Chicago Mercantile Exchange


In a press release dated April 21st 2015 the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced:

The unsealing of a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Nav Sarao Futures Limited PLC (Sarao Futures) and Navinder Singh Sarao (Sarao) (collectively, Defendants).  The CFTC Complaint charges the Defendants with unlawfully manipulating, attempting to manipulate, and spoofing — all with regard to the E-mini S&P 500 near month futures contract (E-mini S&P). The Complaint had been filed under seal on April 17, 2015 and kept sealed until today’s arrest of Sarao by British authorities acting at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  After the arrest, the DOJ unsealed its own criminal Complaint charging Sarao with substantively the same misconduct.

It seems that the CFTC has a less than secure grasp of UK corporate law, since over on this side of the pond companies are either "Limited" or "Public Limited" but not both. A quick search of Companies House reveals that the former applies in this case, and that Nav Sarao Futures Limited is in fact registered as limited company number 05497320. The CFTC announcement goes on to say that:

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The Chicago Mercantile Exchange announced earlier in the summer that following the expiry of the September 2010 contracts, e-micro currency futures contracts would change to being physically delivered:

CME FX will be migrating the E-micro Forex futures contracts from being cash settled to physically delivered. The December contract will be listed for trading on Sunday, July 25 (trade date Monday, July 26). This will enable active traders to carry larger positions in the E-micros and easily offset them with our standard size FX contracts – potentially generating more liquidity and tighter spreads in the E-micro Forex futures contracts.

Most of those September contracts expire today (USD/CAD does so tomorrow), and so from now on all e-micro currency futures contracts will involve physical delivery instead of cash settlement. CME explain the difference between cash settlement and physical delivery as follows:

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If you've been following the story about the new CFTC regulations regarding retail forex in the United States you may well have come to the conclusion that for some reason the CFTC thinks "on-exchange" trading is better than "off-exchange" (OTC) trading. Last year the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME for short) introduced smaller currency futures contracts designed to provide an exchange traded product that might appeal to the retail forex trader.

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Prompted by a comment from Michael to a post about the hedging ban, here's some more information about regulated alternatives to over the counter retail forex.

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME for short) first introduced currency futures contracts back in 1972. These "full-size" contracts were traded using the venerable open outcry method, which involved traders gesticulating and shouting at each other across a trading pit.

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