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The Options Industry Council Announces Equity Options Seminar Schedule for Winter/Spring 2006

Chicago—February 8, 2006

The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today its winter/spring schedule of equity options seminars for investors and brokers. The seminar schedule will feature basic, covered calls, spreads, and advanced seminars in select cities across the U.S.

“2005 was a record-breaking year for options volume, which can be attributed to more investors being educated about the product,” said Michael Walinskas, Executive Director of OIC. “OIC’s live seminars, which continue to receive high marks from investors, serve as a vital learning tool for investors of all levels.”

OIC's free educational equity option seminars are taught in a classroom style format by experienced options exchange instructors. The seminars are held from 6-9 p.m. and registration is required.

Seminars will be held in the following cities from February 14 through May 31: Atlanta; Baltimore; Bellevue, Wash.; Boca Raton; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Irvine, Calif.; Long Island; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Newport Beach, Calif.; NY Midtown; Pasadena, Calif.; Parsippany, N.J.; Philadelphia; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; San Mateo, Calif.; and Schaumburg, Ill.

Investors and brokers interested in attending the seminars can obtain a detailed schedule of the dates and locations, as well as register for the seminars, through the OIC web site at http://www.888options.com. Registration is also available by calling 1-888-OPTIONS (1-888-678-4667).

Seminar offerings include

Basics Seminar: "Options Strategies for the Stock Investor" - This workshop provides an introduction to options as an investment tool. Attendees will learn options fundamentals and how to choose an options strategy in light of market expectations and volatility forecasts using real market data. Topics will include: options terminology and mechanics; buying calls and puts; buying protective puts/selling covered calls, collars; options symbology; and introduction to Long Term Equity AnticiPation Securities® (LEAPS®).

Covered Calls Seminar: “Covered Calls and Income Strategies” - This seminar will teach participants what stocks to look for, how to calculate returns and how to manage options positions. Attendees will also learn when to use the covered call strategy and how to create a disciplined approach to implementing it.

Spreads Seminar: “Understanding and Trading Options Spread Strategies” - Attendees will learn the benefits of vertical spreads, straddles, strangles, and some spreads involving both stocks and options. An instructor will discuss how these strategies work, the profit and risk potential, and why these strategies are appropriate for particular market forecasts. Price behavior and options mechanics will also be explained.

Advanced Seminar: "Advanced Options for Experienced Investors" - This seminar is for those investors who understand the language of options and simple spread trading strategies, and will cover the decision making variables that can affect investors’ bottom line. An instructor will discuss options valuation and its importance in establishing performance expectations. The presentation explores bullish strategies for the experienced options user and compares call buying, put selling, and spreads. The class will also explore the LEAPS® buy-write strategy and examine position management strategies including rolls and repairs.

About OIC

OIC is a non-profit association funded by the American Stock Exchange, Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, Pacific Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange and The Options Clearing Corporation. OIC's resources include: The Options Industry Services call center at 1-888-OPTIONS, an educational Web site at www.888options.com, evening seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional videos and educational literature and software.

Editor's note: Reporters are welcome to attend the seminars to learn more about options. To make arrangements please contact Jim Binder at 312-322-9853 or Erin Green at 312-322-6267.

Press Contacts

Jim Binder
312-322-9853
jbinder@theocc.com
Erin Green
312-322-6267
egreen@theocc.com
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