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About The Options Industry Council



Our Mission: To increase the awareness, knowledge and responsible use of exchange-listed equity options among a global audience of investors—including individuals, financial advisors and institutional managers—by providing independent, unbiased education and practical knowledge.


The Options Industry Council (OIC) is an industry resource funded and managed by OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, to provide education to investors about the benefits and risks of using exchange-listed options to gain market exposure, generate income and as risk management solutions. Options are a versatile yet complex product, and that is why OIC hosts options webinars, videos, podcasts and seminars, distributes educational literature, maintains a website, and offers live help from options professionals who are knowledgeable experts on options education.

OIC’s experienced options instructors provide valuable insight on the challenges and opportunities that investors encounter when trading options. In addition, options industry professionals have created the content used in all of OIC’s educational offerings. Appropriate compliance and legal staff ensure that all OIC-produced information includes a balance of the benefits and risks of options.

OIC was formed in 1992. Today, its sponsors include Box Options Exchange LLC, Cboe Global Markets, Inc., Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC, Nasdaq, Inc., The New York Stock Exchange, and OCC. OIC's Roundtable is the independent governing body of the Council and is comprised of representatives from the exchanges, member brokerage firms and OCC. These organizations have one goal in mind for the options investing public: to provide a financially sound and efficient marketplace where investors can hedge investment risk and find new opportunities for profiting from market participation. Education is one of many areas that assist in accomplishing that goal. More and more investors, financial advisors and institutional managers understand the versatility that options offer their investment portfolio, due in large part to the industry's ongoing educational efforts.

OIC welcomes any suggestions to our educational programs. Please email your comments to options@theocc.com.

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