Chicago Mercantile Exchange's Proposed Fee Hike Irks Brokers

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On the heels of the Commodity Exchange Center Inc.'s 60 percent increase in exchange fees for real-time market data in July, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange last week announced plans to hike its monthly per screen fees by 40 percent, starting January.

The Merc's planned monthly fee increase from $50 to $52 per location and from $5 to $7 per screen confirms market fears that the CEC's move would open the floodgates for exchanges to raise the prices they charge for real-time market data. The C

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