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The Options Industry Council Announces Fall 2006 Equity Options Seminar Schedule

Chicago—July 12, 2006

Come this September, children won’t be the only students returning to the classroom. The Options Industry Council (OIC) recently announced its new fall schedule of equity options seminars. Knowledge-seeking investors and brokers can attend basic, covered calls, spreads, and advanced seminars in select cities across the U.S.

OIC's free educational 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 September 12 through November 16: Alexandria, VA; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago; Cleveland; Detroit; Kansas City; Madison, Wis.; New York Downtown; New York Midtown; Oak Brook, Ill.; Orlando; Philadelphia; San Diego, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; St. Louis; Tampa; and Toronto.

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

Seminar offerings include

Basic Seminar: "Options Strategies for the Stock Investor" - This workshop provides an introduction to options. 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 include: options terminology and mechanics; buying calls and puts; buying protective puts/selling covered calls, collars; options symbology; and an 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 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, NYSE Arca, Philadelphia Stock Exchange and The Options Clearing Corporation. OIC's resources include: The Options Industry Services Options Help Desk at 1-888-OPTIONS, an educational Web site at www.888options.com, evening seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, 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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