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October 1, 2014
The Options Industry Council Announces September Options Trading Volume Increased 16 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 365,917,341 contracts were traded in September, a 15.83 percent increase compared to the 315,911,302 contracts traded in September of last year.

September 30, 2014
The Options Industry Council Introduces New Animated Glossary
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today a new educational offering, Options Glossary Illustrated. OIC’s Options Glossary Illustrated is an ongoing series of short, animated clips that explain basic options terms and key concepts. The series is now available on OIC’s YouTube channel.

September 25, 2014
The Options Industry Council Announces Investor Education Day in the Chicagoland Area October 11
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced that its third Investor Education Day (IED) for 2014 is taking place in Rosemont, IL on October 11.

September 15, 2014
Options Industry Council and Saxo Bank Announce Dubai Seminar, Part of Options Education Roadshow
Patrice Hénault, Futures & Listed Options Product Manager at Saxo Bank, and Gary Delany, Director at The Options Industry Council, will conduct a seminar on equity options at the Saxo Bank office in Dubai on September 17 as part of an ongoing series of seminars.

September 4, 2014
OIC Announces Three-Part Seminar Series Returns for Fall Season
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today its equity options seminar schedule for the fall season. The fall schedule will feature OIC’s three-part seminar series which debuted to great success this past spring. The fall lineup will also include OIC’s popular Advanced Strategies seminar and interactive Options Workshop.

September 3, 2014
The Options Industry Council and Borsa Istanbul VIOP Sign Content Sharing Agreement
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that it has entered into a content licensing agreement with Borsa Istanbul Derivatives Market (VIOP) to develop an options education program for Turkish financial professionals and investors.

September 2, 2014
The Options Industry Council Announces Average Daily Options Volume Increased 4 Percent in August
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 15,245,495 contracts were traded on average each day in August, a 4.17 percent increase compared to the 14,635,274 contracts in August of last year.

August 21, 2014
New Study Shows Advisors' Use of Options Increased 13% Since 2011
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today the results of a new benchmark study on financial advisors’ use of options conducted by Bellomy Research and commissioned by OIC. This is the second quantitative study that OIC has commissioned on advisors’ use of options following the inaugural study in 2011. The 2014 Benchmark Study found three out of five advisors have used options in the past 12 months, a 13 percent increase since the 2011 study. Advisors who were surveyed in the study anticipated their options use to grow 43 percent in the coming year. The new study also found that advisors are using options with more of their clients in 2014, and that options users are twice as likely to have larger, more successful businesses.

August 1, 2014
The Options Industry Council Announces July Options Volume Increased 9 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 355,432,350 total options contracts traded in July, up 9.48 percent compared to last July when 324,651,203 contracts exchanged hands. This marks the second busiest July on record behind July 2008.

July 1, 2014
The Options Industry Council Announces Options Volume Dips 1.4 Percent in First Half of 2014
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 321,358,397 total options contracts exchanged hands in June, which is 11.03 percent less than the previous June when 361,180,257 contracts were traded.

June 2, 2014
The Options Industry Council Announces Options Volume Falls in May
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 315,630,235 total options contracts traded in May, which is 18.32 percent less than last May when 386,428,255 contracts were traded. Overall 2014 volume remains up by 0.60 percent with 1,761,732,803 contracts compared to last year’s 1,751,155,921 contracts.

May 20, 2014
The Options Industry Council Signs Content Sharing Agreement With The Shanghai Stock Exchange
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that it has entered into a content licensing agreement with The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) to create an educational program for financial professionals and investors in China. The terms of the agreement were finalized in April and mark the first time a content licensing agreement for OIC has been executed with a financial institution in mainland China.

May 1, 2014
The Options Industry Council Announces April Options Volume Down 4 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 355,803,000 total options contracts traded in April, which is 4.13 percent less than last April when 371,147,433 contracts were traded.

April 30, 2014
Options Industry Council, Saxo Bank Sign Content Sharing Agreement and Announce Options Education Roadshow
The Options Industry Council (OIC) and Saxo Bank, the online trading and investment specialist, have signed a content sharing agreement making OIC's renowned equity options educational materials available to Saxo Bank’s global client base.

April 16, 2014
The China Futures Association and The Options Industry Council Sign MOU Regarding Options Education in China
The China Futures Association (CFA) and The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish cooperation on options education, information sharing and training.

April 1, 2014
The Options Industry Council Announces Investor Education Day In New York City April 12
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced that its second Investor Education Day (IED) for 2014 is taking place in New York City, NY on April 12.

April 1, 2014
The Options Industry Council Announces March Options Volume Rose 14 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 355,570,399 total options contracts were traded in March, 14.12 percent more than March of last year when 311,565,300 contracts were exchanged.

March 27, 2014
European Demand For U.S. Options Continues To Be Strong With Usage Growing More Diversified, New Study Finds
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today presented the results of the study, "Shifting Demand in a Changing Market Landscape," conducted by TABB Group and commissioned by OIC. The study found European investors continue to be interested in using U.S. options while becoming more sophisticated, shown by an expansion in the use of directional and volatility strategies. There is also a greater use of sector ETFs and options on single stocks.

March 6, 2014
OIC Announces Blair Hull as 2014 Sullivan Award Recipient
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced Blair Hull as recipient of the 2014 Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award. This award is given annually to one individual in recognition of outstanding contributions to the U.S. options industry throughout his or her career. The 2014 Sullivan Award will be presented at the 32nd Annual Options Industry Conference to be held April 30 - May 2, in Austin, TX.

March 6, 2014
OIC Announces Investor Education Day in Boca Raton March 22
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced that its first Investor Education Day (IED) for 2014 is taking place in Boca Raton, FL on March 22.

March 3, 2014
OIC Announces February Options Volume Up 7 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 344,908,034 total options contracts were traded in February, which is up 7.47 percent compared to last year when 320,943,312 contracts were traded.

February 3, 2014
OIC Announces January Options Volume Up 8 Percent Setting New January Monthly Record
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 389,821,135 total options contracts traded in January, up 7.96 percent compared to last January when 361,071,621 contracts were traded.

January 23, 2014
OIC Announces New Seminar Series for 2014
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today its evening seminar schedule for the first half of 2014, including the introduction of a new three-part series offered in various cities throughout the U.S.

January 15, 2014
OIC Launches New Investor Education Mobile App
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today a new mobile application for iOS devices. Investors can now enjoy OIC's options education on the go by downloading the OIC app available for iPhone® and iPad® devices. This free app offers select OIC courses, an interactive strategy section, and delivers the latest information on OIC's upcoming events and seminars.

January 9, 2014
OIC Introduces the Industry's Premier Options Education Program
Today OIC rolled out its new options education initiative, the Options Education Program. The Options Education Program brings together OIC’s full range of educational offerings and network of leading industry professionals to offer investors, whether novice or advanced, the best educational platform possible to learn about options for free.

January 2, 2014
OIC Announces December Options Volume Up 2% as 2013 Volume Rises Nearly 3%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 320,209,356 total options contracts were traded in December, which is a 2.46 percent increase compared to the previous December when 312,528,471 contracts were traded.

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