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2005 Press Releases

Chicago, December 15, 2005
The Options Clearing Corporation Announces Several Officer Promotions
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today the following promotions:

Chicago, October 25, 2005
The Options Clearing Corporation Announces Options Trading Volume Surpasses Last Year’s Annual Record
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that the total number of options traded for the year reached 1,184,267,123 contracts yesterday, passing the annual volume record set last year of 1,182,040,096 contracts. This also represents a 26.3% increase over the same point last year.

Chicago, September 16, 2005
OCC Announces Options Volume Passes 1 Billion Contracts For Second Consecutive Year
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reported today that year to date total options volume reached 1 billion contracts. This is only the second time that volume has ever hit this number in a single trading year.

Chicago, July 26, 2005
The Options Clearing Corporation Announces New Security Futures Open Interest Record
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that open interest in security futures passed the 1 million contract milestone for the first time on July 25. At the close of trading open interest stood at 1,031,912 for security futures cleared by OCC and traded at OneChicago and the CBOE Futures Exchange.

Chicago, June 8, 2005
The Options Clearing Corporation Continues To Lower Clearing Fees As Trading Volume Rises
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that it is lowering its clearing fees for the third time since April 2004, with this latest move dropping the fee 29 percent for most trades.

Chicago, June 6, 2005
Four New Board Members Join The Options Clearing Corporation
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that four new members have joined OCC’s Board of Directors.

Chicago, May 25, 2005
The Options Clearing Corporation Reports ENCORE Release 4.5 Succeeds with Its Upgraded Collateral System
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today the successful integration of a new collateral management system into ENCORE, its state-of-art, real-time clearing system.

Chicago, April 18, 2005
Options Industry Sets New Daily Volume Record Friday’s Trading Nearly Double The Average Daily Volume For 2005
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that Friday, April 15, 2005 set a new daily volume record when 11,254,044 total options contracts traded, 31.4 percent higher than the previous record, set on January 16, 2004.

Chicago, March 1, 2005
The Options Clearing Corporation Announces Largest Ever Clearing Fee Refund
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that its board of directors recently approved a refund of $47,430,086 to clearing members for the year ended Dec. 31, 2004, their largest ever clearing fee refund.

Chicago, February 2, 2005
Options Industry Sets New Monthly Volume Record Two Back-to-Back Trading Days Join Top 10 Highest Days on Record
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and the Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that January 2005 set a new monthly volume record when 117,452,308 total options contracts traded, 2.25 percent higher than the previous record, set in November 2004.