CME Group to Launch SOFR Options on January 6, 2020

CHICAGO, IL (STL.News) – CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced that it will launch options on Three-Month Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) futures starting on Jan. 6, 2020, pending regulatory review.

“Today, CME Group is the only exchange offering customers a holistic SOFR solution covering the entire yield curve,” said Agha Mirza, Global Head of Interest Rate Products at CME Group.  “Offering options on futures builds on our ever-growing SOFR ecosystem and deep expertise in listed interest rate options, and provides clients with another solution for managing exposure to interest rate price risk around the world.”

Since their launch in May 2018, more than 195 global market participants have traded over 6.3 million SOFR futures contracts at CME Group.  A record 120 large open interest holders held open positions in SOFR futures as of Aug. 27, 2019.  Additionally, open interest surpassed a record 283,000 contracts on Aug. 30, 2019.

SOFR futures trade alongside highly liquid Eurodollar, Fed Fund and Treasury futures to offer customers enhanced spread trading capabilities through CME Group’s electronic trading platform, CME Globex, and capital efficiencies via margin offsets of up to 80 percent between relevant CME futures positions.

Options on Three-Month SOFR futures will be listed by and subject to the rules of CME.  More information is available at cmegroup.com/sofr.