Richard Whitlow, a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, settled charges with the exchange that, between December 1, 2015, and August 15, 2016, he engaged in pre-open activities constituting disruptive trading practices in violation of the relevant rule (click here to access CBOT Rule 575.A). According to CBOT, during the relevant time, Mr. Whitlow entered bids and offers in various grains and oilseeds futures contracts during pre-open sessions without the intent to execute bona fide transactions. This activity, said the CBOT, caused “fluctuations” in the indicative opening price. Mr. Whitlow agreed to pay a US $25,000 fine and serve a 30-business-day all CME Group exchanges trading suspension to resolve his charges.