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The OIC Announces October Trading Increases 29% Hitting New Monthly Volume Record

Chicago—November 3, 2008

The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 375,934,882 contracts changed hands in October, representing a 28.75 percent increase over October 2007 and 1.4 million contracts more than the previous monthly volume record set in September. Average daily volume for the month was 16,344,995 contracts, also up 28.75 from the same period last year.

On October 20, year-to-date volume reached three billion contracts for the first time in history. It took 203 trading days to reach this milestone. Total options volume reached two billion contracts for the third time ever on July 22, taking only 140 trading days to reach that mark. The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reported October year-to-date volume stood at 3,116,322,848 contracts, an increase of 34.63 percent compared to the same period last year. Year-to-date daily volume is averaging 14,699,636 contracts, compared to 11,022,807 contracts at the same point in 2007.

Equity options saw 336,805,246 contracts traded, 25.54 percent higher than October 2007. Year-to-date equity options volume is 2,857,938,960 contracts, up 36.70 percent over the same point last year. Daily equity options volume averaged 14,643,706 contracts per day in October, an increase of 25.54 percent over the same month last year.

October 10 and October 6, respectively, became the third and fifth highest trading volume days ever recorded when more than 25 million contracts changed hands each of those days.

About OIC

OIC is an industry cooperative funded by the American Stock Exchange, Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, NASDAQ Options Market, NASDAQ OMX PHLX, NYSE Arca, and The Options Clearing Corporation. OIC was formed in 1992 to educate investors and their financial advisors about the benefits and risks of exchange-traded equity options. OIC's resources include: The Options Industry Services Help Desk at 1-888-OPTIONS, educational Web sites at and, evening seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional DVDs and educational literature and software.

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