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The Clearing Corporation Announces an Agreement in Principle with the Options Clearing Corporation to Provide Futures Post Trade Management Services

CHICAGO, November 4, 2003 - The Clearing Corporation ("CCorp") today announced it has entered into an agreement in principle with The Options Clearing Corporation ("OCC") to provide futures post trade execution services for OCC. The agreement supports futures trading on futures markets that are affiliated with options exchanges for which OCC provides clearing services ("Covered Markets").

Under the 3-year agreement, any of the Covered Markets can elect to use CCorp's trade management services for futures contracts covered by the deal, as well as CCorp's services for processing "give-up" transactions and billing services for give-up futures. A give-up transaction occurs when a member firm (the "Carrying Member") contracts with another firm (the "Executing Member") to execute a trade. The Executing Member then "gives up" or transfers the resulting position to the Carrying Member.

OCC will continue to perform all main clearing and settlement functions for Covered Markets that elect to use the Ccorp trade management and give-up services. These services include: acting as guarantor, overseeing clearing fund and margin deposits, facilitating margin and settlement obligations, managing post-trade transactions, processing and disseminating trade data and offering 24-hour member support services.

Dennis A. Dutterer, President and CEO of CCorp, said the agreement with OCC is consistent with The Clearing Corporation's model of providing turn-key clearing and processing solutions to a variety of derivatives marketplaces.

"We're delighted to join with the OCC in offering these value-added services to OCC and the Covered Markets, which represent the nation's options exchanges," Dutterer said. "Our agreement illustrates The Clearing Corporation's strategic decision to work with a variety of marketplaces. Our stockholders and the exchanges for which we provide clearing services benefit as we broaden our client base."

"Our agreement with The Clearing Corporation offers a turn-key front end clearing solution for most of our exchanges and all of our clearing members," said Michael E. Cahill, President and Chief Operating Officer of OCC. "It allows futures clearing firms to access OCC and the Covered Markets via their existing communication links with Ccorp and to use familiar trade management and give up systems. The result is a clearing solution that combines the best resources of both entities to meet the needs of the exchange and clearing community."

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About the Clearing Corporation

The Clearing Corporation, a stockholder-owned, Delaware corporation now in its 78th year of business, is the only active independent futures clearinghouse in the world. Additional information on the Clearing Corporation is available at

About The Options Clearing Corporation

OCC, founded in 1973, is the largest clearing organization in the world for options and was the first clearing house to receive a 'AAA' credit rating from Standard & Poor's Corporation. Year-to-date 2003, OCC's average daily options volume is 3.5 million contracts and average daily premium settlements are $1.1 billion. Operating under the jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, OCC is jointly owned by the American Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, Pacific Exchange and Philadelphia Stock Exchange. More information about OCC is available through its Web site at