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OIC, MarketWise Announce Upcoming Singapore Seminars "Options for the Thinking Investor"

Chicago—March 17, 2004

The Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that it will be participating in a second series of live seminars, "Options for the Thinking Investor," hosted by Singapore-based MarketWise Investors (MarketWise).

The program will be held on April 3 and April 4 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore,7 Raffles Avenue Singapore in room Millenia 1. Preregistration is required at Investors interested in attending a sneak preview of the program may attend a free session on March 18 from 7-9 p.m., also at The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore.

The curriculum of the April 3-4 seminar includes the following topics:

  • Learning options trading techniques, and basic and intermediate strategies
  • LEAPs®: What they are, how to use them and when to use them with different strategies
  • Understanding the dynamics of options pricing and how to profit from them
  • Leveraging volatility and time decay
  • Managing positions
  • Discovering statistical advantages in options trading
  • Predicting risk-to-reward ratios and probabilities of profit

Marty Kearney, OIC Instructor and Senior Staff Instructor, The Options Institute, Chicago Board Options Exchange, will teach the April seminars. Kearney is the author of Understanding LEAPS, published by McGraw-Hill, and released in September 2002. He is also a contributing author of Options: Essential Concepts and Strategies (3rd edition), edited by The Options Institute.

In November 2003, OIC and MarketWise held their first series of options seminars in Singapore. The five-day seminar series was attended by 60 participants. MarketWise received overwhelming positive feedback from the seminar attendees, including the following testimonials:

"To anyone who, like us, wants to be financially independent and is looking for an alternative source of income, we wholeheartedly encourage you to attend the seminars offered by Marketwise."

"Marketwise's basic and advanced courses are conducted by world-renowned instructors in the industry. OIC instructor Marty Kearney is an excellent educator - being able to simplify complex topics on options to suit beginners like us."

"The courses are well planned, lecturers (were) widely experienced and extremely helpful and encouraged group participation."

"Our program participants have experienced significant results by incorporating options as a key tool to grow and protect their portfolios. Based on the resounding success of the first seminar series that we held with OIC in November 2003, we are confident that MarketWise/OIC programs will be similarly well received in the rest of Asia. Our unique approach, combining seminars and coaching, helps accelerate the learning process and provide participants with ample opportunities to implement strategies into real life trades," said Melissa Yap, CEO, MarketWise Investors.

"After a successful series of seminars with MarketWise in 2003, we look forward to this second seminar program," said John Tierney, Managing Director, OIC, International. "OIC and MarketWise are committed to educating investors about options and to help grow the options product on an international level."

More information about the seminars and registration is available at the MarketWise Web site at

About OIC

OIC is a non-profit association funded by the American Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options Exchange, International Securities Exchange, Pacific Exchange, Philadelphia Stock Exchange and The Options Clearing Corporation. OIC's free resources include: The Options Industry Services Call Center at 1-888-OPTIONS, an educational Web site at, evening seminars throughout the continental United States and Canada, instructional videos and educational literature and software.

About MarketWise

MarketWise Investors is a provider of financial education to investment professionals and private investors in Asia. Established in 2001, the company aims to provide a comprehensive curriculum of educational programs for Asian investors through best-of-breed products, services and learning technologies.

Editors note: Reporters are welcome to attend the seminar to learn more about advanced options strategies. To make arrangements, please contact Melissa Yap at either (65) 6396-3912 or

Press Contacts

Melissa Yap
Marketwise - Singapore
(65) 6396-3912
Pam Tvrdy
The Options Industry Council - U.S.
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