Euronext Paris (the Paris Bourse) adopted the "Paris expanded" SPAN® file format for MATIF and Monep products on Friday September 8, 2000. The build of PC-SPAN® version 4.01a, contains an additional fix needed for Paris.
On September 8th, 2000, Euronext Paris (the Paris Bourse) launched Clearing 21 for their derivative products and began publishing their daily SPAN risk parameter files in a new "Paris-expanded" format.
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The original "unpacked" format SPAN file for the MATIF market is no longer produced, and has been replaced by two new files, one for MATIF and one for Monep, in the new Paris-expanded format.
There is no change to the location on the CME's FTP site where SPAN files for the Paris markets are published. They continue to be available in the same directory as previously, namely ftp.cme.com/pub/span/data/mat. The files are named with a new and improved file naming convention, described below.
The new Paris expanded-format SPAN files are also available on the Web site of ClearNet SA (the clearing organization for Euronext) at www.clearnetsa.com/clearing. At this page, click Data Download link at the top middle of the page to bring up the page from which the SPAN files can be downloaded. The file denoted as FPXXBC is the MATIF "all products" file, OPXXBC is the Monep file, and OPXXBD is the Monep-SBF market-maker crossmargining file. After clicking on the desired link, a menu of available files will be displayed, with the date and time at which the file was posted. The most recently posted file is the one for the just-concluded business date. Each file is available as either a zip file or as a non-compressed standard text file. Note that the files are named here using a different naming convention than that used on the CME's FTP site.
Currently, prices for some contracts are not included in the new Paris files on their expiration day. The Paris Bourse has informed us that due to popular demand they will be correcting this in the near future and will begin including these prices in their SPAN files.
Additional information about SPAN for the Paris markets
Latest PC-SPAN version 4.01a build 302 is required for Paris markets
The latest build of PC-SPAN version 4.01a is number 302, and was released on September 8th. If you are using PC-SPAN to process portfolios for Paris markets, you must obtain this latest build. It has one change so that when SPAN files in the new Paris-expanded format are read, the method for aggregating position delta for options on physicals is set so that the delta goes to the period of the underlying physical. Without this change, intracommodity spread charges for Monep positions may be calculated incorrectly.
Registered users of PC-SPAN version 4 are invited to download, without charge, build #302 of version 4.01a from the CME's PC-SPAN software distribution website at www.cme-ch.com/pcspan. For more information about PC-SPAN version 4, please see www.cme-ch.com/span/span-pcspan-400.htm. For ordering information, please see www.cme-ch.com/span/span-pcspan-orderform.htm.New File naming conventionshttp://www.swreg.org. For more ordering information, please see Download SPAN.
New File Naming Conventions
On the CME's FTP site, in the ftp.cme.com/pub/span/data/mat directory, the new Paris-expanded format SPAN files are named as follows:
On the first record in the file (the "type zero" header record), the market-maker crossmargining SPAN file can be distinguished from the regular Monep SPAN file by the presence of the bytes XMRGN beginning in position 40.
Strike prices in the Paris-expanded SPAN file format are not limited to six bytes, as was the case in previously-used positional SPAN file formats. Accordingly the format for the "expanded" position file has been enhanced by the definition of a new, type "5" record, which allows positions in products with larger strike prices to be loaded. The new record type is described at www.cme-ch.com/span/spanl201.htm.
All Paris Bourse products are margined in Euros (currency code EUR). But the Paris Bourse is not including any currency conversion rates in its Paris-expanded format SPAN files. This caused a problem in cases where the portfolio currency is specified as some other currency, for example USD, since there was no way to determine what the correct exchange rate from EUR to USD is.
In this case, after calculating the SPAN requirement for the MATIF combined commodity denominated in EUR, PC-SPAN will see that this number is already denominated in the common conversion currency, which you have specified as EUR. Then, in order to convert it to the USD portfolio currency, it will use the value you have specified.
the Monep-SBF Market-Maker Crossmargining SPAN
As described above, the SPAN file for Monep-SBF market-maker cross-margining can be distinguished from the regular SPAN file for Monep by the presence of the code XMRGN beginning in position 40 of the header ("type zero") record in the file. In bytes 3-8, the normal location used to make this distinction, both of these files contain MONEP followed by a space.
Thus, when PC-SPAN version 4 loads the Monep-SBF market-maker crossmargining SPAN file, it is able to identify it as such and load it as such. Both the regular Monep file and the market-maker crossmargining Monep file may be loaded at the same time. If the same contract were provided in both files, then when you specified a position in this contract, you also specify whether it should be margined as a regular Monep position or as a crossmargining Monep position.
Format for the Paris-expanded SPAN
A ZIP file containing a Word document with the complete description of the Paris expanded unpacked SPAN file format can be downloaded from ftp.cme.com/pub/span/docs/paris-expanded-format.zip. As can be seen, the format is very similar to the existing "expanded unpacked" format, but contains enhancements needed for the Paris Bourse group of markets.
Contacting Euronext Paris (the Paris Bourse)
The Paris Bourse can be contacted about the new Paris expanded format SPAN file and its use for MATIF and Monep, via email to C21request@bourseparis.com. By telephone, contact: