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CME Group

Merger of Chicago Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange.

Headquarters: 20 South Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60606
Employees: 2,740
CEO: Craig Donahue
Stock Symbol: CME

Website: http://www.cmegroup.com

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CME Group was formed by the 2007 merger of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). It provides the widest range of benchmark futures and options products available on any exchange, covering all major asset classes.

CME Group offers futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, commodities, energy, and alternative investment products such as weather and real estate. Three quarters of trading volume comes from trades made electronically on the CME Globex electronic trading platform.

As an international marketplace, CME Group brings buyers and sellers together on the CME Globex electronic trading platform and on trading floors in Chicago and New York. By acting as the buyer to every seller and the seller to every buyer, CME Clearing virtually eliminates counterparty credit risk. CME Clearing also offers financial safeguards to help mitigate systemic risk, providing the security and confidence market participants need to operate, invest and grow.

Total revenues for the company in 2011 were $3.28 billion and net income was $1.81 billion.

In 2008, the CME Group acquired the NY Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) for over $9 billion.


Employees participate in a competitive benefits program, and their eligible dependents (including same or opposite sex domestic partners) can also be covered. For health care benefits, HMO and PPO options are provided. Dental care benefits are provided as PPO options.

Short-term and long-term disability insurance is provided to all employees, as is life insurance. In addition, employees can elect to participate in flexible spending accounts and long-term care insurance.

Retirement benefits are offered in both a 401(k) plan and a company-based pension plan. Employees can contribute up to 55 percent of their base pay to their 401(k), and CME Group matches those contributions up to a maximum of 3 percent of base pay. CME Group also contributes to employees' pension accounts with compensation-based credits (based on age and salary) and interest credits. Various vesting schedules apply under the plans.

Employees are also eligible for our annual incentive programs, where bonuses are paid based on the company's achievement of its financial goals and the individual's achievement of his or her individual goals for the year. Our Excellence Awards program also provides spot bonuses to employees who show outstanding dedication to our customers.

The CME Group Equity Program provides employees with a long-term incentive for shareholder value creation. Corporate Officers receive annual grants of stock options and restricted stock and non-officers are eligible for annual grants based on performance. And, employees can elect to purchase CME Group stock at a discount through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.

CME Group also recognizes that having children is an important part of our employees' lives, and we have special benefit programs to serve those needs. Employees who have a new baby are provided with two weeks of parental leave within the first six months of the birth or adoption, in addition to FMLA leave. CME Group provides adoption assistance benefits to help parents defray the cost of adopting a child.

All employees accrue vacation time. CME Group recognizes nine holidays per year, and employees are generally eligible for three additional personal days. Flexible work arrangements are also available.

Our employee assistance program provides confidential counseling sessions to discuss a range of personal and family issues, including legal counseling and child/elder care issues.

LifeWorks is another service that provides employees and their families with around-the-clock information regarding child care resource referrals and education information, among other services, on the Internet or by calling a toll-free number. We also offer a number of onsite health and wellness programs including massage appointments, yoga classes, wellness screenings and Weight Watchers at Work.

Updated July 20, 2012