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2020 Press Releases

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Chicago, May 14, 2020
OCC Named Best Clearing House - Equities by Markets Media
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that it was named Best Clearing House – Equities by Markets Media for the third consecutive year.

Chicago and New York, May 5, 2020
OCC Selects Axoni to Modernize Securities Lending Infrastructure
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced that it has selected Axoni, a technology firm that specializes in multi-party workflows and infrastructure, to develop and implement a distributed ledger technology solution to replace its existing securities lending infrastructure.

Chicago, May 1, 2020
OCC April 2020 Total Volume Up 42.9 Percent from a Year Ago
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that April 2020 total cleared contract volume was 551,538,080 contracts, up 42.9 percent from April 2019. OCC's year-to-date average daily total cleared contract volume is 27,865,203 contracts.

Chicago, April 9, 2020
OCC Re-Elects Executive Chairman, Member and Public Directors at 2020 Stockholder Meeting
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced the re-election of Craig S. Donohue as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, along with the election of three Class I Member Directors and one Class II Public Director.

Chicago, April 1, 2020
OCC March Total Volume Up 62.8 Percent from a Year Ago – Highest Volume Month Ever for U.S. Equity Options Industry
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that March 2020 total cleared contract volume was 670,646,998 contracts, the U.S. equity options industry's highest month ever – up 62.8 percent from March 2019. This exceeds the previous record of 568,899,108 cleared contracts set in February 2020.

Chicago, March 9, 2020
OCC Names Two New Members to Board of Directors
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced two new members to its Board of Directors.

Chicago, March 2, 2020
OCC February Total Volume Up 60.7 Percent from a Year Ago Highest Volume Month Ever for U.S. Equity Options Industry
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that February 2020 total cleared contract volume was 568,899,108 contracts, the U.S. equity options industry's highest month ever – up 60.7 percent from February 2019 volume and beating the previous record of 567,833,544 cleared contracts set in October 2018 by 0.19 percent.

Chicago, February 3, 2020
OCC Cleared Contract Volume Highest January on Record
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that January 2020 total cleared contract volume was 521,727,816 contracts, the industry's highest January ever – up 23.5 percent from January 2019, and the third highest month overall.

Chicago, January 27, 2020
OCC Receives SEC Approval of New Capital Management Policy
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced that it received regulatory approval of its new capital management policy by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Chicago, January 8, 2020
OCC Promotes Carla Dawson to Chief Human Resources Officer
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced that Carla Dawson, previously First Vice President, Talent Management, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. She reports to CEO John Davidson.

Chicago, January 7, 2020
Phase II of OCC Financial Safeguards Framework Approved by SEC
Enhancing its resiliency as a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU), OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved Phase II of the company's Financial Safeguards Framework (FSF) on December 11, 2019. The approved changes to OCC's rules, clearing fund, and stress testing and margin methodology were implemented on December 16, 2019.

Chicago, January 2, 2020
OCC Clears Over 4.9 Billion Contracts in 2019
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that 2019 total cleared contract volume was 4,976,978,704 contracts, the industry's second-highest ever annual volume, down 5.1 percent compared to 2018's record-breaking pace of 5.24 billion contracts.