News Release

CME Group Statement in Response to CFTC Agricultural Market Initiatives

Tue Jun 03 2008

CHICAGO, June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME Group released the following statement in response to the CFTC agricultural market initiatives:

  "CME Group strongly supports the CFTC's agricultural market initiatives,
  which will bring even more transparency to exchange-traded markets.

  In particular, the recommendation based on CME Group's proposal to allow
  for exchange-cleared Over the Counter (OTC) agricultural swaps will
  provide market participants the ability to better manage the risk of price
  differentials between futures delivery points and local markets, as well
  as price volatility. CME Group's proposed OTC-cleared agricultural swaps
  would be subject to position accountability, transaction reporting, and
  margining and risk management standards that are comparable to the
  standards we employ in our highly successful and transparent futures

  We look forward to working with Commissioner Dunn and the Agricultural
  Advisory Committee to further promote transparency and free markets."

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