A DRFQ is available in CME Direct for privately negotiated transactions, in which participants request and negotiate quotes for block trades and subsequent submission.
Within CME Direct, a user will need to establish DRFQ relationships with counterparties via “Contacts” in the Directed RFQ view. If you are not currently a CME Direct user click here to register.
The advantages include the convenience of a structured process on a single electronic platform, full audit trail, speed and accuracy of deal entry, and firm admin controls. It is also CME Group Market Regulation-approved.
CME Direct enables users to access CME Group futures, options, and block markets all on one screen with a fast, secure, and highly-configurable trading front-end. Both CME Globex and CME ClearPort can be accessed with a single interface.
Users can create a DRFQ from trading and market activity grids. One just needs to right-click on a product and select “Send DRFQ” or create it in the DRFQ book.
A DRFQ can only be sent and received between users who have an established DRFQ relationship.
Users manage their DRFQ relationships from the Directed RFQ view by clicking on “Contacts”. From here, users can initiate relationship requests as well as “Accept,” “Ignore,” “Reject,” and “Delete” incoming requests.
DRFQ is a fully structured quote negotiation process; it is not free-form text. Users send bids/offers and quantities as numeric fields in specific negotiation forms.
No, users are enabled by default for DRFQ. Any changes to users can be done via your Firm Administrator. To participate in a DRFQ, however, you will need established relationships.
A Firm Admin has access to all users in the firm’s DRFQ entitlements and can adjust the granular roles for a user, as well as manage relationship requests on behalf of the firm’s users.
DRFQ is a private price negotiation for a block trade. The DRFQ and responses are not public, and responses are indications of interest until acted on and confirmed.
Yes, but your CME Direct registration comes with ClearPort registration, so nothing more is required.
Yes, a DRFQ is a request to negotiate a ClearPort block. DRFQ is not allowed for Globex trading.
DRFQ is optimized for block submission. Any block-eligible exchange product can be requested and quoted.
Yes, the DRFQ workflow has been reviewed by CME Group Market Regulation and complies with the private negotiation requirement for block trades. Additional regulatory information is included in the Market Regulation Advisory Notice concerning block trades, available MRAN Notice.
No, market participants will continue to need to comply with record keeping and audit trail requirements as described in Rule 536 and Rule 526. Firm Admins can export DRFQ audit trail up to 90 days of DRFQ transactions for record keeping purposes.
Yes, users can right click and “Send DRFQ” using an existing Globex-listed product, or strategy to create a DRFQ for private negotiation and block submission.
Users will receive a notification of a new DRFQ to open or manage all DRFQ workflow in the DRFQ book.
No, all responses are private one-to-one correspondence between you and the DRFQ participant to whom you are responding.
No, all quotes are indications of interest and must be confirmed before a block trade can be consummated using the workflow.
Please contact Platform Solutions at PlatformSolutions@cmegroup.com.
No, DRFQ is relationship-based trading. All negotiations are one-to-one. You will be known to the other side of the negotiation. However, a broker acting on behalf of a customer will not disclose their customer to the other side of a DRFQ.
All block trade enabled users on ClearPort are eligible to participate in a DRFQ. Users and firms are still required to follow all block rules and regulations. As well be properly set up with accounts and credit limits by their FCM.
Yes, all firm and user types can participate as initiators and recipients of DRFQs.
No, DRFQ is CME Direct functionality, and there is no additional fee associated with participating.
Yes, a DRFQ is a block, and all block trading requirements must be followed, including quantity minimums and reporting times.
Not at this time, users can only participate in DRFQ while using the CME Direct desktop application.
There is no embedded chat functionality within the DRFQ negotiation windows. Users can sign up for CME Chat and use that simultaneously if they want.
Yes, negotiation notes which are a text field can be sent along with a quote during a DRFQ. The use of negotiation notes can be managed by the Firm Admin.
Yes, users can leverage the contract link that is created in the option strategy builder to “Send DRFQ”.
With DRFQ, you can negotiate the hedge and delta of a strategy if there is only a single hedge leg.
No, strategies with more than one futures hedge leg are only DRFQ-eligible as full structures. The futures legs hedge reference prices and delta will be static throughout the DRFQ.
When creating the strategy, the initiator selects the “Over” field setting the premium leg which the strategy price will be negotiated.
The price of legs can be set by either party when confirming the DRFQ: either the user who is agreeing to the price initially sets the legs, or they can leave the leg fields blank and have the other user enter leg prices to confirm the deal.
Please immediately contact the CME Group Global Command Center (GCC) here.