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CME Group Statement on CFTC Reauthorization

Fri May 23 2008

CHICAGO, May 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME Group, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, released the following statement regarding the reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) by the House and Senate.

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"CME Group commends the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and Congress, for their reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In addition to providing much needed transparency in exempt commercial markets involving energy and commodity products, this legislation improves CFTC oversight of off-exchange retail foreign exchange trading and requires the CFTC and the Securities Exchange Commission to implement long overdue risk-based portfolio margining rules for security futures products. Most importantly, however, Congress' reauthorization of the CFTC for an additional five-year period reaffirms Congress' understanding of the vital role that this agency plays in regulating exchange-traded futures and options markets, and provides greater certainty with respect to the regulatory philosophy and market structure that has greatly facilitated competition, innovation and growth in the U.S. futures markets, as well as our ability to effectively compete in global markets."

CME Group ( is the world's largest and most diverse derivatives 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."

The Globe logo, CME, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CME Group, Globex and E-mini, are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. CBOT and Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago. Further information about CME Group and its products can be found at


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