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CME Group Congratulates President-elect Barack Obama

Wed Nov 05 2008

CHICAGO, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME Group, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, today congratulated Illinois Senator Barack Obama on his historic presidential election victory.

"This is an exciting day for our entire country, and particularly for the city of Chicago as well as the state of Illinois," said CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy. "We congratulate Senator Obama and look forward to working with him to restore confidence in the U.S. financial markets system. We face tremendous challenges in the months ahead as we guide our economy toward recovery. For the United States to retain its position as a world leader, it is critical that our financial markets have the support and infrastructure needed to successfully compete in the global economy."

"The election of Barack Obama as our 44th president is a momentous occasion and signals our country's interest in a new direction and fresh ideas," said CME Group Chief Executive Officer Craig Donohue. "Under Senator Obama's leadership, we have a unique opportunity ahead to reshape financial markets for the 21st century. We look forward to assisting the President, our regulators, Congress and other government officials to develop a framework that will restore smooth functioning global financial markets."

CME Group ( is the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange. Building on the heritage of CME, CBOT and NYMEX, CME Group serves the risk management needs of customers around the globe. As an international marketplace, CME Group brings buyers and sellers together on the CME Globex electronic trading platform and on trading floors in Chicago and New York. By acting as the buyer to every seller and the seller to every buyer, CME Clearing virtually eliminates counterparty credit risk. CME Clearing also offers $7 billion in financial safeguards to help mitigate systemic risk, providing the security and confidence market participants need to operate, invest and grow. CME Group offers the widest range of benchmark products available across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, and alternative investment products such as weather and real estate. CME Group is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol "CME."

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