U.S. domestic crude oil grades are competing in the global marketplace and have become important price references in the international market. The proposed inclusion of WTI Midland in the Dated Brent assessment will further solidify CME Group's Light Sweet Crude Oil futures presence as a global benchmark. At a time of increased volatility, the ability to manage export risk has never been more important.
Open interest and volume in CME Group WTI Houston (Argus) and WTI Midland (Argus) futures contracts have grown due to expanded pipeline infrastructure in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Permian Basin providing optionality in the marketplace.
On March 7, CME Group launched Core Global Emissions Offset futures. This new contract builds on the success of Global Emissions Offset (GEO) futures and Nature-Based Global Emissions (N-GEO) futures launched in 2021.
These three futures products are structured similarly to provide traders familiarity across the carbon offsets suite; however, each contract boasts unique underlying specifications enabling traders to focus on specific aspects such as approved registries, type of underlying project, and vintage years.
These products have received high interest from traders and volumes are growing significantly in 2022:
WTI futures average daily volume (ADV) is at 1.14M, 4% above Q1 2021. WTI options ADV is at 156K, the highest since Q1 2020. 22% of both WTI futures and WTI options are now traded during non-U.S. hours – a new record for WTI options.
Just a week after launch, Container Freight Rate futures had their first trade on March 8. This is a new, first-of-its-kind product suite on six major trade lanes. Each trade lane is based on Freightos Baltic FBX trade lanes and calculated from spot rates offered by carriers to international freight forwarders on Freightos applications.
Introducing event-based contracts launching Q3 2022. Event-based contracts are designed to make it easier for everyone to trade their views on daily up or down price moves in some of the world's most widely quoted benchmark futures markets, including gold, oil, equity indices and foreign currencies.
These new daily options on futures contracts will offer short-term trading opportunities for individuals seeking to take a position on daily price moves using smaller-value trades of up to $20 per contract.
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Data as of March 21, 2022 unless otherwise specified.