News Release

CME to Offer Futures and Options on Futures on Lehman Brothers' U.S. Aggregate Index

Mon Apr 23 2007

CHICAGO, April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, and Lehman Brothers, the global investment bank and leading provider of fixed income benchmarks, today announced that they have entered into an exclusive licensing agreement to create futures products based on the Lehman Brothers U.S. Aggregate Index. Based on the pre-eminent benchmark debt index for U.S. investment grade fixed income investments, the CME Lehman U.S. Aggregate Index futures are expected to launch in the second half of 2007 and will represent the world's first exchange-traded contracts on a broad-based, fixed income index.

"The CME Lehman U.S. Aggregate Index futures contract will complement existing over-the-counter fixed income derivatives and will be another instrument for fixed income portfolio managers to use in implementing asset allocation strategies," said CME Chairman Terry Duffy. "Since 1982 when CME pioneered the first futures on financial indices with the launch of our CME S&P 500® futures contract, we continue to innovate and expand our index products offerings."

"We are excited to partner with CME to offer our top-ranked Index on the largest futures exchange," said Ravi Mattu, Lehman Brothers global head of Fixed Income and Equity Research. "This partnership underscores the Firm's commitment to providing innovative products and capabilities to our clients worldwide."

"We are very pleased that Lehman Brothers has chosen to work with CME to offer the first-ever listed derivatives products on the Lehman U.S. Aggregate Index -- which is the premier investment-grade bond index used by institutional investors for measuring fixed income portfolio performance," added CME CEO Craig Donohue. "The addition of the CME Lehman U.S. Aggregate Index futures contract to our existing product suite is a significant step forward in bringing CME into the $27.4 trillion U.S. bond market."

The Lehman Brothers U.S. Aggregate Index was launched in 1986 and covers the U.S. dollar-denominated, investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable bond market. The Index is exceptionally broad based as it incorporates more than 8,600 securities. The Index covers six major asset classes: Treasury, government-related, corporate, mortgage-backed, asset backed and commercial asset backed. Lehman Brothers currently estimates that more than $2 trillion in fixed income assets are benchmarked to the Index.

Lehman Brothers has more than 34 years of experience in structuring indices. The Firm's fixed income indices are the most widely accepted benchmarks in the asset management industry, used by over 90 percent of U.S. institutional investors, a majority of large European investors, and a growing share of Asian-Pacific managers. Lehman Brothers has been the top-ranked U.S. Bond Index provider each year since rankings began in 1997 in Institutional Investor magazine's All-America Fixed Income Research Team survey. The Firm was also ranked #1 in Bond Index Research and Analysis in Institutional Investor magazine's All-Europe Fixed Income Research Team survey and was top ranked in Euromoney's Credit Research poll in both 2005 and 2006.

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