• CME Clearing Notice: Monday, March 4, 2013

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      • Clearing Member Firms
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      • CME Clearing
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      • 13-113
      • Notice Date
      • 07 March 2013
      • Effective Date
      • 04 March 2013
    • Topics in this issue include:
      *      Deliveries
      ·         Contact Information
      Please be informed, CME Clearing will be upgrading to MQ series 7.1 on Saturday March 23, 2013. This upgrade will be for both Production and Disaster Recovery connections.
      Testing will begin on Saturday, March 23, 2013 between the hours of 8:00am – 12:00pm. The testing will require firms to send a test MQM message to clearing which will be deleted after acknowledgment. Firm representatives should call the clearing services team during these testing hours at 312.207.2525.
      All firms should test their MQ connection by sending in a test message. Firms might also be required to reset their sequence numbers before the start of GLOBEX trading on Sunday.
      If you have any questions or comments, please contact CME Clearing Services Group at 312.207-2525 or via email ccs@cmegroup.com
      CME Clearing is announcing that the FECPlus launch date, including the migration to the FIXML 5.0 API is rescheduled for Monday, April 22, 2013.
      REMINDER: Testing for ALL post-trade processing, including give-ups, average-priced give-ups, and cross-exchange allocations, using the FPL-compliant FIXML 5.0 API, is currently available in New Release for CME/CBT/NYMEX/COMEX/DME.
      This includes both outbound and inbound messaging capabilities. FECPlus in New Release is used to manage all post-trade processing transactions. The existing FIXML 4.4 API is not used for any post-trade processing in New Release.
      We strongly encourage that testing continue at the same pace leading up to the Production launch.
      CME Clearing published a test script for testing Post-Trade Processing on FECPlus (see CH Advisory #12-532). Firms should use this high-level test script, in addition to their own test scenarios, to verify their readiness for the Production Launch.
      Firm user training for FECPlus will be offered by the Clearing House beginning next week. The schedule for the on-site trainings will be published soon.
      CME Clearing will continue to check in periodically with firms on their testing status and to offer assistance with testing.
      For questions or further information please contact CME Clearing Services (CCS) at 312-207-2525 or ccs@cmegroup.com.
      Clearing member firms using the Legacy WAN environment are required to complete the conversion to the new server and, if necessary, convert from FTP to SFTP by March 1, 2013.
      The Legacy WAN environment includes the following addresses:
      ·         FTP:
      ·         SFTP:
      The new environment is available at the following addresses using SFTP:
      ·         Production:
      ·         Disaster Recovery:
      We recommend the use of a non-production file name convention when sending a test file.
      For clearing member firms that have not converted to the new SFTP IP address by March 1st, 2013, a $5,000 monthly maintenance fee will be assessed to use the old FTP server.
      We request that each clearing member firm, and any other organization connecting via FTP, to please provide CME Clearing with contact information (name, phone number and email) of the primary and back-up contacts for this conversion effort. Once firms have tested and converted activity to the new environment, credentials will be removed from the legacy server.
      For further information or assistance please contact Clearing Services at (312) 207-2525 or e-mail SFTPConversion@cmegroup.com
      Listed in the linked advisory notice are the relevant delivery dates for March 2013 Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., Chicago Board of Trade, NYMEX, and DME contracts.
      The listed Stockyards and Slaughter Plants at this link have been approved for deliveries against the CME Group Live Cattle futures contract from February 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014. Delivery point information and contact numbers are listed for your reference.
      If there are any questions, please contact the Deliveries Unit at (312) 930-3172.
      On Monday March 25, 2013 the Final Settlement minimum tick increment will change to .0001 for DJ-UBS Commodity Indexand S&P-GSCI Futures. All other product specifications including trading minimum tick will remain unchanged.
      The following products will be available:
      Clearing Ticker Symbol
      Clearing Code
      Current Final Settle Tick
      New Final Settle Tick
      DJ-UBS Commodity Index
      S&P-GSCI Futures
      The Contract Specifications for these products are unchanged and can be located on the CME Group website at:
      To comply with FIX protocol, five new tags will be added to the FIXML Trade Register. These additions are scheduled for New Release on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 and for Production on Monday, March 11, 2013.
