CME Group Says It’s Improving Technology to Address Time Lags

CME Group Inc. (CME), the world’s largest futures exchange, said it’s improving its technology to reduce the time between when some customers see trade details and the information is released to the public.

The Chicago-based company was responding to a story in the Wall Street Journal today that said some high-frequency traders can use time lags, or latency, to gauge the price direction of futures markets to their advantage. The newspaper didn’t name the traders that used this strategy or describe the profit they earn from it.

“Out of the more than 300 million messages that come into our platform each day, there may be times when customers can experience a latency of a few milliseconds between the time they receive their trade confirmations and when that information is accessible on the public feed,” the company said in the statement. “However, these instances are not consistent and vary across asset classes.”

CME Group said it will be improving the computers and software that form the backbone of its Globex electronic trading system.

“Our goal is to bring variability as close to zero as possible and we have made significant steps to address latencies related to trade confirmations,” the company said.

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