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September 2022

The Options Industry Council (OIC) Celebrates 30 Years of Options Education

The Options Industry Council (OIC) Celebrates 30 Years of Options Education

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OCC®, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, is committed to providing education to investors about the prudent use of listed options. One way OCC supports this part of its mission is through The Options Industry Council (OIC)SM.

“Throughout the years, OCC has been committed to providing options education to market participants and the investing public through the services of OIC,” says Julie Bauer, Chief External Relations Officer, OCC.

In 2022, OIC is excited to celebrate an important milestone – 30 years since it was founded by OCC and the U.S. options exchanges. Since its inception in 1992, OIC has continuously evolved its free educational offerings to support investors in their understanding of the benefits and risks of trading options. Today, OIC delivers its educational content through its comprehensive website,, that features courses, webinars, podcasts, trading tools, and videos. In addition, dedicated OCC Investor Education staff deliver live online sessions for all types of investors, along with attending conferences and events around the nation to provide insight on the mechanics of options.

Since OCC’s beginning in 1973, the growth of the options industry has been monumental. In 2021, OCC cleared a record 9.87 billion options contracts, surpassing the 2020 record of 7.47 billion options contracts. In step with record clearing volume, OIC has made strides in its education offerings. With fundamental changes in the industry, from broader market access to development of innovative technologies, the need for comprehensive financial education is evident now more than ever.

“We plan to continue our efforts to modernize and expand our offerings, collaborate with other providers of investor education and promote awareness of all the free resources we offer to meet the growing demand across the investing public.”

- Craig S. Donohue, Executive Chairman, OCC

Thank you for your support of OIC and commitment to educated options investing. We look forward to providing continued education to the investing public for years to come.

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