CME defends FCM request – Markets Media

CME defends FCM's claim

CME Group confirmed that it had filed a regulatory request for a futures fee service provider, however the derivatives alternate, however the derivatives alternate, mentioned it had no intention of competing with its current FCM group.

The Wall Road Journal reported that CME registered with the USA Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee in August for an FCM, which acts as an middleman between shoppers and members of the alternate who execute or clear trades. transactions.

Terry Duffy, Chairman and Chief Govt Officer, confirmed throughout CME Group’s third quarter earnings name on Oct. 26 that the corporate has filed for FCM registration.

Terry Duffy, CME Group

Terry Duffy, CME Group

“There was an amazing quantity of hypothesis about how CME would or wouldn’t use, an FCM, however it’s essential to notice that nobody is aware of what an FCM will appear to be in 5, 10 or 15 years,” he added. “Is it going to be like what it’s in the present day or is it going to be fully completely different?”

Duffy emphasised that CME’s dedication to the FCM group is “unwavering” and that the corporate will proceed to work with them to enhance the mannequin. He additionally denied that CME desires to launch its personal FCM as a result of rising significance of retail merchandise.

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Duffy additionally identified that CME filed an software with a purpose to put together for potential market adjustments, however didn’t make investments cash within the initiative.

“We will likely be watching this area very fastidiously,” Duffy added. “I need to make clear that CME didn’t ask for an outlined FCM that will compete with the present FCM mannequin in the present day.”

Quantity enhance

CME reported income of $1.2 billion, 10.6% greater than a 12 months in the past and an working revenue of $739 million for the third quarter of 2022, pushed by a 26% enhance in buying and selling quantity. Complete common day by day quantity (ADV) was 22.4 million contracts

“In the course of the quarter, year-over-year quantity elevated in 5 of our six asset courses, led by rates of interest, fairness indices and a near-record quarter for currencies,” mentioned he added. “Equally, demand for our merchandise stays sturdy, with volumes up 22% year-to-date, as prospects proceed to handle threat amid world financial and geopolitical uncertainty.”

Duffy added that CME’s efficiency within the third quarter and year-to-date additionally demonstrates the effectiveness of its threat administration options. in 2019 earlier than the pandemic.

Supply: WEC

The primary quarter of 2020 noticed file common day by day quantity and the primary three quarters of this 12 months have been the second, third and fourth highest ADV quarters in CME’s historical past in line with Duffy.

“Our rate of interest merchandise hit a file excessive final week, suggesting this represents a dangerous surroundings,” he added. “Moreover, the third quarter represented our fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year progress in complete ADV.”

Duffy argued that the uncertainty surrounding each inflation and rates of interest is driving exercise in CME’s mounted revenue contracts, which trickles right down to different asset courses equivalent to equities, as a result of influence on firm valuations and currencies.

Sean Tully, CME Group

Sean Tully, CME Group

Sean Tully, world head of charges and OTC merchandise, mentioned on the decision rate of interest futures and ADV choices rose 28% within the third quarter, the sixth consecutive double-digit quarterly progress. of ADV 12 months over 12 months for the asset class.

Buying and selling volumes within the short-term rate of interest complicated elevated by 45% within the first three quarters. On the lengthy finish of the curve, there was double-digit ADV progress within the second and third quarters and Tully identified that Treasury choices had specific energy, rising 21% in third trimester.

“The tailwinds from the Fed’s steadiness sheet shrinkage and inflation are rising and have the potential to final a very long time as a result of enormous enhance in public debt,” Tully added. “Uncertainty in financial coverage results in uncertainty within the costs of different belongings.”

Tully mentioned CME has superior the migration from Eurodollar to SOFR as a result of SOFR futures and choices now commerce extra contracts per day than their Eurodollar counterparts. A file 5.9 million SOFR contracts have been traded on October 13.

Tim McCourt, CME

Tim McCourt, world head of fairness and FX merchandise, mentioned on the decision that the primary three quarters of this 12 months have been the very best ADV first, second and third quarters on file, each for total ADV of inventory indexes and the ADV of inventory index choices.

“12 months-to-date by means of the third quarter, complete ADV elevated 44% and choices ADV elevated 74% over the identical interval final 12 months,” McCourt added. “Our progress is pushed not solely by volatility, but additionally by product innovation.”

Derek Sammann, world head of commodities, choices and worldwide markets, mentioned on the decision that ADV choices and open curiosity outperform futures.

“Choices year-to-date ADV is up 27% to 4.1 million and we’re on observe to surpass our file 12 months in 2019 of 4 million,” he mentioned.

Worldwide Volumes

Sammann continued that CME’s worldwide enterprise continues to generate file quantity with ADV of 6.1 million contracts within the third quarter, up 21% from a 12 months in the past, pushed by progress at double digits throughout all monetary asset courses.

Supply: WEC

“Primarily based on our sturdy year-to-date outcomes, we’re on observe to ship one other file 12 months, with our non-US ADV by means of September of 6.5 million versus our file 5 .5 million ADV from final 12 months,” Sammann mentioned.

Asia recorded the very best progress fee at 41%, adopted by 31% in Latin America and 14% in EMEA.

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