South African Rand/U.S. Dollar futures

Record ADV in June 2020 of 5,305 contracts (Daily traded notional at $156 million) up 52% vs May 2020

Key macro facts

South Africa is the second largest economy in Africa with a gross domestic product of $385 billion in 2019.  Like most emerging economies, South Africa is heavily dependent on commodity prices due to its role as a major exporter of minerals and, thus, is susceptible to movements in global commodity prices.  The South African rand has depreciated more than 22% against the US dollar during 2020.  The Covid-19 pandemic has added to South Africa’s already severe economic challenges with depressed growth, large fiscal deficits, and increasing debt load.  Economists expect economic activity will fall by 7.5% in 2020.  South Africa’s inflation rate has stabilized in recent years and is expected to be around 3% in 2020 going forward.  Economists continue to report bad news about the country’s job market situation with forecasts for the country’s unemployment rate at 35.3% for 2020.

Key stats

  • ADV for Q2 2020 reached a record 4,099 contracts breaking the 4k barrier for the first time over a quarter
  • Record ADV in June 2020 of 5,305, up 61% vs June 2019
  • ZAR Futures ADV YTD 3,390, up 83% vs 2019
  • ADV in notional terms (YTD 2020) at $117M; up 58% vs YTD 2019

Key features

  • Liquidity is available on-screen or through a growing block market, which can be executed in trades greater than 50 lots.
  • There are several new end-user participants joining our marketplace – attracted by the credit and capital efficiencies of trading Futures and CME Clearing

Key capital efficiencies and potential margin offsets

  • 40% savings with New Zealand Dollar (NZD/USD)
  • 50 % savings with Brazilian Real (BRL/USD)
  • 30% savings with Australian Dollar (AUD/USD), and Norwegian Krone (NOK/USD)
  • 60% Savings Mexican Peso (MXN/USD),
  • 45% Savings Canadian Dollar (CAD/USD),
  • 25% savings with Indian Rupee (INR/USD)
  • 20% savings Swedish Krone (SEK/USD)

CME Group ZAR/USD FX Futures

Be Part of the Trend and Trade South African Rand Futures at CME Group

Standard futures

Globex: 6Z Bloomberg: RAA Curncy Reuters: 0#RASS: 

Block minimum threshold: 50

Available in Monthlies and Quarterlies

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Choose a block or an EFP where you can still privately negotiate your trades, but submit them directly into our clearing systems to free up credit lines and mitigate bilateral exposure – whether you are trading in South Africa or anywhere else in the world.

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Contract Specs

Contract Unit 500,000 South African rand
Trading Hours CME Globex: Sundays: 5:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) next day. Monday – Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT the next day, except on Friday – closes at 4:00 p.m. and reopens Sunday at 5:00 p.m. CT.
CME ClearPort: Sunday - Friday 5:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT with a 60-minute break each day beginning at 4:00 p.m. CT
Minimum Price Fluctuation $.000025 per South African rand increments ($12.50/contract).
Product Code CME Globex: 6Z
CME ClearPort: RA
Clearing: RA
Listed Contracts Thirteen consecutive calendar months plus two-deferred March quarterly cycle months
Settlement Method Deliverable
Termination Of Trading 9:16 a.m. Central Time (CT) on the second business day immediately preceding the third Wednesday of the contract month (usually Monday).
Settlement Procedures ZAR/USD Futures Settlement Procedures
Position Limits CME Position Limits
Exchange Rulebook CME 259
Block Minimum Block Minimum Thresholds
Price Limit Or Circuit Price Limits
Vendor Codes Quote Vendor Symbols Listing

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