|Topics in this issue include:
|Critical System Updates|
iLink and FIX/FAST Message Enhancements
Certification is not required for these iLink or Market Data Platform FIX/FAST enhancements. Complete testing in the iLink test suite of AutoCert is strongly recommended.
Complete information on these messaging enhancements is detailed in the FIX/FAST and iLink Message Enhancements Client Impact Assessment.
These messaging enhancements are currently available for customer testing in New Release.
FX Futures Enhancements
This launch will also result in significantly reduced message response times. Already among the fastest in the industry, this upgrade is expected to reduce response times by an average of 40-50%.
As a result of the reduced message response times, bandwidth utilization in these futures markets is expected to ultimately increase by as much as 20%.
Please note: all Good ‘Till Cancel (GTC) and Good ‘Till Date (GTD) orders will be deleted from CME Globex prior to the open on February 8. To allow customers a chance to re-enter GTC and GTD orders, the FX futures markets will pre-open early on Sunday, February 8, at 3:00 p.m. Central time.
We recommend all system providers supporting FX futures test these changes thoroughly in New Release. These enhancements are currently available in New Release for customer testing.
Hardwood Pulp Futures and Options
These contracts are designed to help pulp and paper producers manage risk. Hardwood Pulp futures and options provide a way to:
These new futures and options are currently available for customer testing in the New Release environment.
CME Globex product specifications are available online now. These products will be listed with implied functionality turned on. Complete product specs, including trading hours, are available on the DME web site.
A mock trading session in the CME Globex production environment will be held Saturday, January 24. Detailed information on the session is published in the DME Mock Trading Script.
DME products are scheduled to launch for trading electronically exclusively on the CME Globex platform effective Monday, February 2, 2009, subject to final DME board approval of the definitive agreement. The arrangement remains subject to negotiation of definitive documents and obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals.
Please note: all currently connected customers may begin front-end testing with these new instruments upon New Release launch. However, to complete end-to-end testing through clearing, customers must be permissioned to trade DME products via the CME Connection Agreement Schedule 6, Clearing Firm Guarantee. The Schedule 6 is available at www.cmegroup.com/connectionagreement.
Turkish Lira Futures
Turkish lira pricing is typically not as tightly arbitraged as other currencies, and as such can present opportunities for profit. Since the introduction of the New Turkish Lira in 2004, the lira has seen unprecedented growth, even rising against the U.S. dollar and euro in recent years. With a growing industrial sector, Turkey has been repeatedly cited as a country with an emerging market for upcoming years.
These products will be available for customer testing in the New Release environment Monday, January 12.