Articles and Updates
April 2020

OIC's Response to COVID-19

We hope that you and your family are managing well during these incredibly challenging times. We understand the uncertainty that is occurring in everyday lives across the country and around the globe. We want to let you know that OIC (The Options Industry Council) is here to help you navigate the current economic climate through the responsible use of exchange traded options. OIC has been offering free educational resources to market participants for nearly three decades. All of our educational programs, online resources and materials are available to you through our website

We greatly appreciate that you are choosing OIC to be your trusted options education resource. OIC is taking steps to ensure we continue to serve you while maintaining the health and safety of our team members as our nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. For nearly 50 years, OCC (The Options Clearing Corporation) has been protecting the integrity of its participant markets by delivering world-class risk management, clearance and settlement services. Its service has never been more critical than in the current market environment of extreme volatility and unprecedented daily trading volumes. OCC continues to demonstrate its ability to meet daily clearance and settlement obligations by focusing on sound risk management principles and robust processes and technology.

During this period of social distancing, we encourage you to take advantage of our online educational resources and contact us with your questions about options investing. Recently, we have heard from many investors wanting to know how they can use options to manage the risk of volatile markets. Here are links to strategies designed to do that: Hedging & Risk Mitigation and Volatility.

While much remains uncertain at this moment, we are encouraged by the resilience of our markets and the strength of the human spirit. Stay safe, help others and be well. We will all get through this together.

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