September 08, 2011 10:17 ET

The Options Industry Council Announces Equity Options Seminar Lineup for Fall 2011

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Sep 8, 2011) - The Options Industry Council (OIC) recently announced its seminar schedule for the fall season. The seminars focus on basic, intermediate and advanced options topics such as volatility and options on ETFs.

These free, educational seminars are taught by experienced instructors from the different options exchanges and OIC professionals in a classroom-style setting with the goal of educating investors and financial advisors on the responsible use of options. The seminars run from 6-9 p.m. and advanced registration is required.

The fall schedule will offer seminars from September 21 through October 27 in the following cities: Arlington, VA; Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Monrovia, CA; New Brunswick, NJ; New York, NY; St. Louis, MO; San Jose, CA; and Schaumburg, IL.

Visit OIC's website or call its Investor Services team at 1-888-OPTIONS (1-888-678-4667) to obtain a detailed schedule and register.

Course descriptions:

Basic: Getting Started with Options
Focusing on options fundamentals, an options professional will cover essential concepts and terms of options contracts as well as their risk/reward characteristics. Attendees will learn about buying and selling calls and puts, how to work with an expected up or down movement in a stock's price with limited risk, and how to revive a stock already owned that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Options questions will get straightforward answers. A basic knowledge of stocks, and some experience with stock investing, is recommended.

Intermediate: Managing Your Portfolio with Options
Extending beyond the fundamentals of buying or selling calls and puts, an options professional will guide the classroom into the world of spread strategies including vertical spreads and time spreads. This class will demonstrate how truly flexible options are, and how these limited risk spreads might fit into even the most conservative portfolios. Participants will learn about straddles and strangles, and the nature of volatility. They will also learn about ways to repair existing stock positions. An understanding of the basics, as well as limited experience trading options is recommended.

Volatility: Measuring Volatility and Understanding Its Significance
OIC's Volatility seminar begins where the Basic and Intermediate seminars left off. In this seminar, an options professional will cut through the complexities of volatility and clarify any misconceptions about this important topic. Investors will learn how volatility is measured, what that measurement means, and why it is a factor in an option's price. Investors will gain an understanding of implied volatility and its impact on various options strategies. A solid understanding of options fundamentals, comprehension for options pricing, and experience with both buying and selling options is recommended.

Options on ETFs
This seminar focuses on options on Exchange-Traded Funds, commonly known as ETFs. Attendees will learn the basic characteristics that make up ETFs, how they are traded, benefits and drawbacks, and the differences between asset classes. They will also learn how to use options with ETFs, in-the-money and out-of-the-money scenarios, and the risks/rewards for various ETF-based strategies. A knowledge of stocks and experience with stock or index investing would be beneficial prior to attending this seminar.

About OIC
OIC is an industry cooperative funded by BATS Options, Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, C2, International Securities Exchange, NASDAQ OMX PHLX, NASDAQ Options Market, NYSE Amex Options, NYSE Arca Options and OCC. OIC was formed in 1992 to educate investors and their financial advisors about the benefits and risks of exchange-traded equity options. OIC's resources include: Investor Services live help at 1-888-OPTIONS, educational websites at, and, live seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional DVDs and educational literature.

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