News Release

CBOT Binary Options on FOMC Target Rate Contracts Set New Volume Record

Mon Aug 21 2006

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Craig Grabiner
(312) 341-5758

Open Interest Also Reaches New High Mark – 7,209 Contracts

CHICAGO, IL, August 21, 2006 – The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT®) announced today that its Binary Options on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Target Rate contracts established a new volume record on Friday as trading surpassed the 5,000 contract mark for the first time.  The new record, 5,537 contracts, was nearly four times greater than the previous record – 1,426 contracts set on August 10, 2006.

In addition, open interest in the Binary Options on the FOMC Target Rate contracts reached a record 7,209 contracts on Friday.  The previous record, 5,529 contracts, was set on Thursday, August 17, 2006.  Open interest represents the number of trading positions that have not yet been offset and closed at the end of a trading day.

CBOT Senior Vice President of Business Development Robert D. Ray said, “We have been very pleased with the growth rate of this exciting new product, and the record-setting jump in both volume and open interest levels is further confirmation of strong customer acceptance.  We developed the contract at the request of our customers, and they are rapidly embracing the product as a valuable means to trading exposure in the Fed’s Target rate.”

The CBOT launched the electronically-traded Binary options on the FOMC Target Rate contracts on July 12, 2006.  The first contract settled on Tuesday, August 8 when the U.S. Federal Reserve elected to hold the Target Federal Funds Rate at 5.25 percent.

At expiration, Binary options on the FOMC Target Rate contracts have two possible outcomes – final settlement is either a fixed dollar amount or nothing at all.  When the options expire, “in the money” options pay $1,000 to option holders, while those that are “at the money” or “out of the money” pay holders zero.  Strike prices correspond to the Target Federal Funds rate using a formula of 100-minus the actual Target rate.  Options usually expire on the day following a regularly-scheduled FOMC meeting – they are cash-settled and based upon the most recent Target Rate level.

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