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2018 Press Releases

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Chicago, April 12, 2018
OCC Re-Elects Craig Donohue as Executive Chairman, Elects Member and Public Directors at 2018 Stockholder Meeting
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in March reached 442,945,572 contracts, a 15 percent increase from March 2017. OCC's year-to-date volume is up 32 percent with 1,400,345,396 cleared contracts in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 1,058,670,212 contracts in the first quarter of 2017.

Chicago, April 2, 2018
OCC Cleared Contract Volume Up 15 Percent in March
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced the election of three Class II Member Directors and two Class III Public Directors to its Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Craig S. Donohue was re-elected as Executive Chairman of the Board. The vote took place during OCC’s annual stockholder meeting on April 11.

Chicago, March 1, 2018
OCC Announces Cleared Contract Volume Up 43 Percent in February
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in February was 477,587,355 contracts, up 43 percent from February 2017 volume of 333,411,251 contracts. OCC's year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is up 39 percent from 2017 with 23,934,996 contracts.

Chicago, March 1, 2018
OCC Declares Nearly $80 Million Clearing Member Refund for 2017
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced the declaration of a nearly $80 million refund to clearing members under its approved capital plan. This is the second largest clearing member refund made by OCC since the inception of its capital plan.

Chicago, February 1, 2018
OCC Cleared Contract Volume Increased 42 Percent in January
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that cleared contract volume in January was up 42 percent from January 2017 with 479,812,469 contracts. Average daily volume at OCC is up 35 percent in 2018 with 22,848,213 contracts. OCC cleared futures volume is up 23 percent in January with 11,907,702 contracts. OCC's stock loan program reported strong volume numbers with 233,482 transactions in January, up 29 percent from January 2017.

Chicago, January 31, 2018
Gary Katz to Receive Joseph W. Sullivan Award at 2018 Options Industry Conference
The Options Industry Council (OIC), an industry resource funded by OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced that Gary Katz, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Securities Exchange (ISE), will receive the 2018 Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award.

Chicago, January 24, 2018
OCC Congratulates Powell on Confirmation as Fed Chair
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today congratulated Jerome Powell upon his confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Chicago, January 2, 2018
OCC AA+/Stable Rating Reaffirmed By S&P
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today commented on the reaffirmation of its AA+/Stable rating by Standard & Poor's (S&P). S&P published their rating on December 28, 2017.

Chicago, January 2, 2018
OCC 2017 Total Cleared Contract Volume Up Four Percent, Third Highest Volume Year Ever
OCC, the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced 2017 volume reached the third highest total cleared contract volume ever with 4,327,576,930 contracts, a four percent increase from the 4,167,747,777 cleared contracts in 2016. December cleared volume was 346,006,092 contracts, up three percent from December 2016. OCC also reported record-breaking 2017 volume for cleared futures with 138,029,762 cleared contracts; a 32 percent increase from 2016.