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OIC Announces Spring Schedule for Broker Seminars "Options Strategies for Your Clients"

Chicago—January 27, 2004

In its continuing efforts to educate investors and brokers about equity options, The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today its spring schedule for its "Options Strategies for Your Clients" seminars. Since introducing this Series 7 licensed brokers-only seminar in 2001, OIC has educated nearly 500 brokers at this seminar. There is no cost to attend.

"With the current record-breaking volume in the options marketplace, now is a great time for brokers to expand their options knowledge," said Paul Stevens, President, OIC. "This seminar offers brokers the opportunity to discuss and learn options strategies for the current marketplace."

"Options Strategies for Your Clients" seminars will be held in the following cities and taught by one of OIC's professional exchange instructors:

  • Newport Beach (February 9 from 2-5 p.m.)
  • Denver (February 17 from 4-7 p.m.)
  • Atlanta (April 30 from 5-8 p.m.)
  • Houston (May 3 from 4-7 p.m.)

New this year is a one-hour cocktail reception following the seminar. This hour will provide an opportunity for brokers to speak one-on-one with the instructor. During the two-hour seminar, the following topics related to equity options will be covered:

  • Demographics and trading practices of today's options investor
  • A review of options fundamentals
  • Practical options strategies for your clients
  • Recommendations for options resources
  • Considerations for brokerage firms
  • Free educational software including OIC's Options Investigator

To register, either call 1-888-OPTIONS or register online at OIC's Website. The Web site also includes other seminar dates and locations. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion that may be applied toward continuing education.

About OIC

OIC is a non-profit association funded by the American Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, Pacific Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange and The Options Clearing Corporation. OIC's free 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.

Editors note: Reporters are welcome to attend the seminar to learn more about equity options. To make arrangements please contact Debbie Baratz at either 312-322-6267 or dbaratz@theocc.com.

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