Chicago Says Goodbye to CME’s Last Commodity Trading Pits – About Your Online Magazine


It is the end of an era of commodity trading by mouth, made famous by the movie “Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

O CME Group Inc. said third that his last remaining wells in Chicago, where agricultural commodity traders were still shouting their bids, will be closed permanently. Futures transactions had already been completely replaced by electronic trades, while option pits were active until March 2020, when Covid-19’s measures forced it to close.

“I don’t think I’m surprised,” said Dan Huber, an independent broker who spent 31 years on the floor. “It is sad to see it end like this, but we are all going to turn the page and move on. It was a good race. “

CME, one of the largest derivatives exchanges in the world, had already closed the floor for most future contracts in Chicago and New York in 2015, as the open floor fell to just 1% of the total volume. Option wells in Chicago, with a history dating back to 173 years, were the last bastion of the exchange for old-school commodity traders.

The Eurodollar options well will be the only one to continue operating. CME also said it plans to withdraw its life-size S&P 500 futures and options contracts, based on the floor, after the September 2021 contracts expired on September 17.

Paula Fonseca