The Mexican Peso was the first currency to have a design to protect it from counterfeits, making it popular in the early 1700s. In fact, it was so popular that it became the official currency system for all of North America and even the United States in 1785. Today, the Mexican Peso lands at the 12th most-traded currency in the world, third in the Americas, and first in Latin America in world currency ratings.
|Mexican Peso Contract Specifications|
|Contract Size||500,000 Mexican pesos|
|Trading Hours||CME Globex: Sundays: 5:00pm – 4:00pm CT next day.
Monday – Friday: 5:00pm – 4:00pm CT the next day, except on Friday – closes at 4:00pm and reopens Sunday at 5:00pm CT.
|CME ClearPort: Sunday – Friday 5:00pm – 4:15pm CT with a 45–minute break each day beginning at 4:15pm|
|Minimum Price Fluctuation||$.00001 per Mexican peso increments ($5.00/contract).|
|Product Code||CME Globex: 6M|
|CME ClearPort: MP|
|Listed Contracts||Thirteen consecutive calendar months plus 2 deferred March quarterly cycle contract months|
|Last Trade Date||9:16 a.m. Central Time (CT) on the second business day immediately preceding the third Wednesday of the contract month (usually Monday).|
|Settlement Procedures||Physical Delivery – Mexican Peso Futures Settlement Procedures|
|Position Accountability||6,000 contracts|
|Block Trade Eligibility||Yes.|
|Block Minimum||100 Contracts|
|Exchange Rules||These contracts are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of CME.|
|Source: CME Group|
Mexican Peso Facts
Mexican Peso futures allow traders to assess value against the U.S. dollar, as well as the opportunity to address risk from currency fluctuations in other foreign trade markets.
Currency rates are determined by a one base currency quoted in relation to a different currency. Major currencies that are traded are floating. Central bank monetary policies can affect the value of currency. The Banco de México regulates monetary policy for its currency. For instance, low interest rates dictated as policy can be bearish for currency value because new money is being pumped into the market. This is unappealing to foreign investors because returns yield those low interest rates. In contrast, high interest rates set as policy are bullish and appealing to foreign investors because of high interest yields from the returns. Currency values can be also be affected by the nation’s current account balance. An excess or influx in the balance is considered to be bullish, while a deficit or drainage is considered to be bearish. Economic stability and investment in the country also help strengthen currency values because international investors are likely to buy into that country’s favorable markets.
Last updated September 2015
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