The Clearing Corporation Proves Up To The Challenge as Eurex U.S. Opens

Chicago, February 9, 2004 - The Clearing Corporation ("CCorp") upheld its long tradition of excellence as it successfully supported the launch of Eurex U.S. on February 8. The debut of Eurex U.S. followed the exchange's approval last week from the CFTC as a designated contract market.

"The success of this launch and services we provide for the new exchange are the culmination of months of collaborative effort with our clearing participants, Eurex U.S. and industry vendors, "said Dennis Dutterer, CCorp President and CEO. "We conducted intensive workshops, training sessions, and thorough trade simulations to ensure a smooth launch," he continued.

The Clearing Corporation's 67 clearing participants utilize a common interface and a single infrastructure to take advantage of expanded market opportunities presented by the new electronic exchange. "These participants are already familiar with the clearing and settlement services we will be providing to Eurex U.S, " Dutterer added.

Contact: Andrew Yemma, Intermarket Communications, 212-888-6115, ext. 225

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