Cboe, CBSX, & CFE Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             


Trading Access and Initial Rollout Details Announced

CHICAGO, August 31, 2010 - CBOE Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBOE) today announced that C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated (C2), the company's new all-electronic exchange, will launch in late October 2010.  Details on C2 trading access, connectivity and an overview of the market model were also announced. 

C2 will operate under a separate exchange license, with its own board of directors, rules, connectivity, systems architecture and access structure.   The new Exchange will employ a "maker-taker" fee schedule and a modified price/time matching algorithm for multiply-listed classes.  

"The launch of C2 marks a significant milestone in the continued evolution of our company, and the prospects that C2 provide are exciting.  As a complementary market to CBOE, we believe C2 will appeal to a wide variety of customers and have the potential to expand our customer base," commented William J. Brodsky, Chairman and CEO, CBOE Holdings. "Just as significant, C2 was designed to be a key driver of our competitive efforts going forward.  Its flexible structure is designed to provide us with greater strategic optionality and is intended to offer substantial opportunities in a highly competitive and rapidly changing options environment."       

It is anticipated that all or substantially all of the industry's multiply-listed, penny pilot option classes will eventually be listed on C2.  Products will be launched on a measured rollout schedule.  The first phase of the rollout is expected to include 25 to 50 multiply-listed classes over a period of several weeks, with other rollouts to follow through early 2011.  C2 will also be capable of listing CBOE's exclusive products, including S&P 500 Index (SPX) options, with plans for those products expected to be announced following the initial launch of C2.

Subject to regulatory approval, C2 will offer access through two different trading permit holder designations, both of which apply only to access to non-exclusive options classes.  The fees for those trading permits will be as follows:   

  • Market Maker Permit (MMP) -- $5,000/month - Gives the holder the ability to both stream quotes and submit orders into the C2 trade engine.
  • Electronic Access Permit (EAP) -- $1,000/month - Gives the holder the ability to submit orders only into the C2 trade engine.

Details on the transaction and routing fees, and the initial class rollout schedule, will be announced in early October.  All fees are subject to regulatory approval.

Currently, a dozen firms are in the process of connecting to C2. For additional information on C2 connectivity and applying for trading permit holder status, please refer to www.cboe.com/C2 (C2 Information Circulars).

CBOE Holdings, Inc. is the holding company for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and other subsidiaries.  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). Other products engineered by CBOE include equity options, security index options, LEAPS options, 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).

CBOE Media Contacts:                                                                 

Gail Osten                                                              

(312) 786-7123                                                     


Gary Compton

(312) 786-7612


Analyst Contact:

Debbie Koopman

(312) 786-7136




CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CBSX®, CBOE Stock Exchange®, CFE®, CBOEdirect®, Hybrid®, CBOE Volatility Index®, and VIX® are registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM and SPXSM are servicemarks of Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated. Standard & Poor's®, S&P®, S&P 100®, S&P 500®, Standard and Poor's Depositary Receipts®, and SPDR® are registered trademarks of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and have been licensed for use by Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated.

This press release contains statements which may be considered forward- looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including, without limitation, statements regarding operating strategies, future plans and financial results. Forward-looking statements may be accompanied by words such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "forecast", "intend", "may", "possible", "predict", "project" or similar words, phrases or expressions. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained herein, which speaks only as of the date of this press release.  More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Qfor the quarter ended June 30, 2010 under the heading "Forward-Looking Statements" and/or "Risk Factors". Such discussions regarding risk factors and forward-looking statements are incorporated herein by reference.

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