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2019 Press Releases

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Chicago, March 7, 2019
U.S. Options Industry Creates New Lifetime Contribution Award and "Crowd of Fame"
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced the creation of the U.S. Options Lifetime Contribution Award. The award was created by the U.S. options exchanges and the Options Industry Council (OIC), an industry resource managed by OCC.

Chicago, March 4, 2019
OCC Welcomes MIAX Emerald Options Exchange
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today congratulated MIAX on the launch of MIAX Emerald, which began operations on Friday. This successful launch brings the total number of U.S. options markets to sixteen.

Chicago, March 1, 2019
OCC February Volume Down 25.9 Percent After Strong 2018
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in February reached 354,013,604 contracts. This was a decline of 25.9 percent compared to last February, which was the fifth-highest volume month in OCC's history. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is 19,415,614, down 18.9 percent compared to 2018's record-breaking pace.

Chicago, February 1, 2019
OCC January Volume Down 11.9 Percent After Record-Breaking 2018
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in January reached 422,610,940 contracts, the second-highest January volume in OCC history, following January of 2018. This was down 11.9 percent compared to last January. OCC's year-to-date average daily contract volume is 20,124,330 contracts, 3.6 percent lower than 2018's record-breaking average of 20,884,820 contracts a day.

Chicago, January 16, 2019
OCC Appoints Chris Isaacson of Cboe Global Markets to Board of Directors
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that Chris Isaacson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Cboe Global Markets, Inc., has joined OCC's Board of Directors as an Exchange Director. He replaces Edward Tilly, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Cboe Global Markets, who resigned from OCC's board earlier this month.

Chicago, January 14, 2019
OCC Launches Renaissance Initiative to Modernize Technology Infrastructure
To better serve its stakeholders and the users of the U.S. equity options and futures markets, OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced the Renaissance Initiative, a multi-year investment to comprehensively redevelop and modernize the company's risk management, clearing and data systems.

Chicago, January 2, 2019
OCC Clears Record-Setting 5.24 Billion Total Contracts in 2018
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that it set new annual cleared contract volume records for the U.S. exchange-listed options and futures industry. In 2018, OCC cleared 5.24 billion total contracts and 5.14 billion options contracts. These numbers surpass the previous records, set in 2011, of 4.60 billion total contracts and 4.56 billion options contracts. Compared to 2017, OCC had a 21.1 percent increase in total contracts cleared and a 22.6 percent increase in options contracts cleared.