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Client participation in E-mini S&P 500 ESG Index futures drives record open interest

Sustainable investing continues to be a key theme in 2023 and the need for capital efficient ESG solutions gains traction. E-mini S&P 500 ESG Index futures allow market participants to gain price exposure to an index that closely tracks the performance of the S&P 500 while adhering to ESG principles. E-mini S&P 500 ESG Index futures have seen record momentum and liquidity at the end of Q2, with average daily volume reaching 2.5K contracts and open interest at 16.5K contracts. Non-U.S. trading hours has increased to 10% of trading volume in 2023, up from 7% in 2022. 

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Lithium Carbonate CIF CJK (Fastmarkets) futures launch to help traders hedge battery metals

As lithium demand rises, so does associated price risk. The electrification of transport and energy generation systems continues to drive a sustained increase in battery metals demand. CME Group launched a second Lithium futures contract, providing market participants with more choice for their battery metals hedging needs. 

Lithium Carbonate CIF CJK will offer price transparency and efficient risk management. The contract will cash-settle against Fastmarkets' spot price battery-grade Lithium Carbonate assessment for delivery CIF China, Japan, and Korea. Fastmarkets is a leading commodities data provider active in battery metals. 

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Six new cities added to the Weather futures suite as complex sees surge in daily volume

This May, Boston, Burbank, Houston, Philadelphia, Essen, and Paris were added to the Weather futures suite, which already encompasses nine cities across the U.S. and three international locations. As the impacts and risks associated with adverse weather and climate change continue to grow, so has the demand for financial products offering protection to these scenarios.

Our Weather futures and options complex has achieved a record open interest of 200K contracts, while experiencing a 235% increase in average daily volume compared to 2022.

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