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CME Group launches long-term US Treasury bond futures.

Byline: news@cpifinancial.net (Staff Writer)

This contract will be listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of the CBOT.

"The Long-Term Treasury Bond futures are being launched in response to strong customer demand for a contract that mimics the duration of a 30-year Treasury bond," said Robin Ross, CME Group Managing Director of Interest Rate Products. "The Ultra Bond contract will complement our existing benchmark U.S. Treasury complex and expand the range of risk management and trading opportunities for market participants."

Deliverable securities for the new Long-Term Bond future will comprise cash Treasury bonds with at least 25 years of remaining term to maturity. By comparison, deliverable securities for the existing Treasury Bond contract are bonds with remaining terms to maturity of 15 years or more. The recent fiscal policy shift toward greater issuance of long-term bonds has enabled CME Group to launch this contract targeted at this important part of the yield curve.

In all other respects, the specifications for the Ultra Bond futures closely resemble those for the existing Treasury Bond contract. They are identical in terms of their notional value, minimum tick size, contract critical dates, and coupon. Initially, the Exchange will list three March-quarterly delivery months in the Ultra Bond futures, beginning with the March 2010 expiry. There will be no modifications to the currently listed Treasury Bond futures contract specifications.

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