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CME Group hits new open interest record of 138.2 million contracts

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CME Group’s total open interest reached a record 138,185,824 contracts on 14 May 14, 2019. The previous record was 138,041,727 contracts set on 15 March, 2018.

Open interest (OI) represents the number of active positions that market participants are holding open without taking delivery or offsetting, a measure that typically increases during times of market uncertainty. 

Since the end of 2018, overall CME Group OI has grown by 20 per cent, with five of CME Group’s six asset classes also seeing rising OI levels, including: interest rates, up 26 per cent; agricultural products, up 23 per cent; equity index products, up 17 per cent; metals, up 15 per cent; and FX, up 6 per cent.

A number of CME Group products set single-day OI records on 14 May: Long-Term US Treasury Bond futures reached a record 1,256,482 contracts; Ultra 10-Year US Treasury Note futures set a new record of 765,965 contracts; Lean Hog options reached a new record of 428,073 contracts; NYMEX Brent Crude Oil futures set a record of 234,216 contracts.

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