CHRISTOPHER T. MICHELS (OU)
CME RULE VIOLATION:
Rule 521. Requirements for Open Outcry Trades
In open outcry trading, bidding and offering practices must at all times be conducive to the competitive execution of transactions. All open outcry transactions, including spread and combination transactions, shall be made openly and competitively in the pit designated for the trading of the particular transaction…. Transactions may take place only at the best price available in the open outcry market at the time the trade occurs.
Pursuant to an offer of settlement in which Christopher T. Michels neither admitted nor denied the rule violations upon which the penalty is based, on September 21, 2011,, a Panel of the CME Business Conduct Committee found that on October 24, 2008, Michels non-competitively executed a trade opposite another member in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Price Index futures pit. The Panel concluded that in so doing, Michels violated CME Rule 521.
In accordance with the settlement offer, the Panel fined Michels $7,500 and suspended his membership privileges, access to any CME Group trading floor, and direct access to any CME Group electronic trading or clearing platform for 5 business days from September 23, 2011 through September 29, 2011, inclusive.
September 23, 2011
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