• CME Group Announces Additional Agriculture, Ethanol Electronic Trading Hours - Effective Monday, June 15, 2009

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      • Q2009-123
      • Notice Date
      • 05 June 2009
      • Effective Date
      • 15 June 2009
    • In response to customer feedback, effective with the listing of the December 2009 contract on June 15, 2009, CME Group will reduce the notional coupon of its 5-Year, 7-Year, 10-Year and 30-Year Interest Rate Swap futures contracts from 6 percent to 4 percent.


      This modification will bring the Swap futures notional coupon within closer proximity to market rates for par swaps. As a result, the Swap futures price levels, price dynamics and yield-to-price relationship will correspond more closely to the OTC market, providing a more effective risk management tool for market participants.


      Specifically, a Swap futures contract priced on the basis of a 4 percent notional coupon versus a 6 percent coupon will have:


      ·          A lower market price

      ·          A smaller DV01

      ·          Less convexity


      In addition, to the conversion to a 4 percent notional coupon, Swap futures will be listed out to four consecutive months in the March-June-September-December quarterly cycle, a change from the current three quarterly month cycle.


      Swap Futures 4 Percent Conversion Timeline:


      This change to the Swap futures notional coupon rate will be implemented as follows:


      ·          June 15, 2009

      o    June 2009 contracts expire

      o    December 2009, March 2010 and June 2010 contracts are listed with 4 percent notional coupon

      o    September 2009 contracts continue to trade based on a 6 percent notional coupon

      ·          September 14, 2009

      o    September 2009 contracts expire –  the last contracts based on a 6 percent notional coupon

      o    December 2009, March 2010, and June 2010 contracts continue to trade

      o    September 2010 contracts are listed with 4 percent notional coupon


      For additional information regarding this change, please visit http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/interest-rates/swaps/4-percent-coupon.html.


      Please contact Market Data Operations (MDO) at mdo@cmegroup.com, if you have any questions concerning this notice.