South African Rand/U.S. Dollar Futures

In response to credit challenges in the forwards market, and the beneficial capital efficiencies available in the futures market, more and more market participants are choosing futures to manage their FX risk and capitalize on the certainty of our marketplace.

This trend is seen with the growth in our South African Rand futures (ZAR/USD) contract where open interest is now 10 times September 2016 levels at $1.2 billion.

There are several new participants joining our marketplace – notably members of the bank and buy-side communities. Strong liquidity is available on-screen or through a growing block market, which can be executed in trades greater than 50 lots.

Be Part of the Trend and Trade Cash-Settled South African Rand Futures at CME Group

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CME Group ZAR/USD FX Futures


Contract Specs

Contract Unit 500,000 South African rand
Minimum Price Fluctuation $.000025 per South African rand increments ($12.50/contract).
Trading Hours CME Globex: Sundays: 5:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) next day. Monday – Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT the next day, except on Friday – closes at 4:00 p.m. and reopens Sunday at 5:00 p.m. CT.
CME ClearPort: Sunday - Friday 5:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT with a 60-minute break each day beginning at 4:00 p.m. CT
Product Code CME Globex: 6Z
CME ClearPort: RA
Clearing: RA
Listed Contracts Thirteen consecutive calendar months plus two-deferred March quarterly cycle months
Settlement Procedures ZAR/USD Futures Settlement Procedures
Termination Of Trading 9:16 a.m. Central Time (CT) on the second business day immediately preceding the third Wednesday of the contract month (usually Monday).
Position Limits CME Position Limits
Exchange Rulebook CME 259
Block Minimum Block Minimum Thresholds
Price Limit Or Circuit Price Limits
Vendor Codes Quote Vendor Symbols Listing
Strike Price Listing Procedures -
Settlement Method Deliverable