The Chicago Mercantile Exchange has appointed Citigroup Global Transaction Services to provide it with foreign exchange settlement services through CLS Bank, allowing continuous linked settlement (CLS) of CME’s foreign exchange (FX) futures transactions. Settlement via CLS will streamline CME’s quarterly currency delivery process and result in cost savings to CME clearing firms, according to Citigroup. CME’s FX contracts are currently settled four times a year using a process in which orders to pay and receipt of funds are confirmed manually. Linking FX futures settlement into CLS will eliminate the need for exception processing, making it part of the mainstream FX settlement process, added Citigroup. Firms that choose to use CLS settlement will no longer be subject to charges for an Order-To-Pay (OTP) by participating banks, and by extension, will not pay a per-contract Clearing House OTP fee. Clearing firms may choose to use CLS settlement for their euro/U.S. dollar-denominated deliveries beginning with the September delivery. CME intends to make the CLS settlement method available for other CME foreign exchange products at a later date.
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