Articles and Updates
October 2022

The Options Industry Council (OIC) Proudly Supports World Investor Week 2022



World Investor Week (WIW) is a week-long, global campaign promoted by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and financial protection.

Starting October 3, OCC® and The Options Industry Council (OIC)SM will join organizations across the globe in support of this important initiative. Check out the World Investor Week website for details on events and other ways to get involved.


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 programs and services of OIC.

This year, OIC celebrates its 30th anniversary of providing balanced, practical and trustworthy education to options investors. During World Investor Week, we encourage you to take a look at featured OIC resources highlighting important themes that all educated investors should keep in mind.

An Educated Investor…

Reviews Investment Disclosure Documents. 

  • ODD Quick Guide (Interactive Guide)
    Through the programs and services of The Options Industry Council (OIC), OCC has created an ODD Quick Guide to support your understanding of the options disclosure document, Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options, also known as the ODD. This resource is designed to help you navigate the disclosure document, explore the topics covered and understand the options terminology used throughout. The ODD Quick Guide is not a substitute for the ODD and investors should read the ODD prior to buying or selling an option.

Plans for Market Uncertainty.

  • Options Volatility – Forecasting the Unknown (Options Course)
    OCC Learning offers self-guided option courses for investors of all experience levels. This course explores the concepts of historical and implied volatility and takes a deep dive into volatility metrics such as implied volatility (IV) rank, and IV percentile.
  • Earnings Season for Investors (Podcast)
    What are earnings and why are they important to investors? Listen to this podcast for an insightful discussion on earnings season. OIC instructors will cover important topics like the impact of earnings on options, ramifications of earnings on implied volatility and considerations for option strategy selection and trade management.
  • How a Fed Rate Hike Can Affect Option Prices (Article)
    Changes in interest rates can have an impact on the financial markets as a whole and options. The price of every listed option is the result of many factors, one of which is interest rates. As a result, it is important for option investors to be aware of Federal Reserve policy decisions and stay informed on current events.

Conducts Research Before Investing.

  • Options 101 – Basic Concepts and Terminology (Options Course)
    Before investing with options, learners should start with the basics. This options course provides details on topics such as option terminology, calls and puts, option premium, exercise and assignment, and risk and reward.
  • Options Calculator (Tool)
    OIC offers a comprehensive set of tools to help practice the concepts that you have learned. The options calculator allows users to customize input parameters to view fair values and Greeks of any option using volatility data and previous trading day prices.
  • On-Demand Webinar Library (Webinars)
    The OIC on-demand webinar library includes 70+ videos available to watch whenever, wherever and as many times as you’d like. Experienced OIC instructors cover a wide range of topics from options fundamentals and options pricing to option Greeks and volatility.