Articles and Updates
March 2020

Introduction to Investor Services

The Options Industry Council (OIC) is an industry resource provided by The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and is dedicated to helping individual investors, financial advisors and institutions understand the benefits and risks of exchange-listed options through unbiased educational content. OIC delivers its content mainly through our comprehensive website ( which features hundreds of podcasts, videos, trading tools and online webinars—and through the efforts of the Investor Services team.

For more than 25 years, the Investor Services team has offered FREE world-class information and education on all things options to individual investors, industry-personnel and advisors, alike. Our team provides support for all OIC educational events and for all products cleared by OCC. Each year, we answer thousands of options-related questions on topics ranging from industry terms, product specifications, corporate actions and subsequent contract adjustments and engage in discussions about the basic risks and rewards associated with trading options.

Our team also regularly handles more complex strategic and operational questions for specific options trades and strategies. We don’t solicit securities or provide investment recommendations or advice. We simply seek to educate and motivate investors and advisors to look at the potential advantages of investing with options and understand the risks.

With over 75 years of collective options knowledge and experience, the Investor Services team includes OIC-certified options instructors and content creators, who provide valuable insight on the challenges and successes that investors encounter when trading options. In addition, we are responsible for creating the content used in OIC’s educational offerings, from strategy guides to podcasts to online webinar presentations.

There are three ways to contact us:

We will answer your questions and can also direct you to useful tools and sections on our website to help further your options education including:

  • Options Quotes
  • Strategy Builders
  • Options calculators (Basic, Covered Call, and Collar)
  • Podcasts
  • OIC’s You Tube Channel (archived webinar videos and presentations)

And in the coming months, be sure to look for our Investor Services Blog and Q&A Corner where we’ll explore topics such as trading around earnings, buying and selling spreads, in-depth discussions on the Greeks and much, much more. In the meantime, reach out to us at the Investor Services desk and we look forward to talking with you soon!