Bloomberg on FX futures pricing

Discussion in 'Forex' started by e_trader_pro, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. Chicago Merc to Cut Currency Futures Trading Fees (Update1)
    2005-10-05 12:33 (New York)

    (Adds comment from Eurex US CEO in fourth paragraph; comment
    from Merc spokeswoman in ninth paragraph.)

    By Ann Saphir
    Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the
    biggest U.S. futures market, will cut currency futures trading
    fees for hedge funds and commodity trading advisers by more than
    half to keep customers from switching to competitor Eurex AG.
    Funds with at least $50 million under management and trading
    more than 125,000 currency contracts a month will pay 60 cents a
    contract, down from the current $1.60, the exchange said in a
    statement. The discount starts Nov. 1 and will run for nine
    Eurex US, the Chicago-based unit of the world's biggest
    futures market, began offering contracts tied to the euro, yen,
    Swiss franc, pound, and Australian and Canadian dollars on Sept.
    23, using cheaper fees as its main draw for customers. Eurex US is
    waiving fees to the end of the year and will then charge 56 cents
    a contract, including clearing.
    ``They have clearly reacted to what we did,'' Satish
    Nandapurkar, chief executive of Eurex US, said in a telephone
    interview from New York. ``It's the first of many price cuts that
    you'll see from the CME, and we're prepared for that.''
    Chicago Merc shares fell $5.17, or 1.5 percent, to $335.05 at
    11:35 a.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.
    The face value of the Merc's contracts are half or less than
    that of Eurex's contracts, making it twice as expensive to trade
    the same amount of currency, even with the discounts.
    ``We are continuously looking at ways to keep CME futures
    competitively priced,'' Rick Sears, the Mercantile Exchange's
    managing director of foreign exchange products, said in the

    Trade Inducement

    The discount is designed to induce more trading, said Pamela
    Plehn, a Chicago Mercantile Exchange spokeswoman.
    Asked whether the price cuts were a response to competition
    from Eurex, she said, ``Clearly, we are aware of what our
    competitors are doing, but we always are looking at how we can
    keep our products competitive.''
    Eurex US this year stopped marketing Treasury futures after
    failing to win market share from the Chicago Board of Trade, which
    cut its trading fees just days before Eurex US started.
    While the Board of Trade had a near monopoly on Treasury
    futures trading, the Chicago Merc's business makes up just 2
    percent, or $43 billion, of daily world currency trading. Eurex
    handled $227 million in currency futures on Oct. 3, the most
    recent date for which data is available.
    Both exchanges compete with trading in the off-exchange
    currency markets, which makes up the bulk of the $1.9 trillion in
    foreign exchange traded each day.
    Because currency traders are used to trading in more than one
    marketplace, Chicago Merc's price cuts may actually help boost
    business at Eurex, Nandapurkar said.
    ``As we continue to grow, the marketplace realizes that
    having an alternative venue is the way you get price cuts,'' he
    said. ``The best way for the marketplace to turn this into
    permanent pricing is to support us.''
  2. This is great for the 50 million dollar hedge fund, but what about the individual trader.......? I'm ok with tiered pricing and all, but what the CME charges for their FX contracts is crazy.