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2008 Press Releases

Chicago, December 9, 2008
ELX Electronic Liquidity Exchange Selects OCC for Clearing and Delivery Services for the New Exchange
ELX Electronic Liquidity Exchange (ELX), the fully electronic futures exchange formed by 12 leading financial institutions, and The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), the world’s largest derivatives clearing organization, today announced the signing of an agreement for OCC to provide clearing and delivery services for ELX.

Chicago, October 21, 2008
The Options Clearing Corporation Announces 2008 Options Volume Passes 3 Billion Contracts
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reported today that year-to-date total options volume surpassed 3 billion contracts yesterday. This is the first time that U.S. exchange-listed options volume has ever achieved this milestone in a single year.

New York/Chicago - October 14, 2008
NYSE Liffe Announces Clearing Relationship with OCC
NYSE Liffe, LLC, the U.S. futures exchange of NYSE Euronext (NYX), today announced that it has chosen The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), the world’s largest derivatives clearing organization, as its clearing house. This clearing function will become operational before the end of the first-quarter 2009, with minimal conversion required for NYSE Liffe customers.

Chicago, September 19, 2008
Options Industry Hits New Daily Volume Record For Second Consecutive Day With 30 Million Contracts Traded On Thursday, September 18
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced that a new daily trading volume record was reached on Thursday, September 18, 2008 when 30,006,663 contracts were traded. This is 12.6 percent higher than the previous record of 26,647,538 contracts set the day before on Wednesday, September 17, 2008.

Chicago, September 18, 2008
Options Industry Sets New Daily Volume Record With 26.7 Million Contracts Changing Hands On Wednesday, September 17
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced that a new daily trading volume record was set on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 when 26,647,538 contracts were traded, 5.5 percent higher than the previous record of 25,264,883 contracts set on July 15, 2008.

Chicago, July 23, 2008
The Options Clearing Corporation Announces 2008 Options Volume Passes 2 Billion Contracts
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) reported that the total number of options contracts traded so far this year surpassed 2 billion contracts yesterday. This marks the third consecutive year that trading volume has achieved this level.

Chicago, July 16, 2008
Options Industry Sets New Daily Volume Record Surpassing 25.3 Million Contracts On Tuesday, July 15
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced that a new daily trading volume record was set on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 when 25,264,883 contracts were traded, 6.4 percent higher than the previous record of 23,745,650 contracts set on August 16, 2007.

Chicago, May 13, 2008
The Options Clearing Corporation Takes Gold at the Business Marketing Association Tower Awards
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced that its 2006 annual report received the highest accolades at this year’s Chicago Chapter of the Business Marketing Association (BMA) 25 th Annual Tower Awards by taking the Gold Award in the Annual Report category. OCC previously took home the Bronze award twice in this category.

Chicago, April 15, 2008
The Options Clearing Corporation Named Clearing House of the Year at FOW Awards
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) announced today that it has won the "Clearing House of the Year" 2008 Award from FOW, a leading global derivatives publication.

Chicago, March 31, 2008
NASDAQ Options Market Joins the OCC
The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. announced today that the NASDAQ Options Market has become an OCC participant exchange. This follows the recent approval of NASDAQ Options Market’s trading rules by the Securities and Exchange Commission. NASDAQ Options Market will begin operation today.

Chicago, March 19, 2008
The U.S. Options Industry Extends Symbology Initiative Deadline
The Symbology Committee voted today to extend the Options Symbology Initiative (OSI) implementation date by six months, from July 31, 2009 until February 12, 2010 in recognition of the many new demands facing firms in the current market environment.

Frankfurt / New York / Chicago - March 12, 2008
Eurex, ISE, and OCC Announce Transatlantic Options Trading and Clearing Link
Eurex, the International Securities Exchange (ISE), and The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) today announced they plan to create a transatlantic trading and clearing link that will allow Eurex customers to access ISE’s options market using their existing Eurex connections. Through this link, Eurex members will have access to the full suite of options products available at ISE and be able to execute orders in the ISE order book using their existing connectivity to Eurex.

Chicago, March 5, 2008
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 $58,665,731 to Clearing Members for the year ended Dec. 31, 2007.