2006 Press Releases

December 4, 2006
The OIC Reports 24 Percent Increase In Options Volume During The Month Of November
The OIC announced today that total options trading volume in November reached 184,926,170 contracts, a 23.9 percent increase of the year-ago level of 149,274,804 contracts.

November 1, 2006
The OIC Announces Continued Options Volume Growth As October Trading Volume Increased 24%
The OIC announced today that options growth continued in October as 191,345,239 contracts traded hands, a 23.6 percent jump over October 2005 which traded 154,794,867 contracts and set a monthly trading volume record at the time.

October 26, 2006
The OIC Hands Out Halloween Treat To Investors, New Free Educational DVD "It's Good To Have Options"
The OIC announced today the availability of its free educational DVD, "It's Good to Have Options," hosted by personal finance columnist Terry Savage.

October 2, 2006
The OIC Announces September Trading Volume Increased 20.5% Over Same Period Last Year
The OIC announced today that a total of 158,965,267 contracts traded during September, representing a 20.5 percent increase over September 2005 where 131,873,598 contracts changed hands.

September 20, 2006
The OIC European Market Survey Finds 15-20% Of U.S. Options Volume Originates From Europe, With Room To Grow
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that results of its European Market Survey show 15-20 percent of U.S. exchange-traded options volume originates from Europe.

September 1, 2006
The OIC Announces August Trading Volume Climbs 31% Over August 2005
The OIC announced today that the industry's high growth trend continued in August as trading volume rose 31.2 percent over the same period last year. A total of 160,450,902 options contracts changed hands during the month, compared to 122,255,529 contracts in August 2005.

August 1, 2006
The OIC Announces Continued Growth As July Options Trading Increased 37% Over Same Period Last Year
The OIC announced today that total options trading volume in July reached 154,613,858 contracts, a 36.9 percent increase over the year-ago level of 112,876,662 contracts.

July 13, 2006
The OIC Announces Launch of Free Educational Podcasts
The OIC announced today that free educational video and audio podcasts are now available on its web site, www.888options.com. Apple iTunes will also carry the podcasts under the title "Options Strategies for Investors."

July 12, 2006
The OIC Announces Fall 2006 Equity Options Seminar Schedule
The OIC recently announced its new fall schedule of equity options seminars. Knowledge-seeking investors and brokers can attend basic, covered calls, spreads, and advanced seminars in select cities across the U.S.

July 5, 2006
The OIC Announces June Options Trading Increased 50% Over Same Period Last Year
The OIC announced today that total options trading volume in June reached 170,749,224 contracts, a 49.5 percent increase over the year-ago level of 114,175,409 contracts.

June 15, 2006
The OIC to Survey European Financial Firms on Their Use of U.S. Options Marketplace
The OIC announced today that is has selected Capco to conduct a survey to obtain an independent view of the needs and requirements of European financial institutions regarding their U.S. exchange-traded options activities and plans.

June 15, 2006
OIC Announces On-Demand Webcasts Available at www.888options.com
As part of a major initiative to focus on web-based education, OIC webcasts are aimed at providing investors with a new and exciting online learning tool.

June 1, 2006
The OIC Announces Record Month in May with Nearly 200 Million Contracts Traded
The OIC announced today that May 2006 set a new monthly volume record when 199,714,215 total options contracts changed hands. This represents an amazing 81.94 percent increase over May 2005 and a 12 percent increase over the previous monthly volume record set in January 2006.

May 4, 2006
The OIC Expanding to Meet the Educational Needs of a Variety of Customers
The OIC is in its 14th year of increasing the awareness, knowledge and responsible use of exchange-listed equity options among individual investors and their financial advisors. OIC is now adding new tools to aid in that mission and is extending that effort to reach out to institutional and international investors as well.

May 1, 2006
The OIC Announces April Options Trading Increased 22. 3% Over April 2005
The OIC announced today that April options trading volume totaled 151,842,863, up 22.3 percent over April 2005, when 124,206,018 contracts changed hands.

April 2, 2006
The OIC Announces March Volume Up 32% Over March 2005
The OIC announced today March trading volume totaled 164,166,810 contracts, a 32.4 percent increase over the year-ago level of 123,995,185 contracts, which set a record at that time.

March 13, 2006
The OIC Announces Updated "Taxes & Investing" Pamphlet
The OIC announced today an addendum to its Taxes & Investing pamphlet is now available on the OIC web site. The new addendum, written by Richard J. Shapiro, Tax Principal, Ernst & Young LLP, explains the impact of new federal income tax laws, through January 31, 2006, effecting options investments.

March 2, 2006
Options Industry Volume Climbs 35% Over Last February
The OIC announced today that trading volume in February rose 34.5 percent over the same period last year as 142,987,943 total options contracts changed hands during the month.

February 23, 2006
Options Education Sought in Record Numbers in 2005
The OIC announced today that its website, 888options.com received more visits in 2005 than any previous year. 2005 website traffic was up 18 percent over 2004 to 13.3 million total page views, and increased an astounding 602 percent over the past five years.

February 8, 2006
The OIC Announces Equity Options Seminar Schedule for Winter/Spring 2006
The OIC announced today its winter/spring schedule of equity options seminars for investors and brokers. The seminar schedule will feature basic, covered calls, spreads, and advanced seminars in select cities across the U.S.

February 1, 2006
Options Industry Volume Jumps 52% Over Last January, Setting New Monthly Records
The OIC announced today that January 2006 broke the monthly volume record with total volume reaching an unprecedented 178,192,636 contracts, exceeding the record set in October 2005 by 15.1 percent. January volume also soared 51.7 percent over the 117,452,308 total options contracts traded in January 2005.

January 23, 2006
Options Industry Kicks Off the New Year With Back-to-Back Daily Volume Records
The OIC and the OCC announced that a new daily trading volume record was set on Friday, January 20, 2006, when 14,888,644 contracts changed hands, 29.2 percent higher than the record set the previous day on January 19, 2006 of 11,523,913 contracts.

January 20, 2006
Options Industry Sets New Daily Volume Record
The OIC announced that a new daily trading volume record was set yesterday, January 19, 2006, when 11,523,913 contracts changed hands, a 2.4 percent increase over the previous record of 11,254,044 set on April 15, 2005.

January 4, 2006
Options Industry Enjoys Banner Year with More Than 1.5 Billion Contracts Traded in 2005
The OIC announced today that this year's total volume set a new annual volume record, with a total of 1,504,311,540 contracts, surpassing last year’s previous record by an increase of 27.3%.

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