Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) Futures and Options

Nothing Fuels the Energy Marketplace Like NYMEX WTI

The World's Most Liquid Crude Oil Benchmark

Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) futures and options are the world's most actively traded energy product. Customers around the world have sought out WTI futures for price discovery and risk management for more than 25 years. Here is why:

Key Facts about NYMEX Light Sweet Crude Oil

  • Most Liquid: WTI is the deepest and most liquid global energy benchmark, trading nearly 850,000 futures and options contracts daily.
  • Open Interest:Total open interest in WTI has exceeded 3 million lots, equivalent to more than 3 billion barrels.
  • Increased Access and Production:This year's 7 percent annual growth, the largest single-year gain since 1951, is driven by improved infrastructure and technology as well as procurement of oil from ample shale basins. Production of supply from the Mid-Continent, Bakken, and Canadian oil fields is expected to continue to rise.
  • Most Transparency: WTI's superior transparency and convergence to the physical market enables investors to make sound judgments on the basis of accurate weekly supply and demand information.
  • Efficient Margining: CME Group offers margin erosion and has the most WTI and Brent offsets
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Variations on the WTI contracts increase the ways oil producers and consumers can manage oil price risk. These products are listed for clearing through CME ClearPort and can be traded in the following ways:

  • Over-the-counter
  • Via open outcry
  • On CME Globex - for designated products



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