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July 13, 2007

CME and CBOT have completed the merger of two great institutions. The new entity - CME Group Inc., a CME/Chicago Board of Trade Company - is now the world's largest and most diverse exchange.

Customers around the world will now have access to a wide array of benchmark exchange-traded derivatives products based on the entire U.S. interest rate yield curve, equity indexes, foreign exchange, agricultural commodities, energy, metals and alternative investment products such as weather and real estate. Supported by leading trading technology and world-class clearing, these products ultimately will be available for trade around the clock, around the world from a single electronic platform as well as via open outcry and privately negotiated trading. As one company, they will be able to provide more diverse and innovative products, increased operational efficiencies and a more streamlined business environment.