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2004 Press Releases

Chicago, November 9, 2004
OCC Announces Year To Date Volume Hits 1 Billion Contracts
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reported today that yesterday’s year to date total options volume reached 1 billion contracts. This is the first time that volume has hit this number in a single trading year.

Chicago, October 19, 2004
OCC, OIC Announce New Volume Records
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today new annual records for total and equity options volume.

Chicago, September 27, 2004
OCC’s Hender Appointed to FS-ISAC Board
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced that George S. Hender, OCC’s Management Vice Chairman, was recently appointed to the board of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, Inc. (FS-ISAC).

New York and Chicago, September 27, 2004
George S. Hender Elected Vice Chairman of Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security
The Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security announced the unanimous election of George S. Hender as Vice Chairman of the Council at its recent meeting in Chicago, IL.

Chicago, July 14, 2004
Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications Collaborates with ChicagoFIRST and U.S. Department of the Treasury
At a press conference this afternoon, the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), ChicagoFIRST, and U.S Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced the successful completion of the first financial sector resiliency exercise.

Chicago, June 2, 2004
OCC Announces New Chief Information Officer
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that John W. Von Stein recently joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Von Stein was previously Vice President of Information Technology (IT) at Cargill Inc. (Cargill).

Chicago, March 17, 2004
The Options Clearing Corporation, The Clearing Corporation Ready For CBOE Futures Exchange
The Options Clearing Corporation ("OCC") and The Clearing Corporation™ ("CCorp") today announced that they have completed implementation and testing of all necessary systems for the scheduled March 26 launch of the CBOE Futures Exchange ("CFE").

Chicago, February 10, 2004
The Options Clearing Corporation Reduces Clearing Fees
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that its Board of Directors recently approved a reduction of clearing fees for its membership. The new fee schedule, which becomes effective April 1, will save clearing members up to 9% on clearing fees, depending on the size of trade.

Chicago, February 6, 2004
OCC Announces Officer Promotions
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that Geri Love, 50 and Mike McClain, 35, have been promoted to First Vice President from Vice President and Dan DeWaal, 46 has been promoted to Vice President from Director.

Chicago, February 6, 2004
Boston Options Exchange Joins the Options Clearing Corporation
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and The Boston Stock Exchange (BSE) announced today that the BSE’s Boston Options Exchange trading facility (BOX) has become an OCC participant exchange. This follows the recent approval of BOX’s trading rules by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). BOX will begin operation today.

Chicago, February 4, 2004
"ChicagoFIRST" Homeland Security Coalition Appoints Executive Director, Formalizes Structure as LLC
ChicagoFIRST, a coalition that addresses homeland security issues affecting Chicago’s financial services sector, today announced it hired Brian S. Tishuk, 42, of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), to serve as its Executive Director, effective Feb. 2. The appointment coincides with ChicagoFIRST formalizing its organizational structure as an Illinois limited liability company (LLC).

Chicago, January 20, 2004
OCC Announces New Daily Options and Weekly Volume Records
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reported today that cleared total options volume from Jan. 16 of 8,604,407 contracts shattered the previous record of 6,939,505 contracts set on Jan. 15.

Chicago, January 16, 2004
OCC Announces New Daily Options Volume Record
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reported today that yesterday’s total options trading volume of 6,939,505 contracts shattered the previous record of 6,822,777 contracts set on April 18, 2001.

Chicago, January 12, 2004
OCC Announces Record-Breaking Week
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reported today that during the week of Jan. 5-9, a new weekly record was set for total options trading volume with 29,814,477 contracts. The previous record occurred April 16-April 20, 2001 with 25,453,849 contracts. In addition, two of the five highest trading days for total options volume occurred last week.