2005 Press Releases

December 1, 2005
OIC Announces November Volume Climbs 30% Over Year Ago Level
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that options trading volume continued to grow in November as 149,274,804 contracts changed hands, a 29.95% increase over the Nov. 2004 level of 114,869,591 contracts - the highest volume month of last year.

November 2, 2005
The Options Industry Council Announces New Monthly Volume Record As Trading Jumps 44% Over October 2004
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that a new monthly trading volume record has been set for the fifth time this year.

October 4, 2005
The Options Industry Council Launches Redesigned Web Site Offering New Interactive Educational Tools
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that it has launched the redesign of its web site, www.888options.com, featuring new interactive options learning tools, improved usability and design, up-to-date web technologies and a new navigation scheme.

October 4, 2005
The Options Industry Council Announces New Monthly Volume Record As Trading Soars 55% Over September Last Year
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that a new monthly trading volume record has been set for the fourth time this year.

September 2, 2005
The Options Industry Council Announces August Volume Jumps 43% Over Last Year
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that August options trading volume totaled 122,255,529, a 43.3% increase over the year-ago level of 85,309,197.

August 2, 2005
The Options Industry Council Announces Continued Double-Digit Growth as July Trading Volume Increased 21.7%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that July options trading volume totaled 112,876,662, a 21.7% increase over the year-ago level of 92,717,461. July marks the tenth consecutive month that total options trading has exceeded 100 million contracts.

July 6, 2005
The Options Industry Council Announces Equity Options Trading In June Increased 36%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that June equity options trading volume totaled 103,376,530 (42,195,746 puts and 61,180,784 calls), a 35.9% increase over the year-ago level of 76,047,664.

June 3, 2005
The Options Industry Council Announces Equity Options Trading in May Increased 22.8%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that May equity options trading volume totaled 99,502,222 (41,626,321 puts and 57,875,901 calls), a 22.82% increase over the year-ago level of 81,011,985.

May 4, 2005
April Options Trading Brings Several New Volume Records
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that equity options trading in April rose 18.39 percent over April 2004. The banner month included a new record volume day and three consecutive trading days that produced new "top 10" volume day records.

April 25, 2005
The More Affluent, Active and Strategic Investors are Using Options as Part of a More Diverse Portfolio According to a New Study
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today released the results of the latest study of options users, conducted by Harris Interactive, Inc., and compares those results with previous studies conducted in 1995 and 2000.

April 18, 2005
Options Industry Sets New Daily Volume Record
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that Friday, April 15, 2005 set a new daily volume record when 11,254,044 total options contracts traded, 31.4 percent higher than the previous record, set on January 16, 2004.

April 4, 2005
The OIC Announces New Monthly Volume Record For Second Time In 2005
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that the volume in equity options for March set a new monthly record when 112,872,709 contracts traded, 4.3 percent higher than the previous record set in January 2005.

March 3, 2005
The OIC Announces Best February on Record as Options Trading Continues to Grow
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that the monthly volume for equity options last month was the highest February volume ever, as 11,159,338 more contracts traded than in February 2004.

February 25, 2005
OIC Offers Revised "Taxes and Investing" Pamphlet to Reflect Impact of Tax Legislation on Options
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that a new, updated version of its Taxes and Investing pamphlet is now available on the OIC Web site.

February 2, 2005
Options Industry Sets New Monthly Volume Record
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and the Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that January 2005 set a new monthly volume record when 117,452,308 total options contracts traded, 2.25 percent higher than the previous record, set in November 2004.

January 25, 2005
OIC Announces Winter 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 winter 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.

January 13, 2005
OIC Announces New Public Relations Leadership
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that Jim Binder, 40, will assume responsibilities as Manager, Public Relations, OIC, effective Jan. 18. In his new role, Binder will be responsible for all OIC public relations activities.

January 7, 2005
Year-End Equity Options Surpasses Previous Year Volume by 30.51 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that total equity options volume reached 1,083,649,226 contracts, exceeding the 830,308,227 total equity options volume contracts traded in 2003 by 30.51 percent. This year's volume set a new annual volume record, surpassing the previous record set last year.

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