Cboe, CBSX, & CFE Press Releases



CHICAGO, IL, April 8, 2010 - The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) today announced that it will begin trading quarterly options on the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) on Friday, April 9. Initial expirations will be in June, September, December and March 2011.

Quarterly options, which were first launched by CBOE in July 2006, are designed to provide market participants with options that expire on the last trading day of each quarter to coincide with end-of-quarter accounting practices. By comparison, traditional (monthly) options generally expire on the Saturday following the third Friday of the month.

The Designated Primary Market Maker (DPM) in GLD quarterly options is CTC, LLC, the same DPM for GLD monthly options.  

CBOE introduced GLD options with monthly expirations in June 2008. In 2009, its first full year of trading, volume in GLD options at CBOE totaled 12.7 million contracts. Of the then-seven U.S. options exchanges offering GLD options for trading, CBOE had a 37-percent market share in 2009, according to The Options Clearing Corporation.

More information on GLD quarterly options will be posted later this week at www.cboe.com/Quarterlys.

Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the largest U.S. options exchange and creator of listed options, continues to set the bar for options trading through product innovation, trading technology and investor education. CBOE offers equity, index and ETF options, including proprietary products, such as S&P 500 options (SPX), the most active U.S. index option, and options on the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), the world's barometer for market volatility. Other groundbreaking products engineered by CBOE include equity options, security index options, LEAPS, FLEX options, and benchmark products, such as the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM). CBOE's Hybrid Trading System incorporates electronic and open-outcry trading, enabling customers to choose their trading method.  CBOE's Hybrid is powered by CBOEdirect, a proprietary, state-of-the-art electronic platform that also supports the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE), CBOE Stock Exchange (CBSX) and OneChicago. CBOE is home to the world-renowned Options Institute and www.cboe.com, named "Best of the Web" for options information and education.

CBOE is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with all trades cleared by the AAA-rated Options Clearing Corporation (OCC).    

Press contacts:

Gail Osten                                                                            
(312) 786-7123                                                  

Gary Compton 
(312) 786-7612 


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In connection with the proposed restructuring transaction, CBOE Holdings, Inc. ("CBOE Holdings") has filed certain relevant materials with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including a registration statement on Form S-4. Members are encouraged to read the registration statement, including the proxy statement/prospectus that are a part of the registration statement, because it contains important information about the proposed transaction. Members are able to obtain a free copy of the proxy statement/prospectus, as well as the other filings containing information about CBOE Holdings and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated ("CBOE"), without charge, at the SEC's Web site, http://www.sec.gov/, and the companies' website, http://www.cboe.com/. In addition, CBOE members may obtain free copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed by CBOE Holdings or the CBOE from CBOE Holdings by directing a request to the Office of the Secretary, CBOE Holdings, Inc., 400 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60605.

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