CHICAGO -- The Chicago Board of Trade has set a new record for annual trading volume, with 805,884,413 contracts traded in 2006. Total annual volume increased by 19.5 percent compared with the total from 2005, marking the fifth consecutive record-breaking year for the CBOT.

Exchange average daily volume (ADV) reached 3,210,695 contracts in 2006, up 20 percent over 2005. ADV on the e-cbot(R) electronic trading platform was a record 2,240,262 contracts in 2006, an increase of 29 percent compared with the total from the prior year.

The Exchange also experienced volume increases for both the month of December and the fourth quarter of 2006. CBOT volume for December 2006 reached 55,344,340 contracts, an increase of 33 percent compared with December 2005. December's ADV was 2,767,217 contracts, up 40 percent over the same month in the prior year.

For the fourth quarter, total CBOT volume reached 205,916,117 contracts -- 36 percent greater than the total from the 2005 fourth quarter. Fourth quarter ADV was 3,268,510 contracts, a 36 percent increase compared with the same period a year earlier.

CBOT President and CEO Bernard W. Dan said, "The year 2006 was truly historic for the CBOT, as we improved access to the Exchange and launched several new and innovative products. The extension of Agricultural futures to the CBOT electronic trading platform, side-by-side with open auction trading during daytime hours, combined with rising demand for Agricultural risk management tools, contributed to volume growth and expanded the Exchange's global reach.

"We are proud of our accomplishments of the last 12 months, and we appreciate the confidence our market participants have shown in our products and platforms. We look forward to providing them with new trading opportunities in 2007."

As one of the leading global derivative exchanges, the ,a href="">Chicago Board of Trade provides a diverse mix of financial, equity and commodity futures and options-on-futures products. Building on its 158-year history, the CBOT continues to advance into the future using the strength of deep liquidity, market integrity and member-trader expertise.

SOURCE: Chicago Board of Trade via PR Newswire.