CME Direct New Features

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As the leading trading front-end, CME Direct is frequently updated to offer you the highly configurable features and functionalities you need to manage your front and middle office with fast, compliant trading.

The following new features and improvements allow you to make the most out of your trading front-end.

August Release

Quick Options Grid

The Quick Options Grid allows users to quickly filter the Options displayed by simply selecting a base Future.

OTC Pre-Trade Allocations

CME Direct users can now specify pre-trade allocations for an OTC deal and allocate it across multiple clearing accounts and clearing members. Users can set pre-trade allocations on either buy or sell side of the deal only.

Brokers can select from the following allocation methods: Percentage, Ratio, and Leg.

Watch, RFQ, and Add Deal for Blocks from Market Activity

The Market Activity window includes three new buttons for Blocks.

  • Watch: Allows users to add the Globex equivalent instrument to the Strategy Grid
  • RFQ: Allows users to send an RFQ on the Globex equivalent instrument
  • Add Deal: Allows users to open the Add Deal entry defaulted with the instrument

View Working Quantity on Globex orders

The total aggregated quantity for the Buy and Sell side now displays when a user has multiple orders for the same contract.

Two new columns, Working Bid Quantity and Working Offer Quantity, show the consolidated quantity without having to expand the depth.

GCC Alerts

The CME Global Command Center (GCC) can now notify users of important CME related issues by using the new GCC Alert feature.

When GCC sends an alert, a red flashing alert button appears in the top right hand corner of the workspace.

AIM Integration

CME Direct Chat users can now add users of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) network.

Tooltip Price Conversion

A new tooltip on the Options (Calls/Puts) Grid displays the Strike price in a different price unit.

The tooltip is available for the following:

April Release - features of previous new release update

Contract Links

Contract Links, now found throughout CME Direct, are OTC and CME Globex contracts highlighted to indicate they can be interacted with via a drop-down context menu, and colored to help differentiate between OTC, CME Globex and Staged contracts.

Context menu links allow users to RFQ the contract, analyze the contract in QuikStrike, or share via chat, among others. Available actions depend on the View and the type of contract.

Share Via Chat

New Chat functionality allows CME Direct users to share strategies with other Chat contacts. Users can share OTC and CME Globex strategies, as well as staged strategies not yet listed on CME Globex, which allows them to chat about a strategy prior to sending an RFQ to the market.

A Drag and Drop feature allows users to share items from any supported grid or view with a conversation in a Chat window. Alternatively, users can share those items using the new "Share via Chat" feature.

Market Activity Events

The Market Activity grid now allows users to set a minimum quantity filter on Trades, Blocks, and Crosses. 

Users enter a minimum quantity value in the Show Events field, and the Market Activity grid automatically filters the display to show only those events above the minimum value. Use the up and down arrows, or a mouse scroll button, to increase and decrease the minimum event value.

Customize Strike Increments

An enhancement to the Options (Calls/Puts) Grid allows users to configure their own increment between strikes so that a wider range of strikes can be displayed for an Option.

Configure Strike increments from the Options Grid Builder. In the Strike Increment field, enter an increment for one or more Selected Expiration.

Trade Confirm Pop Ups

CME Globex trade confirmation pop-up notifications have been enhanced in a number of ways. The notifications are now more visible and display more of the information, such as Clearing Account and TON. In addition, users can choose a location for the notification, and all subsequent notifications will display in that location.

Build Another Strategy

The Option Strategy Builder now includes a Build Another field that keeps the Strategy Builder opened and populated after submitting a Strategy.

Order Book Filters

New Order Book buttons allow users to quickly filter the display by order status.

Message Blasting

CME Direct Chat now allows users to blast messages to a specific group, multiple groups, or multiple contacts.

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