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What Is OCC?

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization. Founded in 1973, OCC is dedicated to promoting stability and market integrity by delivering clearing and settlement services for options, futures and securities lending transactions. As a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU), OCC operates under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. OCC has more than 100 clearing members and provides central counterparty (CCP) clearing and settlement services to 20 exchanges and trading platforms.

OCC also provides free and engaging educational resources about the benefits and risks of options through its Options Industry Council (OIC). 

OCC Toolkit

To learn more about what OCC does, the markets it serves and the products it clears, download a PDF below.

OCC At a Glance

A Brief Introduction

Products Cleared + Markets Served

How OCC is Structured

OCC Stock Loan Programs




What is a SIFMU?

Intro to Trading Halts

Clearing Membership Criteria

OCC Financial Safeguards

Exchange Listed Options Ecosystem

How CCPs Support Financial Stability

Exercise and Assignment

Life Cycle of a Trade

What is Margin?

Performance Highlights

Total Annual Volume

2023 Highlights

2022 Highlights

2021 Highlights

2020 Highlights


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