News Release

CME Group to Host Second Annual Global Financial Leadership Conference

Mon Oct 26 2009

CHICAGO, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME Group, the world's largest and most diverse derivatives marketplace, will host its second annual Global Financial Leadership Conference (GFLC) from Nov. 2-4, 2009, at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, Fla. The GFLC is an exclusive event that brings together decision makers from the world's leading financial institutions to discuss emerging geopolitical trends, debate critical economic issues and provide insightful perspectives on future developments in the financial marketplace.

Keynote speakers include Paul Volcker, chairman of the White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board and former chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, columnist and CNN host of "GPS".

"This year's event will prove to be particularly relevant in the wake of one of the worst financial crises most of us have ever experienced," said CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy. "Many questions remain regarding the future of financial services. Our conference will provide a forum for leaders of the industry to discuss the future of financial markets and the global economy."

"We are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear from such esteemed global leaders who will share their experiences and insights with conference attendees," said CME Group Chief Executive Officer Craig Donohue. "The financial crisis has triggered a chain reaction throughout economies around the globe, and decisions today will reshape the future of finance. Our conference will help provide unique perspectives as to what's ahead, how we can be prepared and what should be done."

Other speakers at this year's conference include: Chrystia Freeland, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times; John Gapper, associate editor and chief business commentator of the Financial Times; T. Boone Pickens, energy activist and chairman of BP Capital Management; Kiyohiko Nishimura, deputy governor of Bank of Japan; David McCormick, former undersecretary for financial stability of the U.S. Department of the Treasury; Gary Becker, Nobel-prize winning economist from the University of Chicago; and Mark Dalton, vice chairman and president of Tudor Investment Management.

Topics planned to be discussed this year include:

  • The impact of the bailout on short- and long-term economic stability;
  • How the financial crisis has realigned the market structure of crucial segments in the financial industry;
  • The actions of investors as sovereign wealth funds take larger stakes in the economy;
  • How the shifting role of central banks affect corporate governance and financial markets;
  • The direction of current and proposed regulatory policies; and
  • The emerging asset classes that hold the most opportunity.

For more information, including a list of speakers, podcasts and agenda please visit the conference website at

As the world's largest and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group ( is where the world comes to manage risk. CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate. CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex® electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago. CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the largest central counterparty clearing services in the world, which provides clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts, as well as for over-the-counter derivatives transactions through CME ClearPort®. These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk in both listed and over-the-counter derivatives markets.

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