News Release

CME Group Statement on MF Global and CME Financial Safeguards System

Thu Feb 28 2008

CHICAGO, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In light of today's announcement concerning firm proprietary trading activity in the Wheat futures market, CME Group confirms that MF Global has met and continues to meet its obligations to CME Clearing and remains in good standing as a clearing member of the exchange. The transparency of the futures trading process, which includes real time reporting and confirmation of executed trades and twice daily mark to market procedures, enables the prompt detection of losses and unauthorized or unusual trading activity in our markets.

CME Clearing clears, settles and guarantees all matched transactions in CME Group contracts. The financial integrity of CME Clearing is the foremost consideration of the company's Management, Board of Directors and Clearing House Risk Committee. CME Group is vitally aware of its role in international financial markets and believes that its financial safeguard system, designed for the benefit and protection of both clearing members and their customers, is second to none. CME Group conducts extensive market regulation, audit and financial surveillance activities concerning clearing member and customer trading activity in our markets. CME Group's financial safeguard systems have proved absolutely effective for over 100 years to protect customers and other members of its clearing house against loss.

CME Group ( is the world's largest and most diverse exchange. Formed by the 2007 merger of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), 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 its trading floors. 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, agricultural commodities, and alternative investment products such as weather and real estate. CME Group is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ under the symbol "CME."

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