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Get enhanced pricing information on rapidly growing cryptocurrencies. CME Group and CF Benchmarks have developed standardized reference rates and spot price indices on bitcoin and ether.

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About CME CF price indices

The rates build on our experience creating benchmarks to help accelerate the professionalization of the top two global cryptocurrency offerings active today in terms of volume. The reference rate and real-time index for each cryptocurrency are standardized and based on robust methodology, with expert oversight to bring confidence to bitcoin and ether trading.

CME CF Reference Rates and Real-Time Indices are registered benchmarks under European Benchmarks Regulation (EU BMR). CF Benchmarks is the Benchmark Administrator recognised under the EU BMR and authorized by the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Several exchanges and trading platforms provide pricing data, including Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit, Kraken, and Gemini.

CME CF cryptocurrency reference rates

The CME CF cryptocurrency reference rates aggregate the executed trade flow at global cryptocurrency spot exchanges during a specific calculation window into a once-a-day reference rate of the U.S. dollar price against the relevant cryptocurrency. The calculation methodology is designed to be resilient and replicable in the underlying spot markets.

CME Group and CF Benchmarks created the reference rates to be transparent and meet industry best practices for financial benchmarks.

CME CF cryptocurrency real-time indices

The CME CF cryptocurrency real-time indices aggregate the order book at global cryptocurrency spot exchanges to calculate a fair, instantaneous US dollar price against the relevant cryptocurrency. The process is geared toward low latency and timeliness and is based on forward-looking input data The real-time indices are suitable for marking portfolios, executing intra-day transactions and risk management.

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An independent committee has been put in charge of reviewing and overseeing the methodology and the scope of cryptocurrency policies, procedures and complaints.

 Core Oversight Team Members

Gavin Lee
CME Group

Payal Lakhani
CME Group

Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Independent Expert

William J. Knottenbelt
Imperial College London

Max Boonen
B2C2

Dr. Timo S. Schlaefer
Crypto Facilities Ltd.

Michael Moro
Genesis Global Trading

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