What is the Cantor Futures Exchange (CXMarkets)?

The Cantor Futures Exchange, now called CXMarkets is a U.S. regulated exchange offering products related to foreign exchange (Forex ), tropical storms, and other types of weather. 

CXMarkets offers digital, or binary, options on forex products including the EUR/USD, EUR/JPY, GBP/USD, GBP/JPY, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, and XAU/USD (gold). The digital options can be purchased with expiries of five minutes, 20 minutes, one hour, and end of day.

The CX Futures Exchange, under the CXMarkets' umbrella, offers trading in weather products. Speculators and hedgers can make trades based on where tropical storms will make landfall, snowfall amounts, rainfall amounts, and temperatures. 

Key Takeaways

  • In 2010, the Cantor Futures Exchange was similar to the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) which allows people to buy shares, based on movies and celebrities, using and accumulating fake capital. The Cantor Exchange, now CXMarkets, offers real-money trading.
  • Originally, the Cantor Exchange was an electronic and online marketplace where investors could buy and sell domestic (U.S.) box office receipt contracts, also known as DBOR contracts or movie futures.
  • The Cantor Exchange, now CXMarkets, offers real-money trading. The Cantor Futures Exchange got its name from its parent company, Cantor Fitzgerald.

Understanding the Cantor Futures Exchange (CXMarkets)

The Cantor Futures exchange has changed their position and the products they offer over the years. Originally, the Cantor Exchange was an electronic and online marketplace where investors could buy and sell domestic (U.S.) box office receipt contracts, also known as DBOR contracts or movie futures. The exchange, approved by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in June, 2010, allowed investors to bet on how financially successful upcoming movie releases would be in theaters.

The Motion Picture Association of America, the Directors Guild of America, and other major industry groups opposed the DBOR exchange, saying it created a risk of market manipulation and conflicts of interest. Supporters said it could help companies in the movie industry manage movie-production risk by hedging.

Ultimately, DBOR futures were banned due to the Dodd-Frank Act which was signed one month after the movie futures were made legal. Due to the quick legal turnaround, movie futures were never actually traded on the exchange. The Cantor Futures Exchanged revamped and became CXMarkets, offering financial products not readily available on other U.S. exchanges. 

In 2010, the Cantor Futures Exchange was similar to the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) which allows people to buy shares, based on movies and celebrities, using and accumulating fake capital. The Cantor Exchange, now CXMarkets, offers real-money trading. The Cantor Futures Exchange got its name from its parent company, Cantor Fitzgerald.

DBOR contracts were also slated to trade on the Trend Exchange, which no longer exists.

CXMarkets Today

Simulated and real-money trading are offered on forex and gold binary options, as well as weather-related events. Binary options settle at 0 or 100, offering a fixed payout for trades finishing in the money, while also keeping losses contained to the amount wagered on losing trades.

Payouts for weather-related products depend on how many contracts are purchased by traders. As the contracts purchased increase, the payout to the winner (who predicts the correct weather or storm landfall location) increases.

One thing is clear, as time goes on, there will be more and more ways to speculate on future events. The CXMarkets exchange allows those who want to speculate on weather-related events with ease. Over time, it is safe to assume that other types of wagers will be available on all sorts of events. If there is something to bet on, and Wall Street sees the demand, there will likely be an exchange created.