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The Options Clearing Corporation Announces Options Trading Volume Surpasses Last Year's Annual Record

CHICAGO, October 25, 2005 - 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.

This milestone comes with more than two months remaining for trading this year, and was achieved within the same month that now posts five of the top 10 record high volume days.

About OCC

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. Operating under the jurisdiction of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, OCC provides clearing and settlement services for the American Stock Exchange, the Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, CBOE Futures Exchange, International Securities Exchange, OneChicago, Pacific Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange and Philadelphia Board of Trade. More information about OCC is available through its Web site at