2020 Spring Workshops

CME Institute LIVE

Register to attend one or both days of our two-day deep dive into financial futures.

Why institutional traders should consider financial futures in their toolbox

Money managers are always on the hunt for new ways to generate alpha and navigate market moves in the 24-hour news cycle. Costs of uncleared margin rules have prompted many institutions to explore shifting vanilla exposures to listed FX options and Equity Index total return and dividend futures. Regulatory and investor demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments is increasing.  And portfolio managers must juggle new risks, new technologies and pressure to find more efficiencies in capital-constrained markets.  

To be successful, you need a comprehensive toolbox of the right products, innovative strategies and a forward-thinking mind ready to learn.

CME Institute Live workshops review how to use benchmark CME Group Interest Rate, Equity Index and FX derivatives to address modern market challenges. Discover new ways to reduce existing and new margin requirements, free up credit lines, increase capital efficiencies and maximize your risk/return.

Who should attend?  Portfolio managers, research, trading and client facing professionals from pensions, asset management, and insurance firms as well as sell-side professionals from banks, broker-dealers and futures brokerage firms.

Registration is free – space is limited. Select a workshop from one of seven locations.

What you’ll learn

The CME Institute Live 2020 events will begin with an in-depth introduction to our benchmark Interest Rate, Equity Index and FX futures and options contracts, reviewing important contract details, pricing quotations, settlement and trading mechanics. Day one will also cover an introduction to options, including an overview of options terms, put/call parity, and the “Greeks.”

Then on day two, we’ll dive into practical applications of exchange-traded derivatives (ETDs) as effective trading and risk management tools. Learn how to analyze the price of futures versus cash markets, and how to evaluate ETDs as an effective tool for your portfolio. Discover the best trading strategies using options for each of the asset classes, including FX, U.S. Treasury, STIRs, and Equity Index products. Day two will also cover environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments, as well as total return and dividends.

Key Topics by Asset Class:

Interest Rate

  • Deconstructing pricing between US Treasury futures and Treasury cash securities
  • Determining proper hedge ratios for individual securities and portfolios using UST futures
  • Constructing inter-commodity spreads (ICS) in UST futures to manage/trade yield curve risk
  • Analyzing Eurodollar futures convexity bias to the Interest Rate swaps market
  • Evaluating and selecting shorter maturity ICS to trade or manage credit exposure

Equity Index

  • Comparing Equity Index futures vs equivalent ETFs and swaps in total cost analysis and relative value terms
  • Measuring the capital needed for futures vs other equity index beta replication products
  • Executing cash equitization, portable alpha, and sector rotation strategies with futures

FX Futures

  • Calculating the fair value of an FX futures contract
  • Applying FX futures as an overlay for exchange rate risk
  • Analyzing FX futures correlation to other asset classes
  • How capital usage differs for ETD and OTC under Uncleared Margin Rules (UMR)
  • Bridging OTC spot FX and FX futures using CME FX Link

Ready to register?

Sign up today to reserve your seat at a CME Institute Live event near you. Events are free to attend and offered in multiple locations.

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Event Locations


17-18 March
Intercontinental Paris Le Grand
2 Rue Scribe
75009 Paris, France


30-31 March
The Dylan Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 384,
1016 GB Amsterdam,
The Netherlands


2-3 April
CME Group Office
London Fruit & Wool Exchange,
1 Duval Square,
E1 6PW


6-7 April
DIFC Academy
Level 1, Lecture Rooms 1 & 2, Gate Village 2
The Academy
Dubai, UAE


28-29 April
The Zurich Marriott Hotel
Neumuehlequai 42
8006 Zurich,


4-5 May
The Grand Hôtel Stockholm
S. Blasieholmshamnen 8,
SE-103 27 Stockholm,


7-8 May
Villa Kennedy
Kennedyallee 70
60596 Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Day 1 │ Introduction to Financial futures and options

9:00 – 10:00 Welcome│Introduction to CME Group
  • Market balance, liquidity, role of exchanges
  • CME Group history and development
  • Global Command Center and clearing house risk management
  • Margins, collateral, regulatory oversight
10:00 – 10:45 Introduction to FX futures
  • Size and scope of FX
  • Quote conventions, futures pricing, mechanics
  • FX basis, convergence, carry
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Introduction to Equity Index futures
  • Indexing/benchmarks
  • Pricing mechanics
  • Carry, dividend income
  • CAPM review, beta, alpha
  • Beta replication, beta adjustment
12:00 – 13:00 Break, lunch provided  
13:00 - 14:00 Introduction to Interest Rate futures
US Treasury foundations
  • Delivery process, pricing mechanics
  • Basis, carry-repo, net basis
  • Cheapest to deliver (CTD), measuring risk
14:00 – 14:15 Break  
14:15 – 15:15 Short-term interest rate (STIRs) basics
  • Contracts, design and specs
  • Fed Funds and FedWatch
  • Convexity bias
  • Eurodollar packs, bundles, and strips
15:15 – 16:15 Introduction to options
  • Options as a strategic tool
  • Options terms
  • Risk/reward structure
  • Pricing/ ”Greeks”
16:15 – 16:30 Q&A /Day 1 wrap-up

Day 2 │ Practical applications – Financial futures and options

9:00 – 10:00 FX futures and options applications
  • Non-correlated assets
  • Overlays
  • CME FX Link
  • Emerging market currencies and NDFs
  • UMR
  • FX options: Bull-bear strategies
  • EBS market and prime credit
10:00 – 11:00 Equity Index strategies Part I
  • Cash equitization
  • Portable alpha
  • Index spreads
  • BTIC and TACO transactions
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Equity Index strategies Part II
  • Total Return, dividends, and ESG futures
  • Select Sector futures
  • Equity options: Volatility spreads
  • Futures vs. ETFs
12:15 – 13:15 Break, lunch provided
13:15 - 14:15

Interest Rates: STIRs applications

  • Hedging rate exposure and synthetic investments
  • Pricing/hedging IR swaps
  • Calendar spreads and butterflies
  • Intercommodity spreads: FF-ED and FF-SR
14:15 – 14:45 Eurodollar options: Butterflies and condors
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:15

US Treasury futures and options applications

  • Basic trading
  • Invoice spreads
  • Duration adjustments
  • Yield curve
  • Option overlay
16:15 – 16:30 Q&A /Day 2 Wrap-up

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About the Educator


David Gibbs

Director of Education at CME Group

David Gibbs is a futures market professional with more than 35 years of industry experience. Beginning in the open-outcry pits of the Chicago futures exchanges, David has held leadership positions with global futures commission merchants and actively traded financial futures, options, and cash-market products for both buy-side and sell-side firms. He is an expert in the pricing mechanism for derivatives, including financial futures and their underlying products.