CME CF Cryptocurrency Benchmarks

Trade cryptocurrencies with greater confidence by capitalizing on enhanced pricing information from standardized, regulated reference rates and spot price indices, developed in partnership with CF Benchmarks.

Registered and regulated

Aligned to European Benchmarks Regulation (EU BMR), to enhance credibility and help facilitate greater market access globally. 

Transparent oversight

Follows a robust, publicly available calculation methodology that is overseen regularly by a committee of industry experts.

Reliable benchmarks

Continuous daily pricing proven through high volatility periods. Published every day, every second for Real-Time Indices and once per day at key regional hours for Reference Rates.

Diverse pricing sources

Pricing sourced from several leading crypto exchanges and trading platforms, including Bitstamp, Coinbase, Gemini, itBit, Kraken, and LMAX Digital, to ensure representative data.

Transparent pricing on three new Metaverse tokens

Coming January 30: CME CF Reference Rates and Real-Time Indices on Axie Infinity, Chiliz, and Decentraland.

CME CF Reference Rates and Real-Time Indices

View prices on the suite of CME CF Cryptocurrency benchmarks, covering some of the most rapidly growing markets. These offerings are designed to help facilitate price discovery and accelerate the professionalization of cryptocurrency trading.

Reference rates are published at 4:00 p.m. London time. Bitcoin and Ether rates are also published at 4:00 p.m. New York time. Cryptocurrency futures and options are cash-settled to the 4:00 p.m. London time reference rates. 

NY reference rates are only available for Bitcoin and Ether.
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  • Aggregate the trade flow of major cryptocurrencies on spot exchanges during specific calculation windows into daily reference rates of the fiat price of select cryptocurrencies.
  • Calculation rules built to maximize transparency and replicability in the underlying spot markets.
  • Designed around best practices for financial benchmarks.
  • Published at 4 p.m. London time (all CME CF Reference Rates) and 4 p.m. New York (BRRNY and ETHUSD_NY).
  • BRR and ETHUSD_RR are used to settle the associated CME futures contracts.
  • Aggregate global demand to buy and sell cryptocurrencies into a consolidated order book and reflect the fair, instantaneous fiat price.
  • Based on forward-looking input data and designed for low latency and timeliness.
  • Suitable for marking portfolios, executing intra-day transactions and risk management.

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Bitcoin futures and options

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Micro Bitcoin futures and options

Discover the precision and efficiency of trading bitcoin using a contract 1/10 the size of one bitcoin.

Ether futures and options

Efficiently manage exposure to the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.

Micro Ether futures and options

Enjoy the same features of larger Ether futures at a fraction of the size and lower margins.

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Deepen your understanding of the rapidly growing cryptocurrency markets and the ways to trade them.

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