July Rates Recap

Eurodollars and Fed Funds Shine as Rate Cut Probabilities Rise Sharply

In June, amidst a dramatic repricing in USD bond markets, global participants turned to CME Group's deeply liquid Eurodollar and Fed Funds futures to both manage risk and gain insight into the likelihood of a Fed rate cut.

  • Eurodollar futures ADV: 3.9M, +55% YoY
  • Record Fed Funds futures ADV: 588K, +112% YoY
  • Record 180 large OI holders in Fed Funds futures per the June 25 CFTC COT report (COT Tool)
  • Nearly 60K unique users visited the CME FedWatch tool for insight into the market’s view on Fed policy, with total page traffic reaching a record 174K views
  • CME FedWatch shows a 100% probability (based on Fed Funds futures prices) of at least one 25 bps cut at the July FOMC meeting (vs. 20% on May 28) and up to 75 bps of cuts by the end of the 2019

CME FedWatch Tool Target Rate Probabilities

BPS Range 100-125 125-150  150-175 175-200 200-225 225-250 (current)
07/31/19 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.9% 94.1% 0.0%
09/18/19 0.0% 0.0% 3.8% 62.9% 33.3% 0.0%
10/30/19 0.0% 1.3% 23.4% 53.1% 22.3% 0.0%
12/11/19 0.5% 10.4% 35.7% 40.3% 13.1% 0.0%
01/29/19 3.3% 17.4% 37.0% 32.8% 9.4% 0.0%
03/18/20 6.1% 21.3% 36.1% 28.1% 7.6% 0.0%

Probabilities as of July 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. CT

CME FedWatch Tool


Deep Liquidity Enables Runaway Record in Interest Rate Options

Daily volume in Interest Rate options doubled in June to a record 4.2M contracts as the market’s risk management needs were met through CME’s highly diversified global participant pool, robust CLOB (composed of both streaming and RFQ liquidity), and a client-driven optimized market structure.

Record Eurodollar Options: 78 concurrent listings, from weekly to over 3 years, enable traders to focus on specific areas of the curve

  • Record ADV: 3.17M, +159% YoY
  • Record electronic ADV: 1.1M
  • Record ADV during European and Asian hours: 606K
  • Record block ADV: 538K (Sign up for Block Alerts)
  • Record open interest: 71M contracts on June 13

Treasury Options: 2 expirations every week (Wed and Fri) allow traders to pinpoint event risk around economic numbers

  • ADV: 1.1M, +17% YoY
  • Electronic ADV: 877K
  • ADV during European and Asian hours: 253K
  • Active bilateral block market (Block Market Makers)

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SOFR Update (June 2019)

Participation and open interest reach new highs in CME SOFR Futures

  • More than 10 new firms began trading in June, pushing global participation to 160+ firms since launch
  • Open interest reached a new high of 168K contracts ($533B notional*)
  • Aggregate large OI holders reached a new high of 99 in the June 25 CFTC report
  • Daily volume averaged 28K contracts, with a record 11% executed as an Inter-Commodity Spread (ICS) vs. Eurodollars or Fed Funds
  • STIR futures ICS offer an efficient tool for trading basis spreads and relative-value opportunities between U.S. money market rates
  • $4B notional in OTC-cleared SOFR-LIBOR basis swaps during June

SOFR Ecosystem Developments

  • Floating-rate note issuance hit a record $36B in June**
  • 27 institutions have issued $148B since Fannie Mae's inaugural SOFR notes in June 2018

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Strong Growth in Eris Swap Futures Since Move to CME

Eris Swap Futures provide a liquid alternative to OTC swaps in an accessible, low-margin, quarterly futures contract that concentrates liquidity and reduces operational costs.

Since moving to CME Group in December 2018, trading has grown significantly, reaching new records in June.

  • Record ADV of 15.1K, +760% from the 2018 pre-CME average
  • More than $15M in DV01 traded in June
  • 41.6K contracts traded on June 12
  • Front month OI at 84K contracts, +500% YoY
  • 97 participants active in Swap Futures (MAC & Eris)

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Data as of June 28, 2019, unless otherwise specified
*Notional shown for illustrative purposes only, computed based on the value of an equivalent money market instrument with the same dollar-value-of-basis-point (DV01).
**Source: Bloomberg