The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) is one of the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. Headquartered in Chicago, the CME offers the widest range of benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, metals, agricultural commodities, and alternative investment products.

Founded in 1898, the CME pioneered open outcry trading and was the first exchange to introduce globally important financial products like futures on currencies and Treasury bills. Today it operates multiple regulated exchanges and clearing houses and serves the hedging, risk management and trading needs of customers around the world through the CME Globex electronic trading platform.

Some key facts about the CME:

  • It is the largest futures exchange in the world in terms of trading volume as well as listings that include over 300,000 derivative product contracts.
  • CME’s interest rate products lead global markets, including Eurodollar and Treasury-based futures and options.
  • Other core products are E-mini equity indexes, agricultural commodities, metals, energy, and alternative investment futures & options.
  • The exchange has a robust global network across all time zones through its clearinghouses in New York, London, and Singapore.
  • It adopts the highest regulatory oversight, transparency, security and customer safeguards as a designated contract market by the CFTC.
  • CME has cutting-edge electronic trading platforms and workstations for leveraging advanced technologies and achieving best execution speed.

As the premier market for global hedgers, speculators and arbitrageurs, the CME Group plays a pivotal role in the economy by providing globally significant price discovery and risk transfer services. It continues expanding its innovative product ecosystem to serve evolving participant needs across asset classes.