2009 Press Releases

December 8, 2009
Asigna, The Mexican Derivatives Exchange (Mexder) Clearing House, And the OIC Sign Licensing Agreement To Provide Options Education In Mexico
Asigna, The Clearing House of MexDer, the Mexican Derivatives Exchange, and the OIC, a world leader in options education based in Chicago, announced today that they have entered into a licensing agreement to develop an educational program for Mexican investors and financial advisors.

December 1, 2009
OIC Announces November Options Trading Volume Increased 8 Percent
OIC announced today total options trading volume in November reached 265,052,803 contracts, up 8.24 percent compared to November 2008 volume of 244,882,521 contracts.

November 12, 2009
OIC Announces Equity Options Seminar Schedule For Winter/Spring 2010
OIC announced today its winter/spring schedule of equity options seminars for investors and financial advisors. Seminars focusing on basic, intermediate, and advanced options topics such as volatility will be offered at select locations across the US. Additional intermediate and volatility seminars have been added this year for investors seeking advanced education.

November 2, 2009
OIC Announces Trading Volume On Pace For Record Year Despite October Decline
OIC announced today that 330,432,938 total options contracts changed hands in October. This represents a 12.1 percent decline compared to October 2008, which saw the most contracts traded in a month ever when 375,934,882 contracts were traded.

October 8, 2009
OIC And Rutgers Launch New Options Education Program For Financial Advisors
OIC announces a new and unique partnership with the Rutgers Institute for Management and Executive Development (IMED) at the Rutgers University School of Business–Camden that combines Rutgers’ academic excellence with OIC’s industry expertise to offer a new continuing education program for financial advisors.

October 1, 2009
OIC Announces September Options Trading Volume Decreased 16 Percent
OIC announced today that total options trading volume in September was 314,809,865 contracts, down 15.95 percent compared to September 2008 volume of 374,531,673 contracts - the second highest monthly total on record.

September 23, 2009
OIC Announces New Study Finds Collar Strategies Outperform Buy and Hold
The results of a new study examining the use of options in a collar strategy (both active and passive implementations) on the PowerShares QQQ™ exchange-traded fund (ETF) show it provides superior returns to the traditional buy and hold strategy while reducing risk by almost 65%.

September 8, 2009
OIC Announces Equity Options Seminar Lineup for Fall 2009
On Tuesday, September 15, The Options Industry Council (OIC) is welcoming investors and financial advisors back to school with the start of its fall seminar schedule.

September 1, 2009
OIC Announces August Volume Increases 9 Percent
OIC announced today that 286,269,624 total options contracts changed hands in August, representing an 8.68 percent increase over August 2008 when 263,405,886 contracts were traded.

August 3, 2009
OIC Announces July Options Trading Volume Decreased 17 Percent
OIC announced today that total options trading volume in July was 305,772,164 contracts, down 16.52 percent compared to July 2008 volume of 366,270,867 contracts—the third highest monthly total on record.

July 1, 2009
OIC Announces June Volume Is Up 4 Percent
OIC announced today that 315,656,061 total options contracts changed hands in June, representing a 3.83 percent increase over June 2008 when 304,003,964 contracts were traded.

June 1, 2009
OIC Announces May Options Trading Volume Increased 18%
OIC announced today that total options trading volume in May came in at 314,799,038 options contracts, up 17.96 percent compared to May 2008 volume of 266,870,046 contracts.

May 1, 2009
OIC Announces April Volume Grew 15 Percent
OIC announced today that 324,545,671 total options contracts changed hands in April, representing a 15.20 percent increase over April 2008 when 281,722,376 contracts were traded.

April 7, 2009
OIC Announces Expansion Of Educational Program For Financial Advisors
OIC announced today a new effort to serve the educational needs of financial advisors with the launch of a dedicated advisor web portal and the addition of Eric S. Cott as Director of Financial Advisor Education.

April 1, 2009
OIC Announces March Volume Grows 23 Percent
OIC announced today that 346,037,577 total options contracts were traded in March, which represents a 22.7 percent increase over March 2008 volume of 282,000,233 contracts.

March 12, 2009
OIC Adds New Consultant To Support European Marketing And Education Efforts
OIC announces the addition of Gary Delany as a consultant in the role of Director, European Marketing and Education.

March 10, 2009
OIC Introduces Updated Taxes And Investing Pamphlet For Investors
OIC announced that the Taxes and Investing pamphlet for investors has been updated for 2009.

March 3, 2009
OIC Adds New Director of Institutional and Retail Marketing
OIC is pleased to announce the addition of Joseph F. Burgoyne III as Director, Institutional and Retail Marketing.

March 2, 2009
OIC Announces February Trading Increases 5% Over The Same Period Last Year
OIC announced today that total options trading volume in February was 256,464,343 contracts, a 4.93 percent increase over the 244,419,633 contracts traded for the same period last year.

February 19, 2009
OIC Announces Equity Options Seminar Lineup For Spring 2009
OIC recently announced its new spring schedule of seminars for investors and financial advisors. Seminars focusing on basic and intermediate equity options essentials (newly updated in 2008) will be offered as well as the latest addition to the course roster, a volatility seminar.

February 12, 2009
OIC Featured in Award-Winning Ad Campaign by Halogen Response Media and Masius
New Branding Campaign Earns 2009 JFAM Prism Award for Media Excellence
Halogen Response Media and masius l Publicis Consultants took home top honors in the General Business category at The Journal of Financial Advertising & Marketing (JFAM) awards, for their work with The Options Industry Council (OIC).

February 2, 2009
OIC Announces January Options Trading Volume Decreases 28%
OIC announced today that total options trading volume in January came in at 257,813,513 options contracts, representing a 27.8 percent decline compared to January 2008 volume.

January 29, 2009
NASDAQ Dubai and the OIC Sign Licensing Agreement to Promote Middle East Investor Education
NASDAQ Dubai and the OIC, a world leader in equity options education, have signed a licensing agreement to develop an equity options education program for Middle East investors and financial advisors.

January 9, 2009
TSE and the OIC Sign Content Licensing Agreement
Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. (TSE) and the OIC, a world leader in options education based in Chicago , announced today that they have entered into a licensing agreement and are working on the development of an educational program aimed at Japanese investors.

January 2, 2009
OIC Announces December Options Trading Volume Declines 7% as Annual Volume Sets New Record
OIC announced today that 221,367,212 total options contracts were traded in December representing a 6.69 percent decline compared to December 2007 volume.

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