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International Securities Exchange
Company typeExchange
FoundedMay 26, 2000
HeadquartersNew York City, U.S.
Key people
Gary Katz, CEO
ProductsOptions, Stock, Market Data

International Securities Exchange Holdings, Inc. (ISE) is a wholly owned subsidiary of American multinational financial services corporation Nasdaq, Inc. It is a member of the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and the Options Industry Council (OIC).

Founded in 2000, the ISE was conceived in 1997 when then-chairman of E-Trade, William A. Porter and his colleague, Marty Averbuch 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.

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.[1]

ISE Options Exchange

The International Securities Exchange (ISE) operates three U.S. options exchanges: ISE, ISE Gemini, and ISE Mercury.[2]


  • 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,[3]
  • May 22, 2002: Met its goal of listing equity options representing 90% of average daily trading volume in the US options industry.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • January 2004: Was named Derivatives Exchange of the Year by Risk Magazine for the second time in three years.[6]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[citation needed]
  • 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.[7]
  • September 18, 2008: Trades a new record daily trading volume of 7,903,304 options contracts.[8]
  • 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.[9]
  • March 9, 2016: American exchange operator Nasdaq announced it will buy International Securities Exchange (ISE.N) for $1.1 billion.[10]
  • June 30, 2016: Nasdaq completes acquisition of ISE.[11]

See also


  1. ^ ISE Joins Direct Edge to Gain U.S. Share Wall Street Journal
  2. ^ "About ISE | International Securities Exchange, LLC". 2015-09-08. Archived from the original on 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  3. ^ International Securities Exchange Now the Third Largest U.S. Options Exchange; Solid Growth Trend Strengthens November 1, 2001, Business Wire
  4. ^ ISE Meets Listings Target on Second Anniversary May 23, 2002, Securities Industry News
  5. ^ Options Mart Is No.1 Despite Trade Through May 2004, Traders Magazine
  6. ^ The Risk Awards 2004 Archived 2007-07-06 at the Wayback Machine by January 2004/Volume17/No1
  7. ^ "Eurex and ISE complete merger". 2007-06-27. Archived from the original on 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  8. ^ ISE January 2, 2009
  9. ^ Press Release[permanent dead link] December 23, 2008
  10. ^ Deutsche Börse Press Release March 9, 2016
  11. ^ Deutsche Börse Press Release June 30, 2016