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The OIC Announces Equity Options Seminar Lineup for Fall 2008

Chicago—June 26, 2008

The Options Industry Council (OIC) just announced its new fall lineup of live seminars for investors and financial advisors looking to increase their knowledge about equity options. OIC is proud to sponsor these seminars with updated curriculum for 2008 covering both basic and intermediate equity options fundamentals.

OIC’s free sessions are taught by experienced instructors from the options exchanges in a classroom-style setting and run from 6-9 p.m. with advanced registration required.

Seminars will be available in San Jose, CA; Cambridge, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Richmond, VA; Parsippany, NJ; St. Louis, MO; Schaumburg, IL; Boca Raton, FL; Downtown NY; and Baltimore, MD between September 16 and November 6, 2008.

For complete details and to register, visit OIC’s website or call 1-888-OPTIONS (1-888-678-4667).

Course descriptions

Basic: Getting Started with Options
This new basic seminar focuses on options fundamentals for the novice options investor. An options professional will cover essential concepts and terms of options contracts as well as their risk/reward characteristics. Attendees will learn about buying and selling calls and puts, how to work with an expected up or down movement in a stock’s price with limited risk, and how to revive a stock already owned that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Options questions will get straightforward answers. A basic knowledge of stocks, and some experience with stock investing, is recommended.

Intermediate: Managing Your Portfolio with Options
This new intermediate-level seminar extends beyond the fundamentals of buying or selling calls and puts. After a review of basic concepts, an options professional will guide the classroom into the world of spread strategies including vertical spreads and time spreads. This class will demonstrate how truly flexible options are, and how these limited risk spreads might fit into even the most conservative portfolios. Participants will learn about straddles and strangles, and the nature of volatility. They will also learn about ways to repair existing stock positions. An understanding of the basics, as well as limited experience trading options is recommended.

About OIC

OIC is an industry cooperative funded by the American Stock Exchange, Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, NASDAQ Options Market, NYSE Arca, Philadelphia Stock Exchange and The Options Clearing Corporation. OIC's resources include: The Options Industry Services Help Desk at 1-888-OPTIONS, educational Web sites at www.optionseducation.org and www.OICoptions.com, evening seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional DVDs and educational literature and software.

Editor’s note: Reporters are invited to attend the seminars to learn more about options. Please contact Jim Binder at 312-322-9853 or Angela Kotso at 312-322-6267 for arrangements.

Press Contacts

Jim Binder
312-322-9853
jbinder@theocc.com
Angela Kotso
312-322-6267
akotso@theocc.com
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