Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Shanghai Futures Exchange Sign SPAN® Licensing Agreement

Mar 17, 2004

Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Shanghai Futures Exchange Sign SPAN® Licensing Agreement

Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Shanghai Futures Exchange Sign SPAN(R) Licensing AgreementBOCA RATON, Fla., March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) and the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) today announced that the two exchanges have signed a licensing agreement allowing SHFE to adopt the Standard Portfolio Analysis of Risk (SPAN) system. Initially, SHFE will use it for internal research purposes. SHFE will formally introduce the system after a trial period under the approval of the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

Today's announcement follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed one year ago in which SHFE and CME agreed to pursue joint business development initiatives in derivatives products, the first such agreement between SHFE and a North American exchange. Under the MOU, the two exchanges agreed to discuss a variety of issues, including cooperation related to product development, information sharing and market regulation.

"SHFE is proud to become the first exchange in Mainland China that adopts the international margin and risk management system," said SHFE Chairperson Madam Wang Lihua. "This is one of several steps SHFE takes to upgrade its risk management mechanism. This globally recognized system will help SHFE to better incorporate itself in the international futures market landscape."

"We are pleased that our important relationship with SHFE has resulted in this agreement," said CME Chairman Terry Duffy. "CME remains focused on long- term growth. By achieving common goals with SHFE, we are well positioned in the expansion of the Chinese marketplace."

In 1988, CME developed and implemented the SPAN methodology for calculating performance bond requirements. SPAN was the first futures industry performance bond system ever to calculate requirements exclusively on the basis of overall portfolio risk. Today, SPAN has become the industry standard; the program is now the official performance bond mechanism employed by 47 exchanges and clearing organizations around the world.

The Shanghai Futures Exchange was established after the merger of Shanghai Metal Exchange, Shanghai Cereals and Oil Exchange and Shanghai Commodity Exchange in December 1999. Now the most actively traded contracts through the SHFE are copper, natural rubber and aluminum. In the year of 2003, the SHFE traded 80,159,500 contracts, 229.25% higher year on year. The SHFE has become one of the major marketplaces for trading copper and natural rubber in the world, and as such, it aims to provide primary trading services to the market users. Currently, the marketplace has the active participation of 217 members, among which 85% are futures brokerage firms. With Shanghai's robust financial development, the SHFE looks to listing China's first financial derivative product, so as to ensure investors from home and abroad can have their financial risks managed.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. ( ) is the largest futures exchange in the United States. As an international marketplace, CME brings together buyers and sellers on its trading floors and GLOBEX® electronic trading platform. CME offers futures and options on futures primarily in four product areas: interest rates, stock indexes, foreign exchange and commodities. The exchange moved about $1.4 billion per day in settlement payments in 2003 and managed $39.5 billion in collateral deposits at Jan. 31, 2004. CME is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CME), which is part of the Russell 1000® Index.

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SOURCE Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

CONTACT: Anita S. Liskey of Chicago Mercantile Exchange, +1-312-466-4613, , or Yang Ke of Shanghai Futures Exchange, 68400000, Web site:

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