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December 19, 2002
OIC Rings In New Year With Winter Options Seminar Schedule
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced its increasingly popular winter line-up of equity options seminars for investors and brokers.

December 3, 2002
OIC Announces Sixth Consecutive Month of Increased Volume
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that for the sixth straight month, equity options volume increased over the previous year's volume.

November 5, 2002
OIC Announces 5.7 Increase In October Volume
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that October equity options volume was 70,266,228 contracts (30,165,139 puts and 40,101,089 calls), a 5.7 percent increase over the 66,446,907 contracts (26,405,929 puts and 40,040,978 calls) in October 2001.

October 10, 2002
OIC Introduces "Practical Uses of Covered Calls" Seminar
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today the launch of its inaugural strategy specific live seminar, "Practical Uses of Covered Calls." The seminar will debut in three cities and will cost $49 for the two and a half-hour event.

October 4, 2002
OIC Announces 14.58% Increase in Third Quarter Volume
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that third quarter equity options volume was 179,811,752 contracts, a 14.58 percent increase over the 156,918,643 contracts for third quarter 2001.

September 30, 2002
The Options Industry Council Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
The Options Industry Council (OIC), the option industry's central resource for options education, announced today the celebration of its 10th anniversary. During OIC's first 10 years, it educated over 500,000 investors and brokers through its free live seminars, 1-888-OPTIONS call center, 888options.com Web site, educational videos, online classes and interactive software.

September 5, 2002
OIC Announces August Volume Surpasses Previous Year
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that average daily equity options volume in August was 2,563,743 contracts, a 9.4 percent increase over 2,342,463 contracts traded in August 2001.

August 27, 2002
OIC Announces Fall Options Seminar Schedule
Since it was founded ten years ago, The Options Industry Council (OIC) has educated nearly 68,000 investors about the use of equity options through 789 free seminars. And the momentum continues as OIC announces its fall options seminar schedule.

August 5, 2002
All-Time Volume and Open Interest Records
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that July equity options volume reached a new month-end high with 75,488,393 contracts (32,636,306 puts and 42,852,087 calls), surpassing the previous record set in January 2001 with 73,284,884 contracts (26,106,065 puts and 47,178,819 calls).

July 2, 2002
Equity Open Interest Reaches New High
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that June equity options volume was the highest June on record with 59,052,332 contracts (26,815,607 puts and 32,236,725 calls).

June 7, 2002
The Options Industry Council Joins SEC, Department of Defense In Investors Town Meeting on June 12
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that it will provide a one-hour options investing seminar at the June 12 Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Defense Investors Town Meeting, at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside in Norfolk, VA.

June 5, 2002
Month-end Equity Open Interest Reaches New Heights
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that May month-end equity open interest of 80,259,074 contracts rose 8.98 percent from 73,644,995 contracts in May 2001.

May 6, 2002
April Options Volume Increases Slightly Over March
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that April options volume of 58,465,344 contracts (24,202,346 puts and 34,262,998 calls), increased by 6% over March’s 55,056,284 contracts (21,142,963 puts and 33,913,321 calls).

April 17, 2002
Leaders of U.S. Options Marketplace to Gather for 20th Annual Options Industry Conference, May 2-4
Top executives from the U.S. options industry will discuss critical issues facing their marketplace when they gather for the 20th Annual Options Industry Conference.

April 4, 2002
Leap Into Spring With New Investment Skills
Investors and brokers interested in learning more about equity options can look to The Options Industry Council (OIC) as a resource. OIC announced today its spring schedule of options seminars, taught by exchange professionals in a classroom-style format.

April 3, 2002
Equity Open Interest Continues Climb in March
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that March month-end equity open interest of 76,480,914 contracts rose 10.65 percent from 69,118,869 contracts in March 2001. At its highest point on March 15, equity open interest stood at 83,639,707 contracts.

March 5, 2002
OIC Introduces Online "Covered Calls" Class
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today the addition of the "Covered Calls" class to its online educational offerings.

March 5, 2002
Equity Open Interest Continues to Rise
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that February month-end equity open interest of 73,025,894 contracts rose 19.76 percent from 60,975,912 contracts in February 2001.

February 6, 2002
Equity Open Interest Begins New Year With High Numbers
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that January month-end equity open interest of 66,379,169 contracts rose 15.4 percent from 57,510,620 contracts in January 2001.

February 6, 2002
OIC Unveils Interactive Educational Software - "The Options INVESTigator™"
Investors who made a New Year's resolution to learn more about the equity options marketplace are getting help from The Options Industry Council (OIC) with its newest educational offering - The Options Investigator™, an interactive, educational software tool that became available today.

January 7, 2002
Options Industry Sets Records For Tenth Consecutive Year
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that for the tenth consecutive year, total equity options volume hit new heights. Volume in 2001 reached 722,680,249 contracts, a 7.4 percent increase from 672,871,757 contracts in 2000.

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