2004 Press Releases

December 16, 2004
OIC Announces Management Changes
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that George S. Hender, Management Vice Chairman, The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) will assume responsibilities as President, OIC. Gina McFadden, Senior Vice President, Options Industry Services, OCC has been named Executive Director, OIC.

December 6, 2004
OIC Announces Month-End Options Volume Up 48.65 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that November month-end equity options of 105,430,624 contracts (39,642,837 puts and 65,787,787 calls) rose 48.65 percent from November 2003 equity options volume of 70,927,088 contracts (27,419,569 puts and 43,507,519 calls).

November 15, 2004
OIC Introduces Online Class "Volatility"
Want to understand one of the most commonly used yet least understood concepts in options trading? Then look no further than The Options Industry Council's (OIC) newest online class, "Volatility."

November 3, 2004
OIC Announces Year to Date Volume Ahead 30 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that year-to-date equity options volume of 881,968,223 contracts is ahead by 30.19 percent vs. last year’s volume of 677,431,315 contracts during the same time period.

October 19, 2004
OCC, OIC Announce New Volume Records
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today new annual records for total and equity options volume.

October 6, 2004
OIC Announces 15.98 Percent Increase in Third Quarter Volume
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that third quarter volume equity options volume of 239,839,663 contracts rose 15.98 percent from 206,786,047 contracts traded in the third quarter 2003. This represents the highest third quarter on record.

September 16, 2004
OIC, MarketWise Announce Upcoming Kuala Lumpur, Singapore Seminars
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that in October it will be participating in a series of live seminars, "Options for The Thinking Investor," hosted by the Singapore-based MarketWise Investors (MarketWise) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore.

September 14, 2004
OIC Introduces Online Class "Options Strategies in a Neutral Market"
Looking for investment strategies to get you through a stagnant market? Look no further than The Options Industry Council's (OIC) newest online class, "Options Strategies in a Neutral Market."

September 10, 2004
Otto Nägeli to Lead OIC's European Educational Efforts
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that Otto E. Nägeli, 55, will assume responsibilities as Managing Director for its European educational efforts, effective Sept. 15.

September 9, 2004
Boston Options Exchange Joins the Options Industry Council
The Boston Options Exchange (BOX) has become a member of The Options Industry Council (OIC). BOX joins the other members of OIC (the American Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, Pacific Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange and The Options Clearing Corporation) in helping to promote equity options through education.

September 9, 2004
OIC Announces Fall Schedule of Free Seminars
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today its schedule of fall seminars, including the addition of two new seminars that will take investors to the next level: "Understanding and Trading Options Spread Strategies" and "Advanced Options for Experienced Investors."

September 7, 2004
OIC Announces Month-End Volume Increases 31.31 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that August month-end equity options volume of 76,820,917 contracts (33,280,849 puts and 43,540,068 calls) rose 31.31 percent vs. August 2003 volume of 58,503,904 contracts (24,035,797 puts and 34,468,107 calls). This is the highest August volume on record.

August 4, 2004
OIC Announces New Month-End Open Interest Record
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that for the fourth consecutive month, options exchanges set a new record for month-end equity options open interest with 130,701,418 contracts.

July 7, 2004
OIC Announces Year to Date Volume is Ahead 42.08 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that year to date equity options volume of 543,063,878 contracts is 42.08 percent greater than the same time period last year with 382,201,222 contracts.

June 7, 2004
OIC Announces Year to Date Volume Ahead 52 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that year to date equity options volume of 467,016,214 contracts is 52.17 percent greater than the same time period last year with 306,899,128 contracts.

May 26, 2004
OIC Introduces"Options Strategies Quick Guide"
Interested in a handy and compact reference for different options strategies? Look no further than The Options Industry Council’s (OIC) recently introduced, "Options Strategies Quick Guide."

May 17, 2004
OIC Introduces Online Class "Options Strategies in a Bear Market"
Think the market is headed lower? Investors with this market sentiment may want to explore The Options Industry Council's (OIC) latest online class, "Options Strategies in a Bear Market."

May 5, 2004
OIC President Receives "Options Industry Achievement" Award
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that Paul Stevens, President, OIC recently received the third annual Joseph P. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award.

April 8, 2004
First Quarter Volume Reaches All-Time High
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that first quarter equity options volume reached an all-time quarterly high of 291,237,281 contracts. The previous quarterly record occurred in the fourth quarter of 2003 with 241,320,958 contracts.

March 22, 2004
OIC Announces Spring Seminar Schedule
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. The seminars take place in select cities in the U.S. and Canada from 6-9 p.m. and there is no cost to attend.

March 17, 2004
OIC, MarketWise Announce Upcoming Singapore Seminars
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that it will be participating in a second series of live seminars, "Options for the Thinking Investor," hosted by Singapore-based MarketWise Investors (MarketWise).

March 10, 2004
OIC Introduces Online Class "Introduction to Spreading"
Can't decide if you're slightly bearish or bullish on the current marketplace? Investors with this perspective can learn appropriate strategies to consider in The Options Industry Council's (OIC) newest online class, "Introduction to Spreading."

March 4, 2004
OIC Announces Month-End Options Volume Rises 73 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that February equity options volume was 86,325,774 contracts (32,826,566 puts and 53,499,208 calls), increasing 73 percent vs. 49,898,422 contracts (21,884,652 puts and 28,013,770 calls) in February 2003.

February 18, 2004
OIC Unveils New Options Book "An Investor's Guide To Trading Options"
Investors looking for a new educational tool about options can find a wealth of knowledge in The Options Industry Council's (OIC) newly released options book, "An Investor's Guide to Trading Options."

February 4, 2004
OIC Announces All-Time Volume and Open Interest Records
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that January equity options volume of 106,416,257 contracts (37,772,315 puts and 68,643,942 calls) reached a new month-end high for equity options volume, surpassing the previous record set in October 2003 with 88,444,046 contracts.

January 27, 2004
OIC Announces Spring Schedule for Broker Seminar
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.

January 12, 2004
OIC Kicks Off New Year with Winter Options Seminar Schedule
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced its winter schedule of equity options seminars for investors and brokers. The seminar schedule includes intermediate, strategy-specific, and advanced seminars in select cities in the U.S. and Canada.

January 7, 2004
Year-End Equity Options Surpasses Previous Year Volume by 16.98 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that total equity options volume reached 830,308,227 contracts, exceeding the 709,784,014 total equity volume options contracts traded in 2002 by 16.98 percent.

January 5, 2004
OIC to Launch "An Investor's Guide to Trading Options"
Interested in a new and different educational tool about options? Look no further than The Options Industry Council's (OIC) soon to be released options book, "An Investor's Guide to Trading Options."

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