      Following are details of the additions that will be made:
      FIXML Tag
      *Note: UOM is an existing tag, but for products where Currency is the Unit of Measure, UOM will now equal Ccy and the new UOMCcy tag will indicate the applicable Currency.
      These tags will be available in the Instrument [Instrmnt] block on TrdCaptRpts and PosRpts on the FIXML trade registers.
      Sample messages highlighting the additional fields are at this link.
      For questions or further information please contact CME Clearing Services (CCS) at 312-207-2525 or ccs@cmegroup.com.
      As per the normal review of acceptable collateral and limits, CME Clearing is making the below changes to the diversification requirement of collateral composition used by Clearing Member Firms to meet performance bond requirements.
      Please be advised that effective Thursday, February 28, U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) will be moved from Category 1 to Category 3 per the below schedule. Additionally, TIPS will have a sub-limit of $1 billion per firm (and affiliates).
      Clearing Member Firms are required to meet at least 20% of core performance bond requirements with Category 1 assets and are permitted to meet a maximum of 40% core performance bond requirements with each of Category 2 and Category 3 assets. Clearing member firms may use assets in any Category to meet concentration margin requirements.
      Category 1 Assets:
      • USD Cash
      • U.S. Treasuries (excluding TIPS)
      • IEF2 Money Market Mutual Funds
      Category 2 Assets:
      • U.S. Government Agencies
      • Select Mortgage Backed Securities
      • IEF5 Specialized Cash Program
      • Letters of Credit
      Category 3 Assets*:
      • U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS)
      • Physical Gold
      • Stocks
      • IEF4 Specialized Collateral Program
      ·         Select Foreign Sovereign Debt (Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, UK)
      *Note: The maximum allowable limit for utilization of Category 3 Assets will be the lesser of a) 40 % of core margin requirements and concentration requirements or b) $3 billion per Clearing Member Firm across all settlement accounts.
      Please refer to the website http://www.cmegroup.com/clearing/financial-and-collateral-management/ for further detail regarding acceptable collateral, haircuts, and limits.
      This advisory at this link provides updated information on CME’s implementation schedule for LSOC phase 2, often called "LSOC with excess", "LSOC with client-specific value reporting", or "LSOC with client-specific excess."
      CME Clearing will begin allowing firms to operate in LSOC phase 2 mode – LSOC with daily client-specific collateral value reporting – on Monday, April 22, 2013.
      There is no requirement that firms begin operating in LSOC with excess mode on that date, and we anticipate a transition process occurring over a period of several months, as firms test and go live with LSOC phase 2. CME has not established a date by which firms must convert, and may allow firms to continue operating in LSOC phase 1 mode indefinitely.
      Firms may begin testing their submissions of daily collateral value reports at any time. We expect full-scale parallel testing to begin with a subset of firms around March 1.
      CME Group will be changing the Last Trade Rules of the existing Chinese Renminbi RMB/USD futures products on February 25th. The changes will be implemented on February 25th and will take effect for the July 2014 contract and beyond. The new Last Trade Date rule will be: Trading ceases at 9:00 a.m. Beijing time on the second Beijing business day immediately preceding the third Wednesday of the contract month.
      Note: The last trading day for February 2013 thru June 2014 expiries remains unchanged as the first Beijing business day before the third Wednesday of the contract month.
      These contract changes are pending subject to certification with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
      Please be advised that effective Friday, March 8, 2013 RTH cycle CME Clearing (CME) will use price plus accrued (dirty price) for securities. Price plus accrued includes the accrued interest in the value of the security. Please note this will affect U.S. treasuries, agencies, and foreign sovereign debt. Price plus accrued does not apply to mortgage backed securities. This change in pricing methodology will not affect haircuts. Please see the CME Clearing website for acceptable collateral and applicable haircuts.
      For any questions regarding the change to price plus accrued, please contact CME Clearing Financial Unit at (312) 207-2594 or Risk Management department at (312) 648-3888.
      November 30, 2012 marked the end of the 2012 BPS tax year for brokerage. The following 1099 processing schedule will be effective for the 2012 tax year:
      Friday, December 07, 2012
      Deadline for initial 1099 adjustments.
