News Release

CME Group's LaSala to Speak at CFTC's Metals Meeting

Wed Mar 24 2010

CHICAGO, March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CME Group, parent company of the world's leading and most diverse derivatives exchanges, announced that Tom LaSala, Managing Director and Chief Regulatory Officer, will be a panelist tomorrow, Thursday, March 25, at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) meeting to examine futures and options trading in the metals markets.

"We have successfully employed delivery-period position limits and accountability levels on a single month and on an all-months-combined basis for all of our metals products for many years," LaSala said. "We set accountability levels to provide the information required to effectively and efficiently monitor and control our metals markets. We are best positioned to police activity in our market, establish accountability levels, set position limits and assess whether a hedge exemption is appropriately granted to a particular customer.

"Federally prescribed position limits in U.S. metals markets, which are a small part of the global market, are neither necessary nor useful to insure that our markets continue to operate fairly and efficiently. We believe that the CFTC understands that any effort to constrain trading on U.S. exchanges by the major firms that are large enough to hold positions near the limits will simply push those firms from regulated and transparent markets into the cash market or to markets beyond the regulatory jurisdiction of the CFTC."

The CFTC meeting is scheduled to take place at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time, Thursday, at the CFTC Hearing Room, 1155 21st Street, NW, Washington D.C. A copy of LaSala's written testimony will be available tomorrow here.

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