FAQ: Delegated Intermediary - Tiered Credit

  • 25 Jul 2017
  • By CME Group
  • Topics: Credit

1. What CME venues should a Delegated Intermediary account be enabled for?

Delegated Intermediary accounts are eligible for electronic trading (CME Direct) and block venues (ClearPort)

2. Where can I register for CME ClearPort?

An authorized representative of the user (individual, clearing firm, brokerage firm, trading firm) must complete and submit the registration form to receive access to CME ClearPort clearing services. http://www.cmegroup.com/clearport/registration.html.

3. What is a CME Group Login?

CME Group Login is a self-managed, centralized user profile service that authenticates access to CME Group applications and services: http://www.cmegroup.com/login.

4. Where is the Account Manager user manual located?

You can access the CME Account Manager user manual via this link.

5. How do I create and how do I access a Delegated Intermediary Account after creating?

6. Who will have visibility into Delegated Intermediary sub accounts?

Sub accounts created by a Delegated Intermediary will not be visible to DI parent account owner firm.

7. Can Clearing Member Firm affiliate firms create Delegated Intermediary accounts?

Yes, affiliate firms to a clearing member firm are eligible to create Delegated Intermediary accounts.

8. What should the account description be?

The account description is a field to help define accounts when searching for them.

9. How do I register on behalf of a Firm for CME ClearPort?

A Delegated Intermediary can register for CME ClearPort on behalf of customers. A Designated Intermediary is not 3rd party registration eligible as a DI will be required to be fully registered for CME ClearPort to create and manage DI sub accounts. Visit cmegroup.com/clearport for more information.

10. Who manages credit of the sub accounts under a Delegated Intermediary account structure?

The credit limit for the sub accounts is set by the Delegated Intermediary. The total credit utilization across sub accounts cannot exceed the credit limit set at the parent account level.

11. At point of execution, what level of credit controls are evaluated?

Credit controls are evaluated at the trading sub account, clearing account, and clearing firm level. If credit check does not pass at any level, the trade will not be permitted.

12. What account settings will sub accounts inherit from a Delegated Intermediary account?

Seg Type, CTI Code, Market Permissions and Product Permissions

13. How are Brokers permissioned for a Delegated Intermediary account?

Brokers are assigned at the Delegated Intermediary account level by the approved CME Account Manager risk admin. Risk administrators can add, edit, and delete brokers permissioned to both master and sub accounts.

Brokers are not inherited from the parent account. Risk administrators must enable brokers for sub accounts. Only brokers permissioned for the parent account will be available for the sub account.

14. What limitations are there on Delegated Intermediary account naming convention?

Limitation of Trading sub account number – The account number must be less than 20 characters long and cannot include the following special characters: @%^&()_={} []|\’”<>,.

15. How do I set position limits on individual products at the Delegated Intermediary account level?

All product position limits are defaulted to zero, and can be set to unlimited with the use of the toggle button.

Limits can be adjusted for individual products by changing the Max Long/Short quantity.

16. How do I prevent a customer from trading specific products?

Additional credit controls can be placed on individual products by the Delegated  Intermediary for sub accounts. To prevent a specific product from being traded set the max long/short quantity equal to zero.

This applies to both Delegated Intermediary parent and sub accounts.

17. Can I add additional products at the Delegated Intermediary sub account level if they are not permissioned for the parent account?

No, only products permissioned by the parent account risk administrator on the parent account will be allowed for execution at the Delegated Intermediary sub account level. If a sub account customer is requesting to trade a specific product that isn’t permissioned, the Delegated Intermediary will need to work with the parent account Risk Administrator to add the corresponding product and credit limits.

18. Can multiple accounts be migrated to Delegated Intermediary account structure at once?

Yes, you can use the account migration template. Please contact EASE via ease.atyourservice@cmegroup.com to complete.

19. What account will be sent to FEC for post trade flow?

Currently only the parent account is passed to clearing; there is a supplemental file available with Delegated Intermediary sub accounts referenced that can be provided upon request to the clearing member.

20. How does a Delegated Intermediary manage multiple sub accounts across multiple entities?

A Delegated Intermediary risk administrator gets permissioned as a “Trader Risk Admin” for Account Manager with a scope of trading firm. This enables the user to manage sub accounts for all clearing accounts that are owned by their trading firm, irrespective of the actual clearer. They can search for all accounts owned by their firm across one or all clearers by clicking on the account, and simply add/edit/delete sub accounts.

21. Can trading firms get a read-only version of account manager to view sub accounts and settings?

Yes. This is the “Trader Admin” role for Account Manager as opposed to “Trader Risk Admin”. This enables the user to view sub accounts for all clearing accounts that are owned by their trading firm, as well as add/remove broker firms to/from the parent account.

22. What is the Gross Margin for Delegated Intermediary account structure?

For Customer Gross Margining, the calculation of the margin requirement for a Delegated Intermediary account will follow long-established practices. Normal portfolio margin requirements are calculated for each disclosed subaccount. The remaining non-disclosed positions are considered “naked”, and are margined without recognizing any risk offsets. The total requirement for the Delegated Intermediary account, then, is the sum of the portfolio requirements for the disclosed sub accounts, and the naked requirements for the non-disclosed positions.

To receive risk offsets within Delegated Intermediary accounts, position data for sub accounts must be provided along with the Delegated Intermediary account information in the CGM file

Two examples below:

1. If FCM SENDS disclosed accounts on the CGM file:













A = no margin calculated

B = charged on the 100 long C = charged on the 25 short


2. If FCM DOES NOT send breakdown of account in CGM file:




DI Acct



Delegated Intermediary account margin charged naked on both the 150 long and 75 short

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