      Monday, December 10, 2012
      Preliminary CME, CBT, NYMEX and COMEX 1099 Reports will be available in MRS (Member Reporting System) as report named “Prelim Broker’s Yearly Banking Summary” which will reflect initial adjustments made by December 07, 2012. In BPS, firms can run the Tax Billing Group Details report to verify their tax details.
      Friday, December 28, 2012
      Deadline for final adjustments to the Firm 1099 Reports.
      Thursday, January 03, 2013
      Final CME, CBT, NYMEX and COMEX 1099 Reports will be available on MRS as “Final Broker’s Yearly Banking Summary”.
      Monday, January 07, 2013
      Deadline for reporting any discrepancies in 1099 Reports to the CME Clearing House.
      Thursday, January 17, 2013
      Distribution of 1099 Statements to clearing member firms. As in past years, firms will be able to elect the CME Group to send out the statements for a fee. Details will be included on a subsequent advisory.
      Thursday, January 31, 2013
      Deadline for clearing member firms to distribute 1099 statements to brokers.
      March 2013
      Deadline for CME sending 1099 Statement Tape to the IRS.
      Please ensure the appropriate staff receives a copy of this schedule.
      If you have any questions concerning BPS or 1099 processing, please contact: CME Group Clearing Services at 312.207.2525 or ccs@cmegroup.com.
      UPDATE – Important clarification:
      The currency market uses CNY as the currency code for the “onshore” Chinese Renminbi Yuan, and CNH as the currency code for the “offshore” Renminbi, typically held in Hong Kong. The new futures contracts described herein are denominated in CNH, the offshore Renminbi, and CME’s clearing reports and datafiles will show the currency code as CNH.
      Usage in the industry is not entirely consistent, however, and your settlement and/or delivery bank for the offshore Renminbi may refer to it using the currency code of CNY. Also please note that SWIFT requires CNY as the currency code for both the onshore and the offshore Renminbi.
      This advisory describes CME Group’s new physically delivered FX futures on the exchange rate between the US Dollar and the Offshore Chinese Renminbi. These are referred to as Standard USD Offshore Renminbi (USD/CNH) Futures and E-micro USD Offshore Renminbi (USD/MNH) Futures. The CME Globex and clearing product codes for the two new futures are CNH and MNH, respectively.
      Effective on Sunday, February 24, 2013, for the trade date of Monday, February 25, 2013, CME Group is launching new Standard-size and E-micro-size U.S. Dollar/Offshore Chinese Renminbi (USD/CNH) Futures contracts on CME Globex and CME ClearPort. These futures contracts feature physical delivery of Offshore Chinese Renminbi (CNH), priced in interbank terms of Offshore Chinese Renminbi per U.S. dollar with associated daily settlement variation banked in Offshore Chinese Renminbi, and fungible (offsetting) on a 10 to 1 basis between the micro and the full-sized contracts.
      CME Group plans to integrate all trade entry and clearing processing for KCBOT on Monday, April 15, 2013, pending regulatory approval. Most importantly, what this means for the trading floor community is that the legacy KCBOT “TEMS” (Trade Entry Match System) application will be replaced by the CME’’s trade processing application called “FEC” (Front End Clearing). Similar to TEMS, FEC is an internet browser based application. FEC also has many features including trade entry and correction, trade allocation and claiming (i.e. give-ups), average pricing, and ex-pit trade entry.
      As previously announced in Clearing Advisory 12-551, published December 19, 2012, and pending regulatory approval, clearing processing for the Kansas City Board of Trade (KCBT) will be integrated into the CME clearing systems as of Monday, April 15, 2013.
      The KCBT products are now fully live in various end-of-day datafiles published by CME Clearing, both in production and in the “New Release” testing environment. And clearing firms may begin testing clearing processing for KCBT products in that “New Release” environment beginning on Friday, March 15.
      Also, as previously announced in Clearing Advisory 13-061, published February 6, 2013, all CME and CBOT clearing member firms, will be eligible to clear the KCBT products, beginning on April 15.
      Effective Sunday, March 17, 2013 for trade date Monday, March 18, 2013, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX or Exchange) will expand the listing of TAS (Trade At Settlement) contract months for its Brent Last Day Financial Futures (code BZ; TAS code BZT) listed for trading on CME Globex and for submission for clearing CME ClearPort. 
      NYMEX will extend the listing of TAS to the second and third contract months for Brent Last Day Financial Futures.
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