The Chicago Board of Trade CBOT , established on April 3, , is one of the world's oldest futures and options exchanges [ citation needed ].
More than 50 different options and futures contracts are traded by over 3, CBOT members through open outcry and electronic trading. Volumes at the exchange in were a record breaking million contracts.
On July 12, , the CBOT merged with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange CME to form the CME Group. CBOT and three other exchanges CME, NYMEX, and COMEX now operate as designated contract markets DCM of the CME Group. The concerns of U. Still, credit risk remained a serious problem. The CBOT took shape to provide a centralized location, where buyers and sellers can meet to negotiate and formalize forward contracts.
In , the CBOT listed the first ever standardized "exchange traded" forward contracts, which were called futures contracts.
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In , the Chicago Butter and Egg Board ,  a spin-off of the CBOT, was reorganized to enable member traders to allow future trading, and its name was changed to Chicago Mercantile Exchange CME.
In , the CBOT and the CME merged to form the CME Group. In , the CBOT expanded electronic trading hours to 22 hours per day to become more competitive in the industry. The open outcry hours remained the same. Daley Center superseded it in This Art Deco building incorporates sculptural work by Alvin Meyer and is capped by a foot 9. Ceres is faceless because its sculptor, John Storrs , believed that the forty-five story building would be sufficiently taller than any other nearby structure and as a result that no one would be able to see the sculpture's face anyway.
On May 4, , the Chicago Board of Trade Building was designated a Chicago Landmark.
The building is now a National Historic Landmark. Today the Board of Trade Building is closely joined by numerous skyscrapers in the heart of Chicago's busy Loop commercial neighborhood. The pit is a raised octagonal structure where open-outcry trading takes place. Operating during regular trading hours RTH , the CBOT trading floor contains many such pits.
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The steps up on the outside of the octagon and the steps down on the inside give the pit something of the appearance of an amphitheater, and allow hundreds of traders to see and hear each other during trading hours. The importance of the pit and pit trading is emphasized by the use of a stylized pit as the logo of the CBOT. The Pit is also the title and subject of a classic novel by Frank Norris.
Trades are made in the pits by bidding or offering a price and quantity of contracts, depending on the intention to buy bid or sell offer. This is generally done by using a physical representation of a trader's intentions with his hands. If a trader wants to buy ten contracts at a price of eight, for example, in the pit he would yell "8 for 10", stating price before quantity, and turn his palm inward toward his face, putting his index finger to his forehead denoting ten; if he were to be buying one, he would place his index finger on his chin.
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If the trader wants to sell five contracts at a price of eight, they would yell "5 at 8", stating quantity before price, and show one hand with palm facing outward, showing 5 fingers.
The combination of hand-signals and vocal representation between the way a trader expresses bids and offers is a protection against misinterpretation by other market participants. For historical purposes, an illustrated project to record the hand signal language used in CBOT's trading pits has been compiled and published.
With the rise of electronic trading the importance of the pit has decreased substantially for many contracts, though the pit remains the best place to get complex option spreads filled. Electronic trading platforms operate virtually around the clock.
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