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The CME has recently entered into an exclusive agreement that will return Russell products from ICE back to CME. Blue Trading Systems attended a recent gathering sponsored by FTSE Russell to mark this important expansion of equity index products offered by CME Group. Exchanges, regulators, proprietary trading firms and technology providers met informally to discuss the transition.

“Offering the Russell 2000® Index at CME Group to trade alongside our suite of equity index benchmarks provides our customers greater capital and risk management efficiencies,” said Tim McCourt, CME Group’s Global Head of Equity Products. “We’re pleased to provide a powerful tool for investors seeking to manage risk in the small-cap segment.”

On July 10, 2017, the FTSE Russell Index Futures products returned to trading at the CME with an average daily volume of about 14,000 contracts (with 13,517 futures and 433 options traded daily). As of last week, their largest trading volume since the launch was Thursday, August 17 with 33,533 E-mini Russell 2000 futures contracts traded.

“Volatility spiked on Thursday the 17th during the day and customers came to the CME Group to manage risk where they can access equity indices on a single platform,” said McCourt “We’re excited to offer a more cost effective opportunity for global exposure using futures and options, with margin offsets of up to 70% against the S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow Jones indices.”

“We are pleased to bring the Russell US index products back to the CME Group offering an efficient hedge to cash index options,” said Sean Smith, Managing Director of Derivatives Licensing at FTSE Russell. “We continue to work together with all our strategic partners to help deliver innovative Index products to the market. We want to thank everyone who came out to mark this transition.”

Blue Trading Systems was honored to be part of the conversation, and looks forward to supporting Russell index options traders through this transition. We invite you to see how BTS Edge can help you identify opportunities and manage and diversify risk in this small cap segment.


How we consistently deliver low latency software solutions

Our roots in trading have made us aware of the need for consistent speed. Earlier this year, we decided to look at what our experience taught us building low latency software solutions. Our commitment to providing reliable and dependable products has taught us to treat performance as a primary design driver, measure realistically and to cultivate mechanical sympathy. Read below to learn more about what we’ve learned along the way, and what mechanical sympathy is exactly.


Blue Trading Systems is offering a new Edge API to help beta customers extend their trading platform. Intuitive and easy to learn, our API enhances the user experience and extends market capabilities, as well as enables developers to focus on proprietary strategic initiatives.

Data is delivered as a transactional stream of typed business objects, obviating the need for error-prone parsing code. Fully functional examples of code are provided in the documentation to get developers up to speed quickly.

Edge API is integrated into a .NET reactive framework for data manipulation. Searching, filtering and grouping information is easy using a strongly typed C# interface integrated with Language Integrated Query (LINQ). Excel’s RTD functionality can be used to stream business objects from Edge API into an Excel spreadsheet in real time. All core API streaming and RPC functionality are available through the Excel interface, facilitating rapid creation of prototype user interfaces or trading algos.

Let BTS Edge API’s user-friendly interface, enhanced capabilities and real time functionality reduce your development time and cost. If you are interested in becoming a beta customer, please call us to learn more about this opportunity.


We at BTS are committed solely to delivering trading software to the Chicago-based options and futures community, with emphasis on stability, speed, and service. We work on and think only about serving your needs. Meet with us. See our system. You will see how this exclusive focus results in software excellence, knowledgeable and attentive support, and superior value.

Quality Features

The comprehensive BTS platform provides full support for commodity, rate, and index options, highly adaptable volatility controls and risk analysis, and intuitive electronic trading tasking capabilities. Our C#/C++ programming API grants simple, logical links for your proprietary calculations. Our developers’ focus on the derivatives market ensures that our customers perform with a competitive platform and we will continue to provide a powerful edge. As a small, nimble firm, we deliver new functionality more quickly than anyone.

Real Speed

Latency remains critical in today’s increasingly competitive markets. Slower systems will continue to get picked off even more over time. As former market makers, we respect speed. It has always been a design priority. Our Options Quoter benchmark results provide insight into best practices in building and measuring low latency systems, and share some lessons we learned in reducing latency. We think transparency in how we measure is as important as the numbers themselves.

Great Value and Expert Service

At Blue Trading Systems, our low latency, comprehensive trading solutions offer unmatched value. Our experienced support team is dedicated to professional, responsive, proactive assistance with our software. Our customers know they are very important to us, and we know that our success is measured solely by how well we support theirs.

Consider BTS

Have you been hesitant to look at new technology because of sunk cost? We can begin saving you money immediately; give us a call and let us show you how.

Will your current provider continue to invest resources and strive to innovate? We have seen competitors turn their attention away from this market, but we remain focused. Volatility has not been repealed, and we will be standing with you when it returns.

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