exchange, taking you insideCBOT’s landmark Chicago Loop headquarters, onto thehigh-octane trading floor, and into executives’ offices.

Through the lens of the CME/CBOT deal, Zero-Sum Game:

  • Introduces the colorful and outspoken personalities who callthe shots in this close-knit and frequently misunderstoodindustry
  • Details the reasons behind the recent, spectacular growth of amarket that’s existed for over 160 years
  • Explains how derivatives affect the lives of average consumersworldwide by influencing everything from interest rates on creditcards to the cost of a cheeseburger to the price of a gallon ofgas
  • Reveals the inner workings of futures exchanges, anddifferentiates the various types of derivatives that are routinelylumped together and vilified by the media

Erika S. Olson is a former managing director of the ChicagoBoard of Trade and spent over ten years working in and consultingto the financial services industry. She received her MBA fromHarvard Business School and her BBA from the University of MichiganRoss School of Business.

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