Clearing System Manuals

Access all of the systems manuals, standards and guildelines, training information, and forms you may need to keep up-to-date and in touch with our clearing process. 

System Manuals

FIXML & Other Specification

*We recommend using an XML editing tool such as XMLSpy to view the schema files.


Global Operations Education offers regularly scheduled hands-on training courses to clearing member firm personnel for CME Group clearing-related applications. Training sessions are offered in the Trading Knowledge Center (TKC), CBOT Building Room 220A, second floor. We also offer limited training sessions at our NYMEX training center. 

The training course schedule is updated each month. To support training, we also offer online tutorials.

Online Training Benefits

  • Learn how to use CME Clearing-related applications in the comfort of your office or home.
  • Learn at your own pace. Take time to focus on your needs or skip what you already know.
  • No cost.

You can view online training immediately by clicking on one of the links below.

Training Tutorials

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Record Layouts

Clearing Operations Record Layouts 

File Last Updated 
Erosion File Layout December 2009
Edit File Layout April 2006
BPS File Layout March 2013
GPS Record File Layout November 2016
Settlement Price File Record Layout November 27, 2017
FX Delivery Instructions September 2013
Delivery Long Date File Layout August 2012
Delivery Intents File for Deliverable Swap Futures and Eurodollar Bundle Futures August 19, 2014
Delivery Requirements Datafile (for gas and metal futures and forwards) November 5, 2014
Product Reference File (Futures) File csv Layout February 2014
Product Reference File (Options) File csv Layout February 2014
Product Reference File (Combos) File csv Layout February 2014
CSV-format Product Reference File for Futures and Forwards June 30, 2014

Financial Record Layouts 

File Last Updated
Performance Bond (Initial Margin) Requirements Datafiles May 18, 2016
Variation Margin Requirements Datafile September 26, 2014
Collateral on Deposit Datafile January 5, 2015
Collateral Balance and Transactions Datafile  

LSOC Reports Produced by CME

LSOC Collateral Value Report Submissions - detailed examples January 9, 2013
Settlement Cycle Recap ("CST610") Datafile October, 15, 2012
Collateral API CSV format December 31, 2014
Collateral API FIXML format December 30, 2014
Collateral API -- FIXML format - detailed spec  July 21, 2014
CPB993c: Firm Exposure Report (CSV-format)  

Regulatory Record Layouts 

File Last Updated
Larger Trader Record File Layout April 2006
Related Accounts & Member Accounts File Layout June 1991

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Contact Us

For questions, or to schedule training for CME Group Clearing Applications:
+1 312 207 2525
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