OIC Rings In New Year With Winter Options Seminar Schedule

Chicago—December 19, 2002

The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced its increasingly popular winter line-up of equity options seminars for investors and brokers. The seminar schedule includes beginning, intermediate and strategy-specific seminars in select cities in the U.S. and Canada.

"With the continuous growth of the options market, investors look to our seminars as a vital learning tool," said Paul Stevens, President, OIC. "This past year, registration in OIC seminars increased by 10 percent over the previous year, and the demand for education keeps getting stronger. Our newest offering, the Covered Call seminar was created in direct response to investor and broker feedback, and we hope to keep expanding our program to meet their needs."

OIC's seminars are taught in a classroom style format by experienced options exchange instructors. The free basic and intermediate seminars are held from 6-9 p.m. and the new Covered Call seminar, which was unveiled in 2002, takes place from 6 - 8:30 p.m. The cost for the Covered Call seminar is $49.

Winter seminars will be held in the following cities from Jan. 7 through March 27: Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, CA, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Newport Beach, NY Midtown, Oak Brook, IL, Orlando, Parsippany, NJ, Pasadena, CA, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, OR, San Diego, San Jose, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

Seminar offerings include

Basic Seminar: Options Strategies for Stock Investors - This seminar introduces the fundamentals of options and explains how to use equity options as a way to participate in stock price movement. Using real data, investors learn how to choose an options strategy in light of market expectations and volatility forecasts.

Intermediate Seminar: Practical Strategy Applications - A follow-up to the basic seminar, which provides insight on managing an options portfolio. This workshop briefly reviews options basics, provides more in-depth instruction on pricing concepts, and explores volatility using educational software. More complicated strategies for the different markets will also be discussed.

Practical Uses of Covered Calls - OIC's first strategy specific seminar begins by reviewing options basics. This seminar will teach you what stocks to look for, how to calculate returns and how to manage positions. Attendees will also learn when to use the covered call strategy and how to create a disciplined approach to implementing it. Investors and brokers interested in attending the seminars can obtain a detailed schedule of the dates and locations, as well as register for the seminars, through OIC's Website or by calling 1-888-OPTIONS.

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. In 2002, OIC is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of providing investors and brokers options education. OIC's 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.

Editor's Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the seminars to learn more about equity options. To make arrangements please contact Pam Tvrdy at 312-322-9853.

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