FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR MITIGATING YOUR RISKCME ClearPort is a comprehensive setof flexible clearing services for the globalOTC market. Launched in 2002 to providecentralized clearing services and mitigaterisk in the energy marketplace, todayCME ClearPort clears transactions acrossmultiple asset classes around the world.With OTC clearing through CME ClearPort,you can continue to conduct businessoff-exchange–but you gain the advantagesof security, efficiency and confidence.
MITIGATE YOUR RISKCME ClearPort uses a central counterparty clearing A track record of excellencemodel, where counterparty credit risk is shared amongclearing members. This allows the central clearing house Established in 2002, today CME ClearPort is growingto guarantee the performance of every transaction – as more OTC market participants take advantage of the opportunity to mitigate the counterparty risk they face.and the security of every clearing member’s customer. Today, CME ClearPort:ACCESS INDEPENDENT, THIRD-PARTY VALUATIONS • Clears nearly 500,000 contracts daily *CME ClearPort’s neutral, third-party valuations and our • Brings together more than 16,500 registeredmark-to-market process enable you to track positions users around the world. – Commercial, banking, hedge funds, trading entitiesand assess risk. – IDBs, FCMs and clearing firms • Features more than 1,000 listed contracts availableENHANCE YOUR EFFICIENCY for clearing, with more to comeCME ClearPort replaces the significant time andexpense of documentation with real-time trade GROWTH ON CME CLEARPORTconfirmations and straight-through processing Average Daily Volume (in contracts)once a contract is cleared. 2011* 459,500 2010 454,600KNOW YOUR COSTS 2009 495,000Direct, bilateral transactions may not require an 2008 468,000initial margin, but they do have implicit, hidden risk 2007 335,000management costs. With CME ClearPort, the cost 2006 313,128of margin is offset by reducing your expenses from 2005 139,177credit assessments and having to manage the flowof funds among counterparties. Products from multiple asset classes can be cleared or reported through CME ClearPort.TRUST MORE THAN A CENTURY OF EXPERIENCE Available Now Coming SoonFor more than 100 years, no CME Clearing member has • Agricultural Commodities • Weatherfailed to meet a performance bond call or its delivery • Creditobligations. And no customer has lost funds as a result • Energyof the failure of a clearing member firm. • Environmental Commodities • Equities • FX • Interest Rates • Metals Based on strong customer demand, we anticipate expanding the benefits of CME ClearPort to other asset classes and new products in the future. * ADV as of Q1 2011
Comprehensive clearing services CME ClearPort Clearing ServicesCME ClearPort provides an array of clearingservices, with tailored offerings for the needsof each market. CME ClearPort’s capabilities Block trades OTC Traded and OTC Traded andrange from reporting large block trades and and EFPs through Subbed to Cleared Cleared as OTCEFPs cleared as standard futures or options CME ClearPort Futures and Options Contractson futures to “pure” OTC transactions centrallycleared as OTC instruments. We also offerclearing that converts or substitutes an OTCinstrument into a futures or options contract.The clearing mechanism depends on thenature of the product you trade.A complementary service with added security OTC Customer IDB/ECN/Confirmation OTC Dealer ServiceCME ClearPort preserves the customer anddealer relationship and adds an extra levelof protection to the transaction. Here’s howit works:• Customers (such as corporate treasuries, asset management firms, hedge funds and proprietary trading firms) continue to Clearing Clearing negotiate transactions through their IDB Member Member or dealer. Then they clear those transactions through a clearing member of CME Clearing (the central counterparty clearing house).• Clearing members collect margin from clients, who in turn provide margin to the central counterparty. CME Clearing• In the event your original counterparty (clearing member/dealer/other customer) OTC Domain Clearing Domain defaults, the central clearing house covers the counterparty’s obligations, insulating you –and other clearing members, dealers and customers–from losses.Together, CME ClearPort’s added layer of creditrisk mitigation and independent valuationscomplement existing relationships and givecustomers added certainty.
How to register for clearingthrough CME ClearPort:Getting started to clear trades through 1. 2. 3. Establish an account with Visit cmegroup.com/clearport Once you have received yourCME ClearPort is easy. Once an account a CME, CBOT, NYMEX or and complete the online username and password,has been established with the proper COMEX clearing member, Exchange User License contact the clearing or riskclearing member, you simply complete depending on the type of Agreement (EULA), whether staff person at your clearingthe online registration form. Once markets you wish to clear. you are a broker or a trader. member firm and requestapproved, you’ll immediately be able that your clearing account be added to RAV (Risk Allocationto clear OTC trades as approved with Value) Manager. You shouldthat clearing member. inform your clearing firm as to which OTC brokers (if any) should be allowed to enter trades for clearing on your behalf. You will then be given permission for any markets you wish to clear.How to begin entering trades for clearing through CME ClearPortCustomers have three options for reporting the trade for clearing through CME ClearPort.Broker Entry Facilitation Desk Third-Party MatchingOnce a deal is reached, the broker Once a deal is reached, one of the traders In this scenario, two traders are matchedenters the trade into the CME ClearPort calls the CME ClearPort facilitation desk. by a third-party matching/confirmationweb-based user interface (GUI) or The facilitation desk contacts the other platform. The matching platform writes theCME ClearPort API. trader to confirm. When the desk has trade directly into the CME ClearPort API. confirmation from both parties, it processes the trade. Trader Broker GUI Trader A Facilitation Desk Trader B Trader A Third Party Trader B Matching/ Confirmation PlatformTo learn more about CME ClearPort visit www.cmegroup.com/clearport.CME ClearPort Hours CME ClearPort Facilitation Desk5:00 p.m. Sunday – 4:15 p.m. Friday, Chicago Time (CT) Call: 866 246 9639 or 212 299 245745-minute break from 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays CT E-mail: ClearPort@cmegroup.com