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October 20, 2015
New OIC Study Shows Increased Knowledge of Listed Options by Investors
The Options Industry Council (OIC), the educational cooperative run by OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, and the U.S. options industry, today released the results of a new study conducted by Harris Poll that shows that industry efforts to educate investors about the use of listed options are generating positive results.

May 8, 2015
New Academic Research Finds Options-Based Investment Strategies Outperform Long Stock Strategy
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today the release of a new academic research study, “The Performance of Options-Based Investment Strategies: Evidence for Individual Stocks During 2003-2013,” conducted by Professors Michael L. Hemler, University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and Thomas W. Miller, Jr., Mississippi State University. The study, which was supported by OIC, found that some options-based portfolio strategies seemingly outperform long stock and improve the risk-return tradeoff of long equity portfolios over time. The authors presented the results of the study today at the 2015 Financial Advisors Forum held in conjunction with the 33rd Annual Options Industry Conference taking place this week in Miami Beach, Florida.

May 6, 2015
New OIC Report Highlights Potential for Listed Options Among Structured Retail Products Users
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today shared the results of the study, “Analysis on Structured Products and Listed Equity Options in Europe: An Industry Overview and Future Prospects,” conducted by Structured Retail Products (SRP), which profiles recent trends in the European structured product market. The report showed many common structured products can be replicated using listed options and that while the outlook includes rising structured product volumes in Europe, their issuances were expected to move to a listed environment.

January 23, 2015
The Options Industry Council Announces 2015 Spring Seminar Schedule
The Options Industry Council (OIC) launched its evening seminar program for the first half of 2015, continuing the successful three-part series that was first offered in 2014. OIC will also host Advanced Strategies and Volatility seminars this spring.

January 20, 2015
The Options Industry Council Announces Robert Whaley to Receive 2015 Sullivan Award
The Options Industry Council (OIC) today announced Robert Whaley as the recipient of the 2015 Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the U.S. options industry. The award will be presented at the 33rd Annual Options Industry Conference on May 7 in Miami Beach, Florida.

January 2, 2015
The Options Industry Council Announces December Options Volume Grew 11% With 2014 Volume Rising Almost 4%
The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that 354,607,999 total options contracts were traded in December, which is a 10.74 percent increase compared to the previous December when 320,209,356 contracts were traded.

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