The CME Icebreaker


Close to a year on from the unveiling of the first clearing service for credit default swaps (CDSs), the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group announced the launch of its own platform on December 15 last year. Of the four major exchanges that declared an intention to launch a central clearing house for credit derivatives during 2008, CME Group is by some distance the last to the party. NYSE Liffe was first to launch a service for European CDS index trades in December 2008, in conjunction with

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