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Hi, I'm in the process of becoming a member of the CME, reason for CBOT an IDEM seat to lower my comm's for the YM. There's a $2000 non refundable application fee.

Has anybody gone through that process and if don't might sharing, what did they look for to allow or disallow your membership ? I have no disciplinary issues etc, though am concerned on financial assets they may require - is there a net worth minimum line to cross ?

Thanks for any insight.

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It is advisable to get your broker to handle all the paperwork for you, instead of going it alone. Your broker should do this for free, and should have a person that is very familiar with the process and has a direct contact at CME that can answer questions prior to you submitting the application and fee.

Be sure you are also aware of what happens after you become a member, such as being classified as a professional.

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Be sure you are also aware of what happens after you become a member, such as being classified as a professional. Mike

Very easy to rack up 200$ a month in fees once you flip the pro switch and have to pay 85$ to cme, 95$ to ice and another 50-150$ for stocks and options.

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Be sure you are also aware of what happens after you become a member, such as being classified as a professional.

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Does anyone have a link to this sort of info?

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Does anyone have a link to this sort of info?

Look at the services to which you subscribe and look at the pricing. They will have pro and non pro rates.

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Look at the services to which you subscribe and look at the pricing. They will have pro and non pro rates.

I've seen those but Mike seemed to imply that there may be some negatives to being classified as a pro.

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I've seen those but Mike seemed to imply that there may be some negatives to being classified as a pro.

Data and taxes, check with your broker and accountant.

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Hi, I'm in the process of becoming a member of the CME, reason for CBOT an IDEM seat to lower my comm's for the YM. There's a $2000 non refundable application fee.

Has anybody gone through that process and if don't might sharing, what did they look for to allow or disallow your membership ? I have no disciplinary issues etc, though am concerned on financial assets they may require - is there a net worth minimum line to cross ?

Thanks for any insight.

I got an IDEM membership many years ago. Back then I had to take all the exams to be a floor trader even though I was only going to trade remotely, not sure if that's still the case now though.

I think the exchanges are more concerned about you being of 'moral character' than they are your financial assets. Your clearing firm is the one who is going to be concerned about your assets.


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It is advisable to get your broker to handle all the paperwork for you, instead of going it alone. Your broker should do this for free, and should have a person that is very familiar with the process and has a direct contact at CME that can answer questions prior to you submitting the application and fee.

Be sure you are also aware of what happens after you become a member, such as being classified as a professional.

Agree with Mike, your broker should be able to walk you through this process. My broker (Advantage Futures) did everything for me except actually take the exam. I now also have a NYMEX seat. They do everything. Arrange the leases, payment, communication with the exchange.


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Data and taxes, check with your broker and accountant.

Data fees can be annoying but the tax implication can be huge. I believe having a seat means your trading gains are also subject to Self Employment tax. Not as big an issue today with the ACA investment tax but for some people it will be an additional $15k odd cost. Very surprised this doesn't get discussed more here or in most trading places. I suspect many people either don't know this or just conveniently forget to know. As mike says check with your accountant.

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I have had cbot seats for 20 years. AM and IDEM. sold my AM because i was not trading treasury's anymore. Held the IDEM because i started trading YM. Sold the IDEM in Dec of 2014 because of the b.s. CME data fees and also was not really trading YM anymore. Presently, i almost exclusively trade TF and see no need for a membership.

Unless you are trading actively in YM, i don't see a reason to buy an IDEM. Trading has always been my primary source of income...so the self employment tax thing is not a factor. I believe i am still subject to that even though i don't have a seat.

Your broker should be able to see how much you are trading and advise you.....

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I got (leased!) my IDEM membership not for it's trading privileges but because it made me an Eligible Contract Participant ("ECP") under the commodity exchange act. Having ECP status enabled me to trade a lot of Over-The-Counter energy products, and trade on ICE and IDEM was (probably still is) the cheapest seat I could get. Since Dodd-Frank though, nearly everything is now a regulated future and as such the ECP designation is no longer valuable.

I now have (lease) the NYMEX seat for the reduced fees. 1000 lots a month and it's paid for.

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I have had cbot seats for 20 years. AM and IDEM. sold my AM because i was not trading treasury's anymore. Held the IDEM because i started trading YM. Sold the IDEM in Dec of 2014 because of the b.s. CME data fees and also was not really trading YM anymore.

When you sell a seat you own, does the CME charge any fees for the transaction ?

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Other question, after the initial application of $2000 is paid, if you interrupt leasing a seat in order to resume it later, are you charged again a new application fee if you let too much time go (I was talked about a reduced application fee of $1000 for all secondary exchange applications unspaced in time, otherwise $2000 again) or not ?

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I think I wrote like 3 times to this email, from 2 different emails, and never got any reply.
Iíll try the phone number next. Thx anyway

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I think I wrote like 3 times to this email, from 2 different emails, and never got any reply.
Iíll try the phone number next. Thx anyway

You could always ask your broker. Everything to do with the seats I lease is done through my broker. I have no contact with the exchange* or the people I lease from.

* If you use the seat to get data netting, then that (the data netting) is all done directly with the exchange.

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Unfortunately, AMP doesnít help with these matters. Thatís the stance I received from the customer service.

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AMP are pretty small

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When you sell a seat you own, does the CME charge any fees for the transaction ?

Yes.

Edit: On second thoughts, I recall paying application fees each time I bought a seat but not when I sell them, so maybe you're only charged on the entry leg.

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Yes.

Edit: On second thoughts, I recall paying application fees each time I bought a seat but not when I sell them, so maybe you're only charged on the entry leg.

$1,000 for the first membership within each exchange, and a $300 transfer fee for purchasing each additional seat on the exchange. I don't think you pay anything for selling.

I have several vacant seats lying around by the way, let me know if you are looking for a lease.

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Just wondering since i have seen so many interest in becoming a CME member recently, what size of volume does one need to do to really benefit from such a membership?

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Just wondering since i have seen so many interest in becoming a CME member recently, what size of volume does one need to do to really benefit from such a membership?

This is mostly a function of 2 things:

1. You can do the breakeven analysis yourself by looking at the fee schedule, say for E-mini equity indices you are going from $1.18 to $0.35, so $0.83 of savings per contract. You can divide the monthly lease by that amount to get a sense of monthly breakeven volume.

2. You also need to take into account the variance of your volume (and if you're buying, the variance of market prices for the seats).

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Just wondering since i have seen so many interest in becoming a CME member recently, what size of volume does one need to do to really benefit from such a membership?

One thing to consider, being a member (via seat lease or purchase) will make you a professional in CME's eye's so while your clearing rates go down, your data fees go up! Another advantage though is that you become eligible for data netting, meaning you pay the data fee once and not once per account/device etc.

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Hi, I'm in the process of becoming a member of the CME, reason for CBOT an IDEM seat to lower my comm's for the YM. There's a $2000 non refundable application fee.

Has anybody gone through that process and if don't might sharing, what did they look for to allow or disallow your membership ? I have no disciplinary issues etc, though am concerned on financial assets they may require - is there a net worth minimum line to cross ?

Thanks for any insight.

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