Clearing members assume full financial and performance responsibility for all transactions executed through them and cleared by CME Clearing. They are responsible and accountable for every position they carry, whether it is for the account of a member, member firm, non-member customer, or their own account.
CME Clearing is a division of CME Group, through which all trades are confirmed, matched, and settled on a daily basis until either offset or delivered and through which all financial settlement is made. In every matched transaction executed through COMEX, CME Clearing is substituted as the buyer to the seller and the seller to the buyer, with a clearing member assuming the opposite side of each transaction.
CME Clearing conducts business only with its clearing members, not with their customers, individual members, or corporate member firms of the Exchange. Customers, members, and member firms must have a relationship with a COMEX clearing member to be able to trade COMEX products. Additional requirements are imposed on the COMEX clearing member if it will clear OTC products.
COMEX clearing members with shares receive preferential exchange fees on its proprietary trading of all COMEX products when such proprietary trading activity is conducted in accordance with CME Group’s Fee Policies. The trading activity of parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, or customers of the clearing member are not eligible for preferential exchange fee rates.
CME, CBOT, NYMEX, and COMEX memberships are entirely separate from one another and offer access to clear different products. To clear specific products, you must be a clearing member of the Exchange on which they trade.
To find out which products trade on COMEX:
The eligibility and requirements for COMEX clearing membership are contained in Chapter 9 of the NYMEX rulebook.
COMEX Clearing members are required to demonstrate fiscal and moral integrity and have sufficient financial capitalization to justify the risks assumed in clearing trades. To become a clearing member for COMEX products, the clearing member must:
For complete listing of COMEX clearing member requirements:
Once you have decided COMEX clearing membership is right for you, you may apply for clearing membership by completing and submitting the application for clearing membership and all required documents to CME Group’s Financial and Regulatory Surveillance Department.
All clearing membership applicants must be posted to the CME membership community for a period of 20 days prior to any clearing membership approval being effective. The CME clearing membership application is presented to the Clearing House Oversight Committee for final approval.
Return a copy of the application and all applicable supporting documentation to:
Or by mail to:
CME Group Inc.
c/o Financial and Regulatory Surveillance Department
20 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Listed here are forms and various other resources applicants may need to apply or to obtain additional information on membership requirements.