OIC International

Who We Are

The Options Industry Council was created in 1992 to be the home of unbiased options education for all levels of investors. Today, OIC is an industry resource provided by OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, that serves investors around the world, working to ensure they understand the opportunities, as well as the risks, associated with exchange-listed equity options.

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International Studies

  • Burton Taylor 2018 Report on European Demand for Exchange Listed Equity Options

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    This latest study on European demand for US exchange-listed equity options builds upon previous studies done in 2014 and 2011. Order flow from Europe is estimated to account for 9% of total trading in US exchange-listed equity options. This has been against a background of sustained, low volatility. The upward spike in volatility in Q1 this year increased total US option market volume by over 30%. European investors are using US options to focus on income generation, capital appreciation and volatility strategies. There is significant opportunity to expand retail investor activity. Liquidity, price transparency and market structure are key drivers, with clearing house OCC reducing counterparty risk. 71% of those interviewed reported more demand for US equity options over the past 2 years.

  • European Demand for US Listed Equity Options
  • European Interest in US Options: Factors Driving Renewed Demand
  • European Trading of US Listed Equity Options 2014: Shifting Demand in a Changing Market Landscape
  • Analysis on Structured Products and Listed Equity Options in Europe: An Industry Overview and Future Prospects 
         Part 1
         Part 2
  • The Options Landscape for Hedge Funds 
         Part 1
         Part 2

Strategy Studies


The Value of Clearing

As a central counterparty, OCC ensures that the obligations of the contracts it clears are fulfilled. OCC becomes the buyer for every seller and the seller for every buyer, enhancing market stability. Read the article.

The Value of Education

The OIC provides education about the benefits and risks of exchange-listed equity options, and its website contains a host of information on their versatility. However, because options are also a complex product, OIC hosts seminars, videos and podcasts throughout the year, in addition to offering live help. Learn more about how OIC works for investors.

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