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December 8, 2003
OIC Announces Year-to-Date Volume Reached New High in November
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that in November year-to-date equity options volume of 748,358,403 contracts surpassed the 2001 equity options volume record of 722,680,249 contracts.

November 10, 2003
OIC, MarketWise Investors Expand Options Education to Singapore with "Options for the Thinking Investor" Seminars
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that it will be participating in a new live seminar series, "Options for The Thinking Investor" hosted by the Singapore-based MarketWise Investors (MarketWise).

November 5, 2003
OIC Announces All-Time Volume and Open Interest Records
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that October equity options volume set a new record for month-end volume with 88,444,046 contracts (34,560,407 puts and 53,883,639 calls). This is a 25.87 percent increase over the 70,266,228 contracts (30,165,139 puts and 40,101,089 calls) traded in October 2002.

October 9, 2003
OIC Introduces "Advanced Options for the Real World" Seminar
The Options Industry Council (OIC) and OptionVue Systems International, Inc. (OptionVue) announced today that their new free live seminar, "Advanced Options for the Real World" will be held in Chicago on Oct. 14. from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, at 301 East North Water Street.

October 3, 2003
OIC Announces 52.75% Increase In September Month-End Volume
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that September month-end equity options of 73,197,743 contracts (29,462,830 puts and 43,734,913 calls) rose 52.75 percent from 47,921,018 contracts (21,382,967 puts and 26,538,051 calls) traded in September 2002. This is the third highest month on record.

September 4, 2003
OIC Announces Year-to-Date Equity Options Volume Ahead by 6.51%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that year-to-date equity options volume remains ahead of 2002 volume with 515,789,526 contracts vs. 484,230,749 contracts, representing a 6.51 percent increase.

August 26, 2003
OIC Announces Fall Schedule of Free Options Education Seminars
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today its fall schedule of options investment seminars. OIC seminars offer something for everyone with its basic, intermediate and strategy specific seminars.

August 5, 2003
OIC Announces Year To Date Equity Options Volume Up 6.8 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that year-to-date equity options volume with 457,285,622 contracts is 6.8 percent higher than the 427,828,408 contracts for the same time period last year.

July 28, 2003
OIC Introduces Online Class "Options Strategies in a Bull Market"
Want to be ready for the next big market leap? Investors with an upbeat market perspective can turn to The Options Industry Council's (OIC) newest online class, "Options Strategies in a Bull Market" to learn about options strategies to consider.

July 14, 2003
OIC, E*Trade Securities LLC Enter Web Partnership
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today its new Web partnership with E*TRADE Securities LLC, a subsidiary of E*TRADE Group, Inc. (NYSE: ET), to provide online options education content to the company's customers.

July 7, 2003
OIC Announces Record-Breaking June Equity Options Volume
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that June equity options volume was the highest June on record with 75,302,094 contracts (29,177,920 puts and 46,124,174 calls), rising 27.5 percent vs. June 2002's record-breaking volume of 59,052,332 contracts (26,815,607 puts and 32,236,725 calls).

June 30, 2003
OIC Adds "Taxes and Investing" Addendum to Reflect Impact of Tax Legislation on Options
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that an addendum to its Taxes and Investing brochure is now available on the OIC Web site. The new addendum, written by Richard J. Shapiro, Tax Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, explains the impact of the Jobs Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (JAGTRRA) of 2003 on options.

June 4, 2003
May Average Daily Equity Options Volume Rises 25 Percent From Previous Year
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that average daily equity options volume for May rose 25.8 percent to 3,262,002 contracts as compared to 2,591,228 contracts in May 2002.

May 5, 2003
April Equity Volume Reaches A Six Month High
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that April month-end equity options volume of 64,245,844 contracts (26,365,068 puts and 37,880,776 calls) reached its highest level since October 2002, when month-end volume was 70,266,228 contracts.

April 24, 2003
OIC Takes Education On The Road
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that it successfully reached hundreds of Australian investors during its recent educational roadshow in Australia.

April 3, 2003
Month-End Volume Rises 12.8 Percent From Previous Year
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that March month-end equity options volume of 62,111,631 contracts (25,459,890 puts and 36,651,741 calls) rose 12.81 percent from 55,056,284 contracts (21,142,963 puts and 33,913,321 calls) in March 2002.

March 27, 2003
OIC Introduces "Directional Strategies: Trading Market Direction with Listed Options" Seminar
Prevailing uncertainty in the market has left many investors seeking ways to protect their current portfolios or leverage market moves. The Options Industry Council (OIC) offers help with its newest live seminar offering, "Directional Strategies: Trading Market Direction with Listed Options."

March 19, 2003
OIC Introduces Online "Buying Puts" Class
Looking for a new and dynamic way to learn about equity options? Then try The Options Industry Council (OIC)'s latest addition to its online educational offerings, the "Buying Puts" class.

March 5, 2003
OIC Announces Month-End Equity Open Interest Increases 10.3 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that February month-end equity open interest increased to 80,569,590 contracts vs. 73,025,894 contracts during the same time period last year. This represents a 10.3 percent increase.

February 5, 2003
OIC Announces January Month-End Volume Climbs To A Three Month High
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that January equity options volume of 62,141,181 contracts (25,485,877 puts and 36,655,304 calls), increased by 27.4 percent over December's 48,743,329 contracts (20,478,728 puts and 28,264,601 calls) and 6 percent over November's 58,622,690 contracts (22,947,217 puts and 35,675,473 calls).

February 5, 2003
OIC Unveils Enhancement To Online Educational Offerings: Options University
Investors interested in learning more about the equity options marketplace are getting help from The Options Industry Council (OIC) with its latest free educational offering - Options University (OU). OU is a significant enhancement to OIC's Web site.

January 21, 2003
Options Industry Council Launches New TV Ad Campaign
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today launched a new television advertising campaign aimed at educating investors about the use of equity options to enhance stock portfolios.

January 8, 2003
OIC Reviews 2002 Records, Accomplishments
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that total equity options volume reached 709,784,014 contracts, the second highest annual volume on record.

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