OCC is a cost-efficient, customer-driven organization that delivers world-class risk management, clearing and settlement services to the listed options market. Our role as a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility (SIFMU) is critical to providing financial stability for market participants, investors and the economy.
OCC’s financial guarantee and central counterparty role extends beyond listed options to over-the-counter options, financial and commodity futures, security futures, and securities lending. Through The Options Industry Council, OCC provides unbiased educational content to investors and market participants to promote responsible use and growth of listed equity options.
OCC’s role as a trusted market utility is built upon its commitment to excellence in risk management and the strength of its financial guarantee. OCC’s three-tiered system of financial safeguards includes margin requirements, a clearing fund, and rigorous membership standards. This system allows OCC to provide stability during times of unexpected events in the derivatives markets.