Women traders carve path in male-dominated industry

Traders in the Chicago Board Options Exchange's SPX pit. (Shen Lu/MEDILL)

By Shen Lu Trading has always been a male-dominated industry, but some women have made a career out of it. When Roma Colwell-Steinke, instructor at the Chicago Board Options Exchange Options Institute, started on the CBOE trading floor in 1991, she was one of the four females among 1,000 traders in the derivatives pits. Colwell-Steinke […]

Stocks edge lower on disappointing earnings, political uncertainty

Department store reports dismal earnings results on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (Shen Lu/MEDILL)

By Shen Lu Stocks fell slightly on Thursday as political risks and higher-than-expected inflation at the wholesale level weighed on investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average initially fell by as much as 144 points after major department stores reported disappointing earnings, but it later rebounded.

Chicago independent booksellers join forces against Amazon

Women & Children First Bookstore has been around since 1979. (Shen Lu/MEDILL REPORTS)

By Shen Lu The arrival of Amazon’s new brick-and-mortar bookstore in Chicago has brought local independent booksellers together. The Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Alliance is promoting a network of 24 bookstores, including feminist bookstore Women & Children First in Andersonville. Initial results of a recent marketing promotion have been positive, according to Lynn Mooney, co-owner. The […]

Chinese students flock to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

By Shen Lu The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enrolls more Chinese students than almost any other university in the country. The 5,629 Chinese students enrolled at the U of I make up more than half of the international student body, according to the university’s International Student and Scholar Services. They have made significant economic […]

Last-minute tips for filing your tax return

The tax filing deadline falls on April 18 this year. (Shen Lu/MEDILL)

By Shen Lu Tick, tock. There is less than one week to go before the deadline to file your 2016 federal income tax return. If you haven’t yet done it, don’t panic. Experts say there is still time to get organized and file on time. This year, taxpayers get a few extra days, until April […]

Will Japan’s ‘Womenomics’ work?

Japanese women in various professions. (Shen Lu/MEDILL)

By Shen Lu and Rachel Newman Tokyo — It’s not news that women across the world feel a lack of equality, but in Japan, the problem is particularly pressing. Nearly 70 percent of Japanese women feel gender inequality — compared with the world average of 40 percent — three decades after the country enacted an […]

United Continental is ready to take off in 2017, but will it fly?

A United Airlines plane parks at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. (Shen Lu/MEDILL)

By Shen Lu Wall Street had hoped that United Continental Holdings Inc. would stage a turnaround in 2017 after years of merger-related problems. But higher oil prices and rising labor costs are clouding the outlook. Chicago’s hometown carrier has had poor operational and profit performance since its merger with Continental Airlines in 2010. United, once […]