2011 Press Releases

December 1, 2011
OIC Announces November Options Trading Volume Off 2% While Year-to-Date Volume Is Up 19%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that total options trading volume for November was 344,377,310 contracts, 2.18 percent less than the November 2010 volume of 352,045,303 contracts.

November 1, 2011
The Options Industry Council Announces October Volume Increased 14 Percent
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 390,982,436 total options contracts changed hands in October, a 14.32 percent increase over October of last year when 342,006,211 contracts were traded.

October 20, 2011
The Options Industry Council Returns to the IIT Stuart School of Business with 'Road to Wall Street' Program
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today the newest program as part of its university outreach, The Road to Wall Street: Analyze Your Options, will be offered Friday, November 4 at the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. OIC launched the Road to Wall Street program last fall in order to educate students about options and careers within the options industry.

October 3, 2011
The Options Industry Council Announces Options Trading Volume Increased 30% in September
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that total options trading volume for September was 391,246,939 contracts, 29.52 percent higher than the September 2010 volume of 302,075,193 contracts.

September 14, 2011
OIC Announces Updated Study Shows Buy-Write Strategy Outperforms Buy-And-Hold
OIC today announced results and analysis of the performance of a buy-write strategy on the Russell 2000®, which found that over the 15 year period covered in the study (including the periods before, during and after the credit crisis), the buy-write strategy provided a higher return than a long RUT portfolio while reducing risk by almost 17%.

September 8, 2011
OIC Announces Equity Options Seminar Lineup for Fall 2011
OIC recently announced its seminar schedule for the fall season. The seminars focus on basic, intermediate and advanced options topics such as volatility and options on ETFs.

September 7, 2011
OIC And OCC Announce Formal Name Change Of Investor Services Resource
OIC and OCC announced today the renaming of their popular Call Center, also commonly referred to as the Help Desk, to Investor Services. This formal name change is to better align the name with the services offered as well as promote a consistent brand and image.

September 6, 2011
New Study Finds Strong European Demand For U.S. Listed Equity Options
OIC today presented the results of the study, European Demand for U.S. Listed Equity Options, conducted by Tabb Group and commissioned by OIC. The study found that 10 percent of U.S. listed options volume originates from Europe today, and this amount is likely to increase as a result of global regulatory efforts to reduce risk.

September 1, 2011
OIC Announces August Volume Nearly Double That Of August 2010
OIC announced today that 550,049,407 total options contracts changed hands in August, a 94 percent increase over August 2010 when 283,487,110 contracts were traded. In addition to August setting a new monthly record, several other records were achieved throughout the month, including three consecutive daily volume records.

August 1, 2011
OIC Announces Options Trading Volume Increased 26% In July
OIC announced today that total options trading volume for July was 348,218,171 contracts, up 25.54 percent from July 2010 volume of 277,370,315 contracts.

July 1, 2011
OIC Announces June Volume Grew 21 Percent
OIC announced today that 372,928,893 total options contracts changed hands in June, representing a 20.59 percent increase over June 2010 when 309,262,866 contracts were traded.

June 21, 2011
OIC Hires Alan Grigoletto As New Director Of Education
OIC announced today it has named Alan Grigoletto as Director of Education as part of its expanding effort to educate retail investors, their financial advisors and institutional investors on the risks and benefits of exchange-listed options.

June 2, 2011
OIC Announces Mary Savoie As Executive Director
OIC announced today that Mary Savoie has been named Executive Director.

June 1, 2011
OIC Announces Options Trading Volume In May Remains On Record Pace
OIC announced today that total options trading volume in May was 359,310,820 contracts. While this is down 11.47 percent compared to May of last year when 405,860,027 contracts traded, last month is still the second highest May on record only behind May 2010 which was a peak month for options volume, partly as a result of the 'Flash Crash.'

May 12, 2011
New Study Finds Financial Advisors Are Increasing Use of Options and Tend to Have Higher Assets Under Management
OIC today released the results of the Financial Advisor Benchmark Study, conducted by Bellomy Research, which finds options usage among advisors is on the rise and advisors who use options tend to have more assets under management than non-users.

May 12, 2011
OIC Announces Lawrence McMillan to Receive Joseph W. Sullivan Award at the Annual Options Industry Conference
OIC announced today Lawrence G. McMillan as the 2011 recipient of the Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award. This recognition on behalf of outstanding contributions to the growth and integrity of the U.S. options market will be presented to Mr. McMillan at the 29th Annual Options Industry Conference, held at the Westin Savannah Harbor, from May 12-14.

May 2, 2011
OIC Announces April Options Trading Volume Down 7%
OIC announced today that 335,425,947 total options contracts were traded in April, 7.02 percent less than the 360,753,581 contracts traded in April 2010. While April monthly volume was lower in 2011 compared to 2010, last month remains the second highest April on record for volume.

April 1, 2011
OIC Announces Monthly Options Trading Record With Volume Up 19%
OIC announced today that a new monthly total options trading volume record was set in March with 417,188,575 options contracts changing hands, an 18.86 percent increase compared to March of last year when 351,004,878 contracts changed hands.

March 3, 2011
OIC Announces New Seminar in University Outreach Program
OIC announced today a new seminar in its university outreach program. The Road to Wall Street: Analyze Your Options, will be offered Friday, April 8 at Drexel University's LeBow College of Business in Philadelphia. Originally launched in the fall of 2010, OIC's university outreach program partners the options education group with a university to educate students about options and careers within the options industry.

March 1, 2011
OIC Announces February Options Trading Volume Up 35%
OIC announced today that 354,214,236 total options contracts changed hands in February, 34.97 percent more than the 262,434,225 contracts traded in February 2010.

February 1, 2011
OIC Announces January Options Trading Volume Increased 21.5%
OIC announced today that 378,480,506 total options contracts changed hands in January, a 21.48 percent increase from the 311,561,541 contracts traded in January 2010.

January 25, 2011
OIC Announces Investor Education Day Schedule For 2011
OIC today announced its 2011 Investor Education Day (IED) schedule. This year there are five IEDs being offered in various cities to help investors develop their knowledge and ability to responsibly trade options in various market environments. The IEDs will be held in Costa Mesa, CA (March 12); New Brunswick, NJ (April 30); New York (September 12) and Chicago (October 22). The fifth IED will be held in Houston this fall.

January 3, 2011
OIC Announces December Options Volume Up 16% As Annual Volume Sets Eighth Consecutive Record
OIC announced today that 341,207,420 total options contracts were traded in December, which is a 15.67 percent increase over December 2009 volume of 294,983,521 contracts.

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