2010 Press Releases

December 1, 2010
OIC Announces Equity Options Seminar Lineup For Spring 2011
The Options Industry Council (OIC) recently announced its new seminar lineup for the spring season. Seminars focusing on basic, intermediate and advanced options topics such as volatility will be offered as well as the newest addition to the roster, Options on ETFs.

December 1, 2010
OIC Announces November Options Trading Volume Increased 33%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 352,045,303 total options contracts changed hands in November, a 32.82 percent increase from the 265,052,803 contracts traded in November 2009.

November 1, 2010
OIC Announces October Options Trading Volume Up 4%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 342,006,211 total options contracts were traded in October, representing a 3.5 percent increase from October 2009 volume of 330,432,938 contracts.

October 4, 2010
OIC And Rutgers University Offer Online Courses For Financial Advisors Continuing Education
OIC announced today new online course offerings in options for financial advisors as it continues its partnership with the Rutgers University School of Business-Camden.

October 1, 2010
OIC Announces September Options Trading Volume Decreased 4%
OIC announced today that 302,075,193 total options contracts changed hands in September, a 4.05 percent decline from the 314,809,865 contracts traded in September 2009. Year-to-date volume remains 5.20 percent higher than the same point last year.

September 21, 2010
OIC Bridges Gap Between Finance Students and Options Industry with New Seminar
OIC announced today a university outreach program, The Road to Wall Street: Analyze Your Options, will be offered this fall to educate students about options and careers within the options industry. This event will be a half-day informative seminar at Baruch College in New York (Friday, October 1) and the Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business in Chicago (Friday, October 29).

September 2, 2010
OIC Announces Investor Education Days For Fall 2010
OIC announced today two Investor Education Days (IED) are being offered this fall to help investors develop their knowledge and ability to responsibly trade options in different market environments. The IEDs will be held in New York (October 5) and Chicago (October 23).

September 1, 2010
OIC Announces August Options Trading Volume Decreased 1%
OIC announced today that 283,487,110 total options contracts were traded in August, representing a 0.97 percent decrease from August 2009 volume of 286,269,624 contracts.

August 2, 2010
OIC Announces July Options Trading Volume Decreased 9 Percent
OIC announced today that total options trading volume in July was 277,370,315 contracts, down 9.29 percent compared to July 2009 volume of 305,772,164 contracts.

July 27, 2010
OIC Announces Equity Options Seminar Lineup For Fall 2010
OIC announced today its back-to-school schedule for investors and financial advisors. Classroom-style seminars focusing on basic, intermediate and advanced options topics such as volatility will be offered at select locations across the US.

July 1, 2010
OIC Announces June Trading Volume Down Slightly As First Half Volume Rose 10%
OIC announced today that 309,262,866 total options contracts were traded in June, a 2.03 percent decline compared to June 2009 volume of 315,656,061 contracts. However, year-to-date volume stood at 2,000,877,118 contracts and is up 10.22 percent over the first six months of last year when 1,815,316,203 contracts were traded.

June 21, 2010
OIC Launches New Language Of Options Course
OIC announced today the addition of a new Language of Options class to its extensive line of online educational offerings. This new course is a beginner’s guide to basic options terminology or the "language of options" and is now available on OIC’s website.

June 1, 2010
OIC Announces Monthly Options Trading Record As Volume Increased 29%
OIC announced today that a new monthly total options trading volume record was set in May with 405,860,027 options contracts changing hands, a 28.93 percent increase compared to May of last year when 314,799,038 contracts changed hands.

May 3, 2010
OIC Announces April Options Trading Volume Up 11%
OIC announced today that 360,753,581 total options contracts were traded in April, representing a 11.16 percent increase over April 2009 volume of 324,545,671 contracts.

April 30, 2010
OIC and Financial Technologies Group Partner to Offer Options Education in India
OIC, the primary U.S. resource for options education, has partnered with India's Financial Technologies Group (FTIL Group) to help achieve the objective of increasing financial literacy in India by offering education on the proper use of options as a risk-mitigating tool and providing an understanding of the benefits and risks of options trading.

April 29, 2010
Options Investors Are More Educated, Affluent And Strategic Than Those Not Using Options, New OIC-Sponsored Study Finds
OIC today released the results of the latest study conducted by Harris Interactive Inc. and found that not only are investors who use options more educated and affluent than investors who don’t use options, they also tend to be more strategic investors who are more open to new ideas.

April 1, 2010
OIC Announces March Options Trading Volume Increased 1%
OIC announced today that total options trading volume in March came in at 351,004,878 options contracts, representing a 1.44 percent increase compared to March 2009 volume when 346,037,577 contracts changed hands.

March 17, 2010
BATS Options Joins The Options Industry Council
BATS Options has become a member of the OIC. BATS Options joins the member firms and other options exchanges cleared by OCC in helping promote the responsible use of equity options through education.

March 1, 2010
OIC Announces February Options Trading Volume Grew 2%
OIC announced today that 262,434,225 total options contracts were traded in February, representing a 2.33 percent increase over February 2009 volume of 256,464,343 contracts.

February 24, 2010
A New OIC Study Finds The More Client Focused Advisors With Extensive Product Knowledge Are Inclined To Use Options
OIC today released the results of the Financial Advisor Engagement Study, conducted by the Diamond Group Ltd., and finds advisors inclined to use options to be more knowledgeable about different investment products with more assets under management than those disinclined. The new study also showed interesting correlations to previous OIC research on options investors.

February 11, 2010
OIC Offers Options Education On The Go: An Investor's Guide to Trading Options is now Kindle DX™ compatible
OIC is bringing options education to e-Reader devices such as the Kindle DX™. Investors looking to learn options on the go can now download an e-Reader version of the options book An Investor’s Guide to Trading Options on OIC’s website.

February 1, 2010
OIC Announces January Options Trading Volume Increased 21%
OIC announced today that total options trading volume in January came in at 311,561,541 options contracts, representing a 20.85 percent increase compared to January 2009 volume when 257,813,513 contracts changed hands.

January 4, 2010
OIC Announces December Options Trading Volume Up 33% While Annual Volume Hits New Record
OIC announced today that 294,983,521 total options contracts were traded in December, representing a 33.26 percent increase over December 2008 volume of 221,367,212 contracts.

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