The company offers futures contracts and options on futures using its CME Globex trading platforms, fixed-income trading via BrokerTec, and foreign exchange trading on the EBS platform. In addition, it operates a central counterparty clearing provider, CME Clearing, which offers a range of pre-and post-trade products and services that support the entire lifecycle of a trade. CME Group also offers optimization and reconciliation services through TriOptima and trade processing services through Traiana.
Founded in 1848, CME Group is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and has been recognized as the world's fastest-growing and most valuable exchange brand for the past six years by Brand Finance. It is the world's largest financial derivatives exchange and trades in various asset classes that are critical to the global economy. The Economist has described the company as “the biggest financial exchange you have never heard of.”
It is a publicly-traded company, and its brands include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchange, Commodities Exchange Inc., NEX Group, Kansas City Board of Trade, and S&P Dow Jones Indices.