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Options Industry Hits New Daily Volume Record For Second Consecutive Day With 30 Million Contracts Traded On Thursday, September 18

CHICAGO, September 19, 2008 - 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.

Also achieving a new daily record volume day were equity options, which saw 26,924,862 contracts change hands, a 14.2 percent increase over the prior record of 23,577,762 contracts set the preceding day, September 17, 2008.

Trading volume for the week, Monday through Thursday, saw a total of 103,646,022 contracts change hands. That is equal to 51 percent of the volume recorded during the entire month of September 2007.

About OCC

OCC, founded in 1973, is the world's largest derivatives clearing organization and was the first clearinghouse 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, Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, CBOE Futures Exchange, International Securities Exchange, NASDAQ Options Market, NASDAQ OMX PHLX, NYSE Arca, OneChicago and Philadelphia Board of Trade. More information about OCC is available through its Web site at