International Securities Exchange

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International Securities Exchange
Founded May 26, 2000
Headquarters New York
Key people
Gary Katz, CEO
Products Options, Stock, Market Data

International Securities Exchange Holdings, Inc. (ISE) is a wholly owned subsidiary of German derivatives exchange Eurex, who is owned by Deutsche Börse AG (Xetra: DB1). It is a member of the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and the Options Industry Council (OIC).

Founded in 2000, the ISE began its inception in 1997 with then-chairman of E-Trade, William A. Porter and his colleague, Marty Averbuch. They approached David Krell and Gary Katz about their concept and the four founded what is today the International Securities Exchange, a leading U.S. equity options exchange.[1]

Launched as the first fully electronic US options exchange, ISE developed a unique market structure for advanced screen-based trading.

ISE offers equity and index options, including proprietary index products, as well as FX options based on foreign currency pairs. ISE also offers market data tools designed for sophisticated investors seeking information on investor sentiment, volatility, and other options data. In 2013, ISE strengthened its focus on ETF and Index development with Introduction of ISE ETF Ventures.

In August 2008, ISE Stock Exchange announced a partnership with the electronic communication network Direct Edge. The deal made the ISE Stock Exchange a wholly owned subsidiary of Direct Edge and gave ISE an ownership stake in Direct Edge.[2]

ISE Options Exchange[edit]

The International Securities Exchange (ISE) operates a U.S. options exchange As a member of Eurex Group, ISE is combined with Eurex Exchange to form one of the largest transatlantic derivatives marketplaces, with daily trading volumes exceeding 9 million contracts across a growing range of asset classes. Eurex Group is owned by Deutsche Börse AG (Xetra: DB1) and comprises Eurex Exchange, the International Securities Exchange, the European Energy Exchange, Eurex Clearing, Eurex Bonds and Eurex Repo.[3]


  • February 24, 2000: Registered as a national securities exchange with the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • May 26, 2000: Launched its Options Exchange - the first transaction was a purchase of 20 SBC Communications October 45 calls.
  • May 29, 2001: Traded its 25 millionth contract.
  • November 1, 2001: Became the 3rd largest U.S. equity options exchange when average daily volume for October 2001 reached 380,299 contracts,[4]
  • May 22, 2002: Met its goal of listing equity options representing 90% of average daily trading volume in the US options industry.[5]
  • October 29, 2002: Traded its 200 millionth contract.
  • February 20, 2003: Traded its 250 millionth contract.
  • March 1, 2003: Became the largest US equity options exchange after average daily volume for February 2003 reached 710,218 contracts.[6]
  • January 2004: Was named Derivatives Exchange of the Year by Risk Magazine for the second time in three years.[7]
  • March 9, 2005: Became the first securities exchange to sell its shares in an initial public offering.
  • May 24, 2005: Traded its 1 billionth contract.
  • December 8, 2005: Completed its secondary public offering.
  • January 20, 2006: Traded a record daily trading volume of 4,580,678 equity and index options contracts.
  • March 24, 2006: Launches its alternative markets trading platform.
  • May 16, 2006: Traded its 1.5 billionth contract.
  • September 1, 2006: Adopted a holding company structure.
  • September 8, 2006: Launched the ISE Stock Exchange, with its first product, MidPoint Match.
  • December 8, 2006: ISE Stock Exchange rolled out its fully displayed stock market, the first fully electronic exchange to provide integrated access to non-displayed and displayed liquidity pools.
  • February 27, 2007: Set a new record daily trading volume of 5,531,875 equity and index options. contracts.
  • March 5, 2007: Announced partnership Toronto Stock Exchange to launch DEX, a new derivatives market in 2009. The agreement was later terminated when Toronto Stock Exchange agreed to buy Montreal Exchange Inc.[8]
  • March 9, 2007: Traded its 2 billionth options contract.
  • April 17, 2007: Launched ISE FX Options.
  • April 30, 2007: German exchange operator Deutsche Börse announced it will buy International Securities Exchange (ISE.N) for $2.8 billion, creating a transatlantic derivatives marketplace.[9]
  • December 20, 2007: Eurex completes acquisition of ISE. ISE will continue to be regulated by the SEC as a registered national securities exchange and will operate under the existing management team as an independent subsidiary of Eurex.[10]
  • September 18, 2008: Trades a new record daily trading volume of 7,903,304 options contracts.[11]
  • October 28, 2008: Enters into an agreement with the New York Stock Exchange to license the right to list ISE FX Options products on the NYSE Arca Options platform.
  • December 23, 2008: Completes deal with Direct Edge. ISE Stock Exchange becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of the Direct Edge with ISE gaining a 31.54% ownership stake.[2]


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  2. ^ a b ISE Joins Direct Edge to Gain U.S. Share Wall Street Journal Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Direct_Edge" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
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  4. ^ International Securities Exchange Now the Third Largest U.S. Options Exchange; Solid Growth Trend Strengthens November 1, 2001, Business Wire
  5. ^ ISE Meets Listings Target on Second Anniversary May 23, 2002, Securities Industry News
  6. ^ Options Mart Is No.1 Despite Trade Through May 2004, Traders Magazine
  7. ^ The Risk Awards 2004 by January 2004/Volume17/No1
  8. ^ Bloomberg News April 30, 2008
  9. ^ Bloomberg News April 30, 2007
  10. ^ Fox News December 20, 2007
  11. ^ ISE January 2, 2009

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