News Release

CBOT to Launch Mini-Sized Ag Contracts on E-CBOT

Thu Mar 29 2007

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Debbie Baratz
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CBOT TO LAUNCH MINI-SIZED AG CONTRACTS ON E-CBOT

CHICAGO, March 29, 2007 – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT®) announced today that it will launch mini-sized CBOT Ag futures contracts on its e-cbot® electronic trading platform. This is the first time these contracts will be available on an electronic platform and they will include mini-sized Corn, mini-sized Soybeans and mini-sized Wheat contracts.  

The mini-sized Ag contracts are 1/5 the size of their full-sized counterparts, or 1,000 bushels. They will trade on the CBOT electronic trading platform on the overnight hours beginning at 6:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Sunday through Friday.  In addition, these products will continue to trade in the open auction market from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The contracts are scheduled to launch mid-second quarter 2007.  CBOT mini-sized Ag contracts are designed to provide market participants with enhanced trading opportunities, offer global customers, particularly in Asia, a smaller contract that is sized to their needs.  In addition, these products will utilize CBOT’s innovative process for directed fungibility allowing market participants the opportunity to offset mini-sized contracts against full-sized contracts as they near expiration. These mini-sized contracts will benefit from the arbitrage opportunities with the full-sized contracts, and the increasing liquidity during the European and Asian trading day.

CBOT Senior Vice President of Business Development, Robert D. Ray said, “The CBOT has long been recognized as the primary agriculture market in pricing for Corn, Wheat and Soybean contracts and as such, has become the global benchmark for price discovery and risk management. By launching our mini-grains electronically, the CBOT is once again providing our customers choice, and the opportunity to access our markets globally, in a size customary to their trading and time zones and in a more competitive environment.”

These products will be eligible for registered participants in CBOT’s Global Developing Markets Program which was launched in July 2006. (See http://www.cbot.com/cbot/pub/cont_detail/0,3206,1036+40023,00.html for more information).   

About the CBOT

As one of the leading global derivative exchanges, the Chicago Board of Trade provides a diverse mix of financial, equity and commodity futures and options-on-futures products.  Building on its 159-year history, the CBOT continues to advance into the future using the strength of deep liquidity, market integrity and member-trader expertise.  Using superior trading technology in both electronic and open-auction trading platforms, the CBOT provides premier customer service to risk managers and investors worldwide.  For more information, visit our website at www.cbot.com.

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