2000 Press Releases

December 28, 2000
New Year's Resolution For Investors: Attend One Of The Options Industry Council's Winter Seminars
Investors making a New Year's resolution to learn more about equity options can turn to The Options Industry Council (OIC) for help. The OIC today announced its winter schedule of free options seminars, which are held nationwide and taught by expert instructors from the U.S. options exchanges.

December 7, 2000
November Volume Exceeds 1999 by 23 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced that November equity options volume was 58,690,754 contracts (23,618,359 puts and 35,072,395 calls), which is 23 percent higher than the 47,750,154 contracts (14,277,276 puts and 33,472,878 calls) traded in November 1999.

November 2, 2000
October Equity Options Volume Breaks Monthly, Daily and Open Interest Records
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced that options trading reached new heights in October as records were set for daily and monthly volume, and equity open interest.

October 3, 2000
Equity Options Volume Surpasses 1999 Record
The nations options exchanges have exceeded the annual record for equity options volume, according to The Options Industry Council (OIC). Through Sept. 30, year-to-date volume was 484,979,728 contracts, which surpasses the total annual volume record set in 1999 with 444,765,224 contracts.

September 14, 2000
International Securities Exchange Joins the Options Industry Council
The Options Industry Council (OIC) and the International Securities Exchange (ISE) announced today that ISE has become a member of OIC.

September 14, 2000
OIC Launches New Web Site Featuring Interactive Classes, Options Investment Tools
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced the launch of 888options.com, a new interactive Web site that dramatically expands OIC's free educational offerings for potential and current options investors and brokers.

September 6, 2000
Back to School for Investors: Options Industry Council Announces Fall Seminar Schedule
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced its "back to school" fall schedule of options seminars for investors and brokers. The seminars, which are taught by exchange professionals in a classroom-style format, run from 6-9 p.m. in selected cities in the U.S. and Canada.

September 6, 2000
Year-to-Date Volume for Equity Options Nears Total for 1999
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that year-to-date equity options volume of 431,653,994 contracts is just 13,111,231 contracts short of breaking the total annual volume record set in 1999, with 444,765,224 contracts.

August 3, 2000
Equity Open Interest Reaches New Heights In July
Although the summer months are historically sleepy for the financial markets, The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity open interest reached a record high on July 21, with 65,498,515 contracts. This record surpasses the one recently set on April 20 with 63,292,614 contracts.

July 7, 2000
Equity Options Volume for First Half of 2000 Outpaces Record Year
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options volume for the first six months of 2000 has surpassed the same period in 1999, a record trading year for the options industry, by nearly 68 percent.

June 28, 2000
Options Information Center for Investors, Brokers Begins Operation at OCC on July 3
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that a new investor call center for options information begins operation at OCC's Chicago headquarters on July 3. The center, Options Industry Services, is accessible to the public by phone or e-mail and it will serve as the industry's central resource for options education and information.

June 7, 2000
May Equity Options Volume Up 67% From 1999
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options volume for May was 51,028,369 contracts - surpassing last May's total by 67%. May 1999 volume was 30,507,167 contracts.

May 10, 2000
Surge In Equity Options Trading Continues With April Gains
The month's trading volume hit 55,549,490 contracts, up 48% from the April 1999 total of 37,656,322. And the daily average was 2,923,657, a sharp 63% increase from 1,793,158 in the comparable period last year. The year-to-date volume figure is 227,715,525.

May 5, 2000
Yankelovich Options Investor Study Summary (PPT | 199k - 31 pages)
The study took a look at approximately 2,000 investors, divided between options and non-options investors, who represented a cross-section of the investment community. It is OIC's second study of this kind that examines and compares the investment practices, demographics and attitudes towards investing of options and non-options investors. The first study was released by OIC in 1995.

May 5, 2000
OIC Study Reveals That Options Users are Web-Savvy, Wealthy and Active Investors
A new industry study of options investors, commissioned by The Options Industry Council (OIC) and conducted by Yankelovich Partners, Inc., reveals that investors of options are loyal to investing in options, wealthy in income and assets, and technologically savvy when it comes to using the Internet for investing.

May 5, 2000
Options Information Center to Open in July
The Options Industry Council (OIC) and The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that a comprehensive Options Information Center is scheduled to begin operation on July 3, 2000 for brokers and retail investors interested in obtaining one-on-one information about options.

April 5, 2000
Equity Options Volume Sets New Monthly Record
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options volume for March hit a new record with 66,172,654 contracts - surpassing the previous record of 56,190,292 set in January. The March 2000 figure shows a 92% increase over March 1999 (34,524,034).

March 13, 2000
Options Industry Council Appoints PR Director
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced the appointment of Pam Tvrdy as Director of Public Relations. In this newly created position, Tvrdy will design, direct and implement communications strategies to strengthen awareness of the OIC's extensive educational programs about the uses of equity options.

March 8, 2000
February Equity Options Volume Up 85% From 1999
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options volume for February was 49,803,089 contracts - surpassing the February 1999 total by an astounding 85% (26,955,448 contracts).

February 7, 2000
New Year - New Records
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that in January, for the fourth month in a row, equity options volume reached a new high with 56,190,292 contracts changing hands. This surpasses the January 1999 total by 61% (34,804,991 contracts).

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